For Snow Whites and Chocolate Beauties Alike, Good Coverage and Natural Finish Await in NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer!

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Honey

I seldom get excited about concealers, but NARS Radiant Creamy Concealers couldn’t have been launched at a better time. My dark circles aren’t bad, but they get  a little worse in spring because this is when my allergies tend to be on full-blast. A congested/runny nose means heavier dark circles, and I prefer to avoid concealers in pots. Long story short, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Honey found its way into my shopping cart!

NARS Honey Radiant Creamy Concealer


NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer comes in similar (if not identical, but I don’t own a NARS gloss) packaging to NARS lip gloss. The cap is slightly rubberized, so it might look a bit dirty with time. However, I don’t really have any problems with other NARS products I own, and I don’t think this will be an exception.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer applicator

The opening of the tube is not too big, and that prevents the wand from picking too much product up. It is great because you need the lightest dab in the areas you want to see some good concealing in action, and it won’t create a mess!

I picked the shade in Honey even though the undertone is normally way too peachy for my skin, because I want the peachy undertone to brighten the dark circles (for your reference, my regular NARS concealer shade would be Custard. I am around NC25, but CaféMakeup who is NC15/20 finds the same two shades good matches as well). It is definitely too peachy to be used anywhere else, but it works incredibly well for dark circles!

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Honey swatch

The swatch was done with one light swipe, and I hope you can see how creamy and pigmented it is. You really only need the lightest dab, and it is blended out very easily. From what I can see, the “radiant” in the product name doesn’t really mean light-reflecting, which is great because you can use it for other imperfections you want to cover. The “radiant” more or less means the concealer doesn’t end up looking flat, powdery, or cakey on the skin!

You are about to see Honey in action. Please bear in mind that I am showing you my right eye, which is my “problem eye.” My dark circle is more serious under this eye, and the skin is much puffier as well. I was told this could be related to the fact that I sleep on my right more often but anyways.

Upper left: bare skin. Upper right: after a light-coverage foundation (Bourjois Healthy Mix). Also, don’t mind the white bits on my lashes. It’s the mascara primer. Below: after NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Honey

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Honey EOTD


Isn’t that a pretty good difference? Bye-bye puffiness and vein!

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer lasts really well, and it does’t make eyeliner on my lower lash line smudge like some other concealers. It is not drying or dry-looking, which could end up looking fake and powdery. I haven’t tried too many concealers, so I hesitate to call it my favorite undereye concealer or something along that line, but it is pretty fantastic! The only tiny problem I can see is it could sink into one of the “fine lines” I have under my right eye (again, only my right eye, because the skin under my left eye is pretty smooth). I have similar problems with most concealers, which I mentioned in my Pai Echium BioRejuvenate Eye Cream review. I have unfortunately run out of this great eye cream, but I suspect the settling into fine line problem has more to do with the fact that my current eye cream is not moisturizing enough. I will have to report back!

For those of you who are interested, here is the ingredient list:

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ingredient list

Bottom line: Easy to use, great coverage, excellent lasting power, and natural-looking finish, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is something you might want to look into next time you’re on the market for a new concealer. I like this range also because it offers 10 shades in total, which means from snow whites to chocolate beauties and everyone in between should be able to find a match. That is something I can’t say about all concealers!

Have you tried NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer or any NARS concealers? My NARS Concealer in Custard is still my go-to for imperfections. For the moment I am on the hunt for something that will completely cover the print my glasses have left on the left side of my nose. Do you have any recommendations for an industrial-strength full-coverage concealer that I should try?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    Lucky you! I find it drying for me. It sinks into my fine lines too because my under eye area is do dry. :(
    Glad you found something that works well for you!

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    SO dry. Not do dry. Sigh. :)

    • Sunny

      Haha no problem, Tracy. Too bad it’s drying for you! I want to experiment with a more moisturizing eye cream, because I’ve had this problem in the past and the Pai eye cream solved it!

  • Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    Looks like Tracy thinks it’s a bit dry. It looks really creamy in pictures and I think the after effect sold me the concealer. I’ll have to give it a try.

