NARS Sheer Glow Foundation


1531 reviews

62% would repurchase

Package Quality: 2.9

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 2.9

Price: $$$


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: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I feel like people either love or hate this foundation. Unfortunately, in my case, it's hate. I loved it at first, I wore it and it blended well and looked awesome. Then the second time, it looked really yellow! I tried so hard to blend it out and it still looked weird. I have oily skin but it clung to dry patches that I didn't even know I had! It also looked cakey and fake. It got greasy looking throughout the day. I tried it again to make sure it wasn't a fluke. Well, it made my face itch so bad! So for the past week I've been dealing with zits popping up all over my chin! Ahhh! At least I didn't actually buy this foundation, I work at a cosmetics store so I had just made a sample. I'm writing this to warn acne prone or sensitive girls! Proceed with caution! Everyone's skin is different so it could just be me. I love the Nars tinted moisturizer though, no breakouts from that!

on 7/3/2012 10:40:00 AM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I have tried many foundations before this, pretty much every drug store brand and high-end ones such as MAC, Clinique, BareMinerals, Tarte, and Lorac. I went to Sephora and was choosing between Nars Sheer Glow and Benefit's Hello Gorgeous to wear for my graduation. The girl at Sephora tried both on me and I fell in love with Nars, it is absolutely beautiful-goes on smoothly and basically airbrushes my face where I need it most (I took accutane less than a year ago and I have some minor scarring still) but it also was light enough to not cover up my freckles, something I love :). It goes on great with a brush, although I was told to use my fingers, I don't like applying makeup using my hands. The cost of it in my opinion is well worth it, you get what you pay for. I'd rather spend $42 on a foundation I love than $42 on several foundations I was unhappy with. All and all, definitely worth the splurge!

on 7/3/2012 5:21:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I've tried many, many liquid foundations! Everything from drugstore brands-Maybellline, Covergirl to Department store-MAC, Chanel, Estee Lauder, I'd just about given up and decided to mix and make my own concoctions. Until I found this. I LOVE this stuff. Hate the packaging, a pump would be so helpful!! This goes on like buttah, is sheer yet still has enough coverage to cover up some pigmentation I have. Best of all-My skin and neck look the same color in pics!!! So glad this was recommended to me while in Sephora=0)

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I bought this product about a year ago . after being convinced by the person at the makeup counter at sephora. i must say this is a very luxurious foundation. i'd compare it to even chanel. i myself am very tan about an nc40 . i was matched with barcelona .barcelona does seem a bit light but as the makeup artist was telling me , barcelona is a very versatile color . i agree .
i found this foundation to set pretty quickly so blending is bit of an obstacle , but after i applied with a beauty blender oh my god ! it was beautiful i topped it off with physcians formula bronzebooster and illamasqua blush in expose . i felt like JLO! however it can feel a bit heavy and i believe that caused me to break . so thats why i gave it 3 stars and it has no pump .
Nars should reformulate it , try to not make it feel thick or break out in acne . i'd be all over it !

this is definitly not a foundation to wear everyday , i say more for special ocassions works beautifully in pictures like youre airbrushed =D

on 7/2/2012 11:56:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

i never found a foundation which i could say is perfect. my skin is quite dry so i like to have dewy finish which makes my skin look good. so i was looking for a foundation. i wanted to get laura mercier silk creme foundation as i have read great reviews about it and also it gives full coverage. but it does not come in a lot of shades and i could not find my match :(. next one on my list was nars sheer glow and i bought it and its just amazing i absolutely love it gives me medium coverage and also gives my skin a nice glow. one things i dont like is that it does nt come with a pump so its quite difficult getting the foundation out of the jar.

on 7/2/2012 6:58:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

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.

on 7/1/2012 8:06:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Oily, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

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.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 6/26/2012 8:18:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Dark, Cool

Hair: Brown, Relaxed, Fine

Eyes: Brown

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).

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

on 6/25/2012 5:23:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

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..

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 6/22/2012 5:30:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

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!

10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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