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on 10/18/2015 12:12:00 PM
More reviews by HottSauce
Skin: Normal, Tan, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Coarse
On the hunt for a cream compact foundation. So far I have tried out MAC Mineralize and this one. Here are my thoughts:Application & Consistency: Very emollient, very creamy, moisturizing, buttery, and high slip. This glides over skin effortlessly, melts into skin and pretty much blends itself in. At home, I use a brush to stipple and buff this in. Fingers work well too as mentioned, this is very bendable. On the go(which is my main reason why I bought this) I use the sponge in the NARS compact. Coverage & Effects: Light to medium coverage. Will NOT cover acne or severe marks. It will however, even out the skin, give some coverage to under eyes, and cover light to moderate marks with the moderate marks and dark circles may need additional specific concealing, and or powder on top for a complete flawless look. My skin is normal-dry and I live in a cold and dry country. My skin is in good condition and I hardly have any blemishes except for the occasional one or two when I get lazy and don't wash my face so I don't have much to cover up. This cream foundation makes my skin absolutely gorgeous, model worthy, glowing, and yet natural. My skin still shows through this but perfected. True to it's name, this is certainly radiant with a satin to dewy finish. This is not at all cakey or mask like. I like to use foundation with my favorite primer, LauraMercier Radiance Primer, like this isn't already radiant enough and I get an even glowier look, a just came from spa/vacation look. Longevity & Wear: I get an all day wear with this, BECAUSE I set this with powder. Without setting powder, it's gone in a few hours, and that is being in a cold country. Now, If you live in a humid and or hot country, forget it! Oily skin? Don't even try. This will not last all day and will needed to be touched up, hence the compact. I also wear a primer with this so I think that adds to the wear time. My face doesn't become shiny or oily after wearing it and my skin doesn't become dried out either. Winter is coming, and I need something moisturizing, this is wonderful for that. Shades: Yellow paradise. I have strong yellow undertones, I am medium-dark/ tan, and it's difficult for me to find appropriate shades. For people who are medium-dark, olive, tan, and even deeper/ebony skintones, NARS is where it's at. I'm a MAC NC40-44(depending on the season) and I currently wear NARS Barcelona(NC40) for the winter and for sunnier days I would wear shade Syracruse(great for NC42-44). Packaging and Price: Just for the foundation, NOT including the case, it was 61 Swiss Francs. Very Large sized compact which DOES NOT come with the actual foundation product itself! So it is like you HAVE TO shell out the extra cash for the compact. You cant just carry the little pan around, unless you keep it at home. Comparing to MAC Mineralize: Mineralize has the better packaging since it is included, more compact and it's cheaper. NARS has great shade options(especially for yellow undertones and deeper shades) but MAC still reigns supreme when it comes to a variety of shade choices for ALL. Both NARS and Mineralize have the same coverage yet MAC's is a bit thicker and less slip. Mineralize is not as creamy or moisturizing as NARS. I would choose Mineralize for a wider range of skin types from combo to dry. But for normal to dry and severely dry skin, I would choose NARS. Overall: I do not recommend this product for oily skinned folks, acne prone, or people who live in hot and or humid places. I do recommend this cream foundation for everyone else who want a light-medium coverage, glowing, my-skin-but-better look. I apply this at home and I like to keep it with me on the go. Such a deathly expensive product, but my skin feels and looks beautiful with this on and I will continue to wear this throughout autumn and winter. Fabulous and amazing cream compact, will repurchase.
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 8/15/2015 1:00:00 AM
More reviews by dutchesse
Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine
I realize now my high hopes were going to be trashed. NARS is one of the very few brands that make their foundations in actually-wearable yellow undertones that aren't orange and cater to all ends of the skintone spectrum.I've tried NARS Sheer Glow (was my HG until I broke out) and All Day Luminous, but this was probably the worst of the three.The product itself is cased in a plastic container which is begging to have the top snapped off easily. As far as cream foundations go, it's more oily and malleable than, say, Cover FX's cream foundation (a true disaster compared to this.) It spreads easily, and is easy enough to work with a Beautyblender.However, you might be led into thinking because of the more "oily" texture that it is friendly towards dry skin--spoiler alert: it is not. I tend to go downwards and with the grain when applying foundations with a Beautyblender, but this emphasized all my peach fuzz and created brand new dry spots of which I was not aware existed, even after using a moisturizing cream and primer.I did not attempt to apply this with a brush as after two days use, my face exploded into break-outs (I don't necessarily believe it's something that will happen to everyone with sensitive skin; I take a medication that makes my skin fussy.) I also used powder (Hourglass ALP in Diffused Light) on top of it, which significantly boosted longevity of the product. Without it, you'd be lucky to get 3-4 hours before it becomes a greasy mess.In short, this didn't work for me at all, maybe it will for you, and if it does, great! It's not the worst foundation I've ever tried, but it's certainly far from the best.Pros:- Wide variety of color options- Not "thick" cream (compared to Cover FX)- Spreads easily- Moisturizing (great for drier skins; oily skinned folk may want to beware)- Does not contain SPF (this is good for flash photography and in general, as most foundations never offer enough SPF in them to give adequate coverage anyways)Cons:- Definitely needs powder to set- Emphasizes dry patches and vellus hairs- Caused breakout for me (may not be the case for you)- Packaging is susceptible to breaking- Possibly too moisturizing for oily/combo skin types
on 8/9/2015 6:55:00 PM
More reviews by Getchwoman
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
This was make favorite compact product this past winter. I love the idea of a cream in a compact and I strictly use it for touch ups on the go. It has some luminosity and natural coverage. I usually dab it on with my fingers to melt it into the skin - even under the eyes. I've abandoned powder compacts alltogether and hope more companies do cream compacts in the future. My one complaint is the packaging size. The sponge should be under the compact to reduce the size. I found myself still stuffing it into my mini bags though. I was tempted at times to remove the refill from the case and carry it alone!