    • Sunny

      Hey Angela, see if you can have it applied on you at a counter. Walk around for a day with it and you’ll figure it out! I’d love to read about it if you get it :)

  • Tiffany

    I’m loving these concealers too, Sunny! Looks like Honey works great for you. As for a heavy duty concealer, I haven’t personally tried this one, but I hear MAC Pro Longwear is really full coverage and long lasting. Have you tried that one?

    • Sunny

      Thanks Tiffany! I’m definitely going to check out MAC Pro Longwear now that it has been mentioned TWICE!

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Oooh this looks interesting! I don’t know why I’m getting into concealers all of the sudden–it used to be that I would just have one that I liked and would stick with but now, after falling in love with Giorgio Armani’s Maestro concealer, I find myself looking at others more and more as well 😛 This one looks great–really nice and comfortable looking and very natural on the skin.

    Oh, and I feel you with the “problem eye”–my left eye is my problem eye. It’s even worse than yours–it gets pretty dark sometimes. Ehhk :/

    • Sunny

      Haha one more addiction, Becca! It’s a dangerous thing!

      I don’t think the bare eye photo does my right eye justice to be honest. I think it looks worse in real life, but with enough light it looks much better. It’s just always darker and puffier, which irks me to no end!

  • beauties

    nice effect =) at first I thought it was a lipgloss too because of the packaging

    • Sunny

      Haha well I don’t really want to know what will happen if I put this on my lips, but it for sure works well under my eyes!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Sounds and looks good! I use MAC’s Pro Longwear concealer. Blends like a dream, covers well and stays put.

    • Sunny

      I’ve heard great things about the MAC Pro Longwear now come to think of it, and I like the pump mechanism. Perhaps I should go to a MAC store at some point and have it applied to that pesky print left by my glasses and see how it goes! Thanks for the recommendation, girl!

      • Kiss & Make-up

        At your service, milady :-)

  • Kelly Amanda

    That looks like a great concealer! I can’t imagine my make-up routine without concealer and I’m always on the hunt for pigmented concealers for my face and under-eye area. Too bad they don’t sell Nars in The Netherlands because I’m not brave enough to order a concealer online, I’m afraid I’ll pick the wrong colour.

    • Sunny

      Oh I wasn’t aware that you don’t have NARS in the Netherlands! I thought Sephora would carry the brand (though I know Sephora is leaving)! I bought my first NARS concealer online sight unseen, but I did a lot of research so it turned out to be a great match. Maybe you should just wait a bit and see what everyone has to say!

  • Anne

    Oh- I’m so glad these seem to perform so well! I’ve never own any concealer, but my dark circles have become more noticeable lately even though I’ve always been very careful with my sleeping schedule, and I was considering getting one. I’m not drawn to concealers in pot, and I don’t want to spend too much time and money to look for a suitable concealer, so these come just in time!

    • Sunny

      Hey Anne, I started using a concealer myself not so long ago, so I know what you mean! I think your decision-making process is the same with mine. It’s probably my bad that I am not passionate about concealers enough to do more research, but this line came out and people seem to be positive about it, so in my shopping basket it went 😉

      • Anne

        Well, making your way through reviews IS very time consuming, and I couldn’t be bothered. Besides, I liked how practical the packaging seemed to be, and I’ve had good luck with the few Nars products I’ve tried!
        I’ve actually just bought honey. Custard is a perfect match for my skintone, which leans very yellow, but that’s the thing: there was way too much yellowness for the undereye area, which made me a tad sickly looking. I’m pleased that Honey cancels that!

        • Sunny

          So I guess our skin tones aren’t that different! My NARS stick concealer in Custard blends really well into my skin tone, and I haven’t noticed it not working in summer either. Glad to hear you’re digging the peachy undertone as well!

  • Teri

    Giiirl, you barely have any under eye circles! Just wait till you see me in the morning, lol! But besides that, this sounds really promising, it does take away any blue tones and your eyes look fresh and awake after the concealing!

    • Sunny

      Haha well I HAVE seen you in the morning and I don’t remember seeing dark circles, so I don’t know what you’re talking about! I love how the peachy undertone works. Unfortunately I’ll have to get another shade if I want to use it anywhere else on my face though. You just can’t have it all 😉

  • Christine

    I really like this review Sunny!! My go to is still Bobbi Brown’s corrector, but I occasionally find it a bit difficult to apply (more paste-like, less creamy) so I’d love to try something new… Perhaps this is it? 😉

    • Sunny

      Christine!!! So glad to have you back! My problem with Bobbi Brown concealer/corrector is they always seem to make my eyeliner smudge. I’ve never owned any, but I’ve had it applied at counters and tried it during workshops. The same thing just keeps happening!

