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The Foundation Files: NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

There are a lot of exciting new foundation releases happening at the moment. One that I was particularly excited about was the new NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation. I couldn't resist grabbing it when it came out the other week, so naturally
it only seemed right to share my thoughts with you.

Before we start, I just wanted to give you a little overview of what you can expect from all of my Foundation Files posts (if you've read a Foundation Files post before, you can probably skip this, unless you need a little recap). In each review I will give you photos of my skin before application, immediately after application and at the end of the day. I will talk about how I prep my skin before applying, as well as the method that I use to apply. I will also talk about the coverage and finish, as well as how well I think it wears throughout the day. Now as for my skin type (which will impact what I think of foundations) I have dry/normal skin. I do have blemish and pigmentation concerns, particularly in my T-Zone. Without further adieu, let's get into it! 

Prepare for weightless, long-lasting coverage like never before! This full coverage oil-free foundation provides 16 hours of lightweight and fade-resistant wear for an all day radiant and smooth complexion.
If you're looking for a concise description of this foundation, that is how it is described on the Mecca website. A lightweight foundation that is fade-resistant, long wear, radiant and perfect to create a smooth complexion. That sounds exactly like what I want in a foundation. It claims to last for 16 hours, which is longer then most of my days so as long as it lasts, that works perfectly for me also. NARS’ Skin Optimizing Complex—a blend of raspberry, apple, and watermelon extracts—helps support skin’s elastic fibers to smooth and improve skin’s appearance over time for optimal radiance. It also claims to be transfer resistant. 

It has been a long time since I have used a NARS foundation. I used to live in Sheer Glow through high school, but I had a bit of a falling out with it when it started to not wear as well. I have't revisited it since. I do love the NARS Tinted Moisturiser too, but still not a foundation. I had my reservations about trying this, particularly as I have heard some mixed reviews, but I decided to try it anyway.

To prep my skin I have been finding that the Smashbox Photofinish Primer works best for me. Being a radiant foundation, I did find using a radiant primer made the lasting power not as long, and also made my skin even a little bit too glowy. 

First things first, thank you NARS for putting a pump on this! It makes the world of difference. To apply this foundation, I put a couple of pumps on the back of my hand and then use a damp sponge to apply it to my skin. While I am typically lazy at using an actual damp sponge and mostly use dry sponges, I have found this works better with a damp sponge. Applying this way gives a smoother, more even coverage. I find it just sits better on the skin. It has made me wonder if this foundation is like the Sheer Glow, in that it prefers to be applied with fingers. While it probably is, I really don't like apply foundation with my fingers...Anyway, applying with a sponge has been working really well for me.
The consistency of this foundation is quite light and runny, but the coverage is really impressive. I find I use about 1-2 pumps per cheek and I can typically make 1 pump work for my forehead and one for my nose/chin. If I am really lazy I have been finding that I don't even really concealer. I can build up if I need it, but the coverage is a decent medium, almost full coverage as it is, so I haven't really been needing to.

UPDATE: So I wrote this and then decided to try it with my fingers. I found a couple of things when I used my fingers. 1) it helped the foundation actually look like it was apart of my skin rather then a layer on top, so it looked a bit more natural. 2) I used less product (though the coverage was lighter) 3) it lasted a little bit better - i.e. there was less patchy/cakey looking areas at the end of the day. 

As for lasting power, does it last 16 hours? I haven't had any 16 hour days yet, so I can't say, but it has been lasting really well. I do find that it goes a bit 'fuzzy'/patchy on my chin later in the day, but as I said in my previous Foundation Files, this tends to happen with all of my foundations and I can't work out how to stop that (TIPS PLEASE!) so I can't really blame it on the foundation. I do spray my face with some MAC Fix+ most days as well, but even if I don't spray it, it still lasts pretty well. One thing I do have to say is that I have found that it is NOT transfer resistant. For me it transfers like crazy. That might be because I don't use a setting powder, but if it claims to be transfer resistant, I would hope that it wouldn't need extra powder for it to be like that. Compared to something like that EsteƩ Lauder Double Wear, which for me is transfer resistant, it comes no where close. It is a bit disappointing, but all in all the foundation has been ticking a lot of other boxes for me.

The final verdict? I am really enjoying this foundation. It makes my skin look so gorgeous and healthy, two big must do's for a foundation. It lasts pretty well and has fantastic coverage.  It retails for $71 at Mecca and I wear the shade Mont Blanc.

Have you tried the new NARS foundation yet? I would love to hear what you think! xx


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