Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation: Review & Demo



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!






Packaging/Formula

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. 






Application

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


Wear Time

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! 


Price/Availability

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 Verdict

I 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!

30 comments :

  1. Thanks for this thorough and honest review! I was considering buying this, and it's good to see what you think of it.

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  2. Serene Kurd20/3/15 10:44 am

    Absolutely loved reading this honest tutorial, I wanted to try out the foundation but now I'm not too sure! :(

    Serene xoxo

    http://www.imserenel.wordpress.com

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  3. Anna Blush20/3/15 3:31 pm

    Such a shame that it didn't work out very well for you. Great to hear that Mecca have such an amazing returns policy, always good to know x

    www.annablush.com

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  4. Oh no! What a shame it didn't work for you.
    Luck returns policy x
    www.katinalindaa.com

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  5. This isn't the first review I've read where they've ended up returning it! Such a shame though, I know a lot of people had high expectations for this foundation. It doesn't seem like one I would enjoy though, I still have my heart set on picking up Sheer Glow!


    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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  6. blogrekindled21/3/15 10:40 am

    Patchy cakey and separated not words you want to read in a foundation review. I actually did not know you could return items to Mecca. Thankyou! I've purchased there many times already and received great service this makes it even better.

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  7. Bernadette Rihana22/3/15 8:28 am

    I keep going back and fourth on whether or not I want to try this foundation out. That's awesome that Mecca has a return policy I mean their products are quite pricey so it's always scary getting a product and then not actually liking it. I think I'll get a sample of this and try it out. (:

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  8. Annie Ducky22/3/15 9:24 am

    IVe only tried this twice but layering also makes this foundation appear cakey on me too.

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  9. Aw what a shame! I was really curious about this foundation and was considering trying it out, because I was intrigued by the 'high coverage, weightless' feel. Hate it when foundation goes patchy!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

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  10. I hate this too, and I couldn't justify keeping it, and mixing it with other foundations to make it work because the pricetag was so steep. I ended up getting the Smashbox Studio Skin and it's really nice!!!

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  11. Glad I'm not the only one. Are you going to keep yours and try to make it work?

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  12. I would definitely reccomend getting a sample of it to try, there is no harm in that. I know a lot of people that LOVE this foundation and it worked perfectly for them. I just wanted to write this post so people know that it doesn't work for everyone and these might be some of the things you experience. I hope you end up liking it! I liked how it looks on my face when I first applied it :) Thanks for your comment!

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  13. This is so true! It's definitely good to know about Mecca's super flexible return policy! I've actually used it a few times now and I've always come out of the store with a good experience. They usually help you to find another similar product that you might like better or you can just ask for your money back. Thanks so much for your comment! xx

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  14. Yeah, it seems like this foundation has been hit or miss with most people. I definitely like Sheer Glow way more in terms of application and wear time. I do find that it doesn't last super long on me (8ish hours), and by the end of a work day it ends up going shiny on me but the finish is just so beautiful. Can't wait to hear what you think of it!

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  15. Yeah, it sucks when something you are excited to try doesn't work out but atleast I got to trade it in for something else :) Have you tried it yet Katina? Did you like it??

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  16. It was pretty disappointing but not every product can work for everyone I guess! Have you tried it Anna? Thanks so much for your comment! Hope you're having a great day :)

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  17. Thanks Serene, is it possible for you to try a sample first to see if it would be suitable for you? I know some people that have loved it so don't let my review totally sway you! I just wanted to let everyone know about what I thought of it and my experiences of it. Thanks for your comment beautiful!

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  18. Thanks Lena! It's hard because you don't have a Mecca nearby to try a sample. Have you tried Sheer Glow before? I like that one a lot more but it's way less coverage.

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  19. I don't have one in my immediate area but there are a couple in my city so I might get a sample, or one of Sheer Glow.

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  20. I haven't tried it yet because I keep seeing so many mixed reviews! Might try get a sample or something x

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  21. Cylia Moreau24/3/15 6:19 am

    Great review! I love to read so detailed reviews and especially when they are so honest! :)

    Cylia<3
    http://noshandchat.blogspot.dk/

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  22. It's a shame this didn't work for you, I still think I'll be trying it out though :) lovely review!

    Rebecca Coco

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  23. Vanessa Frampton24/3/15 11:03 am

    Sarah!! Just wanted to say that I LOVE that you're a beauty blogger - I'm obsessed with makeup ;) (ps. I just watched this video which is why I'm commenting here... I'm loving your Newfie/Aussie hybrid accent <3) ALL the best :) xx

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  24. Great honest review Sarah! :) I agree about Mecca Maxima having an awesome service policy!


    Kate | themintedbeauty.com

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  25. Thanks so much Cylia, that really means a lot to me. I always try to keep things real and be honest with my readers.

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  26. Yes! Sheer Glow is really nice and you can build it up to medium coverage :) xx

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  27. Hey Vanessa! Aw, yes well it's a new thing. I've always loved makeup but I've only been blogging about it since May of last year. I'm glad you liked the video! My sister in law watched it too and she thinks I have a hybrid accent! I can't hear it but it's cool you guys don't think I've gone full aussie haha. SO happy you like the blog Vanessa, it means a lot to me! Let me know if you have any questions about anything or any products you're wondering about! xx

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  28. Great review! Thanks for being honest. I'm still a hardcore fan of Loreal True Match -- it's cheap, and it lasts a long time (at least for me).

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  29. Wow I never knew about Mecca's return policy. It's amazing! I do love NARS foundations but I get the longevity issue! It's a shame as it looked so gorgeous on application. Have you tried their radiant creamy foundation? It's so gorgeous too! x
    Madeleine, The Daily Mark

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  30. Claire Cavanagh29/3/15 8:47 am

    I haven't actually tried a NARS foundation yet, though Sheer Glow has always been in my list. This one does look stunning both in the packaging and on your skin, but such a shame about the lasting power!


    However, that returns policy is amazing haha! I don't think any shop here in the UK has anything like that :'(

    Claire | Stylingo.co.uk | xx

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