Concealer Dupes | Nars & Urban Decay vs. Collection & Maybelline


I've tried out what feels like dozens of concealers and I must admit it's a product I tend to spend on more often than not, however I had a look through my stash and picked out a couple of dupes to compare for you so you can decide whether you want to save or splurge.

Nars vs. Collection

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer | £22

The Nars is my absolute favourite, holy grail, life-changing etc. etc. etc. concealer. It comes in a decent amount of shades and it's not too drying but gives a suitably satin finish, allowing you to look radiant but shine-free. It's definitely full-coverage so I tend to use it for blemishes. Under the eyes it can work, but I personally like something a little more lightweight. Some people use it for highlighting but again I find it a bit heavy for that, though it could work with a damp blending sponge. It's effortless to apply and I don't find that it creases.


My drugstore dupe for the Nars is Collection's Lasting Perfection. I know everyone says the Maybelline is a dupe for the Nars but in my opinion, the formulas are completely different and this is the closest alternative on the high street. It's really tricky to find a full-coverage drugstore concealer, especially in a creamy formula so this one has a cult following. The coverage is beyond amazing. It's incredible on blemishes but I think it's too much under the eyes (even moreso than the Nars). It comes in a very limited colour range, which is the main reason I get very little use out of mine (this is the darkest shade it comes in). I do also find it wears off a lot during the day if used under the eyes.

So, which one do I recommend? If you're willing to invest then definitely the Nars, however if you can find a colour match in the Collection, then go for that as a blemish concealer as it really is impressive for such an affordable product. Either of these are miraculous at covering red, angry blemishes. Whilst makeup of course can't 'erase' the raised texture of breakouts, these two will make them as invisible as possible.

Urban Decay vs. Maybelline


The Urban Decay concealer is again often compared to the Nars (I actually have a post comparing the two here) however the formula is really different. The texture is quite 'wet' (though it dries) and it's a very light, easy-to-blend texture. The finish is very natural and I would say it's a medium coverage. It works nicely under the eyes and also on less-pronounced blemishes. The more hydrating formula does mean it's a little more prone to creasing but it's much better if you find the Nars a bit too thick and drying. The colour selection is ok, I'm going to say. There are a few shades, aimed towards warm, cool or neutral undertones, however there's a big jump between each shade.


This is my dupe for the Urban Decay and for a drugstore concealer it comes in an impressive selection of colours. I'd say it's a tiny bit lighter coverage than the Urban Decay offering but it has a similar hydrating, easy-to-blend formula that's perfect for summertime. It's also a little more watery in texture when compared to the 'fluffiness' of Naked Skin. The colour isn't perfect for me and it does have a slight tendency towards creasing, however I still really like this concealer and think it's a viable alternative to the Urban Decay.

I think the formulas of these two are extremely similar so why not save a bit of money? As always, the cheaper option is the worst colour match for me, however it really depends on your skin tone. I think both the Urban Decay and Maybelline offerings work really well under the eyes and on moderate blemishes and imperfections (however if you suffer from severe breakouts or hormonal acne, I don't think the coverage is enough so go for the Nars or Collection).



Have you tried any of these concealers? If you have, what did you think of them? If you haven't, will you be saving or spending?


 



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47 comments

  1. I've heard so much about the UD concealer recently, I need to give it a go!

    Sara - She Who Is Short

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  2. The UD one is still one of my favourites but i have recently bought a few new concealers so we will see! Some good dupes here! x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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  3. I really want to try the UD concealer I just wish you could try before you buy! Might pick up the Fit Me one beforehand.

    alice x | beautybyalicee | bloglovin'

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    1. You could always head into town concealer-free one day and ask the person at the counter to apply it. Then you can see how it wears for the rest of the day and decide if you like it :) xx

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  4. The UD concealer is still one of my favourites. Nothing can beat it when it comes to covering blemishes x

    www.pintsizedbeauty.com

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  5. this is such a great post! thank you so much for this. this is saving me a ton of money :)

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  6. I use the Collection concealler all the time!

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  7. The collection one is great but has become a bit dry for my under eye area, so I don't use it anymore. But I love the Maybelline one and really want to try the new UD concealer too. x


    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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    1. I definitely agree I find it dry under the eyes and I have quite an oily eye area! xx

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  8. I do love the Collection concealer for the coverage but just a shame I can't use it under my eyes as it's so drying/matte! Guess that's what makes it so good for blemishes though. If it was a tiny bit creamier it would seriously be the perfect concealer!!

