I’ve been using the same foundation mixture for ages (as seen here, here, and here) and it’s time I added another into the rotation for variety. Recently, I was near enough to a mall (which I normally avoid like the plague) to stop in a pick up some foundation samples, which I hope will help me expand my options day-to-day depending on my skin conditions. The first product I was desperate to try is the NARS All Day Luminous Weight Foundation. I make it a point to go and get samples of foundation for two reasons: one- foundations can be hella expensive, and although most places like Sephora have great return policies, it can be a real pain in the ass to make happen and two- color matching is even worse. I’ve yet to try on a foundation that is dead-on my skin color, but I like to get as close as possible before buying.
When I shop for foundations, I have several things I keep in mind. I have three main skin concerns- texture, redness, and oiliness. I have scars and uneven texture from teenage (and twenties) acne, I have very red and uneven skin tone, and my skin gets progressively oily as the day goes, even though I’m prone to dry patches on my cheeks. Sound complicated? It is. I read some some great reviews on the NARS ADLWF and saw a few compelling tutorials from YouTubers that have skin as close to mine as I can find. Needless to say, of the four samples I picked up that day (the others will be reviewed later) this one was the one I was dying to put to the test.
Even the packaging is gorgeous. I’ve never used a NARS Foundation before. Sheer Glow, their most popular, has two things I don’t need- Sheer and Glow. I need a full-coverage, stay-put, oil controlling foundation, so I was really hopeful about this one.
See the red??? My acne is mostly under control now, but holy ruddy cheeks batman, I have a lot of color that I’m trying to correct without piling on a ton of products.
Of course, using my trust Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, I did a half and half test to see how it fared. The color initially matched to me is Light 4- Deauville, as I’m mostly neutral toned and fair-skinned.
I’m pretty impressed by the coverage if I’m going to be honest. My skin still showed through (aka, my freckles, and some of the imperfections in my skin) but the redness was really controlled and mostly gone.
Side-by-side you can really see the difference:
The finish was incredibly natural and skin-like which is hard to find in a full coverage oil-controlling foundation. They tend to get cakey quickly.
The rest of the makeup was pretty simple and fun. Can you tell I’m in the mood for spring?
I primed my eyes as per usual with my Urban Decay Primer Potion followed by a light layer of MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly. For my basecoat of color, I used a blush I recently received in an Ipsy Glam Bag by ModelCo in Peach Bellini. A beautiful peach with a bit of shimmer.
I wanted this to be the transition shade, and it worked brilliantly. Next, I dusted off my trusty Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, because when doing a rose-gold eye look, there’s only one shade that will do.
That shade is ‘Trick’ (and of course, I’m holding the palette upside down for the photo *facepalm*)
I packed this on using the flat eyeshadow brush that comes with the palette. This shadow builds beautifully. I did add a bit of MAC Fix + to my brush and did a damp layer of shadow before dusting on a dry layer to amp it up a bit.
One side done, one side not.
What eye look of mine would be complete without gel liner? (though this time in brown!)
This is where I interrupt with an update about the foundation. As I was working on my eye makeup (and you can see in the top right photo, above, that I have to touch my face some to get eyeliner on in a decent way and such) I noticed that the foundation was very shifty and became patchy very easily.
Here it is before I fixed it:
I admit, especially in photos, the difference seems slight, but in person, it looks a hot mess.
After I added mascara and fixed the foundation, I set it with Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder. I was very happy that I didn’t have to pack powder. Normally, I pack a bit of my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural on to add more coverage, and I didn’t feel the need to do this with this foundation.
So, overall, a very simple, very quick makeup look.
Of course, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t add a million lipstick options at the end (and by a million, I mean four)
Here it is from Top L to R with Tanya Burr lipgloss in Champagne Toast, MAC Lipstick in Vegas Volt, MAC Lipstick in Pink Fusion, and Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Creme in Sherry (which is a dupe for the no-longer-available lip crayon I used in this tutorial)
The only color I don’t think reads true in these photos is Pink Fusion by MAC. It’s VIBRANT Pink and here, I just didn’t capture it…
The photo above is better.
The foundation ended up wearing well. I wore it all day, and although it disappeared a bit around the 6 hour mark, I didn’t use any primers or anything underneath, so I’ll be using it again paired with a primer to see if that helps the staying power. I’ll keep playing with it, but so far, I’d buy a full size of this in a heartbeat (although I need about a half shade lighter).
Here are a few additional shots for reference:
And as always, here is a shot of the products used: