I had meant to only buy Nars Sheer Glow, but I picked up the Radiant Cream Compact as well, and I'm glad I did. I don't use foundation all over my face; this product is great for the areas around my nose because there are some dry patches there, and the Cream Compact is slick enough that it does not emphasize the dry patches. It is VERY "moisturising", so I will use the Sheer Glow on the areas around my forehead and chin where there are no dry patches because Cream Compact looks like an oil slick in those areas. However, for a very precise (ie, picky) person such as myself, this is a fabulous product to spot-treat/cover small dry patched areas. My goal with foundation is to appear that I am not wearing foundation at all, so this is a great tool in my kit for areas that need extra moisture.
Also, I find this is ideal for under the eyes! Yes, the "creamy" quality makes it better for undereye touch-ups than other products.
I have combo skin with a very oily t-zone, and this foundation works really well for me. I use Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer underneath for oil control and sun protection. And I finish with a dusting of NARS Loose Powder (or NARS Powder Foundation) for even more oil control. The finish is beautiful and stays a nice satin-matte for several hours before I need to blot/retouch.
The main reason I even tried this foundation is because I really wanted to find a foundation that was a *perfect* match for my skin, but that is extremely hard to do because I have very pale (NC15), yet very yellow skin and most cosmetic companies think very pale people all have pink undertones...we don't!! I found a perfect match in the color Gobi.
Although this radiant foundation is recommended for normal to dry skin, I think if you have combo to oily skin, you can still wear this foundation, just make sure to use an oil control primer underneath, and top with a good oil control powder. My regimin is, starting with clean skin, apply Lancome Genefique serum first, then eye cream, then Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, then NARS Radiant Foundation, then NARS Loose Powder (or NARS Powder Foundation) to set. No moisturizer between the Genefique serum and Primer for me, because the NARS Radiant Foundation is slightly moisturizing itself, and that is all my oily skin needs to look nice and soft all day.
Oh, and one more thing... I tried applying this with the included sponge, and with a foundation brush, but I find the best method of application to be with my fingers. I swirl two fingers in the compact and then apply to my face in sections. I find that my fingers can warm and emulsify the cream best, and can smooth it into my skin best for a really beautiful, natural and airbrushed finish. If I want more coverage in an area, I just swirl my finger and smooth or tap additional layers on. This foundation builds nicely without looking heavy or cakey. Does not oxidize. Medium coverage. Beautiful!
I have always used MAC either studio fix or mineralize skinfinish but I grew unhappy and needed a change, I went on a search for a new HG and tried a few couldn't get the results I wanted. I don't live near a big counter depeartment store and when I went to Nordstroms I stopped at the NARS counter and ended up getting a a makeover with a professional artist and he suggested this and started applying it to one side only handed me the mirrior and I was instanly pleased with the appearance it was what I was looking for, flawless, not sinking into fine lines, not cakey and like my own skin but better. He applied the rest and I was hooked bought it on the spot. I'm in love with this and will buy it again and again.
Flawless, radiant, doesn't turn orange, doesn't cake or settle in fine lines perfect for my 41 year young skin. Mac NW15/Nars Monte Blanc for reference
I really wanted to like this cream/powder foundation. I have waited over 3 months and tried to use it on at least 10 occasions to give it a fair chance before I reviewed it. I don't normally write reviews but felt compel to write one for this product. No matter how I prepared my face, or what method I used to apply this product, it just sat on top of my skin and when I tried to even it out, it just moved to another location on my face. Most horrible formulation I have used from all the foundations I have used and tried. Trust me, I am in my 40's and I have tried many products.
OK, I paid $38 for the foundation and $10 for the case. I really wanted to able to use it even when I don't like it. But after today's review, this goes to the trash can!
I love Nars products, but this one certainly missed the mark.
What a surprise this was. I had no expectations when I first purchased this and it has unexpectedly blown me away. I'm an NC15 in MAC and I have the shade Gobi (Light 3). I find that Gobi in NARS' Sheer Glow Foundation is a bit too pale and can give me a ghostly, mask-like face unless I'm generous with the bronzer. But in the Cream Compact formula it is the perfect match for me. It has a strong yellow undertone which works beautifully for my warm-toned, Asian complexion. Though I would suggest always pairing this base with a sweep of bright blush to avoid any sallowness/ slightly jaundiced look.
