NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly (vs. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer)

torek, februar 18, 2014


I don't normally do anything as stupid and shell out 26€ for a concealer, though it has happened before (YSL Anti-Cernes multi-action concealer, which is lovely might I add and was 5€ cheaper back in 2006), but being super pale means finding a matching shade is about as rare as hen's teeth. So I treated myself for my birthday with the lightest concealer I have found to date - NARS Radiant creamy concealer in Chantilly.

Right off the bat I noticed how similar it is to Collection's Lasting Perfection concealer, especially for something that costs about a fifth of the price of NARS' concealer (or a little less than a half for someone like me who has to order it on eBay). But more about the comparison later in the post.

Texture: Super creamy, pigmented and very blendable, though it needs something underneath that has a bit of moisture be it a moisturiser or a moisturising foundation. Dry, matte skin won't allow this to spread and blend as nicely, resulting in it looking a bit patchy.  

Staying power: Just like Collection 2000, this lasts pretty much all day. It outlasts all the foundations I own apart from Estee Lauder Maximum Cover.

Coverage: Is almost full and buildable. It covers the redness and circles under my eyes completely as well as any blemishes. It takes a few layers to cover any dark freckle that I have, but even then it's not perfectly covered, though it's good enough for me. 

Finish: It leaves a satin-matte finish and I don't tend put powder over it unlike with other concealers. It doesn't settle in lines or crease.

Packaging: A simple tube with a doe foot applicator. The doe foot makes it easy to apply where you want and the amount you need. My only gripe is the rubberised cap (NARS' signature) which gets dirty super fast.


I went on and compared it too most foundations and concealers I own at the moment (well, as much as I could fit on my arm). When I was researching online, which shade to get, there weren't many helpful comparison pictures apart from the ones with shades within the Radiant Concealer range, which drove me mad.

Comparison with Collection Lasting Perfection concealer: I wore both side by side a few days in a row, using different foundations and BB's underneath to properly test it.


I wore both, one on each side of the face and I don't notice any difference in coverage, how they sit on the skin or how they wear off.

  • They both offer pretty much full coverage, the difference is in how much product you need to achieve that. NARS' has more coverage and is creamier making it a bit easier to blend. But you can get the same amount of coverage with Collection 2000. You just need to add a few more dots of the product or add another layer (and I think everyone can live with that, right?). 
  • The finish is spot on, the same satin-matte one and both have a tendency to cling to dry skin (something moisturising underneath fixes that problem). 
  • The only difference is that by the end of the day NARS' concealer lasts longer and look brighter, while on Collection's side the redness under my eyes already peeked through (which could also be a result of a difference in shades with the NARS being obviously lighter).


Here is a side by side comparison. I kept the pictures large if you want a closer look. You can also see a full-face version of me wearing both concealers here (the picture is too large for here, besides not every one wants to see my scary mug).

There is a difference in shades, but that's it. However, for a Snow White like me, there aren't many such light shades and this one fits me perfectly at the moment, especially when I wear it with Missha's BB, Dior's BB or Rimmel's Match Perfection, and that's why for me it's totally worth the money. I love it especially for under the eyes as it makes that brightening effect on me, which makes me look rather fabulous. Obviously, if you found a colour match in Collection 2000 range, honestly you don't desperately need NARS' Radiant Creamy concealer, but it is a great product to have.


Radiant creamy concealer is an excellent product, though, I still prefer the more natural looking texture of my beloved Maybelline the Eraser (I wish they made such a light shade), but Chantilly is still my little dream come true. As soon as I get a bit tanner this will be too light for me as well.

I bought NARS' Radiant Creamy concealer from HqHair for 26 € (21 £) and Collection's Lasting Perfection concealer of eBay for 12 € with shipping from a seller that doesn't exist any more (but I'm certain you are able to find one yourself) and it's sold in UK's Boots and Superdrugs for 4.19 £.

By the way, there is another fabulous concealer I tested in the shop (applied it under the eyes and the whole shebang) and I think it's one of the best concealers I ever tried. It's Clarins' Instant Concealer, however, the lightest shade is much darker than NARS' Chantilly (it's also pink toned, so maybe closer to Vanilla and Collection's Fair? I could be wrong). For anyone who doesn't have access to NARS or even Collection 2000, but can afford a high price tag, go check it out.  

