Friday, 20 March 2015

NARS All day luminous weightless foundation

We have been waiting to get our hands on this new foundation for a couple of months and finally we have it! Whoopee

 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.

 Dry Skin..

 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!

Oily Skin..

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.

Available from SpaceNK  


  1. great review thanks, I'm coming to the end of my ELDW and quite fancy giving this a try.

    Trona @ Aye Lined

  2. I've tried it and like it on my combination skin. The only thing I don't like is that it's not that longwearing on me. I have tried it with a primer and a setting spray, but the redness on my cheeks is showing after about 6 hours. Does anyone else have this problem or any tips?

  3. Really great in-depth review, not sure this would work for me! x

  4. I've been waiting on your review in this! I think I'll steer clear of this one on my mostly dry with some normal patches skin.

    What comes to mind when I say favorite transfer resistant foundation?

  5. I've been waiting on your review in this! I think I'll steer clear of this one on my mostly dry with some normal patches skin.

    What comes to mind when I say favorite transfer resistant foundation?

    1. There isn't too much really, I would get Urban Decay All Nighter spray and spritz that over

  6. Thank you so much! Your consideration to all skin types was great. I picked it up, put it right back down, and purchased my trusty sheer glow after hearing it clings to dry patches. This review only justified my decision, but of course, my inner beauty junky still wants to test it out. Maybe I'll get a sample :).

  7. This sounds nice, I really like the packaging and the fact they added a pump is a complete bonus! Although from your photographs it doesn't look like any of the shades would really suit my paler skin tone, definitely need to look in store and see which would match best.

    alice x | beautybyalicee | bloglovin'

  8. Hey girls! I graduate college this year and I'm having trouble choosing a good foundation for the party :( . My skin is pretty oily, but it is also flaky, so I find that matte foundations cling on the dry skin and look very strange.... Anyone here has some advice for me?


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