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on 7/13/2012 11:31:00 AM
More reviews by so12
Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I'm sooooo glad I took the plunge on ASOS (student discount) and tried this! I bought this in the shade Punjab, prob equivalent to MAC NC25. It's got a liquid, runny consistency which I think makes it easier to blend and get an even coverage. I think applying with fingers is one of best ways - I've tried buffing brushes but it doesn't give as nice a finish. It actually gives SUCH a nice flawless finish - not dewy but not totally matte. Staying power is not amazing - if I've overloaded with moisturiser it will be quite oily by midday but if you prep skin correctly for your skin type it does wear quite well. For example blotting skin of excess oil inbetween moisturiser and applying foundation. But as for that frigging bottle. Well I hadn't really had any problems till I packed it in my suitcase to take on holiday. WELL. BIG MISTAKE. It had all leaked and pooled into the lid. I was devastated - not only because of the mess but the waste of product! Deff try and get a sample of this to see if it works for your skin type. I would recommend this to people with normal/combo and it can be buildable in coverage to suit your skin. I wish I bought the pump from the start but resented paying that much for it! I am a bit of a foundation fiend so am always looking out for the world's best foundation - but I do really like this so would repurchase again at some point :)
on 7/13/2012 9:04:00 AM
More reviews by proximitythe53rd
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
Please see April 2015 update below.So much has already been said, I'm keeping this review brief and to the point (not bothering to describe the product in detail): - my shade is Siberia, it's quite yellow, but it's a cool(er) yellow - you need to prep your skin well, as with most foundations, or this can look awful, really sitting on top of skin, not looking natural etc.** - have had good luck with: flat foundation brush, mini flat foundation brush, damp sponge, fingers, using pressing/patting motions. Have had bad luck with: brushes that use more of a buffing action, dry sponge, using rubbing/buffing/dragging motions. ** - less is more, somewhat buildable coverage, stop when you're still thinking you could add more - average-ish lasting power - I only need to lightly powder it sometimes; never heavily powder, sometimes skip powder - not sure if it has much of a 'glow' I find it more like demi-matte? don't believe it has any shimmer. - can sink into pores ** - will absolutely show dry/flaky patches** - color is a good neutralizer of my red cheeks - for once, I seem to have found a foundation I can wear frequently without seeing an increase in acne. This is WHY this foundation is my go-to at the moment. ** - however I have not seen any skincare benefits (nor did I expect to) - shake before useBonus Section - Packaging Woes:ARGH. I didn't buy the pump. Later I thought about it, but if you buy only the pump from the NARS website, along with shipping etc. the price becomes ridiculous for what you'll get. (AKA something that should have come with the product for free.)The rubberized big square part of the cap IS REMOVABLE. If you pull that sucker off, you won't be doomed to have an ugly foundation top covered in foundation-y fingerprints. However, the small plastic cap underneath is WEAK. Mine cracked (and I'm pretty gentle on makeup products). Now I'm having to put plastic wrap over the bottle before putting the cap on to make sure I get an airtight seal. I am ordering a little bottle from Muji to decant the foundation into, and then I won't have these packaging woes anymore. Haha!** April 2015 Update **This is still my go-to everyday foundation, primarily because this is literally the only foundation I've tried with an acceptable color match which doesn't cause me breakouts when used regularly (or even every day). I would still prefer a slightly cooler/less yellow shade, however I have found a great way to address ALL of my feelings about the texture being less-than-perfect. (See above re: accentuating dry patches, etc.) This discovery means that I'm much happier with this foundation than before, so I was tempted to change my rating to a 5 rather than a 4, but the change is due to another product, so I'm leaving Sheer Glow's rating as-is. However, read on for teh magic:I mix NARS Sheer Glow with Dr Organic Snail Gel. Pretty much any ratio of mixing is a success, it's just a question of how much coverage I want. 1/3 Snail Gel to 2/3 Sheer Glow doesn't change the coverage of the foundation too much, but completely fixes the texture. 2/3 Snail Gel to 1/3 Sheer Glow gives tinted moisturizer level coverage. My usual ratio is 50/50.Mixing these products together means that Sheer Glow doesn't sink into pores, and doesn't accentuate dry patches. It makes application a piece of cake. Seriously, cake! I can literally just rub it in with my fingers like a moisturizer and go. It's like magic. I've never been able to do that before, with any foundation, even much more sheer ones. Mixed with Snail Gel, Sheer Glow actually lives up to its name - it is sheer, and glowing! The gel gives the foundation a dewy finish, visually, while still feeling dry/skin-like to the touch. It doesn't adversely affect lasting time either. These days I customize my coverage as-needed. I mix my usual 50/50 ratio of Sheer Glow and Snail Gel on my hand, and rub it in all over. It sets quickly, and I can come back to any areas that need more coverage, either tapping