April 10, 2015

The New-ish Kids In Town

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'.



  1. I'm really interested in this foundation, the coverage and feel just sounds amazing! But I do have dry patches due to acne so maybe I will check out their Sheer Glow thanks!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

  2. I was really disappointed by sheer glow so i'm hesitant to try out this new foundation. It sounds amazing though!

    Lauren| thatgirlcalledlauren.blogspot.co.uk

  3. I've been wanting to try the Nars foundation for ages!! The reviews have been mixed though x


  4. I've been loving the NARS foundation. No need to use a primer or a powder which makes it just so good for quick application that I don't need to worry about throughout the day. xx

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  5. I absolutely love the sound of this! I am stopping myself from entering any Space NKs and trying it on in case I fall in love! So very tempting though- especially when I read reviews like this! X

  6. Ahh that's such a pity. Sheer Glow is great too though! I'd say maybe a bit less long lasting? And I need to blot a bit more throughout the day, but it's worth it. Let me know how you get on!

  7. Why did you not like Sheer Glow? Was it formula wise or coverage?

  8. I think because it's so long lasting and high coverage, it really depends on what you're looking for in a foundation and what your skin type is. So best would be to get a sample or get it applied on counter so you see how it sits/feels throughout the day.

  9. If that doesn't sound like the perfect foundation...

  10. #SorryNotSorry. If possible (and when your budget allows it), go instore and try if you can get a sample of it before you commit. ;-)

  11. The bottle alone is so fab! I've never tried any NARS products but this has been raved about so much! X

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  12. haven't tried these yet but i'm really actually interested in the new powder EStee lauder came out with. i tested it on my hand and the texture was SO surprising


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