So after hearing rave reviews from the beauty bloggers and vloggers that I follow on Instagram and YouTube regarding the NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation, I was keen to get hold of some for myself to try out, hoping to achieve that coveted subtle yet flawless Insta filtered glow.
I ordered off ASOS to take advantage of the Premier delivery but took a bit of a leap of faith when it came to the colour match, as I had no idea which to go for. A few of the shades were out of stock and so I opted for the foundation in shade Mont Blanc after studying the swatches carefully
I have really pale skin (especially at this time of year) with cool undertones, so I thought this shade would suit me well. I was really lucky as when it arrived, I tested a small amount and the colour match was practically perfect.
I was really impressed with the coverage as it seemed to hide small blemishes and signs of undereye fatigue-bonus!
Excited to try it out, I used it the following day. After washing my face with warm water and exfoliating cleanser, I moisturised then applied the foundation with a brush. The foundation is highly pigmented and I only needed a few pumps. I was also really impressed with the coverage as it seemed to hide small blemishes and signs of undereye fatigue-bonus!
I applied a touch of cream concealer where needed and used a beauty blender to perform a few touch ups, before setting the foundation with a white translucent loose powder.
Post powder application, I did feel like my face still felt a bit tacky, so I applied a bit more powder to be on the safe side, focussing on the areas where I needed it the most.
I finished off my makeup application ready for a day in the office but shortly after I realised I must have got some makeup in my eye as it was incredibly sore and was watering like mad. I spent most of the day wiping my eye with a tissue and found that as a result, all foundation had disappeared from around my eye area.
When checking myself in the mirror I found that I looked shiny but not in a glowing healthy sort of way...
Throughout the day, I felt a bit like my makeup was sliding down my face, it still felt tacky and when checking myself in the mirror I found that I looked shiny but not in a glowing healthy sort of way, but more a greasy unkempt kind of way. Not a look I like to go for.
Towards the end of the day, I found that my makeup had completely disappeared around my hairline and around my nose. I also had areas which looked quite patchy and cakey and my forehead was incredibly shiny.
I do have combination skin with an oily T-Zone and usually opt for matte longwear foundations such as Dior Forever Undercover foundation and Estee lauder Double Wear, which I swear by. I began to wonder whether I had made a mistake by purchasing a radiant base as I usually avoid any products which claim to be dewy, sheer, luminous or glowing at all costs, but thought I would give it another try the following day.
The next day I followed the same routine, this time applying a matte primer after moisturising. I used a different loose powder to set the foundation, but once again found that my face felt tacky.
I have a lot of time for NARS and had extremely high hopes after seeing some of the results online from experts and influencers alike
I left for the office armed with some pressed powder incase of emergencies to rid my face of any excess oil or shine. Once again though, my right eye started to water, again I felt as though I’d managed to get makeup in my eye. I tried not to rub using my fingers and instead I used a dampened tissue around my eye to eradicate any traces of make-up that may have gotten into or near my eye area.
I’m not sure whether it was coincidental, whether I have extremely sensitive eyes or whether there was something in the foundation that just didn’t agree with me, but it seemed so strange that I’d had this issue whilst trying out this foundation.
When checking my makeup throughout the day, I once again noticed cakey patches and areas where makeup had rubbed away. My face still felt tacky and looked quite greasy. In view of this, I don’t think I’ll be wearing this particular foundation again.
I must admit that I was and am disappointed that the foundation did not live up to my expectations. I have a lot of time for NARS and had extremely high hopes after seeing some of the results online from experts and influencers alike. This leads me to believe that this foundation must work incredibly well on certain skin types, but unfortunately not on mine.
4 out of 5
A highly pigmented liquid foundation, it’s easy to apply and has a medium to full coverage, with only a small amount of product required.
3 out of 5
The RRP is £35 so whilst it isn’t the most expensive foundation out there, this could be a dealbreaker for some.
1 out of 5
Not good I’m afraid, but then my skin type won’t have helped. Other skin types may experience much better results. I didn’t notice any colour change at all throughout the day due to oxidising though which was good.
4 out of 5
I love NARS packaging, it’s so simple yet chic. I love the branding, the sleek glass bottle and the matte black lid. Simple but it works.
2 out of 5
A low score I know, but based on my own personal experience and taking into consideration my skin type, this one just wasn’t for me. I wouldn’t let this put you off, especially if you don’t suffer with oily skin like I do. So many other people swear by it, but as it’s not cheap to buy, I would recommend getting a sample first if you can.