I’ve always been a NARS fan. I find the line to be high quality, and I love that they carry a wide range of gorgeous colors. NARS has created many of the cult favorites in the beauty world–Laguna Bronzing Powder, Turkish Delight Lip Gloss (Kim Kardashian’s favorite), and of course, their Orgasm Blush. I have my own personal favorites, like the Eyeshadow Duo in Madrague and the Semi Matte Lipstick in Jungle Red, and many clients I work with tell me about their NARS must-haves too.
As you might know, I get a lot of my recommendations from the Pixiwoos. I have watched all of their YouTube makeup tutorials and when I see something they use that I think looks good, I give it a try. I find them beyond talented and they have a lot of product knowledge, so it’s like taking a product recommendation from a trusted makeup artist friend. Sam and Nic have used the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in several of their tutorials, so I felt good about trying it.
I ordered the shade Fiji, which is for light skin with yellow undertones. I like that these foundations are classified by undertones, because that is the system I have gotten used to with my Make Up For Ever HD Foundations. I was ordering online, but I am certainly light-skinned, and sometimes so yellow that I think I have jaundice, so Fiji seemed like the right choice.
Let’s start with the packaging. I love NARS’ simple, sophisticated packaging, and the Sheer Glow Foundation is no exception. It comes in a glass bottle with a black cover, and boy, does that cover stay on. Once you twist it so it lines up with the shape of the bottle, you can feel confident that it is not going anywhere. Once open, the foundation is poured through the mouth of the bottle, which I don’t really care for. I prefer a pump foundation, which makes it easier to control the amount of product. With pour foundations, I often end up dispensing more product than I need.
The first time I tried it–approximately 30 seconds after I opened the shipment–I used a foundation brush. I had moisturized an hour or so before, but had nothing else on my face. My first impression was “Wow! This is good ish!” (I actually said that out loud, while I was by myself.) The color match was great, and my skin looked flawless. I put some concealer under my eyes, and nothing else on top of the foundation. I wanted to see how it felt and how long it lasted.
It felt like very lightweight. This could be because I am used to wearing and trying different foundations, but I have used some that felt heavy, and this definitely wasn’t one of them. It lasted for the remainder of the day, and that was without a primer. We were off to a good start.
The second time I tried the foundation–a few days later–I had a different experience. I thought that it looked cakey in areas, and considerably more yellow than it did the first time. I tried applying with my hands and mixing in moisturizer, but it still looked cakey and almost powdery in some spots. Determined to make this foundation work, I used a trick I learned from the Pixiwoos–I sprayed my face with MAC Fix + (I will blog about this wonder product soon) first, then applied the foundation, using a brush. I applied it little by little, and with that kind of damp base underneath, the foundation did not cake at all. It even somehow looked less yellow. So that’s the trick, at least for my combination skin type. This would also be a good technique for those with normal to dry skin.
As far as this foundation being sheer…it’s not. I found it to be medium coverage, nothing like a Face & Body or similar sheer foundations. I have freckles on my cheeks, and this definitely covered a majority of them–something a truly sheer foundation can not do. It does give a glow to the skin though, which is unusual for a medium coverage foundation. It was somehow matte and glowy at the same time, which I like. Because of the potential for cakey-ness, I can’t say I’d recommend this foundation for very dry skin, but it is suitable for normal, normal to dry and combination (using Fix + first) and normal to oily skin.
When applied correctly, this is a nice foundation and one that I will keep in my personal makeup kit. You can buy it at NARScosmetics.com, Sephora and Sephora.com, or type your zip code in that field in the “Locations” link on the NARS website.
Have a beautiful day 🙂