Today I'm doing a review that I've been meaning to do for the longest time, drum roll please...
I'm reviewing the cult favourite Nars Sheer Glow Foundation and the pressed powder. I picked up both of these from Mecca Maxima a while back, the foundation was $68 and the pressed powder was $52. Prices have now dropped so the foundation is only $59 and powder is $48.
We all know the Sheer Glow comes in a beautiful glass bottle but without a pump. You can purchase one seperately for an additional $4 and I was going to get one but when I found out you can't put the lid back on when you have the pump in, the thought of a foundation lid rolling around the back of my draw with no purpose in life made me a little sad so I decided to just keep the lid and deal with it.
I bought Sheer Glow with the intention of using it during the winter, I wanted something dry skin friendly - hydrating and not cling to dry patches. I'm not sure what Nars meant by the name "sheer glow" because this foundation is not at all what I thought it would be. I don't think the coverage is sheer at all, if anything, the coverage is great and I don't even need concealer when I wear this foundation. As for the "glow", I was under the impression this would leave my skin feeling hydrated and look dewy. This foundation dries matte on me and feels dry on my skin compared to other fluid foundations such as MAC Face and Body or Rimmel Lasting Finish.
The reason it has taken me so long to review this product is that it's inconsistent. Sometimes I loved it, sometimes I didn't. By now, I think I've managed to suss it out.
WHEN I DON'T LIKE NARS SHEER GLOW:
Under natural light, this makes me skin look dry and rough. It can't handle a 9 to 5 day in the office. (I actually work 8:30 to 5:30 but it doesn't quite have the same ring to it). By the end of the day, it's broken down and sliding around on my T-Zone.
WHEN I LOVE NARS SHEER GLOW:
At night! This looks great on camera and under artificial lights. My skin looks flawless and radiant and longevitiy doesn't really matter because I only need to look good for a few hours, I get to that certain point late at night where I stop caring about how my makeup looks.
Now moving on to the pressed powder, I bought this in the shade beach because going from the swatches on their website, this looked the most yellow. Sadly, I don't like this powder. It feels really dry in the pan and there are lumpy bits in it, not finely milled like MAC Studio Fix.
It's also not very pigmented. There's barely any colour so it doesn't give any coverage and doesn't feel like it does anything to benefit how my foundation looks or how it wears.
The bottom line is - I would not repurchased either of these. I'm sad to say I was a bit disappointed in these. I had high expectations for NARS and the amount of money I spent on them. The foundation is good but for $68, I'd like something I can wear day and night. The powder is just a miss for me. This won't stop me from try other NARS products, especially now that Mecca has lowered their prices. Do you have any NARS reccomendations?