  • Chris

    I’ve been on a concealer kick myself. Not sure if this would work for me as my undereye area is dry.

    • Sunny

      Haha concealer kick, that’s a good way to describe it :) I am probably not the best judge here, also because I laugh/smile A LOT. Especially when I do a selfie session, it’s a smiling marathon so I guess EVERYTHING will crease.

  • Larie

    I actually don’t use concealers much. I use a corrector for under eyes, one that’s more orange than yellow, because using yellow under my eyes make it look all ashy and such. That’s probably the only place I would use it, but I have really dry skin there, like Tracy, so this is probably a pass for me. Sigh.

    • Sunny

      Aww well I think if I find another eye cream that’s moisturizing enough, or get the Pai one back I will be fine. I really only experience creasing when my skin isn’t hydrated enough to begin with!

  • Caise

    I’m glad you like it:)

    today I tried a Chanel concealer and I looooove it! it has a great coverage so I was afraid that it will crease in my fine lines because I have dry skin under my eyes but it is great and I’m in love and I need to buy it:)

    (I checked out today Bobbi Brown new collection and I bought a lip gloss (;) and a blush. I wanted a shimmer brick palette as well but it’s not available in Portugal yet.. :(

    • Sunny

      Now come to think of it I haven’t really looked into Chanel base products, even though I have heard great things about some of their foundations! Now I need to lay my greedy paws on the testers at a counter!

      I hope the shimmer brick will make its way there soon! I’m relatively sure it will, since shimmer bricks are bestsellers within the brand!

      • Caise

        same here! I bought touday my first ever Chanel foundation! I’ve tried some samples of Vitalmiere Aqua but I didn’t like it. Today I purchased Mat Lumiere and it looks great on me. I also bought this powder The Beiges..

        • Sunny

          Haha I’m going to review Les Beiges this Saturday (at least that’s the plan). I hope you’ll like it though! It’s such a fine setting powder!

  • Yolennie

    Great review! You don’t have any dark circles, what are you talking about 😛

    • Sunny

      LOL thanks girl, but I do! Perhaps not so much, but still it’d nice to make the area look a bit brighter :)

  • Angie

    I have been so curious about these concealers since they were introduced, and each time I read another review I get closer to purchasing one! I do have many concealers on my whichlist currently, so I imagine I will have to be doing some narrowing down and decide on one for sure! :) Great post, Sunny!
    PS – I will now go check out your eyelash primer post next – I think I need one of those too! :)

    • Sunny

      Hey Angie, thanks so much for coming by and leaving a comment! I’m a bit too lazy to do a lot of research. I was looking at the OCC one, but I prefer not to have a concealer in pot so I went with this instead!

  • Diana

    Ooh, looks great! I’ve been dying to try out some NARS. Maybe I’ll go for this concealer.

    • Sunny

      Or you can wait till I review that new Satin Lip Pencil 😉

  • Redhotjillypeppers

    Looks great ! It gives a really nice natural finish judging from your pictures.

    • Sunny

      Yeah it doesn’t look “flat.” Some concealers end up looking very “flat” and that’s when it’s not natural anymore!

  • Paige

    I’m loving this concealer. It’s my current go-to under eye concealer. Being a liquid, it’s moisturizing enough for the delicate under eye area yet opaque enough to actually cover the dark circles. I’ve bought 3 shades: Custard, Honey, and Ginger. I think I’m around NC25 (NARS Alaska) like you but I have a much stronger golden undertone (I’m of Southeast Asia origin). I agree with both Amy’s and your assessment that the peachiness of Honey color-corrects the bluish dark circles well. However, it’s a little too pink for me. Custard itself is does not get rid of the dark circles as well as Honey. What works for me however, is to color-correct the dark circles with Honey then apply Custard to get the yellowness matching the rest of my face.

