I don't know what it is about Nars foundations but they look awful on my skin. I have tried both the Sheer Matt and Glow. They make my skin look dry and patchy which has never been a problem before. They don't appear sheer or light but cakey and heavy! They give the same results as a cheap drugstore foundation. Its frustrating as I really wanted to love Nars foudations, I'm a big fan of all there other products but I'll be stearing clear of these.
I have oily skin and I know I should've gotten the Sheer Matte instead of this one but I had watched a youtube video where the girl mixed this foundation and double wear together and she swore it was amazing, so I for some reason wanted to try it. Well I never ended up getting double wear and I've been stuck with this ever since. This foundation is underwhelming to me. I didn't think it was particularly amazing. The color (Ceylan) matched my skin pretty well and I didn't think it made my skin any oilier but other than that I don't really care for it much. It's also really annoying that it doesn't come with a pump.
I would have rated it 5 but I think its a bit pricey for a foundation that does not even come with a pump. I had to spend extra ££ to have the pump (not amused). That said this is by far the best liquid foundation I have tried. When I went into Selfridges I was not too sure what type of foundation I should try. I have normal to combination skin but only produce oil on my nose. Sheer Matte is said to be better suited to oily skin, however, I had seen/read a lot of reviews where women with the same skin type as me had purchased Sheer Glow instead. So when it came to purchasing this foundation I was unsure whether I should get NARS Sheer Glow or Sheer Matte. Thankfully within seconds of entering the store the woman at the NARS counter was able to identify which type of foundation would be better suited to my skin type which obviously as this review indicates was Sheer Glow. The shade range at NARS is absolutely brilliant. They know how to create make-up for women of colour. Other make-up companies cannot compare. The colour the NARS woman matched me to is New Orleans. It is easy to apply and is very lightweight. One full pump press provides me with enough foundation to cover the whole of my face. I would say it is buildable. I use the NARS Multi Protection Primer before applying the foundation to my face. MAC Mineralise Skin Finish is used to set it. I am very pleased with this product and will definitely be purchasing in in the future (once I have the funds).
I bought this product after trying a sample purely because the palest shade (sibera) finally matched my skin tone! I have been through so many different foundations in their palest shades, all of which are too dark! My neck is far paler than my face so I like to pale that down first rather than bronze up my neck which would look unnatural.
I find that many brands in their palest shades tend to make them more pink toned (Bobbi Brown) and I am very pale and yellowed toned so the colour match was perfect! Practically a dream come true! I have really red cheeks and want a foundation to cover that up!
To the formulation itself I found it clung to all my dry patches (some I didn't even know I had) and it just seemed to accentuate my already dry skin! The coverage was okay but I found that after about 2 hours it would start to wear off and eventually by the end of the day be completely non existent! Its not transfer resistant and would come off if I even slightly touched my face.
I apply it with a stippling brush, tried my hands, normal foundation brush and a mixture of different methods. I just can't stop it from accentuating my dry skin especially around my nose and it seemed to sit in some of my pores in that general area. It also accentuated the hairs on my face that you can't even see otherwise!
The fact that it doesn't have a pump either like other people have said, is quite annoying because you can't really judge how much you're using and makes application slow.
I'm really disappointed and genuinely wanted to love it after spending €40! I'm going to have to try to mix it with my moisturiser (which will thin it out even more and not cover my red cheeks) Hopefully I'll be able to make it work..
I have had this foundation since summer 2010, so I believe that I've had it long enough to give it a fair review.
This has all the ingredients of being a good foundation, but frustratingly, it falls short. Firstly, I couldn't get a colour match, and having read a lot of reviews of this, I know that many other medium-skinned people couldn't either. I'm an NC40-NC42, yellow neutral toned (by this I mean that although my skin has yellow tones, I can wear both cool and warm makeup colours, but not ones which are too extreme either way). NARS used to do a colour that was about NC40, NC41 in their Balanced Foundation, which was called St Tropez, but it didn't make it over to the Sheer Glow line.
