Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is no doubt one of the best concealers out there and in my known-circle, there is no-one who has not tried this concealer, I mean it is that good. The good news is that the cult-favourite concealer is available in a mini version called Mini Radiant Creamy Concealer – a version perfect to carry with you and affordable enough if you are new to it.
Nars radiant creamy concealer in the mini size is perfect for touch-ups on the go. The formula is creamy, buildable, blendable, hydrating, and the finish is naturally radiant. The shades range from light to darkest and available in 30 shades. The concealer has been loved by makeup artists, beauty editors, and makeup lovers equally for its ability to correct, highlight, and contour. Another amazing thing about it is the staying power of it, it keeps the area natural and flawless for all day long.
For the amount of work it does, Radiant Creamy Concealer is an all-purpose product – works as a concealer, brightener, corrector, and even highlighter – one product that does it all to make you look awake and alive. The formula is enriched with hydrating, multi-action skincare benefits and light diffusing technology which instantly obscures imperfections and diminishes fine lines and signs of fatigue with a luxurious texture and luminous finish. It is not the first time I have tried this concealer but it was one of the first concealers I bought almost a decade ago and I remember I fell in love with it instantly.
Below are the shade descriptions for all the 20 shades I swatched in the pictures below:
Affogato – Light 1.25 – fair skin with peach undertones
Vanilla – Light 2 – fair with subtle pink undertones
Nougatine – Light 2.2 – light with yellow undertones
Madeleine – Light 2.3 – light with neutral undertones
Cafe Au Lait – Light 2.4 – light with subtle peach undertones
Creme Brulee – Light 2.5 – light with pink undertones
Cafe Con Leche – Light 2.6 – light with golden undertones
Cannelle – light 2.75 – light with peach undertones
Marron Glace – Light 2.8 – light to medium with yellow undertones
Honey – Light 3 – light to medium with rich pink undertones
Crema Catalana – Medium 0 – medium with subtle peach undertones
Custard – Medium 1 – medium with neutral undertones
Toffee – Medium 1.25 – medium with pink undertones
Macadamia – Medium 1.5 – medium with peach undertones
Tiramisu – Medium 1.75 – medium with red undertones
Ginger – Medium 2 – medium with golden undertones
Truffle – Med/Dark 2.75 – medium-dark with peach undertones
Amande – Med/Dark 3 – medium-dark with neutral undertones
Chocolat – Dark 0 – medium-dark to dark with golden undertones
Dark Coffee – Dark 3 – dark with neutral undertones
It does not set into the fine lines or problem areas but just blends in making the skin look luminous and healthy, nothing like a mask. It provides sheer to medium buildable coverage. There is no fragrance and does not cause me any irritation or congestion on the skin. I usually do not feel the need to set the concealer but it works pretty well both ways – with or without setting it with a powder. I use it under the eyes to brighten the area and then on the sides of my nose where it is a bit dark during this time of the year due to over oil secretion. Using this concealer, I never feel I have anything on, it is very lightweight and blends into the skin effortlessly.
I have used this formula and concealer for years and can definitely recommend you guys to check it out if you haven’t yet and for all the fans of this concealer, yay to the mini version. Nars Mini Radiant Creamy Concealer is available at narscosmetics.ca , Sephora.ca, Nordstrom, Hudson’s Bay, and Shoppersdrugmart.ca*Press samples
Cleansing is the first step in the skincare routine with which the whole ritual of skincare begins. The effectiveness of the skincare products in the skincare routine depends on the first step – cleansing. With cleansing, I mean the skin which is clean, not stripped of natural oils, not dry, not irritated but comfortable. La Prairie has launched two new cleansing products this summer called Supreme Balm Cleanser and Crystal Micellar Water Eyes Face which definitely elevate the skincare ritual from ordinary to extraordinary.
‘A perfect complexion begins with perfectly clean skin. Purified, detoxified, moisturized skin is the clear canvas on which the very art of beauty rests.’ It is my personal experience that when my skin is thoroughly cleansed, my skin looks and feels healthier with no to minimal congestion, it is radiant, and healthy-looking.
Supreme Balm Cleanser is a deep cleansing balm to start of the indulgent cleansing ritual not just to remove makeup but also to help shed the day’s stress and leave skin perfectly clean.
Basically, good thorough cleansing does not strip the skin of its hydration or natural defences which is what this Supreme Balm Cleanser does. The Supreme Balm Cleanser undergoes a surprising and delightful transformation on the skin, beginning as a rich balm before transforming first into a sumptuous oil and then into a gentle, milky emulsion. It dissolves makeup as well as pollutants, dirt and impurities for gentle yet thorough cleansing of the entire face. The result is soft supple skin with a velvety feel.
To use ‘Wth the spatula, collect a generous dollop of balm and dispense it into the palm of the hand. Using fingertips, apply on perfectly dry skin by massaging in a circular motion, starting at the forehead, passing along the nose, over cheeks and along the jawline. Continue to massage until the balm transforms into a silky oil. Splash face with lukewarm water to transform the oil into a milky emulsion, continuing the massage gesture. Rinse until the skin feels clean and free of residue. Gently wipe face using one of the delicate muslin cloths provided for a light exfoliation that leaves skin perfectly clean and smooth. Follow with the rest of the skincare ritual.’
Crystal Micellar Water Eyes Face is an essential, one-gesture cleansing ritual that combines Liquid Crystal technology with the indulgence of pure, clear Swiss glacier water to leave skin perfectly pristine. With the busy routine of the day, there is sometimes not enough time to carry on with the full cleansing ritual to remove makeup, pollutants and other impurities where this Crystal Micellar Water comes into the picture. Crystal Micellar Water Eyes Face is a gentle yet effective cleansing micellar water that attracts makeup and other impurities and binds to them so they can then be swept away, all without drying out the skin.
