Which Do You Need? | Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer vs. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer



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?

 


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92 comments

  1. I love the Urban Decay concealer so far but I agree that it isn't highlighting for me. I've just picked up the Nars one aswell, we're in the same shades of both. Excited to try it out x

    Nikita | nikitabatavia.com

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  2. I've used and loved the NARS concealer last Summer and it is definitely my favourite concealer to date, but have yet to give the Urban Decay offering I go. I've heard so many reviews about the product and it does sound like another awesome offering. Great review and comparison, so thank you.

    Kristy | www.thevioletblonde.com

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  3. I would love to get both of these and after reading that I think that it would be worth investing in both for the different reasons :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

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    1. Definitely - they're different enough that you can easily own both :) xx

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  4. I'm always looking for a concealer with good coverage and every single one i've tried so far has just been too light for my liking, think i'll definitely give the Nars one a try.

    Roxy | www.splashesofvogue.com

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    1. They have a pretty good colour selection :) xx

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  5. The nars radiant creamy concealer is definitely a holy grail for me for covering up blemishes or any discoloration. I really want to try the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer because I am obsessed with their foundation and it is my HG!!! Great post girl x

    Sarah | Bows & Pleats

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    1. I think they are designed to work together nicely so it's definitely worth trying out :) xx

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  6. After reading this I'm keen to get my hands on the Nars concealer! xx

    http://nicole-emily-heath.blogspot.com.au/

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  7. I use both of these on a daily basis. By far the best high end concealers I have tried x

    www.pintsizedbeauty.com

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  8. I've been thinking of trying the UD as I've heard people love it under the eyes and after reading your comparison I think it would actually suit better my under eye skin :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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  9. Glad you liked them both! As you know i tried the urban decay one and loved how creamy it was but i tend to use it for highlighting as it wasn't enough coverage for under my eyes x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

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    1. I can see what you mean! Personally I use a corrector before a concealer so maybe that's why it works so well xx

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  10. I haven't tried either of these, but from your (helpful and amazing) post I think NARS would be better for me as I have blemishes bad :(

    Hayley @ Tea Party Beauty

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    1. Thank you :) and the Nars is the best I've tried on blemishes! xx

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  11. This comparison was honestly *SO* useful! I have dry skin and prefer a lighter base, so it looks like I'll be trying out the Urban Decay one!:)

    Style Sunrise ☀

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  12. I am obsessed with my Nars Creamy Concealer, but after reading this it sounds like I need the Urban Decay naked concealer in my life too! Really informative post thank you,

    X Emma | www.missemmacharlotte.com

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    1. Glad it was useful :) you can definitely find different uses for each if you have both! xx

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  13. I have both & used to love Nars for both under the eye & blemishes, but now I prefer Nars for on the face and U.D. is better for under eyes, although as the moment I am using a Dior concealer under my eyes xx

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    1. I completely agree with this! That's how I prefer them xx

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  14. I don't have either of these but this is such a fantastic post Jasmine - so informative and I can tell that the NARS one is for me! :) x

    Brenda BusyBee

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  15. They're both pretty expensive but I'd love to try the NARS one! I've never used nars before but this concealer is absolutely raved about. I do like Urban Decay though. x x

    www.beyondthevelvet.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yeah it was well worth all the hype for me :) xx

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  16. I have and use the NARS one (almost) every day but I totally agree that it isn't great with a lighter base. So I think I'm going to pick up the UD for under my eyes and maybe for blemishes/redness that still show through a BB cream or tinted moisturiser. Great informative and helpful post!
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings
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    1. I'm glad it helped :) I think I'll get a lot of use from the UD one over summer! xx

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  17. I really cannot stand Nars' Creamy Concealer, but I love the Urban Decay one so much. I find it has a really high coverage and is so weightless. It doesn't crease on me at all, I am in love!!!

    Francesca xo // EffStar Beauty // YouTube Channel

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    1. What a shame - they're definitely very different formulas! xx

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  18. I really do want to try both of these, although I've always been more tempted to buy the Nars!
    Jodie xo // JodieLoue

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    1. Yeah that's the one I gravitated towards too! xx

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  19. I own the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and it actually works perfectly on me! I'd love to give a try the Urban Decay one, it looks also, pretty fantastic! I'll let you know if I like it! Thanks for this amazing post, very useful! xx

    http://alemint.blogspot.com/

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  20. I was looking at both of these, but couldn't decide. Sounds like Urban Decay is the one for me! Thanks for the detailed comparison!

    She Likes to Shop

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  21. I've been seeing both of these congealers, what seems like everywhere lately!! I'm glad you did a comparison as I was weighing up which one would be best suited for me (:

    Blushhxa

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  22. Two concealers that have been on my wish list so it's great to read such a detailed comparison. I think I will go with the UD version as it seems to suit my skin much better x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. Hope you enjoy it if you do pick it up :) xx

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  23. I don't have either of these, but I'm definitely more interested in the Nars one. Full coverage all the way!

    RachelShuchatMakeup

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  24. LOVED this post! I'm in love with the Urban Decay offering, as you know, but i'm yet to try the NARS offering. I think I'll definitely have to pick that up next time!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx
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    1. There's definitely enough uses of them to own both ;) xx

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  25. They both sound wonderful!