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

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  9. I really do want to get my hands on the NARS one. I love the collection ones and I am still on the fence about the Naked one at the moment :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

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  10. I definitely want to try the fit me and UD concealers x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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  11. These four concealers are truly all the concealers that any girl ever needs as they address every single concern one can have. Lovely comparison post and thanks for sharing...xx

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad this was helpful :) xx

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  12. I absolutely love the NARS creamy concealer so I should probably try out the collection as a cheaper alternative! I'm still dying to get my hands on the UD one though!

    Toni x
    www.clarkecouture.co.uk

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  13. I do agree that the NARS concealer's dupe is the Collection one, so darn affordable!! Yet to try the Urban Decay concealer as I've heard great things about it, the Maybelline one is fab xx

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

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  14. I completely agree that the Collection is a dupe for Nars, however, having never tried the Fit Me (gasp! I know) I couldn't say about the UD, but I do love UD.

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

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    1. They're definitely ones to try if you find the Nars and Collection offerings a bit dry under the eyes :) xx

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  15. I've been wanting the NARS concealer for a while, you just sold me on it!

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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  16. I used to have Maybelline concealer but i used it very fast! I want to try the Collection one :)
    Barbora/ Fleurerly

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  17. I've been hearing a lot about the Nars foundation which I still haven't tried but now definitely want to try their concealer too definitely going to try it out! x http://coffeeatmidnight13.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. I have the Maybelline Fit Me and think it's pretty amazing! I really want to try the Nars concealer because it sounds fantastic! The Collection concealer is on my to buy list! x

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. I've tried the Collection concealer and didn't care for it, I found it creased on me something terrible! I love the NARS concealer - so easy to blend, doesn't crease and is full coverage...Stunning! xo

    http://lifebeautyandem.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. The Maybelline Fit Me is back in my rotation these days. Knowing that the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer is similar really makes me want to try the UD one now (it wasn't really on my radar like that before).

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

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  21. I've only tried the two drugstore ones but planning on picking up the Urban Decay one!

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

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  22. As much as I love drugstore concealers, I'm desperate to try both the Urban Decay and Nars Creamy concealer they seem so amazing x

    Lucy | www.foreverseptemberr.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I hope you enjoy if you get a chance to give them a go :) xx

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  23. Overall I still love my NARS Concealer but the closest one on budget was the Fit Me but I'd be happy spending more and knowing that it really works and is better…. :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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  24. I'll pay a stupid amount for foundation, but I am SO tight with concealer! So of course, for me its Collection all the way!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  25. This post was so fab!! I love love love my UD & NARS concealers so seeing that there are dupes out there is great, i'm defo going to be trying these out!

    Jasmine | jasminehardingmakeup.com

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    1. They're definitely worth giving a go :) xx

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  26. I haven't tried any of these yet but hey, it's never to late. May I should now!

    www.thefashionfraction.com

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  27. Wonderful review, love the blog each time more! :)

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  28. I have just bought the Urban Decay Naked concealer, but, having used it a few times, I can't understand the hype! I don't think it does anything different than a drugstore concealer. I bought it primarily to use on my undereye area to achieve the 'bright, white undereye' look, but, even though I bought the lightest possible shade, it still doesn't achieve this look on me, since I am so pale :( I have been recommended the NARS concealer in shade 'chantilly' as apparently that is a very fair shade. Lovely post, I will definitely read your comparison of the two next!xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

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  29. I use the Collection one generally which I think works well for me. However, I do want to try something a bit lighter for highlighting, like the UD or maybelline fit me :)

    Velvet Blush

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    1. You could always give Fit Me a go to start as it's so affordable :) xx

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  30. Thank you for the comments - I hope some of you found this useful :) xx

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  31. lovely post.

    http://the-renaissance-of-inner-fashion.blogspot.co.uk

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  32. I just picked up the FIT ME one, I like it because it also brightens up my under eye unlike others I have. Another good drug store one is the Rimmel 2-in-1 that's a great one, just wish there was more in the squeeze tube. I love coverage of them both they are both great, specially I just use them to hide my blue vanes under my eyes. Also they work great under my BB cream with out creasing. The NAKED concealer is something that is on the list of things to try, looks so lovely.

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  33. The only thing that's similar about the NARS and Maybelline one is the packaging! I completely agree with you that Maybelline is a better dupe for the UD one :). And yes NARS and Collection are quite similar, I find the Collection one a bit more drying though :)x

    Anu♡ | My life as Anu | bloglovin

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  34. I have been using the Maybelline one for months I was really lucky to find a great match to my skin tone! I do notice that it creases a bit when my undereye area is a bit more dry but apart from that I do really like it for under the eyes! I do not like it that much for covering blemishes though! Xx

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