If you've been wondering about the new NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation and if it's worth trying, then this post is for you! This has been one of my most highly requested blog posts, and given that this foundation has been consistently talked about for the past month or so, I thought it would be worth writing to anyone who hasn't tried this product yet! If you want to know more, keep reading!
Well, you can't argue, consistent with other NARS products, the packaging of this foundation is gorgeous. It's housed in a tall glass bottle and thankfully comes with a pump! One of my biggest pet peeves with Sheer Glow is that I had to pay extra money for a pump, and once you screwed in the pump, the lid no longer fits on top! They definitely improved their packaging for this foundation and fixed some of their previous errors. I chose the same shade that I am in Sheer Glow, which is Light 5 - Fiji. It's a good match for me as it is more yellow-based and cancels out any redness I may have on my cheeks. The shade range is pretty decent, although Australians may notice that they have less selection than those living in the US. Most shades are yellow toned or pink toned as you would expect.
The formula of this foundation is medium to full coverage. I actually found that it wasn't really buildable or "weightless" because as soon as I tried to apply more than one pump it began to look caked on. I tried applying this with a flat top kabuki, beauty blender as well as just by using my fingers. As many NARS foundations contain clay in their ingredients, it is recommended to warm the product between your fingers and apply it in circular motions around the face (this is how I apply my Sheer Glow). I found that this foundation set very quickly, allowing little time for me to blend it in with my kabuki brush after I had applied it with my fingers.
Overall, I found the application quite tricky to master! I was happy with the final result of how my makeup looked when using this foundation but it definitely took a lot more effort than with my usual favourite foundations (Estee Lauder Double Wear, L'Oreal 3 in 1 Outlast Stay Fabulous, Urban Decay Naked Skin, etc)
|(L-R): No Makeup, 1 Pump of Nars Luminous Weightless Foundation, Full Makeup Done|
Now this was honestly the deal breaker for me when it comes to this foundation, I have to say that on me, it definitely did not last 16 hours and it became very patchy, cakey and separated on my skin. It is a little hard to tell here, but clearly in the 10 hours later picture, my imperfections on my skin are showing more through the foundation as well as my pores around my nose. I found as more time went on the foundation felt very heavy on my face and I had the urge to take it off. It did not hold up well on my t-zone which is really the only oily part of my face and the rest of my skin is normal. Although I really like how my skin looks after I first applied this foundation, the wear throughout the day certainly did not hold up for 16 hours. Sorry to be the one to tell you.
I tried wearing this foundation with a hydrating primer (below I am wearing Stila One Step Illuminate) as well as a more oil control primer like Hourglass Mineral Veil, as well as no primer at all but I found that my wear time was always less than 10 hours.
Like with anything though, please keep in mind that I have heard many beauty bloggers and vloggers who I know and love and trust their opinion sing high praises for this foundation as they had found that it really works for them. Just because it didn't work for me doesn't mean you won't love it, but if you feel like you have a similar skin type to me then perhaps you will find this review useful!
This stuff isn't cheap, so perhaps that is why I may seem a little critical of it. If you are in Australia, you can get this from Mecca Maxima, but it will cost you $64 AUD. For that price tag, you'd certainly expect it to meet it's claims of 16 hour wear as well as a weightless feel and radiant finish. If you live near a Sephora, you should be able to pick this up there as well. NARS also have an online site but they only ship the US.
The VerdictI ended up bringing back my foundation to my local Mecca Maxima, for all the reasons listed above and explained to them how it really didn't work for my skin. They have a great 30 day money-back return policy (with a reason) as well as a 90 day exchange policy where you can return an item and get store credit. It's honestly one of the best customer service policies I have come across and I was so grateful that I was able to exchange this foundation for one that seemed to suit my skin better.
I took these photos to help capture how I tried this foundation and attempted to make it work for me but it just didn't work out! Don't worry though, NARS and I are still on good terms but I will be sticking to my Sheer Glow for now until something better comes along. I hope you found this review useful and I'd love to hear your thoughts about this foundation if you've tried this!