I have very oily, sensitive skin with large pores and most foundations on me don't wear very well throughout the day no matter what I do (primer, powder, setting spray). I prefer liquid foundations and have only tried one other cream foundation to date; Bobbi Brown Oil-Free Even Finish, which I hated because it emphasized my pores and every tiny flake of skin and fine line on my face. The texture of NARS Cream Compact is creamy, but thin, so it's very easy to pick up product from the pan. If anyone has tried Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow, this has almost the same consistency. It's very smooth, blends out to an almost powdery finish, and has a bit of slip to it (think silicones), which not everyone will appreciate. Personally, I like it because it makes the product very easy to blend into the skin and helps fill in pores.
I would say the coverage is medium-buildable. On good skin days I sheer it out quite a bit to get the most natural-looking face possible, and on less-good skin days I stipple with my brush more than I buff. The best thing about yellow-toned foundations is that they are so excellent at correcting and covering up redness, which is my main concern.
I apply this with an EcoTools Skin Perfecting brush (intended for use with BB creams) which is very similar to the Gossmakeupartist #1 foundation brush. I stipple and buff it in, taking a bit of extra time, and end up with an immaculate, semi-satiny, natural finish and pores that are nearly invisible. I do have to set this foundation with a setting powder or it will slip and slide around. But I don't mind the extra attention this needs upon application because it wears BEAUTIFULLY. Unlike countless other foundations I've tried, it doesn't "float" above my skin as the oils start to break through, and it doesn't become a patchy mess on my chin, and it doesn't oxidize, and it doesn't cake up and look like an obvious makeup mask on my face. I have gone 12 hours with this; through sweat and tears and a long day it still looked pretty dang good by the time I was ready to take it off.
The packaging is slightly annoying and yet appealing at the same time. It's annoying that the actual compact/ case is sold separately from the "refill" pod and will cost you an additional $10 along with the $38 price tag for the actual product. It's appealing though because you don't need the compact at all and the "refill" of product is so flat, tiny and convenient that you can stash it anywhere in a purse or makeup bag. **I have heard that this product will dry up if you don't get the compact for it, but I've owned this for over 2 months sans compact, and the consistency is still the same (very creamy). I just make sure to securely close the refill after each use.** In spite of its small size, you get 0.42oz or about 12 grams for your money. Not bad, because it will definitely last a very long time even with daily use. I know this phrase is over-used but, "a little goes a long way!"
The one negative thing I will say about this foundation is that it transfers. It transfers like hell. It's long-wearing only if you're not in the habit of scratching your nose or touching your face often. Don't expect to cuddle up to your man and not leave an imprint of your face on his white shirt. However, it doesn't come off at all when I blot my face to touch up, so, I don't know what's going on here. What I'm saying is, this works and wears well, but be careful.
Overall, I am over the moon about this foundation, have been wearing it consistently for the past two months, and have consistently loved it. I find it interesting that those with dry skin also seem to have glowing things to say about it. Could this truly be an effective "all-skin-types" base??
I have the driest skin on the planet. This is probably public knowledge by now because 90% of all my reviews are on foundation problems due to it or pricey creams/serums/peels to fix it. That said, I have NEVER been a fan of cream foundations because they are dry and difficult to apply over dry skin, emphasize my dry patches, tend to be heavy and look really obvious. well, until this discovery at least! Enter Nars Radiant Cream Compact Foundation - my savior and new HG winter foundation. This foundation is freakin’ glorious.
