A while ago I finally decided to find a proper concealer for acne, post-acne pigmentation spots, and basically anything I want to conceal except for my undereye area. I’d been using the Vichy Normaderm concealer stick for a long time. It does help acne heal, but it is definitely too pink on me. Also, I can only blend it with my fingers, which I don’t like to do on top of foundation because it disturbs the foundation too much. After a little research, I found out I actually have easy (and reasonably-priced) access to NARS at HQHair. Therefore, I settled on the NARS Stick Concealer.
NARS makes shade selection easy by giving pretty accurate descriptions. I chose Custard because it is supposed to be for “light to medium complexions, yellow tones.” As you will be able to see in the swatch, for me it is probably as close as anything this range has to offer.
The swatch is done on my inner arm. Next to the stripe there actually is one that is blended, but you can’t see it at all because it really matches my skin tone (NC30 warm undertone) pretty well. The undertone on my face is majorly yellow, but there is some pink. On my face the color difference is a little more apparent before it is blended out, but still it is a pretty good match.
The texture of this concealer is not dry, but it is definitely not something I would recommend for dark circles. NARS does tout this as something that can “camouflage darkness under the eyes,” but I personally prefer a creamier concealer for that. For pigmentation spots and so on it does a pretty good job, and it doesn’t break me out. I like to use it in combination with my Bdellium 934. Depending on the situation, I can either do a thin coat or several coats (like when a while ago I accidentally bruised my own nose bridge trying to get rid of a blackhead. Oops). It wouldn’t wipe EVERYTHING off, like the bruise or the print my glasses leave on my nose, but it does dramatically improve how they look. It doesn’t look powdery, and it hangs in there all day (I do set it along with my foundation with a finishing powder). I really love this aspect of this concealer. I never have to carry it with me because it doesn’t slide off/disappear. I have tried to wear it on bare skin, but it doesn’t work so well in that case because it could look a little powdery (it doesn’t adhere to bare skin so well either). Also, if my skin tone isn’t evened out by a foundation, my chin is slightly darker and cheeks pink, which is why the concealer doesn’t match so well anymore.
Bottom line: If you want a concealer for anything but your undereye area that is easy to blend and doesn’t disappear on you midday, NARS stick concealers are worth looking into! For minor imperfections it is effective, though I can’t say the same if you’re dealing with something trickier.