They Say – “This oil-free formulas gives skin a soft-matte finish hat looks healthy and natural – never heavy. And it’s buildable, so you can customise your level of coverage.”
I say – Well they aren’t wrong! It’s definitely a healthy and natural finish, more satin than full matte but it’s definitely not shiny. As long as you let the layers dry in between it is definitely buildable so it’s brilliant that I can add an extra layer around my mouth to hide the redness of the hideous coldsore I have.
This is neither greasy nor drying so it’s perfect for combination skin as well as dry/oily and it’s oil free which is a bonus. It stays put for hours and hours and has a broad spectrum uva and uvb sunscreen. It’s only SPF15 though, and I think it would be a lot better as SPF25.
I can’t comment on whether this works in humid countries and climates but in London, it does a good job!
What do you need to know?
This is Oil-free qand controls shine and keeps skin hydrated. It does this with sponge-like powder absorbing excess oil on the surface on the skin, while emollients lock in moisture to ensure skin stays perfectly balanced.
This foundation is transfer resistant and I had to use Bioderma to remove it (bring out the big guns)
This new formula contains an oil-free emulsion system that delivers a blend of finely milled pigments for natural-looking coverage.
Provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection.
How do I like to apply?
This applies really well with a Mac 190 or similar style foundation brush, I found that I just got average application with my fingers or a stippling brush, you have to work fairly quickly with this because it is oil free so it will naturally dry quicker and the 190 brush for me applies really quickly and then I blend around my nose, hairline and jaw with my fingers.
I have the shade in Sand #2 when I have a light fake tan on. I would say that I am (sort of) a Mac NC20 with a light fake tan.
Why I like this
This is the foundation that I expected Nars Sheer Glow to be really, as it’s sheer and glowy with a natural coverage. If you have acne, scarring, pigmentation or red marks I would leave this alone as you probably need heavier coverage (unless you like to use a heavy concealer and then a light foundation). However if your skin is generally ok then this would be perfect for summer or those that hate a full coverage and want to look glowing with health.
Is this my new favourite foundation?
I would have to say that my Origins Youthtopia is still my favourite so far. This has better packaging and a nicer pump but the actual Origins product suits me down to the ground. This is a very close second and comparable to the coverage of my Korres Ginger and Vitamins foundation but better for summer as it is less moisturising and has a slightly higher SPF.
Would I recommend you buy this?
Yes, but only certain people. If you like a light and sheer coverage, if you like a lighter coverage in some areas (foundation is buildable), if you prefer to conceal your blemishes with concealer and then wear a light foundation in the other areas, if your skin is generally ok and you just want to lightly even out skintone. This is the perfect foundation for those that hate the feel of foundation as it doesn’t feel like you are wearing anything. It doesn’t clog my pores or cause my any irritation. All in all a very nice product. For anyone else I would avoid, as it won’t provide the coverage that you want.
Available in 16 shades this new foundation is nationwide and on-line at £28.00.
Small Print – I was sent a sample pot of this to review, I liked it so much I bought a fullsize one.
I have mostly been wearing this foundation and this nail varnish over the last week or so:
Nailgirls in Orange Number 1
I love how vibrant it is
The nailgirls polishes are really so good and this is the free one I got in my goody bag after their event last month, two coats and a topcoat and I find their polishes never chip, after a while they just get tip wearage which is pretty good to me!