Nars Sheer Glow, I Was Wrong...
Every now and again I'll feel something about a beauty product and get the overwhelming urge to sit and write an entire post dedicated to it. This isn't very common and I can probably count on one hand how many times this has happened in the nearly 7 years that I've been writing about beauty. But every so often it does and this one is a rebuttal, in the summer I spoke about how I wasn't getting on with the cult classic Nars Sheer Glow*. A foundation loved by so many of my online friends and people in my real life too, I just couldn't see it. It looked weird and dry on my complexion and the coverage wasn't something I was thrilled about. But a few months later I pulled it out of my dressing table to see whether I was going to keep it or give it away, it had one last chance. Well, it was a different tale and now it's not left my makeup bag ever since so I'm sorry Nars Sheer Glow, I was wrong.
what it says it does
Everybody knows that this foundation has a terrible name, it's not really sheer [by no means full coverage either] and it doesn't really give my skin much of a glow either. According to the NARS website, this is what Sheer Glow does...
A glowing, natural radiant finish foundation with sheer and buildable coverage that immaculately evens skin tone. Replete with skincare benefits and the NARS Complexion Brightening Formula, it leaves skin hydrated, more luminous, softer and smoother. Used daily, Sheer Glow Foundation improves the skin's brightness and texture.- NARS
what it does on my skin
When I first tried this foundation again I made sure that I'd exfoliated my skin the night before and properly moisturised. This is something that I always do when trying out a new base as it gives it a good smooth canvas to work with. I've tested it with and without primer and I do prefer how this sits with something a little more hydrating underneath. That being said it is winter and my skin isn't looking it's best right now so in the warmer months if I wanted to I could probably skip primer as my skin would naturally have a little more moisture in it. It's quite a runny liquid consistency, I've been using creams for a while so had forgotten just how runny a liquid could be which makes it so easy to work and preferable sometimes. I paired it with the Zoeva Silk Finish Brush, which is what I always use when trying out bases and it blended beautifully. Easy to use with a bopping motion to build up coverage and then more of a swirling one to achieve a flawless finish. Once blended it's a good medium coverage and it is easy built upon which is key for the foundations I use. The way this makes my skin and feel is very soft, not tacky or sticky just super soft and settled which is not something I've ever had from a foundation before. It doesn't sit any fine lines or gather around any areas of the complexion and wears comfortably throughout the day. I get a really good wear time from it, it's on until I take my makeup off which is often 8-10 hours and it doesn't seem to wear away unevenly in any areas, usually it's my chin that is the first to go. For me, it's not the coverage or the finish which makes this foundation so good it's the way to makes my skin feel and how comfortable it is to wear. Of course, the fact that it can cover up my blemishes and make my skin look more in terms of tone and texture is brilliant. As well as the fact it's very so natural and effortless on the skin it feels almost like a tinted moisturiser to me, just a little more matte. If you want to see it in action then I'm wearing it in this photograph on my Instagram. Although I've come to love this foundation I can see why it wouldn't work on certain skin types so if you're able to get a tester then I'd highly recommend it.
- Price: £33
- 20 shades available, not great for a brand like NARS in my opinion.
- Doesn't come with a pump [a big downside for any high end foundation] meaning you need to purchase one putting the price up even more.
- Is glass so not super travel friendly.
Are you a fan of this cult foundation?