    Unfortunately, this NARS concealer is not heavy-duty enough to cover acne/scabs/post-acne marks I occasionally get. I highly recommend the concealer from the Body Shop. The concealer is a solid dispensed in a jumbo pencil. However, it is best applied with a finger. The formula is perfect–thick and creamy–for covering dry scabs. I mix shades 02 and 04 (again 02 is a little pink for me and 004 is yellow but a little dark) but I think you could get away with 02.

    P.S. Other concealers I’ve tried that were not as successful: L’Oreal True Match liquid concealer (didn’t last long), YSL Touche Éclat (not enough coverage), Shu Uemura Pro Gel concealer (toooo dry!), and YSL Anti-Cernes (didn’t last long).

    P.S. 2 Eeep! I’ve just realized that this comment has gotten so long, it’s turning into a mini-essay already 😛

    • Sunny

      Hey Paige, thanks so much for sharing your experience! Your way of using these sounds smart!

      I was looking at the OCC ones, but I wouldn’t go for anything in a pot as long as I could find an alternative. I don’t even know why, because the wand doesn’t make it more sanitary anyways! I did hear they offer excellent coverage though! I thought Touche Eclat is more for brightening and not really concealing, though I’m not sure. It remains one of the industry legends I just haven’t got around to trying!

  • M

    Great review – your closeup pics are helpful

    • Sunny

      Thanks girl! I think you see how it works much better that way than just on my arm :)

  • Kristen @ Glambunctious

    I am so excited about this concealer! I ordered it a few days ago and it’s set to arrive tomorrow! I am ready to JAM with this wand in hand! …sorry, too much caffeine today! :)

    • Sunny

      OOO I can’t wait to hear how you like it! And PLEASE don’t jab yourself in the eye with that wand… I’ve got a gruesome mental picture now LOL

  • Lily (@ChloeAsh)

    Oh you enabler! When I’m on a no buy!!! tsk tsk tsk….
    I’ll write it down and will see it I still want it in August 😛

    • Sunny

      Aww sorry Lily! This is permanent though, so don’t worry about it! If you’re still up to trying a new concealer in August, check this out!

  • Meryl @ Memoiselle

    This review is such a yayness!! Nars creamy concealer actually reminds me of Chanel Perfection Corrector. I have Chanel perfection corrector and wonders if I really need the NARS concealer. Do you have any idea about it?

    • Sunny

      Hey Meryl, sorry but I haven’t tried that one! I’ll have to look into it. I have largely under-explored Chanel base products, or actually base products in general because I don’t tend to switch all that often!

  • Dovey

    Hi Sunny,

    I purchased Honey as well for similar reasons — it’s not the best match, but the higher levels of peach def. counteract purple circles, blemishes etc. more effectively

    • Sunny

      Yay, glad to hear Honey is working for you, Dovey! I actually haven’t tried to use this on my blemishes. I’m going to give it a go soon!

  • Alison

    I’ve been hearing many good things about this formula… I’m always on the look out for good base makeup, so maybe I should try it!

    • Sunny

      Hey Alison, from what I heard, as long as your skin is not too dry, you will more than likely find it pretty good! Good luck with it!

  • Taylor

    Ooh that formula looks so creamy. My “good eye” beats your bad eye any day! I don’t think this is heavy enough for me, hand down the best heavy-duty concealer in the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye, it’s been a life savor. I can sometime get away with using the RMS un-cover up.

    • Sunny

      Hey Taylor, thanks for the recommendations! You got be intrigued about the RMS one a while ago, but I am really icky about concealers in pots… Perhaps one day I’ll get rid of this irrational fear! Now I need to look into It Cosmetics too!

  • Nic @Strawbry_Blonde

    Ohhh this is the one you mentioned on my blog… the pigmentation looks amazing – will def try this next time I’m in Space NK!


    • Sunny

      Ahhh lucky you, Nic! I only get to see NARS when I’m back in Taipei!!!

  • Isabelle

    Ahhh should I pick this up in that color as well? It looks amazing! Even better than the one we both already have!

  • Isabelle

    (for the full coverage: try Vichy Dermablend or even La Roche Posay Toleriane Teint)

    • Sunny

      Hey Isabelle, I think you might want to try Honey for the undereye area indeed. Custard blends well into my skin tone, but I don’t think the yellowness corrects dark circles if it makes sense. Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll have to look into those!

  • Sarah

    Hi Sunny,

    I usually use Clinique Airbrush Concealer in shade 04 – I read on a post that you have used this concealer also but not with much luck. I was wondering if you knew what shade of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer to recommend for me as I do not have a local counter to go to. Thank you :)

  • Sarah

    Also, I like to use a lighter shade with golden undertones to make my eyes pop – similar to Kim Kardashian.

    • Sunny

      Hey Sarah, thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment! I don’t have much luck with Clinique Airbrush Concealer, but fortunately what I have is also 04 Neutral Fair so I can compare the shades for you!

      Neutral Fair is lighter than both Honey and Custard, and I can’t really find a NARS equivalent because there are only two shades lighter than Honey (Chantilly for the very fair and Vanilla which has a pink undertone). The thing about Honey is as I mentioned in the post, CafeMakeup also uses this shade for her undereye area, and she is a couple of foundation shades lighter. I have talked to other bloggers who think Honey is a good option for the same purpose, even though they have different skin tones.

      As to the golden undertone, there is one in the NARS line-up that fits the description, which is Ginger. However, Ginger is much darker than Honey and apparently designed for medium skin tones, so it will probably be too dark for you (I don’t know what foundation shade you are, but if you use Neutral Fair you are probably fairer than I am. I find Neutral Fair too light). If you’re fair/fair-medium I’d say Honey is a safer bet!

      I hope this helps! Don’t hesitate to comment back and tell me what foundations you use. That might give me a better read!

      • Sarah

        Hi Sunny, thanks for your speedy reply. I use Clinique’s repair wear foundation in either shade 06 which I believe is honey or shade 08 vanilla, depending on how tanned I am (not to be confused with the new laser focus repair wear, as the one I use is almost discontinued :( ) I’ve also used Clinique’s even better foundation in shade 05 – not sure what colour that is though. I’ve seen swatches of the NARS concealer and thought the chantilly looked quite bright but I’m trying to avoid anything with a pink undertone. I only use concealer for under my eyes and more for a bright effect than coverage. Hope this information is helpful to you in helping me :) thank you.

        • Sunny

          Hey Sarah, you’re welcome!

          It took me a while to figure out what Clinique Even Better 05 (Neutral) looks like, and I realized it’s a foundation with neutral undertone for light-to-medium skin tones. I am light-to-medium too though my undertone is warm, which means our skin tones might not be that different. In that case Honey should also work for you. The only thing is this concealer actually has pretty good coverage. The peachy undertone does brighten, but I am not too sure if it’s exactly what you’re looking for. If you need more brightening than coverage, have you looked into Bobbi Brown Correctors? It mainly brightens and it is used before your concealer.

  • Jenni @ lifeandlensofbeauty

    thanks for ur review! I’ve been wanting to try this concealer out :) esp now i have finished the Canmake one!

    • Sunny

      Haha then this one came out at a good time for you!

  • Yanne

    Hello !!! Thanks a lot for this review. I’d like to buy it but my skin is very sensitive and allergic to many components… Could you please post a picture of the ingredients list so I could check it before offering this concealer? :=)

    • Sunny

      Hey Yanne, thanks so much for reminding me! I normally post the ingredient list for base products, but for some reason I forgot this time around! Fortunately I was still able to dig the box up from my pile paper recycling. I just added the picture. Hope it helps!

      • Yanne

        Thanks a lot. Product is safe for me….

        • Sunny

          Oh yay, I’m so glad to hear that! I hope you’ll be happy with it :)

  • Chrystal

    My under eyes are pretty dark as I usually always need a corrector first then a concealer . I have tried the armani meastro concealer yet but after trying the nars I may not even try the armani . ( makeup addict so I probably will anyway ) this covers enough so I feel like I can skip the corrector . That will be perfect for summer time , when fast hastle free makeup is required . I found vanilla to be perfect but didn’t try on any others . I usually wear bb light bisque , tarte light , laura mercier 1 .

    • Sunny

      Hey Chrystal, I’m glad to hear it works for you! I haven’t tried the Armani one yet. I tend not to experiment too much with base products though. I more or less find something that works well enough and stick to it, so it might be a while before I move on to the Armani one!