|Foundation : €40|
Pump : €4
Hello lovelies! Today a review of the famous NARS Sheer Glow Foundation. I've had my eyes on this for a long time but I kept postponing to buy it for two reasons. First, it's expensive. Second, my experiences with liquid foundation haven't been good.
My skin is weird to say the least. It has dry areas but can get oily throughout the day. Some makeup artist once said my skin was dehydrated and not dry but more combination. The dry areas were a result of lack of moisture. Well, it made sense. I don't drink nearly enough. Sometimes I come home from school, shocking myself and my mother when I realize I haven't drank any water all day. Horrible, I know. Now I take a big bottle of water with me everyday.
Then there's also the fact that my skin is pale. My nose has huge pores and my skin is prone to impurities. When I go out, I usually start sweating a lot which makes my face look like a glowing ball. So my previous experiences with liquid foundation haven't been that good as you may have guessed. I usually avoided it when going out because I was scared I would look like a melting orange. But I have taken the chance a few times when I didn't need to go out. But it always turned out bad. Looking too orange, clinging to dry areas, you name it, I've experienced it. So I always stayed in the safe zone, using my KIKO Soft Focus Compact dry which provides light coverage but a nice colour. I will definitely review that one later because I have just bought a second one!
So now that you know my background in liquid foundation (sorry for the ramble) you probably think I didn't like this NARS holy grail either. But I actually do like it and I'm over my fear of liquid foundation!
I actually bought this foundation online, guessing the colour. I went for the second lightest Mont Blanc that has a pink undertone. Siberia is the lightest and I think that may have been an even better match. But Mont Blanc makes me a bit more tan (without looking unnatural) and I like that! So I was lucky that the shade was right. Usually even the lightest shade is too dark. I do have to be careful with this one, I can only use one layer which gives light coverage. If I apply thicker, which gives medium coverage, the shade becomes too dark. So if I want more coverage, I will have to buy Siberia I think. But since I'm new to this liquid foundation world, I'm sticking to light coverage. Also, this foundation doesn't get darker because of oxidation (whoopwhoop!). One pump is more than enough to cover my whole face. So this bottle will last a looong time, whoohoo!
Mont Blanc does stick to dry areas on my skin. It isn't noticeable from a distance but still, it's a bit annoying. Blending is definitely a must! Although it is a Sheer Glow foundation, it doesn't really give any glow once it's applied. But throughout the day my skin becomes shiny, the dry patches disappear and I even start to look a bit oily. That's after about 6 hours. Once I've applied some powder to take the shine away, everything is back to normal.
So this foundation works very well when you're skin is (almost) perfect. When my skin is dry, a moisturizer can help but it still sticks to dry areas. But I don't really mind since my skin gets shinier throughout the day which makes the dry patches disappear. If you hate the glowing look, you will need to blot or use a powder. I've got my eyes on the MAC Blot Powder!
I have read a lot of reviews about this foundation - positive and negative - so I'm curious, what do you think about it?