First of all, a Space NK sales assistant matched Barcelona to me. Now, while it might be the closest shade in terms of lightness/darkness (I would say that it's about an NC40), it's actually very peach toned. I came home and wore it for a few days, before I realised that it made me look ill. I was pretty hacked off, having just spent £30 on a mistake. A few months later, having really struggled to find a good foundation, and having done lots of research on the internet and here on MUA (I found Adriana265's review incredibly helpful), I decided to buy two colours - Stromboli, which is a light/medium olive, very yellow-toned colour (roughly an NC37), and Syracuse, which is a medium/dark golden brown colour (roughly an NC43). When I mix the two together (the proportions vary as to how much of a tan I have, but usually it's about 50% Syracuse and 50% Stromboli), I can get a brilliant colour match, although it's just slightly more golden than my actual skin.
As for the foundation itself - it has its good points and bad points. First of all, the bad points. I have combination acne-prone skin, and unfortunately, Sheer Glow breaks me out in small white heads (however, no cystic acne and red spots unlike a lot of other foundations). It also does not have good lasting power at all. I absolutely need to set it with a loose powder (not pressed - that's not powerful enough), otherwise after a couple of hours, my face will be shiny and the foundation will be slipping off. I also need to ensure that I have a powder compact on me, because I will need to touch up every couple of hours. Using this method, the foundation will last about 7 hours of looking good on a cool or average day. I have worn this on hot and humid days and have regretted it, as it has made me look far oilier than I am, and has disappeared faster than normal - after about 3-4 hours. I also can't wear this if I'm going to be in a hot and sweaty night club.
I did not like the fact that it took my spending £90 to finally get to the right colour. NARS should have made some more medium coloured shades. I maybe wouldn't mind so much about mixing two colours together, but then the bottle doesn't come with a pump. The fact that you have to slowly pour the foundation onto your hand is very irritating. It also means that you're likely to forget to put the lid on the bottle(s) if you're in a hurry, which I have done on several occasions. Not having a pump prevented me from judging accurately the proportions of the two shades for mixing. To add insult to injury, they are now selling a pump separately, for £3, so I caved in and spent an additional £6 buying two. It should come with the foundation already!
Now, the good points. I love that it doesn't have any sunscreen in it - a chemical one would have broken me out badly in red spots, and the lack of titanium dioxide means it photographs beautifully, and I don't get left looking like a ghost. It feels comfortable on my skin, and doesn't settle into the very fine lines by my nose and mouth that I'm starting to get (unlike Bobbi Brown's Natural Finish foundation, which after I've worn for a few hours, makes me look about 10 years older). The coverage is not sheer, as countless others have said before me, but it's not too heavy either, even after you've layered it on. Actually it's really excellent for building coverage, although you will definitely still need a concealer on any blemishes/marks that you have. If you have combination or oily skin, the 'glow' will make itself apparent after wearing it for a little while. It blends in very easily and there's no worry about having to work quickly before it 'sets'. The foundation really gives a wonderful, glowy finish to your skin, and while it doesn't look completely, 100% natural like a tinted moisturiser would, it blends so effortlessly with your skin (assuming you've got the right colour match) and really enhances it.
Sheer Glow is actually a component for my homemade near-HG foundation - I mix it with Estee Lauder Double Wear and it's amazing. It lasts for a long time and doesn't break me out. The only bad thing is that it doesn't photograph that well, due to the titanium dioxide in Double Wear. And of course, I can sometimes miscalculate the colour match and end up looking too pale or dark (as I don't have an exact colour match in Double Wear either, and had to buy the closest two colours). For any NC40-42 girls who want to try this, I either mix SG in Syracuse with DW Tawny, or SG Stromboli with DW Henna.
Overall, I'm giving Sheer Glow three and a half stars. NARS really needs to make it wear longer, and to improve the colour range for the medium tones. Oh, and to include a goddamn pump with every bottle!
