What do 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.
What do we think?....
Definitely a full cover, much fuller than the NARS Sheer glow if you have ever used that. You literally need the tiniest amount of this foundation to give a good cover. We recommend to apply small amounts and lightly build it up ensuring you blend well in between layers.
It does feel weightless on the skin but build this up too much and you are in danger of a caked finish so go easy with the application.
What we loved about this foundation is the flawless even tone it gives your skin. If you have redness or pigmentation then this is great for evening the skin tone.
It contains gold pigments which work to give the luminous finish and green pigments to counteract skin redness. These added pigments really do work. I have a few blotchy red patches from old scarring and when applied with a dense foundation brush I was able to cover well without using a separate concealer.
We tested on a dry skin and a combination skin to get a fair review.
Nic tried this in a video today and wasn't a huge fan. She liked that it gave a good cover however she felt it clung to her dry areas and after a few hours wear was a little patchy in places. She didn't feel that it was moisturising enough for her and didn't feel that the finish was very luminous. It was almost like her natural dryness absorbed any luminosity like a black hole absorbs light!
I tested this (Stacey) and I have an oily T-zone with normal cheeks. I normally go for a sheer to medium cover foundation but found when applied sparingly I could create more of a medium cover that wasn't too heavy for me. It's true that it feels weightless, it doesn't feel restrictive and absorbsed really quickly. It gave my skin a soft silk sheen which looked natural. Not as radiant as Sheer glow.
I have a few frown lines and found it settled slightly into these. To avoid this either use a good primer or avoid applying it too heavy in these areas. Less is more when it comes to skin texture.
Worked well on redness but if you have blemish prone skin it will cling slightly to the dry areas of skin around the blemish.
Didn't pool in my oily areas and didn't move or feel greasy after wearing all day.
There are 20 shades in this range and thankfully the colours are exactly the same as the colours for NARS Sheer glow. There is one extra colour in this range though which is a very deep shade called Benares.
If you normally wear Sheer glow then you will find the same shade will work in All day luminous too.
Our overall thoughts are that it will work better for someone who is used to Double Wear or Skin Base coverage and who's skin is more on the combination/oily side. It's not very forgiving on skin texture so if you have deep lines or visible pores then it tends to enhance these rather than reduce them.
No SPF and photographs nicely.
This is £32.00 for a 30ml glass bottle and has a pump to distribute the product. I wish NARS didn't have the rubber lid though, it gets covered and stained instantly making the bottle look grubby.
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