Ok so, this glides on like butter - I kid you not. It feels like I applied a good serum and not a foundation and I could not stop touching my face the first time I used it. Yup, it's that silky. Application is easy-peasy and completely streak free. I have used my fingers (not my preferred method bc I am a total germaphobe), buffed in with a blender brush, and also a stipple brush and all methods gave me a flawless appearance. This does not emphasize pores or dry skin - hallelujah! Coverage is a very good light to medium and very build-able (It does not cake at all). I love a good dewy finish and avoid the matte look like the plague; this foundation does manage to give a dewy glow without looking shiny at all, which is amazing. Although some reviewers have complained about staying power I haven't had any issues at all and its stayed put on me with or without a setting powder through 12 hr work days. I prefer this over Nars Sheer Glow which speaks volumes to its quality. Last but not least it is a PERFECT shade match for me which is often a struggle to find. I got Stromboli and know my skin and tone well enough to predict my Summer shade will definitely be Barcelona (FYI: I am NC 30).
1) Price. At $38 this stuff ain't cheap. Nars never is BUT the problem here is a trifecta of issues... you just don't get much for your money size/amount wise (whereas you do with their other foundations which run abt $5 more than this one), it's so creamy a lot of this goes to waste if applying with a brush (or the sponge it comes with), and the chance of this drying out before its time is pretty high. I have to pain stakingly wrap a hairband around it every time I use it which can be a pain in the a@ss because I chose not to purchase the NARS compact casing. Which brings me to ... 2) The compact casing is sold separately for ten bux. Say what??? Yeah, you heard me. That's some trickery, bringing the price well over that of other Nars foundations in the end. Another issue here is that the case is way bulkier than it needs to be; it fits the actual makeup and sponge lengthwise plus has a mirror which adds to the weight. Huh? Why didn't they just make it in a way where you lift the cream and the sponge is stored under? Yeah, they didn't think this one out, it would be better sized and shaped more like their blushes are IMO. Also, the standard Nars rubberized style matte black packaging is a nightmare to keep clean as you open and shut it. I started out only using this for overnight trips away from home to insure it didn't dry out or accidentally open in my makeup bag because it's such a magnet for residue, but it was still so annoying on so many levels I ended up ditching it and just scooping out a little into a small sample container instead.
Even though there are some issues, I still recommend this product for anyone who struggles with dry skin and desires a nice dewy coverage that looks natural. It is a high quality foundation and my new HG.
I am not into cream foundations because they are just too thick and heavy feeling for me. In addition, I find them hard to blend and they look very unnatural. That being said, this is a beautiful product which really surprised me. It is a dream to blend and apply because of it's creamy, soft, silky texture. I use my fingertips to apply and this way I can control how much I'm putting on my skin thus I end up using very very little. I simply dab on the areas that i need coverage and then blend blend blend out so that everything is even toned. This ensures that I have a very natural, 'your skin but better' look. It lasts me a whole day (12 hours) without touchups and photographs well. It looks dewy in person but photographs matte/silky for some reason. I will admit though that as the day progresses it becmoes more and more dewy so oily skinned girls beware of that. In all I'm very happy with this product and will repurchase the refills. For reference, I use Gobi (neutral toned when compared to Deauville which is more warm) for my NC15-20, GA Luminous Silk #3 skintone, and I have normal/dry skin.
I do like the foundation abut I have oily skin and this is a no go. After about 3 hours my face is really greasy and it looks like I've been working out. This is not for people who have oily skin!!!!
I have never been loyal to any foundation or powder. I really hate the look and feel of heavy foundations or powders. But I just LOVE this one! I have tried them all in hopes of finding something that would give me coverage and glow without looking caked-on or heavy.
This makes my skin look natural and glowey. I use Medium 3 (forget the name that goes with it). Now that I've decided I really love this and will keep buying it, I'll have to buy the compact to put my refills in. Right now I only had the refill which is a pain since there is nowhere to put the applicator in. It's pricey, especially if you decide to buy the compact too. But I must say it is worth it! I've tried more expensive foundations out there like Cle de Peau, Armani, Chanel, etc and none of them compare to this.
Edit. This lovely foundation started to clog and cause cysts. Beautiful, but I cant wear it.
I'm extremely picky about foundations, having tested/purchased probably 100 of them over the years. This foundation is, hands down, the most gorgeous finish I have ever worn. I have combo skin, and it absolutely looks perfect, like I have nothing on.
Which pretty much guarantees that they'll discontinue it. :)
Please buy it and love it, so they'll keep making it.