Finally - my HG foundation. I can't describe how happy I am to have discovered this. I have that translucent skin that seems to make most foundations (including NARS balanced and oilfree) look fake and heavy. I've tried just about every foundation on the market, but always end up reverting to my standby of just concealer and powder which, on my 36 year old skin and in the English winter, just wasn't cutting it any more. So I can give no better recommendation than to say that I have worn this day and evening, every day since I bought it a few weeks ago. It gives enough coverage to even out my complexion, but is sheer enough not to look opaque and mask like. Best of all though is that it really does give a the 'glow', as advertised: I look a bit younger, or at least as though I've had a holiday and/or a good night's sleep.
I am raving about this product but it deserves it!
Colour match is excellent though unexpected - I'm NW20/25, but Santa Fe ('medium with peach undertone') turned out to blend perfectly with my skin - I'd expected to need a lighter shade than that having used Deauville in the past. Incidentally I bought this after a consultation at the NARS counter in Selfridges, Manchester UK which was I highly recommend - the SA's there really take their job incredibly seriously; I don't think I would even have tried this shade left to my own devices.
I tried NARS sheer glow foundation in my local NS and got sample to test more at home. I'll say that I don't like this product based on my skin type. My skin is normal-to-dry and has visible pore from my teeager break-out. When SA put it on my face in store, my friend told me that she saw my dry skin immediately looked dewy and my blemish spots became less visiable. But its stay power was not good one me. When I got home (about 3-4 hours later), the foundation was already off. My skin looked dry, and pore was really obvious. I think that I need some foundation more creamy, which can stay longer for dry skin.
The texture is quite nice, not to thick...it makes the look very natural, just need a little dab and it covers the pores quite well. Complimented with a nice hint of blush will complete the natural and soft look
To be honest, this foundation isn't the most moisturizing foundation I can find. It is quite superior in terms of giving enough coverage while giving enough moisture. But for those who aims to have light coverage anyway, I don't see this foundation as moisturizing - it can sometimes even emphasize my pores even though they aren't super large. My two cents is that this foundations requires a good moisturizing regimen or a good primer beforehand in order to make it smooth. So for this price, I'd rather have something else that makes my skin look smooth with or without primer. Also, the color do tend to be more yellow (I tried Deauville, which was supposed to have a bit of yellow and pink tones.) I'm returning this.
Oh how I wish this came with a pump... my only negative, really. It is $42, which is a bit much, but I got mine during the Sephora Friends & Family, so at $33.60, it wasn't THAT bad.
I got the shade Deauville which is described as light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones. This would describe my color to a "T" and it's a very good match. I'm already thinking about what color to get once more of my summer tan wears off... probably Gobi and mix, as long as it's not too yellow.
For reference: I wear MAC's MSF Liquid in NC25 (which runs light). MUFE HD in a combo of 1 pump 117 and 1-2 pumps 118. (I only need about 2-2 1/2 pumps, but I have to mix for the right color.) Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Sand.
I've only applied this two ways, but both were beautiful. The first with a MAC 190 and blended out a bit with a damp Beauty Blender, and the second with a 187 and a damp Beauty Blender.
I have oily skin, but this doesn't make me any more oily than "normal".
FYI: MAC foundation pumps DO NOT fit on this bottle, but I had an older style of Smashbox PhotoFinish Foundation primer (the glass bottle) and the pump fits on, though it doesn't screw all the way down, as the foundation bottle's neck is longer. It works fine and I use about 1-2 pumps.
I have been on strike in terms of liquid foundation use, as I always found them to be too cakey/mask-like/heavy/impossible to find the right shade... etc. I tried a sample of this product after seeing a review online, and must say I was VERY impressed! I was matched to the shade "Fuji" (I am MAC NC 20-25) and although it's a bit too yellow at times, I think it might be as close as I can get to perfection. It feels very sheer and light yet gives quite decent coverage; I no longer feel the need for concealer on my dark circles and acne scars. The name is quite misleading though, as I actually find it a semi-matte finish. It is a bit pricey and the packaging does need a pump, but other than that, I would say this is pretty much my perfect foundation!
