The Rival

Here’s something I thought I’d never find… a concealer that rivals the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer! Now, apart from the fact that every time I go to purchase a tube of the aforementioned product in Vanilla it out of stock(!) there would have been no reason for me to sway from my usual routine. But one day I decided to pick up the Clarins Instant Concealer in 01 and it’s love.

This concealer is basically an extra 5 hours sleep in a bottle. Being a water based, aloe vera infused concealer means this glides into the skin giving the illusion of a second skin. Creamy but due to the high water content it doesn’t settle into fine lines. Provides a medium but buildable coverage that evens out pigmentation and dark circles without looking ashy or over illuminated (providing you choose the right colour). Caffeine extract stimulates the delicate skin to help shift toxins, reduce puffiness and give skin a revitalised freshness.

The finish is softly radiant without being illuminating so you won’t get any flash back or panda eyes!

What Clarins say: This beauty product takes a three-pronged approach to disguising dark circles – the colouring correcting pigments illuminate, the aloe vera extract soothes and caffeine helps to stimulate circulation and de-puff.

For me, this has been a permanent fixture in my make-up bags since I got my hands on it. It hits the mark with all three promises and provides long-lasting, hydrating coverage without drying eyes out.

I keep calling this Clarins Creamy Concealer by mistake for the simple reason that this is one of the creamiest, smoothest textures I’ve felt in terms of concealers, it really holds it’s own against the NARS offering. You need less than a pea size for both eyes, and I’ve also been using this to disguise blemishes.

It’s rare that you find a concealer that camouflages the under eye area without going cakey after hours of wear, but Clarins manages to stay in place and excel at disguising blemishes and dark circles.

The down side is that this is only available in three shades – which is a shame. Each colour has a peach undertone. The peach tone counteracts the grey/blue undertones of dark circles. The three tones they do have however are really great at bouncing the light off of dark circles and give a beautiful silky, smooth finish under and around the eye.

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