Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
Firstly, I have to say that I'm not a foundation aficionado - I definitely live by the
don't fix it if it ain't broken
mantra. For years, my foundation menu consisted mostly of the Bourjois Healthy Mix or the L'oreal True Match foundation, with an occasional BB or CC cream thrown into the mix. I've heard so many reviews singing praise for the Nars Sheer Glow, however, I wasn't convinced that I needed it. Feelunique managed to change my mind with a cheeky 20% discount, and it's been true love ever since.
Coverage-wise, it sits somewhere between light and medium - it's definitely not sheer, at least not in the traditional sense. It covers any redness or spots, but for some serious discoloration, you might want to add in some concealer. What really blew me away was the lightweight texture, which makes the foundation melt into the skin, resulting in a clear yet natural complexion. I didn't even realise how noticeable my previous foundations were before I tried this one out. I guess this is one of those
my skin but better
As the name would suggest, the finish of this foundation is glowy, but again, in a healthy, natural, skin-like way. On my normal/combination skin, it stays oil-free for the better part of the day, however, a touch of translucent powder might come in handy at around 7-8-hour mark. Otherwise, it stays put for the whole day, without turning streaky, patchy or just downright messy. I've noticed that it has a tendency to cling to dry patches (which, for some reason, happen to be between my eyebrows), so make sure to use it on a well-moisturised skin.
Now, the biggest problem for me as a blind buyer was picking out the right shade, as I didn't want to spend 40 EUR to end up looking like an Oompa Loompa. So, I fully relied on Temptalia's
to find the closest shade to my NC15-20 skin tone. In the end, I went for the third lightest shade Gobi, which turned out to be a spot on match for my skin. Somehow drugstore foundations were always a tad dark for me, so it was nice to finally have something that matches me
well. The shade range is seriously impressive, as it largely covers both pink-toned and yellow-toned skin tones.
The packaging is
. It's not the most travel-friendly foundation, as it is housed in a heavy glass bottle with the Nars signature stain-proof rubberized lid. I've heard so many people complain about the lack of a pump, but at least for now, it doesn't bother me too much.
For me, this foundation is
worth the money. In terms of colour, finish and longevity, this is definitely the best foundation I've tried so far. Admittedly, this isn't the most budget-friendly foundation out there, but make sure to keep your eyes peeled for those Feelunique or Asos promo codes, which do pop up from time to time.
Have you tried Nars Sheer Glow? What is your HG base product?