I first tried NARS Sheer Glow when I discovered that I'm running out of foundation and the thought of going bare-faced terrified me. So I went on a sample binge and got little containers of Sheer Glow in Siberia and Gobi. Siberia is a perfect match for me, but I can get away with Gobi as well.
Not only is the color match flawless on my skin, the foundation itself is AMAZING. It's a light/medium coverage which is perfect for me, since I just have some discoloration and maybe the occasional blemish. It leaves a very smooth, natural, glowy finish and doesn't budge all day. Definite HG. A little pricey, though. But well worth it!
I've been using Chanel Mat Lumiere foundation (and Mac Studio Fix before that).
I decided to purchase NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (colour punjabi was matched to my skin) after seeing a positive review on youtube.
I didn't like Mac studio fix because it smelt and felt of strong chemicals and I believe it caused spot out breaks.
Chanel Mat Lumiere is a good long wearing foundation but it is a much heavier coverage than Nars and more noticeable on the face.
I always put foundation on the back of my hand before application and I found that Chanel would stain my hand and be quite difficult to wash off with just water. When I used Nars it would simply melt into my skin with no trace of it afterwards!!
On the face Nars applies very well, especially after primer. It's easy to blend, feels lights and covers well.
I have an oily t-zone but dry cheeks. I find that after a few hours, my face starts to feel a bit greasy, especially around the nose area.
Having said that, I do like Nars Sheer Glow foundation because of how natural the application feels. the downside is the greasiness of it.
I think I will juggle between Chanel and Nars foundations for the time being.
With many great claims, I was dying to try this out. I really liked the idea of a foundation with brightening properties and clarifies overall skintone. I have pretty good skin but I do have uneven skintone that requires somewhere between light and medium coverage to even me out. I really wanted to love this foundation but it really didnt work out for me.
I'm a MAC NC30 and BB Warm Sand. I was matched to Ceylon and possibly Punjab. To be honest, neither one matched me. Ceylon was the right tone of golden neutral but possibly a shade too light. It maybe good for NC25. Punjab was just the wrong undertone... it was a golden peachy shade. It was too warm/pink for me.
In terms of coverage and texture, this is the one highlight of the foundation. It did feel quite light but it did take a while to dry down. This might be from the hydrating properties. I'm not oily but I felt this foundation made my skin very oily. After 2 hours of wearing it, it feel.. slippery. Also the coverage is incredibly sheer. I was thinking it'd be like MUFE F&B but it's not even close. I would say the Sheer Glow has the same coverage as my LM tinted moisturizer. I was hoping it'd be a light coverage and buildable as they claim but it isn't easy to build up. Its possibly from the long dry time and it just didnt look right when I tried to put on a 2nd thin coat. The Sheer Matte was much better in adding a 2nd layer. For me, the first minute looked slightly natural dewy but it quickly shifted to just overly shiny within 2 hours.
The worse part about this foundation is the breakout that occurred nearly 3 days later. Horrible deep cystic pimples that were painful. I had to stop using everything immediately to clear it up. Definitely returned the bottle and won't touch it again. Another negative is the price. The price tag is also really high for such a small amount and I was shocked to see it had no pump! I sadly wouldn't recommend this.
I've been a custom blend with Prescriptive for about 10 years and loved it - however, they are discontinuing the line, so I started running around looking for a new foundation. I'm difficult to match - I need a neutral with a hint of pink and I need it on the lighter side. The Mt. Blanc is a hair darker than what I was wearing, but it's not bad. The problem with this, it is too "silicone-y" for my taste and I found it to be somewhat mask-like. Plus, every time I used it, I felt like I had hayfever symptoms - I wash it off, and I feel better (I'm so weird). So this is a no-go for me.