This is actually my first foundation from NARS. I have oily-combination skin so I didn’t go for the highly-raved sheer glow foundation when it was launched. I was also a very loyal user of MUFE’s foundation which I also use on my clients so it doesn’t make sense for me to buy more than I need.
However, last year end, when NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation was launched, many of the YouTube beauty gurus that I followed did reviews on it and the verdicts were all similar – BUY! So, after it was finally launched in sunny Singapore back in February this year (I think), I went to Ngee Ann City to get it.
I still remember how a group of Chinese tourists were crowding around the counter in NARS official store. They sat on the high chair, demanding the makeup artists/beauty advisors to pile on layers and layers of products on their faces so they could try and see which one to buy. I don’t know if it was because NARS is not in China but they bought a lot of products. Or maybe, they’re just rich.
I, on the other hand, knew exactly what I wanted and just needed the makeup artists to help me pick out the correct shade for my face. The beauty advisors were very nice and apologetic because they had to make me wait while the tourists kept adding products into their shopping list.
When it was finally my turn, I sat down on the ‘hot’ seat, warmed by the buttocks of the tourists and also because it was so popular they had to take turns to sit on it. LOL. The makeup artist serving me asked if I had used any NARS products before so she could match my shade but I don’t so she had to ‘eyeball’ my shade. I just came from a facial appointment so I didn’t want to put a whole layer of foundation on my face so she very kindly swatched them on my jawline.
After trying out 3 to 4 shades, we finally found one that suit my face and neck – Punjab. I left the shop SGD70 poorer but one foundation richer. I did not try on the foundation immediately until a few weeks later because I had another L’Oreal one that I got in Spain to try.
After using NARS Radiant Longwear foundation for 2.5 months now, I can safely say that it is indeed a longwear foundation. I usually use my fingers to blend it on my face because that was what the NARS makeup artist told me to. She said that they use their hands to blend in all their foundation and that’s how the foundation is supposed to work.
What it says on NARS’ website:
There’s longwear. And then there’s strongwear.
Introducing NARS’ first 16-hour foundation that stays turned on by the power of radiance. Untraceable. Unstoppable. Unlike anything else. Longwear is finally lightweight—and radiant. High coverage is now super natural. Its breathable, fade-resistant formula is infused with Raspberry, Apple, and Watermelon extracts to help smooth and improve the look of your skin instantly, and over time for full-powered radiance. It wears longer, stays stronger, and looks better with each hour. Specialized skin-matching technology ensures your truest match yet. Your future looks radiant with Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation.
- Natural, radiant finish
Subsequently, I also saw recommendations by one of the celebrity makeup artists in Taiwan talking on one of my all time favourite variety show for the last 14 years – 女人我最大. He talked about how this foundation is able to even out your skin tone nicely (duhh, don’t all foundation do that?), how it has some new technology that will “…” and also how it has a very extensive colour range to choose from.
Ok, I’m getting very long-winded, let’s get on to the review:
My skin is recovering from an outbreak that I sadly was plagued with after I came back from Europe in January so there are multiple scars and dark spots. Hate my itchy fingers. I purposely sharpened the photo so that you can see my pores and also all the imperfections.
I would say the foundation has a medium-full coverage with a satin finish. Once it sets, it stays on quite nicely for at least 8 hours, I haven’t worn it for 16 hours, my skin will go on riot. My T-zone gets oily easily so I always set it with a powder. Take note that a little goes a long way with this product. I usually only need one pump for my whole face and I will use concealer to conceal any dark spots, redness, dark circles etc. Unless you’re going for super high coverage, you can go ahead and apply more than 1 pump.
The time that I put on the foundation was at 3pm and I was going out for a tuition class from 430pm to 630pm, then dinner with my sister before meeting my husband after he ended work.
It was an extremely hot day. I was sweating so much my sister was telling me she could see drops of perspiration roll down my neck. So, can you imagine how much sweat was trying to ooze out of my pores on my nose? It was so hot I flipped my fringe up because I need wind on my whole face. I took this photo after running to my next appt because I thought I was late, only to find out that the appt was cancelled. -_-” So while waiting for my husband to pick me up, I took some photos at the void deck hence the messy bicycles behind me.
I would say that the foundation stayed on pretty well. I did not touch up, just pat away the perspiration on my skin with many tissue papers. If you’re in the market looking for a foundation that has a satin finish, has oily-combination skin like me, don’t mind splurging a little, try this out.
Some comparison photos:
I sharpened all the photos to the same extent so you can see how well the foundation actually smooth out the appearance of my pores. As I naturally will become ‘dewy’ because of secretion of oil, I don’t usually like the glowy/satin finish the foundation gives at first.
I would definitely repurchase this after I’m done with it.