So, last week I picked up the Nars Sheer Glow foundation from Mecca. I had originally gone in with the intention of getting the Estee Lauder Double Wear however after a rather horrific experience at the Estee Lauder counter I changed my mind (which has inspired its own separate blog post). I took my friends advice and purchased the Sheer Glow from Nars. One of the lovely makeup artists in Mecca did a very quick foundation match on me, and I am in the shade, Mont Blanc. I know how tricky it is finding a great foundation, so fingers crossed this will help you out a bit.
First things first let’s talk about the colour match. I’ve had so much difficulty trying to find good foundation matches for my skin tone, especially in the drugstore. This is one of the reasons I ended up gravitating towards more high-end products.
Nars has quite the array of different colours ranging from lighter to darker tones. Most brands don’t have a broad spectrum when it comes to skin colours, so this is really refreshing to see. My personal match was spot on perfect. It’s the only foundation I’ve used that has so flawlessly matched me. I have been tested at Mac and Estee Lauder before, and neither were as good.
This foundation lasts me all day – through being engulfed in hot oven steam, perspiring and lots of eating. It does wear a little bit, but it’s pretty darn good in regards to oxidising. It’s not blotchy or cakey at the end of the day, so I’m rather pleased with it.
The finish is very glowy and quite dewy. I found that it is quite sticky when first applied, so I always set it with a translucent powder, but apart from that, I have no complaints. I love the almost photoshop effect this foundation has. It blurs the problem areas on your face – for example, I had a huge blotchy red breakout on my chin, and you can’t see it – and I did not edit it out on photoshop PINKY SWEAR.
This is a very pricey foundation at $68 Australian dollars, and that doesn’t include the pump which is around $4 separately. Although I was rather miffed at the pump being another cost on top, I brushed it off because of how much I love this foundation. I think it’s worth the money and I definitely haven’t used a drugstore foundation of the same quality. It depends on what you want to spend your money on, but I really stand by investing in good quality base makeup.
I always make sure to ask a makeup professional about what tool is best used to apply a specific foundation, and I was surprised by the directions for this one. I spoke to quite a few beauty gurus, and each one told me to apply Sheer Glow like the Nars makeup artists, how is that you ask? With your own two hands. It was recommended first to slather your face in moisturiser and then use your fingers to apply and blend the foundation. This works really well for me and gives a beautiful soft finish. I also like the fact that no one tried to sell me a brush that I didn’t need. Sometimes I apply the foundation with a damp beauty blender which also gives a nice finish, so it’s mainly down to whatever works best for you.
Overall, I think you can tell that I was very pleased with this foundation and will without a doubt be repurchasing. I think it’s a beautiful glowy base for makeup with a really smooth finish. It applies nice and easy and hasn’t broken out my skin. Top points from Hope!
I have a couple more reviews coming your way in the next few weeks so stick around.