I can’t go into Mecca any more. It’s official. Every time I go in, I walk out having bought something I did not know I needed, and the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is no exception to that rule. As soon as the makeup artist put it on my face I was basically sold – this stuff is iconic because it is SO GOOD – so creamy, so lightweight, so blendable, so long-lasting.
At AUD $45 a tube, this was Bad News for my bank account, so I set out in search of a dupe. I think I have finally found something that begins to compare to the Holy Grail NARS concealer, and that something comes in a tiny little tube by a brand called TonyMoly.
TonyMoly are a big Korean beauty brand and they do some incredible work. I’ve mostly used their skincare products, but in my last Korean skincare shop thought I’d branch out and try one of their concealers.
This TonyMoly FaceTone Creamy Tip Concealer in #N01 is one of the best concealers I’ve ever tried – so good, in fact, that I think it’s a close dupe for the NARS concealer. For reference, I wear the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, which is one of the palest colours.
In this image, the NARS is on the left and the TonyMoly is on the right. The NARS concealer is ever so slightly more creamy, a little more pigmented, and a little more pink. Both come with doe foot applicators so are similarly easy to put on, although there’s slightly more in the NARS tube and the packaging feels a little more luxurious.
Above is a VERY GLAMOROUS image of my bare skin with each concealer applied (very) roughly under my eyes where I use the most concealer (so I look less zombie-esque). The TonyMoly is on the right again, with the NARS on the left. You can see that the TonyMoly concealer is a little more chalky, and a little less dewy. This stuff blends nicely and melts into your skin just as well as the NARS does.
Above is the concealers blended out and my makeup finished – you can see that there’s a fairly similar result, with the NARS side being slightly more dewy (if anything at all). The TonyMoly doesn’t wear quite as well as the NARS, with creasing starting after about 4-5 hours on my skin, but it is an extremely good dupe. Plus – for USD $5 you can’t really complain – this stuff is doing nearly all the same work at nearly a fifth of the price.
You can find the NARS concealer at any Mecca Cosmetica, Amazon, or direct from the NARS website, and the TonyMoly is available from Amazon or BeautyNetKorea.
What do you think? Have you found a good dupe for the NARS concealer? Let me know in the comments!