Saturday, November 7, 2009
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
There are many good foundations coming out lately. I think it started with the new Armani foundation (the one with the impossible name) , and then I fell in love with the YSL Teint Resist. Now there is a new star in my foundation-sky.
I was never a big fan of the NARS foundations. They were too flakey on me and I never found the right shade. That is why I was happy to hear that they came out with 2 new foundations - Sheer Matte and Sheer Glow. I read better reviews about the Sheer glow, and bought it. I ordered it online, so I didn't get to see all the range.
I have a combo skin, but matte foundations usually look dull on me. Even though this foundation is for normal to dry skin, I think it could be good also for combination skin, especially in winter.
I got the shade Deauville - light 4. According to the NARS homepage, this is a "light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones" shade. Well, I think that this shade is quite yellow. Not too yellow for me, but definitely not a "neutral balance". I am #4.5 in the new Armani, #2 sand in Bobbi Brown, #4 YSL Teint Resist, #1 EL Double wear light. My skin tone is light, but not very light. The shade is perfect on me. It is lighter and more yellow than the #1 Double wear light.
The package is disappointing. A glass bottle, without a pump. Yes, yes, NO PUMP. 30ml, 1 Fl. Oz. 42$.
I find the texture very nice and silky. When I applied it over my Shiseido pre makeup base the result wasn't nice - it was flaky, didn't last long, looked dull. BUT, over the Laura Mercier foundation primer - I got a perfect result: Very satiny, very flawless, melts into the skin. I don't think that this foundation is sheer. Using the MAC 187 brush I got a medium coverage, which was buildable. The finish was satin-matte, and not glowing at all. Not powdery-matte, but absolutely not glowy. I liked it. It felt comfortable on the skin all day long.
Staying power - Yesterday it lasted for hours in a more or less perfect condition, no shining in the T-Zone. But last week, in warm Israel, I had the feeling it didn't last very long. After a couple of hours it started to disappear, especially from my nose and chin.
I like this foundation and would recommend it. You just have to prepare the skin properly, get the right shade and don't mind the package.
um 11:15 AM