I had a bad round of breakouts happening a few months ago that left me feeling super insecure about going out with bare skin, which was an outcome that I was very much not enthusiastic about. The "real" Liyana behind Affordorable regularly does a complete 180 degrees during weekdays than how she has portrayed her glamorous-self here; it's all zero makeup and wearing the first things she could reach!

My nasty breakout consisted of huge, painful mountainous cystic acne on my forehead. I wish I could have painted you a prettier picture but when it comes to acne, it's quite the impossible task. Now brace yourself: I had FOUR cystic acne in a row, all horribly visible on my forehead, in the space of about three months.

PS: Feel free to skip the dramatic story of my breakout and head straight to the review of this concealer!

Since I had maintained the same beauty and makeup routines, nothing from those could have possibly contributed to the breakout, but one thing did change in my daily diet: I started adding multivitamin. Remember that "backpacking" post when I was talking about feeling fatigued?

I've certainly taken multivits in the past but for some reason this particular brand's caused me breakouts. I felt totally betrayed like "YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO MAKE ME FEEL BETTER AND WHOLE AGAIN YOU SONOFA-".
Anyway, the moment I stopped taking them, my cystic acne calmed immediately. Mysteriously, since my GP said multivits don't really cause acne - but I supposed I just went with my guts.
Also, I Googled, because I'm a normal person: certain vitamins and nutrient CAN cause individual body to react negatively and give you acne, so that's that.

I was left with ugly scars from the cystic acnes on my forehead and also from little breakouts that happened around my cheeks-and-nose area. I had relied on my MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW35 to cover up akin imperfections for so long because it was the best one I've tried - that is, until I discovered Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer.

Let's break down the good and the bad of Nars Radiant Creamy concealer; I use the shade Med/Dark2 Caramel for my NC43-44 skintone and I have oily-combination skin:

The Good
  • Simplicity of the sleek glass tube
  • See-through tube allows easy comparison to skin in store (if you're too lazy to try the shades on, which is actually a no-no)
  • It looks SUPER NATURAL on the skin. Literally, like it's your skin.
  • Blends out really well
  • I can layer and layer without it getting cakey
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Caramel is an AHMAYZING colour match for me! It is the teensiest, weensiest bit darker, but it's likely you'll hear kittens roar before you find a foundation / conealer that is the exact match for me.
  • Does not settle into fine lines

The Bad
  • A tad pricey, but ps: it's worth the money
  • It has staying power but won't impress, say, Wonder Woman; it stays on throughout the day on my forehead but for some reason not on my cheeks, but it still stays on fairly long

Final verdict: I would a hundred percent repurchase this when I run out of my current tube, and I definitely recommend this to anyone who's looking for a great concealer. Honestly, the good outweighs the bad far more. It looks so natural on my skin that there were two occasions in which my friends complimented my "good skin". It's been such a cult favourite for so many for a long time - I know I know - but better late than never, amiright? I no longer feel the need to use my little pot of MAC concealer.

The salesperson in the Nars store I went to initially insisted (annoyingly, may I add) I get the shade 'Biscuit', but I'm so glad I stuck to my guns and went with Caramel. I get that it's a fad to apply lighter coloured concealer under the eyes and whatnots, but I've always strived towards having my made-up skin looking like my actual skin, if that makes sense.

Whatever it is you're looking for, three tips for you: 1) Bring a friend who knows and understands makeup, 2) KNOW WHAT YOU WANT, so trust your own instincts, and 3) If in doubt, wear the two shades you're see-sawing in between on your skin, get out of the store and go into natural light and decide!

It's been a while since I've blogged about makeup and beauty products, but I'm excited to take my blog into that direction again, so watch out for more beauty-related posts!

Have you tried this concealer? What did you think of it? If you have any recommendations for concealers that could rival this, I'd love to know!