Hype or Hoax: Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer

After much hemming and hawing (and rationalizing that I most definitely needed a new concealer) I recently decided to order myself the much-hyped Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer. I've heard countless YouTubers and Beauty Gurus profess their love for this little pot of pigmented wonder. But is it as good as all the claims? Well at first, I definitely didn't think so.

The product does have a lovely texture that is creamier and not as heavy as many other pot concealers. It's pigmented and seems to last well on the skin. Initially my biggest problem with it was that I'd pat some on to the skin and then dab my damp beauty blender over the top and it was like the coverage would just disappear. So, I'd add more and more, repeating the process, and that just left me a bit frustrated. I mean, what's the point of a concealer if it doesn't give you enough coverage to actually conceal?

I decided I must be doing something wrong. So I went on a quest to figure out the best way to apply this puppy, and I think I've found it. My preferred method is tapping a bit of the product on with my fingertip and using my It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe ComplexionPerfection Brush #7 (that's a mouthful of a name) to stipple the product in. You don't need to necessarily use this exact brush. Any domed synthetic brush will do. By using a stippling motion you can actually completely blend the product in within seconds without shifting or removing the coverage. Once that's done I like to lightly pat over the area with my fingertips, letting the heat from my finger help completely mesh the product with my skin. And voila! This has made a world of difference for me and turned the Soft Matte Concealer into something I constantly reach for.

One added bonus, which I had heard some people mention but didn't truly believe until I saw the results, is that this concealer helps camouflage enlarged pores! This might not seem like a big deal to some but to me and people with oily skin and enlarged, visible pores, this is a godsend. I have a good deal of redness around my nose and cheeks so this concealer helps knock down some of that redness and smooth out the texture of my pores. That's something not even my beloved Shape Tape can do.

So ladies (and makeup-loving gents), this just goes to show you that sometimes the difference between a total flop and a product you can't stop using it user error. Don't give up on a product just because it didn't work for you right off the bat. Try some different techniques, see how other people have applied it and what their skin-types are and try to see if there's a way that you can make it work for your needs. Unless of course something breaks you out or causes an allergic reaction. In that case, take that crap back and make sure you post reviews so that other lovely makeup wearers like yourself will see that no product is infallible.

Have you tried the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer? Did it work for you? Have you ever tried a product that didn't work for you initially until you changed the way you were applying it? Let me know in the comments below!

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