more of my mixture on with fingers, or using very small amounts of just the foundation, pressed/tapped/patted over red cheeks / pigmentation to get my complexion looking even all over. Then follow with pinpoint concealing as needed.Another factoid worth knowing is that Sheer Glow can perform pretty decently as a blemish concealer if you put a little dab on your (clean!) mirror at the beginning of your routine, and let it dry down. When you're ready to conceal, pick it up with a small brush to press over blemishes / pigmentation / marks just where needed, and tap with a finger to blend. It's not full coverage, but I'm happy with it for everyday use. (And it wipes off the mirror with a tissue without leaving smudges.) It's amazing the things you learn when you're on your 3rd bottle of the same foundation! I've done a lot of experimentation with Sheer Glow since, as I've said above, it's pretty much the only foundation I can count on not to break me out.I mostly don't powder my foundation anymore, because I love the dewy finish of Sheer Glow mixed with Snail Gel. But if it's a hot day, I will powder selectively and as lightly as possible. (I think it helps my foundation hold up better against sweating.) I do usually very lightly powder areas where I've done pinpoint concealing so that holds up for longer ... but the amount of powder is tiny. Essentially, if I'm asking myself "is there really powder on this brush, or is it just my imagination?" that's the correct amount of powder ;)
2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 7/12/2012 11:15:00 AM
More reviews by riotkitty
Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium
So I found out this was not what was causing my breakouts. I'm so glad because its the best foundation I have ever used. Perfect texture that dries to a soft finish that does not accentuate dryness. I can adjust the moisture level with powder. Coverage is not too heavy and not too light either, and can be built up and not look cakey. But where this really shines is the color. I got this in Ceylan which is an exact match on me, is a nice true light yellow for my Mac C3 skin. Also just an FYI, this is available on Amazon Prime (a lot of Nars stuff is). I went ahead and bought the pump, which I got from Nordstrom.
on 7/9/2012 7:10:00 PM
More reviews by pinknsparkley
Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Cool
Hair: Black, Other, Coarse
My HG foundation for now! Butter-like consistency melts into my skin and medium coverage leaves me flawless. I am extremely oily and acne-prone so I did not expect to like this foundation at all. In fact, any product with the word "glow" in it, I consider the anti-HG! I'm so glad I gave this product a shot based on a blogger's love for it. I do use an oil-controlling primer and UD De-slick setting spray for longevity. I wouldn't attempt this product without those steps if you are oily. I don't really care that there is no pump since I portion my foundation into a little pot daily. A little goes a loooong way! I prefer a foundation brush to fingers for application and I set with powder (brand varies). I do touch up mid work day with MAC blot powder. No breakouts so far. Bottom line...when I wear this foundation, I can't keep from looking at my skin in admiration every chance I get!
on 7/9/2012 2:05:00 PM
More reviews by erica420
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium
Have used: chanel vitalumiere, Missha bb cream, mufe face and body, armani face fabric, YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat, Hera HD foundationREREVIEW: I think I liked this a lot better when it was humid out because it is not doing anything for me. The coverage is medium and it kind of looks cakey but it could be because I’m used to a more sheer coverage. Out of all the foundations I have used, I think this is quite average and not worth the price. I do recommend the Armani face fabric if you’re looking for a splurge. MUFE Face and Body and Hera HD foundation are still much better for my dry mid-20s skin. nd armani.
on 7/8/2012 3:13:00 AM
More reviews by kareneap
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
I love this foundation. It wears really well on my dry skin and lasts all day. The coverage is more medium and not sheer at all and more matte than the name suggests. On my dry skin, I find that wearing this without powder gives me the perfect amount of coverage and lasting power and is a really great base for concealer as well. HOWEVER - my biggest gripe with the product is the packaging. I like my foundations to have pumps and Sheer Glow does not come with one. Furthermore, when you do purchase a pump the lid will not fit over the top. This makes it impossible to travel with and just seems like pathetic design. Because of this, I do not see myself repurchasing which is a real shame as I adore this foundation. Please NARS - CHANGE THE PACKAGING!
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 7/5/2012 4:50:00 PM
More reviews by wildcatcutie
Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure
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
More reviews by CarleighB
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
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
More reviews by SoCalNanny
Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm
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)
on 7/2/2012 10:12:00 PM
More reviews by Annagianopoulous
Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Not Sure
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
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