Have a great day!

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28 comments

  1. Huh, you can barely see the difference when they're on the eyes. Doesn't stop me from wanting to try it though haha

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    1. It's worth a try if you're prepared to spend that much, but Collection's is very good as well :)

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  2. Jeej, sem čakala na tole objavo in sem si kar lep spisek sestavila, še z onimi starejšimi :D Mislim, da bom po roj. dnevu šla na en concealer hunt :D

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    1. Super :) Jaz imam tudi raje da imam več korektorjev naenkrat :)

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  3. Res lepo prekrije:) Pa tudi zelo svetel je. Tale Collection 2000 sem jaz tudi hotela, če ga vsi toliko hvalijo, ampak ja... težko dobit. Res me živcira ta izbor naših podlag in korektorjev v Sloveniji.

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    1. Ja, ga je kar težko dobit tudi na eBayu. Zdaj še Maybellinov the Eraser iščem, pa so vsi za neko noro ceno skupaj s poštnino. Glede izbire pa nas je pa itak bolj žalost, ampak 10 let nazaj je bilo stokrat huje, zato sem pa kupila YSL-jevega takrat :)

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  4. Love your collection and it definitely inspired me to check out some of the products listed above!

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  5. Na vseh slikah sem opazila samo tvoje trepalnice. Woooow!!

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  6. I LOVE NARS creamy concealer especially because I have dark circles! The formula is thicker than most concealers but does not cake or crease. A++ product!

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  7. I actually would go with the Collection one. I think the difference isn't worth the money :) wish I had your eyelashes!!

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    1. If you find a match in the Collection range, then yes I would do the same :) Thank you :)

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  8. That eyelash make eyes look glamorous :p
    Mila

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  9. Thank you so muchf for thw in-depth review. It was extremely helpful.
    It's nice to know that there are concealers for super pale girls as well! I always struggle to have foundations/concealers match on my skin and I always need to mix the white MAC face&body.
    I think I should try to swatch this shade when I am in Sephora again! ;)

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    1. I'm glad you find it useful :) I've been struggling for years with foundations and concealers, but I found some great really pale ones :)

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  10. That's the third time this week I read a positive review about this concealer, and it's only Thursday! That must mean something :-)

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    1. I swear this was in every Best of 2013 video on youtube! I just had to try it and they were right, it's really nice :)

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  11. thank you for this- i am about the same skin tone as you (missha 13 is the best match i've found so far too), and i ordered this yesterday because i am so sick of not having a concealer! glad to have been validated ;)

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    1. Chantilly goes perfectly with Missha #13 :) Everything else I tried was a shade or two too dark. I'm glad you found it helpful :)

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  12. Hvala za primerjavo, sem komaj čakala tale post. Jaz bom ostala kar pri Collection 2000, ker mi je odtenek 'light' pisan na kožo, tako da mislim, da mi res ni treba nepotrebno zapravljati za Nars. :)

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    1. Tako ja, če ti paše light, ne rabiš še narsovega. Itak tudi če Collection naneseš malo več, izgleda isto :)

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  13. Your eyelashes are amazing! What do you use? Also, I am starting to blog, could you give me some feedback on how to improve? Thanks xx

    http://lucy-heywood.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you :) I use Lancome Hypnose mascara.

      Welcome to the blogosphere :) You have done a wonderful job so far and I like your writing, but may I suggest a smaller font and moving your info and archives gadget to the sidebar, as well as adding follow me buttons, so people can subscribe. Best of luck :)

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  14. Wow! It’s a nice concealer to cover up freckles!
    xo,
    ~Pauline @Nars Philippines

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  15. I need your help! My shade is bobbi brown moisture rich foundation in alabaster and nars vanilla concealer suits me well but I don't like formula because it's a bit dry for me. So I'm looking on bobbi brown tinted eye brightener but couldn't find color.. Should I buy porcelain peach or porcelain bisque? Please help! Thanks!

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