***UPDATE*** - I have upped this to 5 lippies - since my skin got drier it has been a dream. I apply a small amount and use a buffing brush to blend it all in for light coverage. Seems to work very well with my Armani foundation brush or Ecotools. I dust some loose powder in the t-zone and it looks very natural & polished. Perfect for winter - not so much for my skin in warmer months. Seems a lot less "greasy" to me now, and with a light moisturiser or primer underneath it blends easily without get patchy. Repurchase? Probably.
I know this is kind of geared towards dry skin - I have combination skin and my skin has been more dry lately and I thought this might work. I have this in the colour "Fiji" which is a lighter golden peachy yellow-based shade that matches my NC25-30 skin very well. It has light to medium coverage
The pros are :
- nice range of colours from fair to dark
- doesn't get cakey
- leaves skin looking luminous and healthy
- light, natural finish
- because it's greasy, doesn't have much staying power
- too much "slip" when blending tends to slide all over instead of setting quickly
- expensive PLUS you have to buy the actual compact separately (that may or may not bother some people)
- tends to build up/slide into nose/eye area, any creases or lines
I know people have mentioned that it seems like you don't get much product, but I think that's because of the packaging - NARS is 0.42 oz compared to CoverFX Cover Cream Foundation which is also 0.42 oz while D&G Creamy Foundation which is 1 oz - but Illamasqua's cream foundation is only 0.28 oz. So it's pretty average for a cream foundation. HOWEVER I feel like I end up using wayyy more product which is odd - I don't need much on a daily basis. Usually a small drop of foundation can do my whole face and one little Sephora sample size pot of other foundations has lasted me over a month! But not with this - I have to keep going back, re-doing certain areas. I think it is because of the slip, this doesn't set very fast so when I apply more it just slides around. The greasiness makes blending a chore.
I think if you have truly dry skin this might be a good choice. I would definitely try this on in the store before buying though.
All in all, I like the finished look - it suits my skin tone and looks natural and glow-y but I feel the effort required to get it to look decent is way beyond what I have had to do with my other foundations.
If this suits your skin I am jealous because it's a lovely product, fragrance-free, with hydrating ingredients and gives natural looking light-medium coverage without being cake-y. I gave it a 4/5 rating because it's not bad but it's not anywhere near "I love this". I don't reach for this product often.
I won't return because I think it might suit my skin more as the weather gets colder, but I doubt I would repurchase.
Let me start by saying I do like the radiant creamy concealer so I had high expectations for this. But this "foundation" is awful. No coverage at all. I would say greasy, not radiant. And the amount of product you get for the price is just ridiculous. No, just no.
I like this product. It has a 'pearly glow' rather than an underlying 'dewiness'.
It has decent staying power. Easy to blend - I apply with fingers. I noticed it can 'collect' around the face crease where the nose starts or on the upper lip and dry areas.
I'd definitely purchase this again. I love it.
How is it compared to Sheer Glow - it is definitely more 'radiant'. Sheer Glow has an underlying dewiness after a period of time, this is pearly glowly. It looks less natural than sheer glow, but definitely imparts a healthy look.
I'm on the fence about this one. Nice color match in Mont Blanc
for my very pinky NW15-NW20 skin and nice and moist for my dry skin.
When I got color coded to purchase this at Nordies, she put on their
new toner and moisturizer and the "radiant" primer. After about
an hour I could not wait to get the makeup off! Fortunately, I think
the problem was the chemical sunscreen in the primer and not the makeup
itself, as I haven't had any problems since using my own skincare.
But using my own lotions and potions with this makeup is part of the problem
I have with it. My face stays moist, and the color match is good, but there
is no coverage at all. I have used a sponge, beauty blender, and 3 kinds of
foundation brushes and the results are the same. I get more coverage from
90% of the tinted moisturizers on the market. I don't have terrible skin,
but lets face it, I'm over 50, I have marks and discolorations that although
I don't expect to be completely hidden, I do expect some type of blur effect
from any foundation I use. I will admit that many do not use the emollient
face cream and sunscreen I use everyday and I'm sure that affects the coverage
of any foundation I use.
I suspect a primer might help get you a bit more coverage, but unfortunately
I've never really found one that works with my dry sensitive skin, so I
rarely use one. My biggest complaint is that they tend to dry me out
even more, and that was exactly what happened after the SA used a primer
on me. My fine lines turned into wrinkles and I looked 70, but I did get
a little more coverage!
