I’ve been wanting the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (Php 2,550) for the longest time and I finally bit the bullet and bought it about a week ago. I was shade-matched to Punjab or the “Medium 1” shade of the range, which by the way has an impressive array of skin tones and colors.
The Sheer Glow has a “complexion brightening formula” and is meant to deliver “immediate hydration” and to even out the skin tone, brightening up the skin and giving it a radiance. When used daily, the skin’s texture is supposed to “improve over time, becoming softer, smoother, and more luminous.” The Sheer Glow foundation also provides “weightless and buildable coverage with a natural radiant finish.” It’s meant for Normal to Dry skin types.
The foundation is thicker than my usual picks of light-medium foundations—definitely not sheer. It’s not too opaque and sheer, but it covers up a great deal of imperfections, sometimes not even requiring concealer anymore. I’ve applied it with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and my fingers but I prefer using the brush.
I freaking love this foundation. It’s not sticky and I almost never have to set it, especially if I won’t be sweating too much. It blends in nicely and easily, and matches my skin tone. I do not really like that it doesn’t have SPF (so I have to put an additional layer of product to my face). I feel like it doesn’t play too well with my skin–I’ve been having a few spots appearing here and there—but that could also be due to the fact that I’ve been wearing foundation pretty often, though I have to switch it out every few days since liquid foundations can be too heavy on my skin. I also haven’t been diligent with my skin care routine, oops. I’ll post an update if I continue to break out.
Another gripe is that it… doesn’t come with a pump.
They sell it separately (I bought mine at about Php 395) and I only did because I’m clumsy and will probably spill the foundation at some point in my life and also because the pump is actually very good and useful.
Another maddening thing about the design of this product is that after installing the pump… YOU CAN’T PUT THE CAP BACK ON. The cap is a cube with a smaller opening in the middle that serves as the original cover of the foundation. I found a way to remove the inner cap—BUT THE PUMP IS STILL TOO BIG TO FIT INTO THE CAP. Frustrating! The nozzle swivels into a locked position, so there won’t be spillage inside your bag or whatever, but the counter testers have proper caps. I don’t know why this design is so flawed. But anyway. The foundation.
The foundation is great, definitely something I would recommend. I see the big deal~ now. It takes a while to blend in and make it streak-free, but the overall effect is quite nice.
Some swatch comparisons with some bases I still have:
Swatched, L-R: NARS Sheer Glow (Punjab), Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum (53), Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow (Cheers to Me… Champagne), AHAVA Light Foundation (Sand), Maybelline 8-in-1 BB White (02 Natural), Maybelline 8-in-1 BB Cream (01 Fresh)
Have you tried NARS Sheer Glow Foundation?
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