    X Marjolein
    http://misscocoblue.blogspot.com

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  26. I haven't tried either so this post was really helpful for me. Based on your review/comparison I think I'd definitely go for the NARS concealer over the UD. Thanks for all of this useful information! :-)

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  27. I own two tubes of the NARS concealer and it's still by far my favourite! x

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

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  28. Thanks for the comment on my blog, had to check yours out. Really wanna try the Nars concealer, might have to be my next cheeky little purchase :) Followed you on Bloglovin! xx

    Pale Aesthetic

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  29. Great comparison! I have the NARS one and I absolutely love it, the coverage is amazing! I've heard a lot of good things about the Urban Decay one and I am keen to pick it up however as I have combination skin after your review I'm concerned maybe it won't work for me! x

    Toni x
    clarkecouture.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I do have combination skin too but it definitely does still work it's just a slightly dewier look so one for tinted moisturisers or something :) xx

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  30. I am planning to pick up the Urban Decay concealer when I finally get the opportunity to visit Sephora, somehow the Nars concealer doesn't sound like something that I would appreciate.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. If you want something lighter and dewier get the UD for sure! xx

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  31. The NARS Concealer is still one of my favourite products!! They're such a great brand and I love their products, the pigments are beautiful and I love the brand!

    Layla xx

    www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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  32. Jasmine, I cannot even tell you how amazing this post is for me right now, I have literally been umming and ahhing over which one to get so this is fab :)

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
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    1. Aw I'm glad it came at the right time :) xx

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  33. This was such a useful comparison because I have been considering buying the Urban Decay concealer. I prefer concealers which help with my blemishes as that's my priority at the moment but still I am in love with this UD concealer...xx

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  34. Both of these are on my to buy list and I'm honestly still not sure which one I'd go for. I think I'd end up going for both as I've never tried either and would like to see the shade match and things which would help make my decision. In terms of formula, this really helped and it gives me more of an idea of what to use them for, so thanks! :)

    Sarah / Sarah Smiles

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    1. You can definitely own both easily :) xx

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  35. I haven't tried either of these concealers but they both sound amazing! Ideally I would like to try both, but I think I would sway towards NARS as my main focus is blemishes. Great post Jasmine xx

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula

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  36. I've heard great things about both of these, and would love to try them. I love the Maybelline Fit Me concealer which I've heard is similar to the Nars one (I'd love to see a comparison post from you?). I think I'd probably go for Nars from what you've said.

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

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    1. I do actually have one! Sorry for the late response! If you check out the 'concealer' label at the bottom of my home page. Fit Me is definitely more like the UD whereas a closer dupe for the Nars would be the Collection Lasting Perfection - hope this helps :) xx

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  37. I have both but use neither for under-eyes (for that I use my Estee Lauder concealer). Like you I prefer Nars for its coverage but the Urban decay one more as a highlighter. sabiha xx

    franklyflawless.com

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    1. The Estee Lauder is next on my hit list! xx

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  38. I definitely want to try the urban decay concealer x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

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  39. I have dry skin and the Nars one just looked super cakey under my eyes and creased like mad. Really want to try the Urban Decay concealer. Looks like it'll be perfect for me. xx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  40. I have the UD naked concealer and agree with everything you said. It isn't as full coverage, but it is very lightweight and ideal for dry skin.

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  41. You've convinced me to buy the NARS concealer, as I love high-coverage! Hopefully, they do a lighter shade than those available in the UD Naked range, as I am so pale! I'm heading straight to Space.NK xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

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  42. I've turned into a bit of a concealer fanatic recently and have been swithering between these two. I think however this post has just made me want both! UD for under eye brightness and NARS for blemishes, I love both brands so they're the ones i'd be looking at anyway.

    Must refrain from shopping until payday!!

    Lx

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  43. Really want to try out the nars concealer :D love your reviews **

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  44. I've never tried a NARS concealer but I think I really should have after this

    lovely post,
    Daizy from| www.ZyaandDaizy.wordpress.com

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  45. I have both of these, I definitely prefer NARS - the Naked Skin, doesn't work at all under my eyes, it's alright over blemishes though..funny how they work on different people. Another great post xx

    www.heygeorgiegirl.com

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  46. i want the nars concealer! i heard that product cover well! what do you think about nars dupe? maybelline fit me? anw thanks for sharing dear
    xx,
    http://evelyn-halim.blogspot.co.id/

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    1. I wasn't the biggest fan of Fit Me to be honest :( it's much more watery and doesn't give as much coverage - I do actually have a post comparing them. I haven't personally found any dupe that touches either of these! xx

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  47. I've been looking into buying the NARS concealer for ages!! I currently use the MAC prolong wear concealer, but it's too "full coverage" and thick for me to wear everyday. Have you tried the Maybelline Age Rewind? I've heard it's a dupe for the NARS. I loved the detailed comparison and have now decided that the Urban Decay might be the one for me to wear under the eyes xx

    www.theashedit.wordpress.com

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    1. Hmm I don't think it's like the Age Rewind concealer at all - do you mean the Fit Me? I've seen a lot of people compare it to that but personally I find Fit Me much runnier, dewy and less full-coverage xx

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  48. I have both, and I have to say I like UD a tad bit more. Since I need concealer for my under-eye. UD one works the best, it's so light weight and lovely.

    Sam || Beautydetour

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    1. To be fair, I'd probably agree with that now! xx

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  49. Its so hard to chose cause i have both, but lately i have been using the Nars concealer :p xx
    http://girlsjournal95.blogspot.co.uk/

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