Discovering creamy concealer has been a real beauty revelation for me, as they blend so perfectly with foundation to get a flawless finish. The product that got me hooked was the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (£22), however when the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (£17.50) hit the UK, I couldn't resist snapping that one up too. When I asked on Instagram if you'd like to see a proper comparison of the two, the response was a big 'yes' so I hope this post helps you make up your mind on which is best for you.
First impressions first: some people have said the Urban Decay is a dupe of the Nars, however given there's only a £4.50 price difference that wasn't a huge factor for me. At the end of the day if you're willing to spend £17.50 on a concealer I'm sure you won't have a problem paying £22 if that's a better fit for you. The packaging is very similar as both come in glass tubes with doe-foot applicators. I like both products' packaging so it's really down to personal preference. The applicators are a tad different as the Nars has a more standard doe-foot, whereas the Urban Decay one is a little wider and flatter with a little dip meaning it picks up more product.
There is a bit of a difference in the shade selections. In the Nars I have Ginger, which is perfect with the Sheer Glow Foundation in Stromboli. The Urban Decay I have in Warm Medium-Dark. I think that darker skin tones will have better luck with the Nars. Unfortunately there wasn't a Warm Medium, which I would have preferred for highlighting, however I'm hoping the Urban Decay will be a good match once we move into Summer. The formulas themselves are quite different to me: the Nars is a thicker, heavier consistency whereas the Urban Decay is a little more light and fluffy. I think oily and combination skin types will prefer the Nars whereas drier skin will respond better to the 'wetter' and more hydrating Urban Decay.
The Nars is definitely a little more high coverage so I prefer it for blemishes, whereas the Urban Decay's isn't quite as full and the lovely texture lends itself to highlighting and under the eyes. I apply both with the Zoeva Concealer Buffer (from the original Rose Golden set). I personally find the Nars can sometimes be a little much under the eyes and doesn't work so well if you're just wearing a tinted moisturiser or BB/CC cream. The Nars is for when you want that flawless, full coverage with a proper foundation, whereas the Urban Decay is better for a lighter base. I find they both last really nicely on me throughout the day without creasing or going cake-y.
All in all, I really like both products however for me:
The Nars is best for high coverage, blemishes, darker skin tones, oily/combination skin
The Urban Decay is best for a more natural coverage, highlighting, under the eyes, dry skin
Do you own either of these? Which do you prefer or want to get your hands on?