NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

3.7

1544 reviews

62% would repurchase

Package Quality: 2.9

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 2.9

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethylhexanoin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Bis-butyldimethicone Hectorite, Sodium Glutamate, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, 1-Methyl-Hydantoin-2-imide, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polysilicone-2, Serralysin, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tocopherol, [may contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides, iron oxides]


Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

I really love Sheer Glow (despite the fact that it doesn't have much glow!). I also really love that they have a shade (Siberia) that is made for pasty folks like me, that isn't too orange or too pink. Thank you, NARS!

Pros:

- Siberia is an awesome shade if you are very fair, like me. It is wonderfully neutral as well. It does lean to the cool end more, but it is neither overly orange or pink, which is one of the major traps that most shades for fair-skinned people fall into, across all brands.
- The coverage is very buildable. Be cautious; you don't need as much as you think you do! Use sparingly, it covers well with little product.
- Although this foundation doesn't really have much glow, despite its name, it does set to a very natural satin to demi-matte finish, which looks lovely.
- It holds up reasonably well under normal conditions.
- It has a nice, skin-like finish, which is what you want in any face makeup.
- This foundation has a lot of shades, which will make it accessible to a wide variety of people, which is always great to see.

Cons:

- Like most liquid foundations, this will melt in the heat. It's not an ideal summer foundation for this reason.
- It can cling to dry patches.
- The name is very deceptive. As previously stated, this is NOT a dewy foundation, and it does NOT have much glow to it at all. If you like a lot of glow, if you like a dewy appearance, look elsewhere; this isn't what you want.
- Although it can build to nearly full coverage, it doesn't really look good anymore when built past a certain level; it becomes heavy-looking and mask-like. Don't attempt to build this past medium coverage unless you like the cake-y look. I don't typically want or need full coverage, so this isn't necessarily a con for me, but many people prefer the full-coverage look.
- No pump. I'll be honest: I HATE this. This is my biggest con. It is so difficult to get the proper amount of foundation by just pouring it out, and so many foundations---both drugstore and high-end---include a pump these days that it's just archaic not to.
- This is definitely expensive, at $57 CAD at Sephora. There are many wonderful foundations (even on the neighbouring shelves at Sephora) that cost an awful lot less.

Overall, I really do love this foundation and I would definitely repurchase. This was my first NARS purchase a few months back and since then I've dabbled a bit in the brand's other products (all face), and so far, I LOVE! Definitely pick this one up if you're up for a splurge.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.



Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I did quite like Nars sheer glow, I switched to Nars from just over a year of using Mac Studio Fix and then Studio Sculpt. Nars gives quite a good coverage without feeling too heavy on the face. Although, as I am a person with quite a few blemishes/spots, I feel i could do with a bit more coverage. The first couple of weeks of using the product I was pretty amazed with it, my skin looked really nice, but the more i used it the less it had such a nice, flawless look on my skin. I'm not sure what the reason for this is, though. It does have a tendency to look ever so slightly crusty on acne scars/spots? Nars sheer glow does not have an overpowering smell, it feels really nice when applying it to the skin, it has a very smooth texture. Overall, i'd definitely recommend this product, the only thing i would say is if you have spots, definitely use a concealer and a powder in conjunction.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Medium

Eyes: Blue

My new favourite.

I recently converted from MAC where I wore the Studio Fix Fluid everyday in a NW15 shade. I changed due to the product drying horribly on my skin and after 2 years of wear I thought it was about time I changed it up.

I recently had a 21st and got my makeup done at Mecca Maxima. They used the NARS Sheer Glow on me and I instantly fell in love. I made the mistake of not buying it that day and kicked myself for it, so I went back the week later and got it tested on my skin.

I am the colour Deauville and find this matches me perfectly. It was a bit lighter then my NW15 at MAC however I preferred it as I didn't have to blend it around my neck/chest area as much. This product is more on the runny side, which allows it to be blended extremley well. This allows a little to go a long way. I usually squirt 1-2 pumps on my hand and dab it around my face and blend it all in with a beauty blender.

I cannot rave about this product enough. It is just perfect.

The only issue I am facing is I do not own a NARS Pressed Powder as of yet. Which means I have been setting this with my MAC Studio Fix Powder which by the end of the day makes me look horrible. I have however just purchased the NARS Pressed Powder in the shade Beach and CANNOT wait to try it as I have heard it is amazing.

10/10 for this. Would buy it again and again and again.

It is worth the price ladies (or men)


Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I've been on the hunt for the perfect foundation for about 10years.
I've tried a lot..MAC, Chanel, all sorts of drugstore ones (in Germany, UK, Canada and the states)
I must have spent hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars/pounds/euros in that time. I'm sure some of you can relate..

I heard about NARS about a year ago, it's rather hard to find over here in the UK (not online, mind you, but I did want to try out the foundation before I buy it, especially at that price tag)

Anyways, I was looking for a suitable foundation for my wedding day so I caved and forked over the £31.00 the other day, after the lady at the Nars counter swatched me ( Mont Blanc )
Looked great, felt great.

Back home, a few days later I had the chance to finally apply it and wear it for more than 2 hours (it's quite thin and runny)
I don't know what to say at this point, but let me start by saying that I really wanted to love this.
I wanted it to be my holy grail, go to foundation.

