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NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Vs Sheer Glow Foundation (Holy Grail foundation?!)

Asalamu Alaykum (peace be with you)! Welcome back, I hope you’re well 🙂 Now we all know that NARS is the OG of bases…and pretty much any other product in the makeup game, at least or me it is. I mean for me personally when considering where to purchase new makeup from it goes a little bit like this:

Base?…NARS,
Dark circles?…NARS
Rosy cheeks and goddess glow? Damn it… NARS again
“Shut up and take my money” is very real people, I’m telling you.

Yep you guessed it, I’m a true NARSissist. Definitely my favourite.. imagine working with/for NARS…*dies at the thought* please hire me okthanksbye.

So today I decided to write about the two most talked about bases NARS has on offering:

All Day Luminous Weightless foundation (ADLW)
Sheer Glow Foundation (SG)

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Before I get into the details I thought it’s worth mentioning what I look for when purchasing a foundation. Satin finish preferably more on the radiant side of things  so as not to look flat or mask like when worn, liquid or stick formulation, medium coverage allowing my natural skin to show through. I should be able to use said foundation for everyday no makeup-makeup looks to full on wedding glam. Most importantly: warm/yellow/golden/olive undertones to cater to my borderline Simpsons skin tone xD this part is the hardest to get.

A lot of boxes to tick there, I know. Bare in mind my skin sensitivity means nothing but a handful of brands agree with me, NARS being the number 1 in that regard – no reactions whatsoever, thank god!

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On to the review…

All Day Luminous Weightless foundation (£34):

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YAY:

  • SO so lightweight! I barely feel it, lighter than a moisturiser in fact.
  • Flawless matte/Semi matte finish
  • Medium/full coverage right from the 1st layer
  • Pump included
  • Lasts up to 8/9 hours minimum without touch up on my combination skin..perfect to just wear it and not worry about it all day.
  • Looks like skin/undetectable when applied correctly (using fingers)
  • Love the smoked glass packaging

NAY:

  • Not easy to build up layers on problem areas…risk of entering cakey territory -please don’t go there
  • Splits…you have to remember to shake before use. Not a big deal but easy to forget.
  • Difficult to blot/powder oilier areas, again due to risk of getting cakey, and uneven splitting.
  • Can’t reapply when worn – patchy mess.
  • Dries wayyyyy too quickly you got to work really fast when applying!
  • Clings to dry patches – perhaps not best for drier skin types
  • Rubberised NARS packaging – we all know how messy that gets and how difficult it is to clean, uh.

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Sheer Glow Foundation (£31):

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YAY:

  • Healthy satin skin like finish – like you eat and drink healthily, take good care of your skin and had plenty of sleep the night before… basically all of this
  • Undetectable!
  • Emits a sheer radiant glow as the name suggests, not a sheer foundation with glow as others decipher it to be.
  • Wearable every day as well as special occasions (this was my foundation choice for every single one of my pre/post wedding events and on the big day itself. Looking back, I don’t regret it one bit because it..
  • Photographs beautifully! No mask or flashback..just utterly beautiful
  • Suitable for all skin types, oilier skinned girls/guys may need to touch up/blot/powder though.
  • Medium but build able coverage without getting cakey on you..at all!

NAY:

  • Lasts about 5/6 hours on my combination skin before getting a little shiny in the T-zone, nothing a little powder can’t fix though. This can be an inconvenience during busy days.
  • Rubberised NARS packaging, as usual
  • NO PUMP! ..but at least now they give the option of purchasing it for £3 :L

Of the two, I have to say SG is my holy grail. I’ve repurchased it countless times and will continue to do so. While I love the ADLW, I’m on the fence about it simply due to how easy it can get cakey..and I simply live for the healthy radiance SG provides. Totally eyeing the NARS tinted moisturiser and velvet matte skin tint also, I can’t wait to get my hands on those too, eventually.

nars2Please note: The shades don’t seem to correlate in both of the lines, I am a Stromboli but when worn, the ADLW seems to be *ever so slightly* lighter than the SG for some odd reason… you probably won’t notice it until you’ve used it for a while.

Also, I haven’t included swatches of the actual foundations together as they both appear the same swatched, however I found this image online (Cafe Makeup) which will be beneficial for shade references.

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Fun Fact:
“Legend” has it that the rubberised packaging came about when Francois Nars and Fabien Baron were deciding on how to package the products. They used a blackboard and chalk to draft ideas/sketch when ultimately they decided to go for the wiped board effect, hence the rubber that grips on to fingerprints and product leaving stains.

***FYI: I was wrongly sold and currently have a pretty much untouched bottle of Sheer Glow foundation in Syracuse that I don’t use as its far too dark for my skin tone. I only used it to try the shade and due to NARS returns policy I was unable to return/exchange it. If anyone’s interested in purchasing at a discounted amount (without pump) leave me a comment below or direct message on my instagram (@ruqhaiya)***

Love,
Ruqhaiya

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