I think I have found my HG foundation, and this is the first time I have ever used this word. Yes, I have oily skin but my skin looks dull easily and so I have never liked matte foundations. So I bought Sheer Glow instead of Sheer Matte.
This foundation offers a flawless look without being cakey at all. The acne marks and dark circles disappear nicely. My skin looks radiant and wonderful. I do need to blot after a couple of hours, but meh, I don't mind at all! It stays on well on my face until late night. I just love, love, love it!
One note on how to take the foundation out:
Use a makeup stainless steel spatula! One dip into the foundation and you can take out the exact amount that you will need for your face.
I have rosacea with normal to dry, super-sensitive, pale skin. Between my paleness and the fact that I react to so many commonly used cosmetic ingredients finding foundations is not easy. This new foundation, which is intended for normal to dry skin types, doesn't contain any of my known irritants. I was a little apprehensive about the turmeric (which Paula Begoun says has potent antioxidant properties but may be irritating to skin) but gave it a go. I've been using it for about 2 weeks now and my skin has no problems with it. I'm a light NC15 with neutral to yellow undertones (Studio Sculpt NC15 is the only NC15 that really matches me, and that runs lighter and more neutral than other NC15 MAC foundations). I routinely wear Chantecaille Future Skin in Porcelain or Alima MMU in N1 and ended up choosing Sheer Glow in Siberia (the lightest shade for light skin with neutral undertones) even though it's light on me going on; it's more like NC/NW10. Within a short time it settles into my skin and looks fairly decent...I think because it oxidizes on me. I would probably need to mix Siberia with a bit of Deauville for a better match. By itself I found Gobi (for light skin with yellow undertones) too yellow and too dark once it dried down or oxidized (whatever is going on that makes the colors darker on me in a few minutes), Mont Blanc (for light skin with pink undertones) too peachy and too dark, and Deauville (the next step up from Siberia for light skin with neutral undertones) way too dark (MAC NC/NW20-25). As others below me have already mentioned this foundation feels weightless on and provides medium coverage while still managing to look natural, provided you use a small amount. The finish is satin rather than glowy as the name would imply. The package insert tells you to "warm the foundation in the hands, then, working with the fingers apply a small amount of foundation in the center of the face and begin pressing the foundation onto the skin". I agree with everyone else that they need a pump on this!
Here is a comparison pic of the lightest 3 shades on my NC10-15 skin:
Siberia - Gobi - Mont Blanc
I am a makeup sales person's worst nightmare; I am so picky - especially when it comes to foundation. I HATE it to look like i am wearing foundation but I do enjoy a quite full/medium coverage that still looks natural.
This foundation makes my skin look flawless! There is no separating, flaking, dryness or maskiness. Its not OVERLY dewy either if you set it with a little powder and it does last pretty much the whole day. I am an NW20 and have Mont Blanc in Sheer Glow and its a perfect match!
I couple it with MAC strobe cream and prep + prime and it makes my skin look beautiful and radiant. I have fairly dry skin though so if you are oily this foundation is most likely not what you are looking for.
Sheer Glow is worth the price to me because it seems to be the only foundation that doesn't break me out ($100 in Australia) but I really wish that it came with a pump like the testers. HG Material. :)
I really, really wanted to like this foundation but my skin just didn't agree with Sheer Glow;-( Let me first say I have extremely sensitive, dry, delicate Rosacean skin. On top of that I'm very pale; neutral NW/NC10. My current favourite foundations are LM Silk Creme #Soft Ivory for full coverage and Chantecaille Real Skin #Fresh for sheer coverage. But neither of those I would call HG and I'm always interested in trying pale shades of foundation. Enter Nars Sheer Glow Foundation #Siberia. I was both curious and cautious trying this new foundation because I have never liked any of Nars products so far. However it sounded promising and #Siberia looked like a great match. First on the shade: #Siberia is a pale shade; similar in level to Chantecaille Future Skin #Porcelain but #Siberia is less neutral and has more yellow undertones to it. It's not as yellow as Chantecaille FS #Alabaster but it would still be too yellow for true cool toned girls. #Siberia would definately too light for NW/NC15. So for me it was a nearly perfect shade match. If you're around NW/NC10, just give it a try.
On the foundation itself: tricky texture. Not as easy to work with as some other liquid foundations. You only need the tiniest amount, warm up between your fingers and dot onto your skin, than pat/blend. I prefer using a damp sponge over a foundation brush and esp. with this foundation.
The coverage is surprizingly good; even a little amount did a great job in covering up my ruddy cheeks! Definately not a sheer foundation IME; more medium-full while still looking natural with a semi-matte finish. Personally I prefer a more dewy finish like in Chantecaille Real Skin. On wearability: light-weight, like you're not wearing any foundation at all. Very comfy;-) I didn't set with any powder at all and it didn't fade during the day. I have to say though at the end of the day my skin did feel a bit taut and showed some flakies. I do have very dry skin though and this isn't an overly moisturizing foundation IMO. It's more drying than Chantecaille Future Skin for example.
Another pro: no scent whatsoever, yay! I'm very sensitive to certain fragrances and fragranced skincare/makeup products so finding another unscented foundation was just great.
