Before I got sick, I was playing around with my Nars Sheer Glow foundation that I recently bought on my first trip to Liberty! I was totally amazed and thought I was in Shakespeares globe!! A very different shopping experience, but a lot better than my first time to a Mac store where I spent nearly £300 and bought a tonne of stuff to Liberty where I only bought a foundation and a lipgloss!
The makeup artist at Nars put three foundations on my face: Tahoe, Macao and Cadiz and then she blended the bottom half of the swatch on my face so I could see what it looked like when the foundation was blended in and she asked my opinion as to which one I thought matched me best and I pointed this one out and she totally agreed.
I did check Temptalia's Foundation Matrix beforehand so I had some kind of an idea about the shades that I may be! However I was a shade in between what Temptalia had recommended for my NC44.5 skintone. I wasn't disappointed at all, having Indian skin means uneven pigmentation on the face, but even knowing the colours on either side of what I am armed me with some knowledge.
http://www.temptalia.com/foundation-matrix please check out Temptalia's foundation matrix; she has taken the hardwork out of guesswork for foundation once you know your Mac Foundation Colour.
Ok, so lets see there is 30ml or 1Fl oz of foundation, there is no pump and I FORGOT TO BUY ONE! The testers that the makeup artist used all had them on (obviously-duh Shika!??!) so I forgot that I would have to buy one! It works out to be £29.00, which is £9.66 per 10ml. Compared to Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation SPF 15 30 mls (1 FL oz) which retails for £19 and works out to be £6.33 per 10ml! Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation is £25 for the same amount and works out to be £8.33 per 10ml. So as you can see, this is my dearest foundation to date.
The above are only price comparisons, as I have been using Mac Studio Fix Fluid with my moisturiser in the morning for work and it has a near matte finish and obviously the Nars Sheer Glow has this gorgeous satin finish to it. I must say I was confused as to whether I should use powder; I normally use Mac MSF Medium Deep; but I was watching a video on youtube saying that using it as a setting powder is not ideal. BUT it seems to work for me!
Anyhows, I used my Body Shop Foundation brush, similar to MAC 190 brush, the texture is a lot more watery than the Mac's Studio Fix Fluid; which I wasn't expecting at all...(a lot came out as a result :s) and I worked it onto my face, it glided on and didnt streak at all, was easy to blend and just left me with a soft satin finish and a slightly radiant look and I was like..oooh. My fiancee commented on my makeup that very night and said that he really liked it and preferred it to the Mac Studio Fix Fluid.
I would totally recommend it-if you can afford it. It says that it has no fragrance, but it does-its a very faint smell kind of like when you a newly painted room has been drying for a month-just a teeny tiny lingering paint smell. I love the finish and consistency-my skin is dry right now because of the winter weather. According to the Nars website, using this foundation everyday will give you the following benefits:
"Sheer Glow Foundation improves skin brightness, radiance and texture. For normal to dry skin types.
- Minimizes visible discoloration
- Brightens and clarifies overall skin tone
- Improves skin luminosity and radiance
- Hydrates for softer and smoother skin
- Dermatologist tested. Non-comedogenic. Fragrance Free"
I will let you know about the above effects, but as it is so expensive-I wont be using it everyday. The Fix Fluid will do! The Sheer Glow will be coming out for nights out and extra special days!
The SA at the Bobbi Brown counter was saying that my skin is superdry-but I've been drinking a lot more water since she said that. I know that you can get Nars at Space NK, Liberty, Selfridges and probably House of Fraser and John Lewis too.
I also bought Benefit Porefessional, Benefit D'finer and D'liner and a No 7 Lipstick Cherry Rose a cool magenta type colour-ooh and if you follow me on Twitter then you will know that I just got my Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer on Friday and will be using that for a while before reviewing it for you!
What are your thoughts on Nar Sheer Glow? Hate it or Love it??