Review: NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

Review: NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

March 5, 2017 Off By oliviazao

Does NARS’ new concealer offering top the cult fave Radiant Creamy Concealer?

For my long-time blog readers, you will know I am crazy about NARS’ complexion products, including their infamous Radiant Creamy Concealer (click here for an in depth review) so I was intrigued about this latest product. After Jackie Aina gave her seal of approval to NARS’ newest concealer, I knew it was time to spend some coin and try it for myself.

The Soft Matte Complete Concealer retails at £23 and comes in 16 shades. I use the shade Caramel (although, I may purchase a slightly lighter shade for that extra pop) and, for reference, I use Macao in NARS foundation.

So firstly, a comparison of the claims of the both concealers:

Soft Matte Complete Concealer

Natural look

High coverage

Soft-focus smoothing effect



Radiant Creamy Concealer

Medium to buildable coverage

Luminous finish




In introducing the Soft Matte concealer, NARS has ensured that they have a concealer for everyone – for those who prefer light, radiant coverage and those wanting high impact full coverage.

So firstly, the coverage. NARS told no lies. It is high. I liken this concealer to the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in terms of pigment and texture. It has a thick (but not cakey) consistency and blends amazingly into the skin without compromising on coverage. You do need a lot more product than you would with the KA concealer, however. Its coverage means it is also an excellent concealer for concealing blemishes and dark undereye circles with very little effort. I find that as I blend out the Radiant Creamy Concealer, the coverage sheers out, unless I have left it to sit before blending. This isn’t the case with the Soft Matte.

Top: Radiant Creamy / Bottom: Soft Matte

Is it matte? Yes, this concealer does dry down to a matte finish but not in a way you would expect. It is not drying at all and smooths and blurs the skin rather than highlighting dryness. The beauty of this finish means you also don’t have to rush to blend out this concealer before it dries as it remains creamy and blendable for a good while. Unless you have very oily skin, you don’t necessarily need to set this concealer either.

Left: Soft Matte / Right: Radiant Creamy

Soft Matte

And the longevity? I would say this concealer is more long-wearing than the Radiant Creamy Concealer. The high coverage of the Soft Matte lasts for 8hrs+ (when set with a powder), something I have not experienced with NARS’ most famous concealer.

The question you’ve been waiting for: Is it better than the Radiant Creamy? In short, I haven’t picked it up since I tried the Soft Matte. This pot will also last me a long time – unlike the Radiant Creamy Concealer which I seem to have to repurchase every couple of months. It gives me exactly what I look for in a concealer – coverage, blendability and a soft natural finish. I see myself reaching more for the Radiant Creamy in the summer months when I’m after a lighter, more glowy look.

Have you tried this concealer yet? Are you a Radiant Creamy or a Soft Matte lover? Let me know in the comments!

Olivia x