As a foundation junkie, I get excited when a new release comes out. I love trying out new things and I'm always on the hunt for something... better. I see it as widening my horizon and market research. So when word got out that NARS had not one, but two new foundations in the planning, I couldn't be more excited. And I'll tell you this, NARS's All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation and Soft Velvet Loose Powder are not one to disappoint either.
So let's start with the good stuff first. The All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is feather-light – or 'weightless' – on the skin and has medium-full coverage. It's oil-free and it should last up to 16 hours. I own this in the shade Fiji, but find it slightly more yellow than its counterpart in Sheer Glow. Usually these "stay all day on your skin" claims don't apply to my combination skin, as I can turn into an oil-slick from time to time, but this was different. It stayed on the entire day, not disappearing in thin air like some do and having just to blot once —which means a lot.
I've worn this nearly the entire time when I got this, as it's just a brilliant foundation. The shade range is rather impeccable, with x shades ranging from very fair to darker skin tones. That being said, if you've got dry/drier skin, I'd recommend you to stay away from this and go for their Sheer Glow instead. When my skin went through a very flakey and dehydrated phase, I noticed it applied very patchy and it definitely wasn't my best look.
Their Soft Velvet Loose Powder is exactly what the name says, a soft velvet loose powder. Available in 8 shades, but as it's so sheer I'm positive it suits most skin tones. I matched myself to Eden, a shade recommended to yellow medium skin tones. It blurs out pores and fine lines effortlessly and has a soft focus finish. Think By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder, but tinted.
If you've got great skin, this would be the best for those lazy days where you need to look presentable but can't be bothered to put in the effort. Dab some concealer in the places where you need it and dust a kabuki or big powder brush – Real Technique's Powder Brush is my fave – over your face and there you go. Even though I still remain hopeful that someday I can be that girl, right now I can only use this as a setting powder as I need something with more coverage to, well... cover.
Both are great products [one with an unnecessary long name] and deliver their promise, it just really depends on what your skin needs and more importantly how good aka) flawless your skin is. And mine? I'm hoping to see the light at the end of the tunnel soon, but I doubt flawless will ever be a word in my books. Sigh...
PS. For those interested in trying this, Space NK currently has an online promo running, where you get £10 when your order is £40 and above using the code 'DISCOVER15'.