Crystal Micellar Water Eyes Face removes all impurities and makeup without the use of water while the rich fusion of antioxidants protects the skin at the same time. The skin is clean, refreshed, hydrated, soothed, and healthy-looking. I personally use this cleanser as my third cleanse during the normal days, it gives an extra dose of good antioxidants to my skin and my skin is ready for the rest of the skincare ritual to attain the maximum benefit of the products followed by it. On the days when I am travelling or too tired, it is definitely a go-to to cleanse my face and that too as a second cleanse. It never irritates my eyes and also removes the mascara and every bit of makeup.
To use, ‘Use anytime for a thorough cleansing. Dispense onto a cotton pad and gently press over one eye. Wait for a few seconds to allow the formula to begin dissolving eye makeup, then gently sweep the cotton pad from inner to outer corner. Repeat on another eye, using a fresh pad. Proceed to the rest of the face, sweeping product-infused cotton pads over forehead, nose, cheeks, jawline and neck until the pads no longer show any signs of makeup or other impurities.’
Apart from the new cleansing launches from La Prairie, there are new colour launches from the brand which I reviewed here a few weeks back.
For the Supreme Balm Cleanser and Crystal Micellar Water Face Eyes, I am really enjoying them for my skin – the ‘Rolls Royce of Cleansers’ and would highly recommend you to try these out in stores or get a sample, they are well worth the investment when it comes to their skincare benefits. La Prairie is available at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Laura Mercier has some amazing launches this summer including the Mediterranean Escape Collection and Rouge Essential Silky Crème Lipstick which I have been using since last two weeks and finally able to share my thoughts after having a nice time off for my family vacation before the kid’s school starts.
Mediterranean Escape Collection – Summer Color Edit 2019 has some beautiful limited edition launches for summer. As the description of the collection suggests, ‘Go glamorously off the grid with tones and textures inspired by a bohemian meets jetsetter vibe.
Carefree sun-kissed days of dewy skin bathed in vibrant washes of colour flow into endless nights of balmy glosses and deep blue eyes.’
The Mediterranean Escape Collection includes Sun-Kissed Veil Riviera Sun Bronzer, Glace Touch – a gloss for eyes, cheeks, and lips, Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick, and Caviar Stick Eye Color. I have been really enjoying the Sun-Kissed Veil Riviera Sun Bronzer and Caviar Stick Eye Color in shade poolside.
Sun-Kissed Veil Riviera Sun Bronzer is a limited edition – a universally flattering lightweight balm that can be applied to the face, decolletage, legs, and arms to give skin a summer glow. The creamy texture of the bronzer glides onto the skin leaving behind a sheer, bronze illumination with a dewy finish. It applied nicely with fingertips on the face and body, to add warmth and glow to the lighter skin tones while adding a subtle hint of colour and glow to medium tan to dark skin tones. For its very natural finish, it can be part of everyday makeup or for holiday pick-me-up.
Sun Kissed Veil compact artwork created by Kathryn Beals.
Caviar Stick Eye Color is a versatile eyeshadow stick that delivers effortless application, high-impact colour and up to 12-hour wear. The formula is pigmented and the shade range starts from nudes to deeps, shimmer and matte finishes – glide seamlessly onto lids. The cream eyeshadow stick is very easy to apply, blend, and the great thing is that it is long-wearing and crease-resistant. I have used Caviar Stick Eye Color for a few years in different shades and it never disappoints. The creamy formula gives plenty of time to smudge, blend, line, fill or define, so it’s easy to create any look. I have swatched the limited edition subtle shimmery ocean blue shade called poolside.
Mediterranean Escape Collection is available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and thebay.com
Rouge Essential Silky Crème Lipstick is the new lipstick launch from Laura Mercier. Rouge Essential Silky Crème Lipstick has a weightless, high-impact colour with a satin finish. The lipstick is available in 30 shades. The lipstick is encased in a sleek, high-gloss metallic case and the custom-curved bullet is sculpted to envelop the lips and deliver the intense colour in one silky swipe. The lipstick glides on effortlessly on the lips, is very smooth and moisturizing. The formula is very pigmented, even with one swipe. The formula does not settle into the lines, does not dries the lips, feathers, and stays good for over 4-5 hours on my lips. I have swatched Nude Nouveau, Rouge Ultime, and Chocolat Divin which shows you how the spectrum ranges from nude to dark shades.
The new lipstick collection is available in 30 shades passionately curated by Laura Mercier and the palette offers a full spectrum of fresh, vibrant shades that play with cool and warm undertones to suit all skin tones from fair to deep.
Laura Mercier Longwear Lipliner is a sleek pencil that outlines defines and enhances the natural shape of lips – whether used alone or with a lipstick. The formula is richly textured and long-lasting lip liner in a sleek pencil form, outlines, defines and enhances the natural shape of lips. Its unique texture is firm enough to draw a precise thin line, yet soft enough to blend and wear alone for a matte finish. The creamy formula glides on smoothly and comfortably while keeping the lip colour in place to prevent bleeding, feathering and collecting in corners of lips throughout the day. Longwear Lip Liner is available in 20 shades and I have swatched shade ‘Rosewood’ which is a pretty much everyday shade with or without lipstick for me.
Rouge Essential Silky Crème Lipstick Collection is available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue, and thebay.com*Press samples