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Thursday, September 19, 2013

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Review

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

As most will know due to my constant moaning (god I am such a nag) I have fairly sallow and dull skin which in the last few weeks perhaps due to the rubbish weather who knows has become worse. I know there is much more severe skin problems to contend with but let me tell you it gets old quick when every second person asks if you are ill due to your dull skin. With that in mind I finally gave in to temptation and purchased NARS Sheer Glow Foundation.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

Now not everyone is going to love the scent of NARS foundations, in my opinion they are a little like Bobbi Brown foundations in that they take a little getting used to. In my opinion the NARS foundation scent is a little like burning plastic (please don't ask how I know that) but once applied to the skin the fragrance does disappear fairly quickly. I must admit I am not a fan of the packaging - the rubber cap becomes grubby rather quickly which is only heightened by the fact that it comes with no pump. To dispense the foundation you do have to pour it out which is both impractical and a dicey procedure especially first thing in the morning when you are a little bleary eyed, one wrong move and goodbye contents. I have heard that MAC foundation pumps can be trimmed to fit the NARS bottles but I have yet to try that out.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is available in a fairly varied shade range - 20 shades to be exact from light to dark. I wear Barcelona which is listed as medium 4 and described as a "Medium hue with golden, peachy undertone." which is pretty accurate. For reference I wear MAC NC35/37 foundation and would say that this is closer to MAC NC37 perhaps a little darker to be truthful - being blonde has really washed out my complexion and I have found this to add a little colour without obvious tide marks or turning me orange. I should point out that I do find this oxidises and deepens a little when set with translucent powder so maybe bear that in mind if purchasing.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

Sheer Glow is a light to medium coverage foundation that offers enough coverage to hide light scarring, disguise redness and generally even out the skin tone for a flawless base. One thing to keep in mind is that NARS Sheer Glow does not mean sheer as in transparent but rather sheer in the sense of ultimate, I know a good few have been put off by the title alone. It is fairly hydrating and not typically recommended for my skin type (oily) but I don't find it to slip when primed then set and I consider myself to overly oily in terms of skin type. Rather I find the luminous quality this foundation features to disguise signs of excess sebum rather naturally, as this gives a soft dewy and somewhat radiate glow to the skin any signs of oil tend to be less noticeable than say with a full coverage matte foundation. Also do not fret if like myself you have enlarged pores or fine lines this formulation will not settle into such faults and it contains no shimmer element to highlight such problems. Rather it glides over the skin providing a lit from within glow and a picture perfect canvas. In terms of wear when primed and set I typically get close to 9 hours of faultless wear.

I do adore NARS Sheer Glow foundation but those on a budget may want to consider L'Oreal's Lumi Magique foundation which is pretty similar. The main difference in my opinion is the wear time which isn't quite as long lasting with the L'Oreal version but I do have oily skin to contend with.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation 30ml/£30.50 via House of Fraser - link
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22 comments:

  1. I love NARS Sheer Glow but I agree with you that it oxidises. I bought a pump to go with it - cheap and still going 3 years later so I would definitely recommend getting one to anyone who's thinking of buying it x

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    1. hey where did you get your pump from? is the top of the bottle some universal "one size fits all" screw? thanks :)

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  2. I have literally wanted NARS Sheer Glow for years after reading all the hype surrounding it! My nearest NARS counter is a two and a half hour drive away, so I finally caved and purchased it online.. I got the shade Siberia! Can't wait to try it :)

    overdosedemaquillage.blogspot.com

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  3. I really like this foundation! But when i got matched i was lighter and now it doesn't match my skin tone at all!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  4. I can never seemed to get a good match witht his foundation but love it, again I find it oxidises on my skin!

    Emily
    www.beautybyemily.co.uk

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  5. Thankyou for this review, I almost bought this today but didnt realise it was light/medium cover and it sounds pretty similar to foundations i already have. I opted for laura mercier foundation so fingers crossed that suits me better. :)

    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

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  6. I've been debating whether to get this or not for a while now but now I've heard it oxidises I might steer clear. For the price tag I do think there are better ones out there x

    thunderl0ve

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  7. This review is so helpful - I've always stayed away from it as it sounded terrible for my very oily skin
    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

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  8. Oh man I'm so stuck between getting a new MAC foundation, Bobbi Brown or this now! Decisions are so hard! x
    nakedbeautyblog.com

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  9. Forever reading reviews about the NARS sheer glow foundation and I am constantly debating whether I need it in my life. Good review :)

    www.becka-thisismyworld.blogspot.com
    Becka! :) x

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  10. Never tried anything from Nars, however this does sound like a good foundation!

    http://www.blogthiswithhannah.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. I've never tried anything from Nars but this foundation really does seem amazing! :)

    http://cstephrun.blogspot.com/

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  12. I really do want this foundation, but the price and the packaging do put me off! Would be good to try the l'oreal dupe as well L xxx

    maquillagemagic.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. I gave into the hype a few months ago with this foundation but I have to say I'm not a huge fan. On my dry skin, it makes me look aged by about 100 years and just emphasises every little thing. Such a shame as its literally a PERFECT match for me. WAh :(

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  14. I've always wanted to try this foundation but because i get oily skin i've always been put off by it. Maybe when payday comes i'll have to treat myself to some!

    xx

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  15. I love this foundation on certain parts of my face. But it sticks in my dry patches. Which is so sad! I love the color, and coverage but it is so patchy! Boo hiss.

    Lindsey| fairmaquillage.blogspot.com

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  16. I own both NARS foundations (matte and sheer), and I am totally obsessed with them. I have a similar problem to yours where I have to be careful which foundations I use because I will oxidize and turn into orange face, so NARS is literally the only foundation I can wear. But when I wrote my review about NARS foundation on my blog as well, I completely agreed that it was ridiculous and inconveniencing that it didn't come with a pump! And especially for that price. I soon got a price and everythings good to go now but really...

    But anyway, great review, I really enjoy your blog! :)

    Shree | porcelainshree.blogspot.com

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  17. This has been on my wishlist for so long now !
    I can't wait till I finally get my hands on it :)
    http://www.betzysmakeup.com/

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  18. I love this foundation! With a good primer, this lasted so long on my skin! I can't wait to try this out properly x

    www.crazylins.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. It's one of my favourite foundations for a long time. I have combination skin and it works great on me :) The name is confusing - the foundation is not glowy at all, but very lovely still nonetheless.

    http://pinkelephantbloggin.com

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  20. i have a tester of this however I dont think its the right colour for me so need to get rematched! It sounds so good and just want I want in a foundation so hopefully Ill find the right colour :P

    Katie xx | Katies World

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  21. always wanted to try this but i don't think i'll find the right shade to my skintone, great review xx
    http://louiselovesbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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