I so desperately wanted to love this, since I've had luck with other NARS foundations in the past. In the beginning, I liked it, although I found it to be a little thick and chalky and not at all glowy, like I imagined (someone even asked me if I wear powder, which I don't). Slowly, I started developing super dry, red patches on my face. Not sure if it's because of the makeup or the turn to cold weather, but they got really bad. I switched to my HG, Shiseido two days ago, and my skin is looking much better. Oh well.
amazingly, I like this a lot. Don't like the cap, feels loose all the time, and very overpriced, but no clogs, no breakouts. I've been using this about 3 weeks,I have very reactive skin, so 3 weeks is a good stretch for me! Looks natural, good color match, stays put, washes off easily, really good coverage too. Will update in a month or so.
Clogs and Breakouts:(
Wonderful foundation, looks very natural on the skin, and you don't need a lot for good coverage. Like everyone, I wish it came with a pump. I emailed Nars and they said the pump will be available for purchase in the spring of 2010. Seems like a long time to wait for a pump. But the foundation is fantastic so it's worth the trouble. I'm a MAC nw20 and I wear Deauville. I don't care for "glowy" skin (to me glowy-oily) and this gives a nice finish - not matte but not too shiny. Love it.
i have combination to oily skin (around t-zone) and i bought this based on the good reviews. I got the colour Fiji with the help of the girl at Sephora and thought the colour was a pretty good match.
There were several things that I did not like about this product. First of all it's really runny. It ends up being light (which i like), but because there's no pump for it, i pour some onto the back of my hand and apply with a brush. I find that it runs around my hand and if i apply it with a foundation brush it is rather streaky.
Secondly, i find that my skin doesn't really absorb the foundation. i did not use this with a primer and i found that the foundation kind of slides and glides on my skin if i touch it. For example, i noticed that the foundation sort of gathered on the side of my nose so i tried to rub it with my fingers, with the slightest touch, the foundation around my nose and on the top of my lip moved. i tried my forehead next and it was the same thing. i'm not sure if this makes sense, but the foundation just shifted at my touch. i'll try a base next time to see if it'll help.
third, later in the day i found that the colour of the foundation changed a little bit. it got darker leaving my face looking "dirty".
it doesn't really cover my flaws, just evened out my skin tone. i have large pores around my nose and it kind of emphasized those pores
what i do like is that this goes on pretty light. the coverage i would say is light to medium.
i would probably not buy this product again. I was using shu uemera face architect prior to this and didn't repurchase because I had the wrong shade and used the opportunity to try a different brand. i think my next adventure will be bobbi brown, or Makeup Forever HD
I quite like this product! I have it in deauville. I must say that it wasn't love at first use though. It did take me a while to get the hang of how to apply, and also the weather strangely enough.
When I first bought it, I must have used too much. Applying with fingers was messy and the finish somehow ended up looking like it just sat on the skin in patches. Up close it looked pretty bad and obvious that I had foundation on, definitely not the seamless and flawless finish I was expecting.
But I have found that if you use this foundation with a flat top kabuki (I use everyday minerals flat top kabuki brush) you get a really good and even coverage without any of that oiliness or 'sit on your skin' look. It becomes really natural - I think the beauty of the product is in the application and blending. Fingers method does not work for me even though it is the recommended approach.
And remember to shake well before use. I find that if I don't use it for a few days and forget to shake, what comes out is very runny and oily which makes my face oily after a few hours.
Also the foundation seems to look better as the weather gets colder - I'm not sure if it is because the sheer glow formulation is more moisturising and works better in dryer, colder weather.
I had the same experience as the reviewer below me, underwhelmed. I have deauville, and it is very yellow toned as opposed to the neutral it claims to be. Applied with a foundation brush it looks quite matte actually- no glow in sight, until later when it starts to fade in places and look oily on my normal to dry skin. I was hoping for a smooth luminous finish like others had described. No sale.
Sadly veeeeerrry underwhelmed by this foundation! I bought a DDF moisturizer &it was expired &it had shea butter in it, so I opted to exchange it for this foundation b/c I so badly wanted to try it. The SA at Sephora matched me up with Deauville, which is described as a light balance of pink and yellow. I found it to be more on the yellow side. He tried 3 different colors and they all ended up being too yellow including Deauville, but I settled. He also suggested I apply it with my fingers for best results and that didn't bother me at all. The testers at Sephora had a pump and I was disappointed to see that my bottle did not. I used my usual moisturizer and primer, warmed it up on my fingertips, statrted on my cheeks and blended out. My skin is pretty dry this winter and I found it very difficult to blend. The first layer looked very splotchy and accentuated any dry spots. I applied a bit more to areas that needed it, but it still looked splotchy and now cakey because of the extra layer.
When I was done, I looked in the mirror and was not impressed. For $42 baby I better be thrilled. I immediately took it off and went back to my Revlon CS in Buff and the world made sense again:) I gave it 2 lippies because it wasn't the worst foundation I've tried and it seems to work well for others.
I never wear liquid foundation only because I can never find a colour to suit me (even prescriptives colour match which broke me out). I normally use Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation which I love.
Hearing about the hype for this foundation made me want to go and check it out. I was matched to Punjab and managed to wait & get it on ebay for a cheaper price.
Day 2 - Am loving this. The colour is def a winner for me (for winter) and love how this looks on my skin. I apply with mac 187 brush.
I defintly agree with the previous review. This doenst not melt into the skin very well...it feels like it just sits on top of the skin like a mask. I will probably use the rest of the bottle bc it is not cheap and I don't want to waste it but I will proably mix it with a little of my chanel tinted moisturizer to get it to blend a little better and not look so cakey.
I've tried it with multiple brushes sponges and even my fingers just don't think it is great for very dry skin
Over the past two years, I've gone on a foundation buying spree after I decided to make the move back to liquid foundation. For reference, I've tried, Lancome Teint Idole Ultra, Chanel Teint Innocence Cream, Giorgio Armani LSF, Guerlain Parure Extreme, Laura Mercier, Korres Wild Rose, Dior Skin Nude.
Nars Sheer Glow isn't a bad foundation, but it isn't for everyone. I can see how some people will really like it. For me personally, I could not get it to work. I was color matched to Barcelona which is actually a pretty good match (Guerlain 04, LSF 7, Chanel 6.0 Wheat). I was concerned about it being too light, but it seemed to blend in really well. It felt nice and light going on and coverage I would say is about medium, but could be brought up to medium-full with a little work. The finish, while not dewy, was nicely satin. It lasted for at least 7 hours on me, although I set it with MUFE HD.
Unfortunately, I couldn't get it to work. When applied with my Sephora HD 55 brush, I couldn't get it to stop streaking, same with a flat foundation brush. When I applied with my MAC 187, I felt it looked too cakey. Overall, it didn't "melt" into my skin. Most important however, it really, really, emphasized dry areas on my cheeks. I exfoliate regularly, but I still have slightly dry to combination skin due to use of retinols. It very much aged my skin. Although I previously thought I couldn't give a hoot about packaging, I really noticed how much foundation I would waste with this due to it's lack of a pump. Finally, my skin is really clog prone and after using this foundation for about a week and a half, I felt that my skin had more clogs than before.
Glad it seems to work for some people, but if you have dry flaky skin, I would avoid this foundation.