Today I am writing about a product which I purchased recently which in has changed my makeup routine!
Unfortunately it is what I would consider a luxury product and not exactly fitting with my Lifestyle for Less brand, however, I am going to work to find a fitting and affordable dupe and will be saving this foundation for more special occasions as it is just a bit too expensive for everyday wear!
Today’s product is the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. As always with my foundation reviews the best place to start is at the colour picking stage. As you all know, I have really fair skin so finding a foundation with the right base colours to match my pale skin and not make me look too orange is really hard and I took a bit of a risk when I purchased this!
I decided to treat myself to this foundation as I was bought a House of Fraser voucher for my birthday from my brother and his girlfriend so thought I would invest in some products I wouldn’t normally spend my own money on! As well as purchasing a highlighter I also wanted to invest in their foundation as I had read so many great things about it and after deciding between Sheer Glow and All Day Luminous Weightloss foundation, I settled on Sheer Glow. This is going to sound really strange but this is mostly because of Shaaanxo’s reviews on Youtube. She has fairly similar skin to mine in most aspects from breakouts, redness and skin colour, and after seeing she preferred to Sheer Glow to other foundations I settled. Because the nearest House of Fraser to me is miles away I ended up ordering my foundation blind having no idea if this was going to match, and purchased Deauville. It turned out to be a perfect match and I have to say I am not putting this down to luck! Nars have such an amazing website and offer so much info on each of the shades as well as grouping into different skin brackets (e.g. Extra Light, Fair and also talk about undertones of colours) that I was pretty confident even just from reading about them I could pick the one for me, and it worked!
When it arrived (really quickly I have to add!) I couldn’t wait to try it on 🙂 I was suffering from a really bad breakout when it arrived which is both a blessing and a curse as I would be able to see exactly how this foundation worked when my skin was at its worst and I have to say, I wasn’t at all disappointed and was actually way more flawless than I expected!
Unfortunately I overlooked the fact that this foundation comes without a pump (so annoying!) but the tiniest amount of product on my foundation brush covered all of my face with ease. It applies easily thanks to it’s nicely liquid formula (which is not too runny) it smells amazing, blends effortlessly and gives a really full coverage for day or night depending on the amount you build up. I don’t think I have ever used more than you would expect to get from one pump to be honest and I’ve done a few heavy makeup looks with terrible skin as well! I think the thing I liked most about this foundation though is that it is the only one I have ever worn which actually makes my skin look glowy and yet matte at the same time, but also feels so light and allows my skin to breathe.
However, there is of course one pretty hefty drawback and that is the price! This foundation cost me £31 from House of Fraser which coupled with the fact I think I may now be addicted to this foundation and will definitely have to buy more, is going to leave me with a much emptier bank balance (damn you Nars wizardry!)
Some of the looks I have created using this foundation ^
So let’s do a little run down of the pros and cons in case you have forgotten…
- Bottle and packaging look so chic
- Applies so easily with a brush and blends for a flawless finish with or without a beauty blender (I always recommend using one though!)
- Smells amazing
- Gives great coverage without using too much product
- Easy to build for a fuller coverage look
- Breathable and lightweight to wear
- Doesn’t transfer!!!
- Doesn’t get too oily throughout the day
- Great range of colours to choose from
- Really too expensive for a day to day foundation
- Doesn’t come with a pump!
So to conclude, I think I’m in love! This foundation has definitely changed my opinion of higher end brands and may have made me a bit of a Nars obsessive! However, I am definitely not neglecting my love of high street, but honestly this doesn’t compare to any foundation I have used yet, so I am definitely on the look out for a more affordable dupe for day to day wear! If you have any sheer glow dupes which you adore, let me know in the comments below 🙂 Let me know too what your favourite foundations are as I’m always on the hunt for new goodies to try!
So what is the Lifestyle for Less rating? Well I’d definitely recommend it (I already have to basically everyone I know) and I will definitely be repurchasing when this one runs out, although hopefully that wont be too soon. For application, appearance and basically everything to be honest I would give this a 5 out of 5, probably more to be honest, as this is absolutely not comparable to other foundations I have reviewed, however because of the price I’ll have to drop this to 4 out of 5 as I just don’t think it’s affordable for most people to want to wear every day!
Lots of love, Leanne xx