As you all know by now, I am a huge sucker for anything by NARS. One of my favourite foundations happens to be by NARS, so when I learned that they were releasing a brand new one, I immediately went to the Sephora site to get my grubby little hands on it. Unfortunately, I had to wait a couple of months before I could buy it since it was only released late last month on the Sephora website. But alas, I got it, I tried it, and now I have a review for it! If you are curious about my thoughts on this new foundation, please keep reading.
The NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is available on the Sephora website for $60 CAD. There are 33 shades, mine being Stromboli. I noticed that this line has a few more shades than the Sheer Glow and All Day Luminous Weightless lines, meaning that more individuals can find a better match (hopefully). This makes sense given that many foundations these days are being released with extensive shade ranges, so NARS obviously made the right decision in order for them to remain competitive.
The packaging is stunning. It comes in a slim glass bottle, similar to the All Day Luminous Weightless packaging. It also comes with a pump which dispenses a small amount of product. I will get into why I appreciate this a bit later.
The foundation claims to be medium-full coverage, lightweight, longwearing (for up to 16 hours), fade-resistant, all while looking natural, smooth, and radiant.
This formula is thicker than the other NARS foundations I’ve tried. It’s creamy and can be spread out very easily. With one pump, I was able to cover half of my face and neck while achieving medium-full coverage. I was satisfied with the amount of coverage one layer gave. One thing I noticed was that this foundation really reminded me of the discontinued NARS Sheer Matte foundation, which I was a huge fan of. This is because I didn’t notice that my skin looked radiant or dewy when I first applied the foundation. In fact, I thought it looked quite matte. Despite this, it was still blendable even after it appeared to be “set”.
Application & Wear
As I mentioned previously, this foundation goes a long way. One pump of product can be blended very easily and can be stretched out as much as you’d like, all while achieving a medium coverage. I tried this foundation a few times and decided that anything more than one and a half pumps was too much for me. With two pumps, I found that it felt quite heavy on the skin even though it looked smooth and didn’t cling onto any dry patches. It looked natural on most areas of my face but if I wasn’t careful, I noticed that the areas around my mouth, nose, and between by brows looked cakey. My preferred method of application for this foundation is with a Beauty Blender rather than a brush, but that’s usually how I like to apply any foundation most of the time because I don’t really need full coverage.
I didn’t set my face with any powder (apart form the areas where I was adding bronzer) and the foundation stayed on well. The longest I wore the foundation was for a 10 hour work day. My face became more “radiant” the longer I wore it. It’s not that it looked bad, but I certainly could’ve done some blotting a couple of times throughout the day. The foundation transferred when I would touch my face, however I didn’t notice any fading. One thing I really didn’t like was how heavy the foundation felt on my skin the longer I wore it, but that was only the case when I used more than 2 pumps. In the images for this post, I only kept the foundation on for 8 hours. The foundation looked nice for the most part but it caked up quite a bit around my nose, which is something that normally doesn’t happen to me to that extent.
Bare face, no primer
1 layer of the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in Stromboli. Used 2 pumps.
Full face done
Close up of foundation after finishing full face
NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation in Stromboli after 8 hours of wear.
Close up of NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation in Stromboli after 8 hours of wear.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in 6.0 vs Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Foundation in 290 vs NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in Stromboli
Stromboli is described as “medium with olive undertones”. I chose Stromboli because that is the shade I had in the NARS Sheer Glow foundation, which matched me well. Unfortunately, I don’t have the Sheer Glow foundation in my collection anymore, so I compared this foundation to 2 other medium olive foundations in my collection. The Fenty Beauty foundation in the shade 290 is described as “medium to tan skin with neutral olive undertones” and the Giorgio Armani foundation in the shade 6.0 is described as “medium with golden undertones”. Compared to the Fenty foundation, the NARS foundation is lighter and looks more peachy, whereas the Giorgio Armani foundation looks slightly more neutral but has the same “depth” of colour. I thought that the NARS foundation was a good match for my skin tone at the moment. The Fenty foundation is too dark for me to use currently while the Giorgio Armani foundation is a good match.
I have mixed feelings about this foundation. On one hand, I like the shade, the finish, and how it applies. However, I’m not happy with how heavy it can feel at times and how cakey it gets around my nose. I think I will try wearing a primer underneath and use a setting spray to see if it makes a difference, however these days I don’t really like to add steps to my foundation routine. I also feel like wearing powder to set my face would make the foundation look too heavy.
I wouldn’t recommend this foundation to anyone who has oily skin as it might be a little too dewy as it wears. I would also caution those with dry skin to wear a moisturizing base before using this as it can look and feel a bit dry when it is initially applied. It’s an interesting formula, however I think this foundation needs to be babied a little too much for my liking.
Have you tried the new NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation?
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