The first let down: I applied it over moisturiser and primer and it just looked okay..Now I don't know about you guys, but when I spent that much money to look like a sheer glowing goddess I want to look better than just okay!

But the story goes on..
My fiancé and I went into town that day for some shopping. It was nice and sunny for a change (21 Celsius degrees, so not too cold or too warm)

The second let down:
After an hour or so in town we met my soon to be brother in law and one of the first things he said to me was: "Whoa, looks like someone isn't coping very well with the heat" This comes from someone who, usually, doesn't comment on my appearance.
I didn't really know what to say at that point but after we left I checked my mirror and my face was literally the greasiest mess I've ever seen. My nose was shining like a frying pan with integrated mirror!!! A thin(should've seen that one coming when I saw how thin the foundation is), oily layer of what was left of my foundation covered my nose, cheeks and rest of my face.

Funnily the lady at the Nars counter told me the day I bought the foundation that I have extremely dry skin, so what's going on here?!?!

Since then I've tried the foundation 3 more times with different application techniques (beauty blender, foundation brush, stippling brush) but nothing has changed. A good hour or two and I become a greasy, shiny mess that looks like it ran a marathon. Not a good look at all.

I've had better results with some drugstore brands (esp. Boots no.7 stay matte) in fact I think that I've never looked this bad before, even foundations for £5 have never made me look like this.

I can't tell you girls&guys, how embarrassed I was after we met my brother in law. Good thing I wore the foundation before my wedding day or it would've been a nightmare.

Before I post this review, I'd like to say that I'm sure this foundation works for a lot of people, but it definitely didn't work for me.

Pros:
- Nice packaging
- Mont Blanc was a perfect match for my skin tone

Cons:
- Hefty price tag (£31.00)
- No SPF
- No pump (£3.00 extra)
- Too thin/runny
- Coverage
- Lasting power less than 2 hours for me

Advice: IF you're interested in this foundation try to get a sample ( not off eBay as they are watered down versions mostly)
In the UK at selfridges or Harvey Nichols it might be a bit tricky to get a sample, but please try.
It might save you a lot of money!

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.


on 7/5/2015 10:24:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I find that this foundation tends to cling to dry patches, it don't come with a pump , i have dry/combo skin and find that i HAVE to powder a couple times through the day or my oils look out of control even though I'm not that oily. i usually would reach for this foundation if I'm all out of GA Luminious Silk


on 6/24/2015 11:23:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

Love this foundation! I first purchased the NARS All Day Luminous foundation and quickly returned it and replaced it with this. I have dry/combination skin and this lasts all day without moving around too much. I apply with the Tarte airbrush finish brush and it looks flawless!


on 6/24/2015 12:56:00 AM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I love this foundation! LIGHT2 Is my perfect colour. I usually use 1-1 1/2 pumps as I find 2 is quite heavy coverage and if I'm in a rush blending takes forever. It gives me such an even dewy glow that I just love. I've also seen other people with vastly different skin tones use it and look flawless too. The only criticism is the pump, how it must be purchased separately and it has no cap. This is annoying as it makes travelling difficult. But as a whole the product is great

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

My absolute favorite foundation to date. As mentioned by many reviewers, this foundation has more of a satin finish than glowy. For reference I have combo skin and wear the color Deauville (a perfect match), and also use Mac NC20, MUFE 120, L'oreal Lumi W1/2, Chanel Vitalumiere 20, and Armani Luminous Silk in 4.0 (L'oreal True Match in W1, Armani Luminous Silk in 3.0, MUFE 117, and NC15 in MAC all seem very close to Gobi in undertone (yellow/warm) and shade).

The best thing about this foundation is the amazing coverage it gives you! It's so good that I like to sheer it out a bit by using a damp beauty blender, which also gives the best effect if one has any dry patches. This is definitely my special occasion foundation. Although I do have quite dehydrated skin, I find that if I exfoliate and moisturize properly, this wears just fine. However, I'm not sure if I would recommend this to an individual with purely dehydrated skin.

I love that NARS has such a realistic color range for different races. My only complaints are that it comes with no pump and the price (like many other reviewers).

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


on 6/23/2015 4:41:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

I've tried many foundations, from Shiseido, to EllisFaas, to Dior, but THIS one is my Holy Grail! It's so thin and light in texture, but amazingly tinted!! So much of my redness and acne scarring was almost invisible thanks to this. What's more is that you can take it under the eyes as well because it is so build able. You should buy the pump separately because it really does portion out the amount very well. One pump does it for me! I set this with a translucent powder and then a setting spray when my skin is dry during the winter and it stays amazingly! Otherwise I may notice creasing around the nose.


on 6/22/2015 11:55:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

The Sheer Glow foundation looked so good on my skin and I had so much faith in this product. It gave me the perfect dewy sheen and It lasted all day without running or settling into creases. I really loved it. But after wearing NARS faithfully for a few months I started getting the worst, most painful, cystic acne of. my. life. Initially I was in denial that it could be my, very expensive, NARS foundation. I decided that it could have been hormonal so I switched up my skincare regimen, to no avail. Once I conceded that it was my NARS foundation and stopped using it, my skin began to improve. Now I am left with a daily reminder that high price does not equal quality in the form of acne scars on my right cheek.
:(

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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