I finally splurged and bought an expensive foundation! I've been sticking to my Clinique and drugstore brands for several years. Never thought I was missing out, but wow. This offers fantastic coverage. One swipe and I have perfect skin! Almost don't even need concealer with this stuff! Only problem is I picked a color that I think is a bit light for summer, Fiji. Perfect for winter and so I'm actually considering buying another bottle in either Punjab or Stromboli for the summer months. For those who are saying Neutrogena's Healthy Skin foundation is a dupe, I'd have to disagree. As much as I love Neutrogena's foundations, they are nothing alike. Healthy Skin has much less coverage and the shade I have in 40 is very pink. I like that Sheer Glow is both matte (I have oily skin) and yet, gives my skin a glow, doesn't make it feel tight and frozen like some matte foundations do (ahem, Colorstay). Love it! Definitely buying again. Also, bought the pump from the Nars website and have to say that was $6 well spent. Just wish they'd include that with the bottle.
This is amazing. I will absolutely keep buying. I have oily skin and I did try the matte version, however I found it a bit harder to rub in. I think both foundations control oil and last well, the sheer glow just has a dewier finish. It is meant to be applied with fingers so it is warmed up. And truly it's the best way to apply. I love the finish - the way it covers but looks natural and glowy. The best part is that it is the healthiest foundation I have ever tried for my skin; my skin has never been clearer and it has helped improve my skin over time like it claims. Like everyone else, I wish it came with a pump, but I can deal with it. One bottle lasts a long time. I'm still on my first bottle and I have been using it for almost 5 months.
I've been meaning to write a review on this for a while. This is a fantastic foundation, I'm Indian, dark-olive skin and my shade is stromboli. I'm a NW40 in Mac but would never go back to Mac foundations any more as Nars is my new HG. The shade match is perfect, its slightly on the yellow side and leaves my skin looking very natural. I don't wear any powder on top of this, I think the sheerness disappears if I did. Its just nice on its own, I use Mac Prep & Prime Face Protect Spf 50 (Great Primer + Sunblock for Oily/Combo skins) and then after 15 minutes, apply the foundation with my finger tips. The texture is very good and melts in to the skin, although its sheer its not at all oily, and gives an even finish with a dewy sheerness if you know what I mean! There's no spf in it, good in a way as my photographs look very natural. Nars sell a pump dispenser for £3.00 and its worth buying. I also love the Nars Orgasm blush :) continued >>
Returning this. I really wanted to like it but it just looks terrible on my dry skin and aged me about 10 years. Like the sheer matte, this clings to dry spots badly (forget about it if you have eczema) and looks cakey. I also found it creased and accentuated lines I didnt know I had. My skin also got oily quickly in the t zone, and this did not hold up throughout the day. I am not sure if this would work for someone with oily skin for more than a couple of hours. The formula is, however, very smooth and silky to the touch. Bottle is horrible..no pump, hard to get out. Dotting it on with a concealer brush would likely work best. Dries fast, so you have to blend quickly.
I prefer Mac Matchmaster to this....it is similar in texture/finish/coverage but looks much better.
I used Fiji which is too dark for my neutral/olive NC 20 skin. Would work on a solid NC 25 or a light NC 30 (shades i turn when i use self tanner). Ceylan would also be good for NC 30 and Punjab is on the dark side of NC 30. If I liked the formula, I would exchange for Deauville but I'm not going to use it again. Shade range if FANTASTIC if you like the formula.
So I gave in to the hype and after 2 years of using up all the other foundations I had accumulated, I decided to give NARS sheer glow a try. Why did I wait this long? I can see now why so many sing it's praise. First off, I have combination skin, I do have hormonal breakouts but nothing major. The way I use this product is I put a bit, about the size of a dime in the back of my hand and I mix it with some MAC's strobe cream and then apply it to my face and blend with my beauty blender. It's amazing how long this lasts on me and what a coverage it has! I have been using it non-stop everyday for the past month and have not suffered breakouts at all. I live in Florida and it's blindingly hot here and humid and this foundation has lasted without melting off my face. Brilliant, found a new HG. For reference, I'm NW25 and I use NARS Barcelona. The only complaint I have is this stupid bottle, I wish it was either a squeeze bottle or you could buy the pump for it in Sephora, I was told in Sephora that this can only be bought online.