Thursday 28 March 2013

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation: Santa Fe

I've recently gone from 0-60 in terms of foundations. I'd used up the last of my MAC Matchmaster and was kind of just surviving on whatever was on offer at the drugstore with no clear idea of what I wanted to replace it with. Yes, I found some decent drugstore foundations along the way (read my recent review of the Look Beauty Airbrush Base Here), but nothing I instantly fell head over heels in love with. Then in the last month I've acquired 2 new foundations, 2 new BB Creams and my BeneFit Hello Flawless powder! Not bad going eh?! I've been aware of the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation for a little while now and, on a recent shopping jaunt up town with the lovely Jayne, I finally decided that enough was enough and treated myself from their Selfridges counter. 

 NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Santa Fe (Medium 2)

With all the heartache I've had with my skin lately (probably nothing compared to what some go through, but a hell of a lot more than I've ever had to deal with previously in my life), I really wanted a lightweight, hydrating product that gave a more radiant finish than what I usually go for. As a combination skinned girlie I usually shy away from glowy foundations but I'd heard some fantastic feedback about this one from other blogging ladies with similar skin types. Plus, I'm a sucker for NARS packaging and I made a vow in January that I would try more of their products this year.

Santa Fe is Medium toned shade which leans slightly warm. I find it to be on the lighter side of medium but it's a great match for me at the moment. Since NARS Sheer Glow does not come with a pump (seriously, for the price, they could have just thrown that in couldn't they??) I have been dotting it around my face with my fingers and then blending it out with my hands. The formula of this foundation was designed to be applied with the fingers so the product goes on very smoothly and spreads evenly when using this method. I haven't tried it with a brush yet. The coverage is good: not full coverage, but enough to even out and smooth the skin. I'd define it as medium but buildable if required.

I love how lightweight this foundation is. I can hardly feel it on my skin, yet it makes my face feel so soft and smooth. On me, it lasts most of the day, with my MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural over the top, without moving or oxidising. I'd only feel like touching it up if I was going on a night out. The radiant finish really brightens up my face and I feel like I look much healthier. No photo of it on my face as yet (the ones I snapped quickly on my phone didn't come out great) but I'm going to have time tomorrow to do proper photographs so will add one in when I can. 
In my opinion (despite the lack of pump), this foundation is worth every penny. My skin feels so smooth and I've had several compliments on my skin at work this week! Not bad considering that, a fortnight ago, I was tearing my hair out because of my face haha. I think this, teamed with my new BeneFit Fakeup concealer may be my dream base combination for the Spring!

NARS Sheer Glow retails for £30.50 (30ml bottle) from department stores, and other online retailers.

Do you rate NARS Foundations?? Are you prepared to splash out that little bit extra for a great product?? What other NARS products float your boat??


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