Another suggestion is to use concealer with this foundation, and that might
work just fine, but in my case, I'd be using it on half my face to cover my
mild discolorations and cake face isn't the goal here.
My final suggestion is to use this over your liquid foundation. I did
try it over the Sheer Glow and the finish was very nice, but not the
moisture I was looking for. Also, for me, the price of 2 higher end
foundations is just too expensive.
Overall, I've been a bit winded, but I wanted to point out why this
foundation does not work for me. It is a beautiful foundation with
overall excellent colors and very easy to apply, but just not for
my skin and skincare routine.
Defo a must have for dry skin... Makes my face look "radiant" and glowy... Doesn't emphasise any dry patches and I normally top it all off with the light reflecting powder and I have gotten so many compliments on how flawless my skin looks!! However it is a bit pricy and I don't really like the fact you have to purchase the compact separately but oh well and once u have got the compact u will only need to purchase the refills... And tbh you get what you pay for a i think i can justify buying it simply because its a beautiful gorgeous foundation. Well done nars!
I am amazed that this product works so well for me. I have read many other reviews warning that this product is not for oily skin. However, I have oily skin and it is working very well for me. It is incredibly light, yet I have the coverage I desire. It also stays nice throughout the day and touch ups, if any, are simple. I have been looking for that "radiant" glow for a long time and this foundation seems to be coming through. Lastly, it looks great with the Nars radiance concealer.
On the down side, I am going through it quickly and it is pricey. Also, I don't like having to purchase a separate compact for the refills - - its an extra $10 on top of the already pricey foundation.
This is the BEST foundation I have ever used. It goes on super smooth and the coverage is really buildable. It feels really moisturizing, but it doesn't "slide", the lasting power is great. One of the best things is that you really only need a little; two small swipes/dabs of the pan does my entire face.
I use Santa Fe and it's the best foundation match I've ever had.
-Buildable, blendable coverage
-Soft, creamy, emolient texture
-For drier skin types, contains treatment ingredients
-Must be exfoliated and moisturized or any flakes and dryness show, but it hides uneven tone, minimizes pores.
-Compact sold separately
-Not terribly expensive but not budget. I'll purchase a backup at Sephora F&F or when I have a discount.
-Slightly similar-textured but more economical product is Lâ€™OrÃ©al Paris Visible Lift Repair Absolute Foundation.
I love the silky cream texture, the buildable coverage with long wear, and Siberia is a very good match for me. This is my new full coverage go-to foundation.
THANK YOU NARS FOR MAKING A FOUNDATION FOR PINK UNDERTONES. Vallauris is for medium skin with pink tones and many cool toned lovelies who had to leave the brand can come back. I'm back to Nars now that they have my color in a foundation.
This is pretty much the same as Nars sheer glow, but easier to apply, and stays put in high humidity better. Like Sheer Glow, this makes my real skin better over time and is wonderful for hydration. I will alternate this in the winter with MUFE's face and body.
I have to say that this is a game changer foundation. This is for dry to normal skinned people who HATE the feeling of makeup in general but still want coverage. And oh, this coverage is buildable. I can go sheer or full on war paint with this stuff and it doesn't cake or pill or feel like a mask. In fact, it doesn't even feel like a cream foundation. It feels like you put moisturizer and then a light wash of powder. Your skin looks naturally glowy, not flat or luminous. Dare I say...radiant? Plus it doesn't clog my pores.
I am Stromboli in SG and matched myself to the same in this line. Still the best shade for olive skinned girls (me in the summer) because it is NOT orange. Love the shade range but hate the named system.
I apply with fingers. Call me nasty but that's how their MAs tell you to do it. This gives medium coverage. For full, use their dry sponge or an RT brush.
I like how it's also portable, but you won't need to touch up. I guess you could take the sponge and pat it over your trouble spots/acne scars if you needed full coverage on those areas. This lasted for 8 hours on my face with no transferring, fading, patchy spots, or caking. Looove!
I like the compact and refill idea, but it's rather expensive for how much you get. At least cream foundations don't last too long and you'll be out of it in a month or two tops. That's no problem with me since I have never gotten through a single bottle of foundation in my life.
I have to admit that it's too expensive for daily usage, but for days where I want to skip TM and heavy foundation, this is pretty much my go-to. (Like a going to class foundation, not running errands or a night out sort of foundation.)
I would seriously advise oily skinned girls to skip this one though. It just makes sense. This cream will slide off if you're not normal skinned or drier.