As you may or may not know I have been dipping my toes into the NARS makeup pool. I have heard so much about NARS products but I didn’t want to buy any foundation because of hype. I wanted to buy foundation that suits my skin.
WHAT DOES NARS SAY ABOUT THIS FOUNDATION:
‘Full, natural-looking coverage with unexpectedly weightless, 16-hour wear. Highly pigmented and perfectly balanced, this breakthrough formula builds and blends effortlessly with just one drop—the result of exclusive innovation uniquely designed to deliver long-wearing full coverage, weightlessly.’
This foundation comes in a frosted glass bottle and it comes with a pump. I love the fact that it comes with a pump. Other foundations that I have purchased do not usually come with pumps and I have to purchase it separately. Pumps are great for helping you manage the amount of product you use. One pump was definitely not enough for me, I used between 4-5 pumps to get the coverage I was after. The best way to apply the product is to pump the foundation on the back of your hand and using a circular motion with your brush apply it to your face.
It has a watery consistency, runnier than any other foundation that I have had. I would recommend shaking the bottle well before use, to ensure that it has mixed properly. The foundation blends so well. I love the way it blends! It blended in like a dream! I have never tried a foundation that blends in so well. It sinks into your skin and gives it a velvet like finish. It felt so light on my skin that it does not feel like you are wearing any product. It was not cakey as well.
SEMI – MATTE
Now, I was told that this foundation was ‘semi-matte’, but it was not ‘matte’ anything for my oily skin! I cannot wear this foundation without a primer! It would be an epic fail if I did. It looks so beautiful and dewy after application, and it does not cling to the dry areas on my face mainly around my mouth. However, it is not matte. After a few hours of wearing it, my face looked shiny around my t-zone area. I had to use my face powder throughout the day to get rid of the shine and to make my face more matte. I used my Smashbox primer with this foundation, and I still got shiny. Also I found that it did not completely cover my dark spots on my face. I tackled this by using a little concealer before applying the foundation.
I have a love-hate relationship with this foundation. I love the natural, dewy finish it gives, but I dislike the fact that it is not matte. I will try it with another primer and with a setting spray to see if that will help reduce the shine.
Ladies with normal – combination may love this foundation, but ladies with oily skin will probably need to use a primer with this foundation because it does not have a matte finish. Please get a sample of this foundation before you buy it, because the general reviews for this foundation are mixed.
One of the key points to mention is that it does not have SPF, and it photographs nicely.
There 20 shades available for this foundation – 6 of them are suitable for ladies with medium to dark skin tones: Benares, New Orleans, Trinidad, New Guinea, Khartoum, and Macao. I found that my perfect shade was not available. I did not want to mix foundations to get the perfect shade until I fully tried the foundation, and I didn’t have £64 to spend on foundation! I am a MAC NW45. I bought the shade Benares. Although Benares seemed a little too red for my skin tone, I found that it added a richness to my skin tone, and after highlighting and contouring, it was fine.
The foundation retails for £32.00 in Space NK for 30 ml
Have you guys tried this foundation? What did you think? All opinions welcome!