Now for the bad part: after taking off Sheer Glow I noticed my face was covered in pimples and red spots;-( I guess I'm allergic to the Turmeric Root Extract in it. Well, it's all YMMV and my skin doesn't like many herbal/botanical stuff. Otherwise this is a nice but expensive foundation and IMO there are better, cheaper similar foundations out there. However it's great there's another pale shade of foundation available for the palest ladies so I still would recommend giving Sheer Glow a try! I've added this one to my PPP Foundations List in My Notepad and I uploaded a swatch of #Siberia in My Pictures.
I don't do reviews often because I'm really picky with my makeup and have yet to finish a bottle of foundation. That said, this foundation is what I have been looking for. It:
a)Doesn't make me look or feel like I'm wearing makeup
b)Lasts all day without smearing
c)Doesn't highlight my dry spots or break me out (I have dry/combo skin)
d)Provides medium coverage (I am always in pursuit of perfection - hence never having finished a bottle) and so far, this foundation does it so very well!
I rarely rave about products but honestly, wearing this foundation is like walking around with my own personal lighting crew. Definitely worth the investment.
I really like this foundation because it provides me with just enough coverage and feels good and not too heavy on my skin. Also, I found a great color match in Punjab for my NC30-35 complexion. I tried this formula in the Stromboli color which looked way too yellow on me (but for some reason, the Matte version was fine in Stromboli on me). I love how natural it looks and feels. I also purchased this in the Sheer Matte version which isn't matte enough for my taste, but is still a good foundation in my opinion. The only thing that bothers me is how runny this foundation is and how messy it can be. It really needs a pump. I found that it does take me some work to blend this foundation in with my MAC foundation brush and its hard for me to get it to not look streaky. Unlike the Matte Glow, it's harder to use fingers with this. I may try a sponge next.
Other than that, I have no complaints. Lasts all day with a little MAC blot touch up on the T-zone.
I am really loving this foundation. It is great for everyday. It evens out my skintone, covers my redness and is just really easy to blend. the only two complaints i have is that, Nars needs to put a pump on this. It's a bit of a hassle without one.
And this foundation is really expensive. More expensive than MUFE HD foundation.
Bought this at Sephora in Canada and it was $55 before tax. Whereas the MUFE HD was $46.
EDIT: This is honestly like my HG foundation. This will always be a staple in my foundation collection. I just really really wish they would change the packaging. but it's worth it. because this is lightweight, and very pigmented. Gives my face a natural finish. lovvve this!
Better than the Sheer Matte as I would say (and I'm super oily!). I found most of the matte or long wear foundations very heavy and hard to speard out, and they tend to make your face tired through out the day, and Sheer Matte is no different.
On the other hand, Sheer Glow is just like GA LSF but with a better coverage. One thing to take note is that the shades are different between SG and SM, so if you're Fiji in SG, you might not be in SM. The consistency is great, the staying power is acceptable as well.
Overall its a ok deparment store foundation, nothing special about it. Its better than the older foundations from NARS (but those are worse than D/S), but still nothing too impressive. I'll still stick with GA LSF and LLSF (long lasting silk foundation).
I've never bothered to review anything before because I'm super lazy, but after using nars sheer glow I just had to share!!
I was matched with the Fiji shade which is considered to be light 5 w/ yellow undertones. The SA at nordstrom put this on me and told me to apply it with my fingers. She used VERY little, contoured with irresistiblement bronzer, highlighted with albatross and added madly blush. My skin was luminous, glowing, and looked SO NATURALLY HEALTHY! The combination of all those nars products made me looked perfectly sunkissed and ethereal. Feels like I'm wearing nothing at all, I swear!
At first I only bought the foundation cause I didn't want to spend too much money on the bronzer/highlight/blush as well, but I've already caved after a few days of thinking about the highlighter and blush and ended up ordering the duo on nars website ($37 for albatross and orgasm in a compact, free shipping!). I'm probably gonna get the bronzer next month as well.
Apparently this foundation is supposed to improve skin over time, but I've been only using it for a couple days so I can't vouch for that quite yet. What I can say: I'm not a morning person AT ALL but I am actually excited to wake up for my 9 AM class just so I can put on my nars makeup! I love what I see in the mirror.
The only thing I've noticed about the foundation is that I'll get a little oily/shiny from it but I'm not sure if this is the 'dewy' effect it's supposed to have. Generally I like more of a matte finish so I just blot the shininess away and I'm good to go.
I have to admit that application of the foundation is a little weird to get used to. I'm used to using a brush or sponge so I haven't mastered using my fingers yet and the consistency of the foundation is one that I'm not used to using. When you first apply it to your face, it seems harder to blend than other foundations but if you keep blending, you'll get an even finish. For me I don't mind this just because I love the end result of healthy, naturally luminous looking skin. Definitely HG.
I'm really impressed with this new foundation from Nars. I have become a bit of a foundation junkie, and can't resist trying out different brands. I believe I have tried most of them. Why I love Nars Sheer Glow is it's ability to look glowy without appearing too dewy or luminous on my skin. I love the subtle glow and light to medium coverage. Coverage is buildable, plus this foundation is easy to apply and blend. Sheer Glow reminds me of GA LSF but it's not as dewy as LSF and blends much more easily. I have finished using up my Sheer Glow sample that I got from Sephora and will definitely buy this foundation in the future. At present I'm using EL's Double Wear Light in 4.0 Intensity, and this has been a great foundation to use in the summer and more humid climate. At present, Nars Sheer Glow in Cadiz is a fantastic match for my NC44, GA LSF #8 skintone in the summertime and the lighter shade Tahoe will match my skin better in the winter. Ladies give this foundation a try!