Dark Circles Are My Nemesis—This Is the Best Under-Eye Corrector I've Ever Used

If you come here often, you’ll know that my ongoing battle with dark circles has been a long and tumultuous one. No doubt due to genetics, I’ve been graced with two prominent under-eye dark circles on my face for as long as I can remember. And while I don’t particularly mind the way that they look, over the years, I’ve become totally fed up with people telling me I look tired when in reality I’ve slept for 10 hours.

I have spent a huge chunk of my life testing every eye cream out there that promises to rid my under-eyes of dark circles, and the truth is none of them works. Sure, they can brighten things up a little and help tackle dehydration, but no eye cream is going to totally cure dark circles. After countless consultations with various doctors about the possibility of tear-trough filler and coming to the realisation that, actually, filler wasn’t something I wanted, I came to accept that concealer was set to become my best friend.

Shannon without any makeup on her under-eyes.

And so, for my entire adult life, I have been on a never-ending quest to find the ultimate under-eye concealer. And whoa, have I found a few firecrackers. From The Ordinary High-Coverage Concealer to Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Duo, I have stumbled across some seriously impressive full-coverage formulas in my time. However, it seems that no matter how great the concealer, all too often, the remnants of those pesky purple hues always find a way to creep through. And that, my friends, is where a colour corrector comes into play. More specifically, Nars Radiant Creamy Color Corrector.

While concealers work to cover up blemishes with a matching shade to your skin tone, under-eye colour correctors, which should be applied before concealer, harness apricot and orange shades to counteract the blue hues that commonly present under the eyes. And while I have tried colour correctors before (Becca Under Eye Corrector was an old favourite), the truth is I’m a lazy gal who doesn’t want the extra step in my routine. Until now, apparently.

I would like to announce that I have finally found the dark-circle buster I’ve been searching for my whole life. I am no stranger to the wonders of Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. It’s a cult classic that covers up everything in its tracks while leaving skin glowing and natural-looking. And now, Nars has cottoned on to the fact that no matter how great that formula is, it’s never going to fully counteract dark circles. And so, we now have Nars Radiant Creamy Color Corrector.

In four stretchable shades suitable for an array of skin tones, the formula is equally as creamy, radiant and blendable as its sister concealer but has been formulated with red-toned pigments to counteract dark circles. And wow, does it work. After blending a small amount under my eyes, I could tell straight away that this was a product I wasn’t going to want to be without.

Shannon after applying Nars Radiant Creamy Color Corrector.

My dark circles were noticeably minimised without having that telltale cakey finish that a heavy-duty concealer usually gives. My whole face looked brighter and significantly less tired. And the best bit is, it couldn’t be easier to use. Whereas some of my previous favourite under-eye correctors have had a sticky, putty-like consistency, this stuff is light, meaning it can be patted in with fingers and blended out with minimal work. Finished off with a few dabs of my usual concealer over the top, it was like my dark circles never existed. 

So yes, if you’re asking, I am marking this date in my diary as the day that I finally found the ultimate solution to stubborn dark circles. You can thank me later.

Eye shadow primer isn't usually deemed a necessity, but I have carried this stuff in my makeup bag for years. It prevents creasing and creates the ultimate blank canvas for application.

I quite often find that my under-eyes have a tendency to become shiny. This silky powder really helps make sure my concealer stays put.

For when I want to keep my makeup looking glowy but take down any greasy shine, this light-reflecting powder is my go-to. It keeps concealer in place all day long without looking cakey.

While most swear by the creamy goodness of Radiant Creamy Concealer, this stuff is my long-standing favourite. Not a day goes by that I don't dab this on my dark circles and blemishes to create an even complexion.

Next up, I just asked a dermatologist how to de-puff eyes, and the answers really work.

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