NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealers

It’s only been the last six months or so since I’ve really started falling in love with concealers. So much so that my current concealer is almost finito. What does this mean? Well, I’m on the hunt for something new! I’ve been trialling out the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealersfor quite a few weeks now and thought it was about time to review them, because I’m pretty impressed.

 Nars Soft Matte ConcealerNars Soft Matte ConcealerLight 1 Vanilla | Light 2.5 Creme Brulee | Light 3 Honey | Med/Dark 2.5 Chestnut | Med/Dark 4 Hazelnut | Dark 1 Cafe


The NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer is claimed to be “NARS’ highest coverage concealer yet”. But, they also emphasise that it will provide “natural-looking coverage in an oil-free cream formula that blurs, conceals, and smooths imperfections”. That’s quite a mouthful so I was definitely curious to see how these concealers would work with my acne prone and very oily skin.

Within the Soft Matte Complete Concealer range, there are 16 shades. The particular shades that I received are Light 1 Vanilla, Light 2.5 Creme Brulee, Light 3 Honey, Med/Dark 2.5 Chestnut, Med/Dark 4 Hazelnut and Dark 1 Cafe. As Summer has just ended here in Australia, I’m quite tanned. None of these shades are an exact match for me currently. But, as the weather cools down and my tan fades away, I can tell that Med/Dark 2.5 Chestnut will be perfect.


The formula of this concealer was something completely new to me. When I think of concealers, I think of something really creamy to the touch that has a slight glow or sheen to it. They usually feel really thick and a little bit slippery. This concealer isn’t anything like that. It is still fairly creamy to the touch. But, it isn’t as smooth in the way that I’m used to, straight away at least.


Because I love the way that concealers melt into the skin when they come in contact with body heat, I use my finger to apply the concealer to my problem areas. The formula goes on feeling slightly drier and less smooth than other concealers I’ve used because it is matte. But, as soon as I start blending it into my skin, the formula’s smoothness becomes apparent and it starts to sink into my skin. It’s quite interesting because it hides my redness and makes my acne look less raised, while still looking very natural.


I personally really like this concealer and how it has a matte finish. I feel like the formula of this concealer is really comfortable to wear. I apply concealer before foundation and I think that because it isn’t as slippery as other finishes, my makeup all glides on so well. In my opinion, it also looks slightly more natural than other concealers.

If you’d like to get your hands on these concealers, here’s some deets of where you can pick them up.
AUSTRALIA: In store at Mecca Maxima or Mecca Cosmetica, or online here for $44AUD
UNITED STATES: Sephora online here for $30USD
UNITED KINGDOM: Nars website here for 23GBP

Are you going to give the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealers a go?
What’s your favourite concealer?

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  • Great review – I’m definitely going to check them out next time I’m in Mecca and see if I can find a colour match.


    • Glad you enjoyed it Kayte 🙂 Hope you find a shade that matches you! x

  • I’ve seen these and wondered what they were like, because no one is really talking about them yet. I’m a long-time lover of the Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer and I’m on my third tube, so I’d love to give these a try!

    Maddie |

    • Yeah I’ve noticed that too! Not many people are talking about them yet. Quite funny because they’re really lovely :)! I’m yet to try the Creamy Radiant one! I’ll have to give it a shot x

  • Ah you got all the pinky shades. I was wondering where the others were. I really like the look of the formula! Will definitely have to look in to these! Thanks for the swatches! <3

    • No worries lovely! Yeah, unfortunately the majority of them are pink 🙁 & I’m definitely more yellow /neutral! But Chestnut should be a perf match for me soon 🙂 Go & have a looksie! You’ll looove them x

  • I’m really thinking about giving this one a go. It sounds like it would be perfect for blemishes and any extra coverage on the face. Plus, I have been a huge fan of the Radiant Creamy Concealer so it is worth a shot. Great review 🙂

    Emma | Rosy Disposition

    • Thanks Emma 🙂 The pigmentation is so good! It’s such a life saver for redness + acne x

  • Ela

    I have really oily skin as well so this might be a good product for me!
    Ela |

  • Bernadette

    I was eyeing this concealer in stores the other day I love the coverage level it appears to have but I’m still iffy as to whether it would sit underneath my eyes. I mean it’s more of a cream concealer rather than liquid so it could possible crease on me.

    • Yeah I prefer this concealer for spots and not under my eyes 🙂 x

  • I do really want to try give these a try, but I’m not sure if they’d work on my skin x

    Lily |

    • Fair enough lovely! What’s your skin type Lily? 🙂 x

  • I had a little swatch of these instore the other day! They felt so nice! Unfortunately (for me), I basically only use concealer under my eyes, so I don’t these would work too well! Great post Katina!

    Mel xx || Loads of Lifestyle

    • Oh lucky you not needing to spot conceal! So so jelly!! Thanks Mel x

  • I’ve heard about the Radiant Creamy Concealer and it’s on my To Buy list, but this is making me reconsider!

    Teesh || Adventures of Cupcake Girl

    • I’m seriously so in love with this concealer! It’s so good! I love using it to hide a whole heap of my current redness and acne spots haha x