I’ll be the first one to admit that I have a serious problem when it comes to foundations. On the other hand, there’s worse things I could be addicted to. ONTO ANOTHER FOUNDATION REVIEW. If you’re a follower, you know the drill: Pros and cons outlined at the bottom if you want to skip my rambling.
What it is:
An oil-free foundation that delivers full, natural-looking coverage with one drop, for lightweight, 16-hour wear.
What it does:
Achieve full-coverage, lightweight foundation that leaves a natural finish. Highly pigmented and perfectly balanced, this breakthrough, full-coverage formula builds and blends effortlessly. Its Even Tone Technology instantly neutralizes redness and dullness, while it works to reduce discoloration for more even, uniform skin. Perfect for all skin types, it features Weightless Long-wear Technology, an exclusive blend from NARS with flexible polymers and treated pigments that move with the skin while providing 16 hours of staying power.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
What else you need to know:
“It’s the first time we’ve ever done a high-coverage foundation. We waited for the right moment, when true weightless innovation was finally available. It had to be comfortable, high-coverage, and incredibly long-lasting—the formula really had to be perfect. It’s high-performance, but still very soft and natural.”— François Nars, Founder and Creative Director
In clinical tests:
– Clinically proven 16 hour wear
– Passed anti-humidity test
– Proven to improve skin clarity after 4 weeks
In an independent consumer study after 1 week:
– 93% said the product felt weightless on their skin
– 90% thought the product felt comfortable and breathable on their skin
– 83% thought the product instantly perfected the look of the skin
– 90% agree that the color stay true after hours of wear
First things first, that’s a whole lot of claims but whatever, you do you NARS. NARS All day Luminous Weightless Foundation is housed in a frosted, glass bottle with a plastic black lid. This is the first NARS foundation to have a pump and it’s about damn time. We aren’t heathens who need to pour our foundation out, it’s gross and unsanitary and a waste of product. I grabbed the shade Gobi which is described as, “light with yellow undertones”. It’s an accurate description of the colour and matched me pretty well.Please shake this product before you pump it or it’s a wee bit of a disaster. It is an extremely liquid foundation and it seems to separate while sitting in the bottle so shaking it is a must. I had watched a few youtube reviews on this product beforehand where they mentioned that it took a few pumps to cover their face and I was extremely worried. It sounded like I’d need a ton of product to get the coverage they were getting. Came to some realizations after I received the foundation. First, one pump allows a bloody drop of product to come out. No joke, it’s the smallest pump of product I’ve ever seen in my life. Frankly, I’m calling bullpoop on their claim of one pump covering the entire face. Unless you have flawless, smooth, blemish free skin there is absolutely no way. Now a few pumps of product doesn’t sound so scary, am I right? I would say three pumps of this foundation is approximately equal to a pump of a different brand foundation. This foundation is honestly the liquidiest foundation I’ve ever owned. For me, a brush with this was a no-go as it sucked up the product way to somewhere in about 0.2 seconds. My beauty blender was the best way to apply this foundation. Friendly tip, work in sections because this foundation does set very quickly to a powder-like finish. It’s more of a demi-matte finish, it looks like your skin but better. The best part about this finish is that your skin won’t look as flat as a full matte finish would make it. I can get away without contouring or any of that and have my skin look good. I also want to call bullpoop on their full coverage claim. It’s more of a medium coverage, my freckles still peek out with but my redness is hidden. The best part about runny foundations is that they are rather buildable which did help me get a little more coverage from this product. When I saw the word “luminous” in the name, I was mentally running for the hills. Luminous and combo skin does not mesh together nicely. It means looking greasy and having your foundation slide off your face in ten minutes, no thank you. But with the finish of this product I would say that it would work best for those with combo or oily skin. Those with dry skin might find it clings to their dry patches.
I plan on playing around with this foundation a little more though before I make my final decisions on it. The first day I wore it, I absolutely loved it. But on the second day I was a little more meh about it, it looked like it had oxidized a bit,settled into my pores, my nose was getting shiny and it was only at about two hours of wear time. Perhaps a primer or setting spray would help me out.
- Lightweight, it really feels as if it’s just your skin.
- Medium coverage, provides good coverage without a lot of product needed.
- Buildable, in case you desire a little more coverage.
- PUMP, I believe this is self explanatory.
- Shade selection, NARS offers 20 shades with a variety of undertones to choose from.
- Demi-matte finish, it looks like your skin but better. Not quite as flat as a full matte finish would be.
- Consistency, I like runny foundations but this one is almost too runny. My brush just sucks the product right up.
- Price, it retails at Sephora for $59.00 (Canadian) for 1.0oz. #ouch
- Oxidizes, it does seem to slightly darken throughout the day.
- Not transfer resistant, I found it transferred very easily and it was noticeable on my face where the product had disappeared.
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