REVIEW | NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

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.

UntitledBare face, no primer


Untitled1 layer of the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in Stromboli. Used 2 pumps.


UntitledFull face done


UntitledClose up of foundation after finishing full face


UntitledNARS Radiant Longwear Foundation in Stromboli after 8 hours of wear.


UntitledClose up of NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation in Stromboli after 8 hours of wear.



UntitledGiorgio 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.

Final Thoughts

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?

Let me know your thoughts below!


15 thoughts on “REVIEW | NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

  1. Please can you tell me what eyeshadow you’re wearing in this post? It’s absolutely gorgeous! Thank you =)


    1. Figuring out undertones can be tricky. The best way to figure yours out is to physically try products with the same shade but different undertones (for example, medium cool, medium neutral, medium olive, medium warm). It’s difficult because not all foundation lines have such a variety of shades to cater to all the different undertones which exist. Unfortunately, trying a bunch of different foundations isn’t always possible.

      This video by Lisa Eldridge is a really great summary: it can give you a general idea of where to start, but ultimately you won’t know until you actually try the foundation in natural lighting in order to determine whether the tones are a good fit.

      Figuring out your undertone is probably the most difficult thing to do if you’re new to makeup. It took me years before I found out what worked best on me. But once you do, everything will become so much easier to match. Not even just foundation, but everything else as well, like your lipstick, your eyeshadow, blush, etc…


    1. Hi there! I haven’t used studio fix but I have used the pro longwear foundation. I used the shade NC40! I think I was wearing Mamastarrr from the MAC x Patrick Starrr collaboration


  2. Hi from Singapore.

    I didn’t like the NARS Natural radiant too, I kept going back to my NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. 😓


    1. Hi! That’s too bad 😦 what didn’t you like about it? Most people I’ve talked to also love the All Day Luminous Weightless foundation but I just found it way too drying! Just goes to show how finicky skin types can be 🙂


  3. Hi, thanks for sharing this. We have similar shade of all the foundation you mentioned above. Please help choose foundation, because you know there’s a lot of new foundatio s out there.

    Which one do you choose between these:

    Marc jacobs – Youthful
    Cover fx – power play
    Hourglass – Vanish stick
    Huda beauty
    Fenty beauty
    Lancome – teint idole ultra
    Dior Skin – Forever
    Nars – natura radiant.

    My skin is Natural to lil bit oily. I want a lightweight, medium to full, natural feel (not too dry). I already have Nars All day weightless, MJ genius gel. I kinda wanna try another brand, but tell me if the foundation is really worth to buy, despite the brand i have.


    1. Hi there! Out of the ones you’ve mentioned, I’ve tried the Fenty Beauty and Hourglass foundations. I have a review for the Fenty Beauty one if you’re interested in checking it out. I think it might be a good fit for your needs, but if you have acne-prone or sensitive skin, it might break you out, so that’s something to consider. I wouldn’t recommend the Hourglass stick foundation mainly because I found that it didn’t have great coverage, it looked and felt way too heavy and did not look natural at all. I also found that it emphasized a lot of the texture on my face.

      With that said, I much prefer the NARS foundation from this review mainly because it wears well throughout the day and is pretty easy to work with. Therefore I think it’s definitely worth trying out 🙂


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