The Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation hit the stores a few weeks ago and since then it has been making huge waves online. I bought myself a bottle a few weeks ago and have be rigorously testing it so that I can give you my honest thoughts on the product.
The product sells in Australia for $71 and in the US at $49 measuring at 1oz/30 ml.
To begin with, let me tell you what it claims to be:
- 16 hour wearing
- fade resistant
- medium to full buildable coverage
- transfer resistant
- skin optimising helping to support skin elasticity
All I can say is that it is a lot of promise in a product.
My thoughts, however, were quite different. Firstly, in application methods. Nars suggests using your fingers to blend out the product, starting from the middle of your face out. I have never been one for finger application, thus preferring to use a beauty blender. I get a really seamless finish this way without worrying about left over product on my hands. By the way, a little of the product goes a long way. A pea sized pump covers my face well.
I agree with medium to full coverage. I only wear it as a medium as I prefer my freckles to always show through. It leaves a very radiant dewy type of finish on my skin. The more time I take blending the better it looks. If you’re after a matte finish, however, this might not be for you. Even though it isn’t a matte foundation, I have read many reviews that say people with extremely dry skin don’t like this foundation. Generally, dewy foundations work with dry skin, but not in this case. I have combination skin and it holds well in my dry to oily surfaces of my face.
In terms of its staying power I have discovered a couple of things. A tacky primer will make the product stay on much better. If you’re not having to wear the foundation for more than a couple of hours it probably won’t matter. However, if you’re planning on wearing this for hours then a tacky primer is needed. I have worn this foundation both out at night and for the entire day time and its ability to hold its place really is impressive. With a tacky primer, this foundation does not budge. This being said I always set my foundation down with some Hourglass ambient lighting powder and top it off with a setting spray.
With it all set in place, their claim to be non-transferrable is true. I can press a white t-shirt up to my face and it won’t grab any product. I wouldn’t go rubbing my face that is, but it is probably the most transfer resistant foundation I’ve ever tried. No more worrying after hugging someone that your face will be left on their shoulder.
What might be the most impressive thing about this foundation, however, is its shade range. With 33 shade variants there is an option for everyone. Today it is inexcusable to not release a line thats inclusive of every skin tone, so well done to Nars. They have done a great job of making shades with pink, yellow and olive undertones. I have quite tanned skin and always struggle with finding a medium toned foundation that isn’t yellow toned. I have found the shade Santa Fe the perfect match for my skin.