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 3/26/2015 8:07:00 AM
More reviews by baileylab
Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
Buildable medium coverage, lightweight cooling (to me feeling). That's about it. It's ok once I leave the mirror. Once I get back after about 4 hours out it has faded. I also live in hot humid weather.It's not that long lasting. Sadly, will not buy again.
on 1/30/2015 1:51:00 AM
More reviews by editanazaryan
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
This was such a waste of money. The foundation sets into the fine lines and makes my skin flakey and gross. Wouldn't recommend.
on 1/19/2015 1:17:00 AM
More reviews by Jessiebanana
Skin: Dry, Dark, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Kinky, Fine
I absolutely love this foundation. I will start off by saying that this foundation is light-medium coverage. I believe NARS markets it as medium buildable and that is not true, in my opinion. I think this foundation is one step above the TM, so it lives between the TM and Sheer Glow/Sheer Matte in terms of coverage. This isn't the typical heavy waxy cream. It's very melty, almost like a liquid. I can't imagine it building well, unless you have very very dry skin and it's dead of Winter and I still think it would melt off in a few hours.Okay, disclaimer done! I didn't take a lippie off for principle of bad marketing, cause I love this foundation that much. The same cream to liquid quality that makes it hard to build also makes it look completely natural. I have dry skin and a foundation has never applied with so little drag. It truly melts into the skin. It doesn't highlight imperfections. It feels like I'm wearing a moisturizer. I have to remember to take it off. Even though it's a slightly dewy cream, the finish is fairly satin on me, it lasts all day and when it does start to wear after 12-14 hours, it wears off it doesn't break down. Coverage is exactly what I want. Again, I think it makes my skin look gorgeous and even in a way no foundation ever has. My skin looks luminous and soft and even, without looking like I'm wearing foundation.My favorite way to apply it is with the Tom For Cream Foundation brush.I like the separate compact idea, since it will be cheaper to purchase moving forward. I do wish they had made a compact without a spot for a sponge, for those of us who don't use sponges, but nitpicking.The price is on par for similar brands. You're either okay with that or you're not.
4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
on 10/26/2014 3:03:00 PM
More reviews by LTcurlygirl
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm
Hair: Red, Curly, Coarse
I have dry, nc15 skin. This looked horrific on me. I looked 10 years older. It highlighted every textural imperfection/dry flake. In addition, the color (dueville) looked very peachy and flat. Horrible.
on 10/21/2014 10:14:00 AM
More reviews by Teruma
Great cream foundation, very natural finish, your-skin-but-better like, great for daylight.On the down side it has to be said you get very little product for a very expensive price.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 10/1/2014 7:17:00 AM
More reviews by reggiemoon
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
My mom bought me this for christmas. I love cream foundations because theyre easy to apply on the go and tend to look very natural on my skin. I think both my mom and I though this would be really nice because its nars and we both love their lipsticks. So first off you have to buy the mirror compact separately. The mirror is nice and big and I guess thats better for the environment than buying all new packaging when you run out but that wad really weird to me. This product has a pleasant botanical scent and seemed non drying for the winter months. The color was a good match but it wasn't buildable at all and I couldn't get it to cover evenly. I tried differerent moisturizers under it and different application techniques but it looked like astreaky mess. I strongly prefer my Covergirl aqua smooth cream foundation. This product is crappy and way over priced for its poor performance.
on 9/19/2014 4:54:00 AM
More reviews by deuxbisous
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
I have used Sheer Glow for years and years. I often try other products but am never swayed. I had an SA put this on me when I was trying some other things in store and it was the end of the day, and my face clearly needed some touching up. I was immediately impressed by the appearance - fresh and dewy (bear in mind I have older skin for which a creamy base is a bonus and not a problem). So I bought it. She sold me on the whole refillable case thing. Trying it at home, I came to the conclusion that I would never put this all over my face. It's too heavy and opaque, so I use it almost like a concealer and highlighter, applying down the middle of my face - centre of forehead and chin, inner eye area, around the nose. I then use Sheer Glow elsewhere. I don't actually like the case because I don't use the sponge, so it takes up a lot of unnecessary space. I use my fingers. People are probably going to use their own sponges or brushes if they want to, so I think NARS should repackage it into a smaller compact.
2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
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