Highly Impulsive NARS Haul + Review
So the other day I went out to town to run a couple errands before having dinner with the girls. My face, due to lack of sleep and stress, have been a little more blemished than usual and so my regular base makeup regime I felt like wasn't enough. Now, I'm always an advocate for the 'skin first, makeup second' policy, but some days... Some days we all want to cheat a little and bring out the big boys.
I've gotten a shade darker from my winter colour so my old NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard doesn't match me. I've heard lots of good things about the Soft Matte Complete Concealer so I decided to get my hands on them. Mind you, all of this thinking was within 5 minutes (I'm at my weakest point). Of course, I walked out with more than just the concealer. Here are my thoughts on the things I got:
This concealer blew my mind the second the NARS lady put it on me to shade match. It's so weird how there's a good amount of coverage but still manages to look like skin. It's not a flat matte, which I do like. The texture is quite silicone-y in that it doesn't sink into fine lines and wrinkles but is still creamy enough not to be too slippy. It smoothes the skin but still has a subtle radiance to it which lends it that skin-like finish. The shade Ginger is a nice warm golden colour that is great for my medium "summer" shade. It does crease a teensy bit under the eyes but its nothing a quick blot can't fix. I also don't really feel the need to powder however, if you are extra prone to creasing, it might be a good idea to set it. This does not replace my RMS Un Cover-Up, however, I won't necessarily use them for the same purpose. The RMS is much more radiant but not as long-lasting so I prefer the NARS on more active days.
This is, weirdly, a good match for Medium 2 - Ginger even though the number is different. The Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser gives really good coverage even though it is a tinted moisturiser. It gives about the same amount of coverage as the Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint (review here). I bought a travel size of this in Sephora and liked it so I bought the full-size. The finish of it is quite velvety and not greasy. It is pretty thin in texture, I would say similar to the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint (review here). I like this on days when I want more coverage and am feeling a tad darker as St Moritz is perfect as my summer shade.
I have mixed feelings about this one... And I have mixed feelings about having mixed feelings because it's such a cult product. I got the travel size for this one as I have too many bronzers and don't use enough of it. I was expecting stunning chiseled glory when I used this the first time but was so surprised that the product was extremely chalky and dry! It is definitely not the texture of powder I was expecting from NARS. I had to really pack it on for it to show slightly on my skin. I know this isn't a shade problem because swatched it looks fine. It just wasn't as creamy and buttery as I expected which made application a little difficult for me. The colour, despite the texture, is really nice and luminous without having any glitter or harsh shimmer.
I bought this because my Urban Decay Primer Potion was running out. I heard good things about this and people said that this works very well for people with oily lids. I feel that my eyeshadows are definitely more vibrant, however, I don't feel like it prevents creasing as well as the UDPP. Compared to not using a primer at all though I can definitely see a difference in texture and opacity of eyeshadows.Overall, I will keep using this although I'm not particularly wow-ed by it.