In Sunday’s haul you may have noticed that base products featured heavily. I seemed to have finished up a few foundations all at once and was itching to try something new. Several weeks ago I tweeted asking you guys for your recommendations and many of you said you were keen on the “newish” NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.
Normally, I’d stay far away from a foundation with the term “luminous” included in the title but a few reviews convinced me that it was worth a try. The *NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is an oil-free formulation that promises “full, natural-looking coverage with unexpectedly weightless, 16-hour wear”. It also promises high pigment that “builds and blends effortlessly with just one drop”. Just one drop, huh?
According to NARS, the foundation’s “Even Tone Technology” neutralizes redness and dullness, while working to reduce discoloration. My curiosity was officially peaked, I had to read more. This technology includes “gold and green pigments” [that] manipulate how light reflects off skin’s surface and “Scarlet Spiderling Root Extract” that works overtime to reduce the appearance of discoloration and reveal brighter, more even skin.
Packaging: Before I get into the details of the foundation’s performance, let’s take a second to focus on something which I think is of paramount importance. This foundation is sold with a pump. Thank you NARS! Do you think someone finally took into consideration the many woes regarding the fact that the oh-so-famous Sheer Glow isn’t? Not that I actually own or have tried it. I think I’ve just heard/read that particular complaint so many times it’s ingrained in me.
Of course, one always has the option to purchase a pump separately on the NARS website for $6.00 USD but that can be a hassle. The All Day Luminous foundation costs $3.00 USD more than the Sheer Glow (maybe because of the included pump), but I’d pay that extra any day for the added convenience. The weighty frosted glass bottle is elegant but be aware that it distorts the true shade of the foundation inside (making it appear cooler and lighter) so don’t judge by appearances if you’re shopping in a hurry!
Shade selection: There are 20 shades to choose from (looks to be 3 more than the Sheer Glow), ranging from a “light with pink undertones” (Mont Blanc) to a “dark with espresso undertones” (Khartoum). Obviously, I can’t speak for everyone but the selection seems pretty decent to me. I was color matched in store to Santa Fe, described as medium with peachy undertones, which compliments my light to medium skin with mixed undertones pretty well. I tend to be categorized as “peach” in a lot of foundations.
So, what do say I to the grandiose claims this foundation makes?
Coverage: It scores an A+ in my book. Coverage is indeed full yet surprisingly natural looking. This is quite a feat. One caveat: for my particular skin needs and skin condition, it takes more than one drop. I usually do about 3 pumps. My face is quite large and I do suffer from moderate redness and texture issues.
Application Notes: Foundation seems to be trending toward ever thinner and lighter formulations and the All Day Luminous is no exception, being extremely fluid in texture. In fact, when I first opened it (half expecting it to be a twist off cap) I spilled it everywhere. Instead of fretting over the photos, however, I just went with it. 🙂
Some say its best to apply the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation with fingers. But you know me, I never used fingers unless the situation is tragically desperate. I do dot the foundation on with fingers – but that’s as far as I’ll go. To get an even, full coverage I use my beloved Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush or its cheaper alternative, the *Shany Mineral Powder Brush (which is sold as part of a set, reviewed here). Both are perfectly designed for those more liquid-like foundations. For medium coverage, I’ll use my Beauty Blender. Both applications seems to work fine for me.
Finish: On my oily-combo skin with signs of mild dehydration, the finish of the foundation is a divine, skin-like satin. I somehow manage to achieve a glow without looking the slightest bit greasy. It’s like magic. I also want to point out that I’ve used the foundation with different products underneath and each time it pretty much performed the same way on me. These include products that are slightly mattifying like Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion, Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More and the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer as well as more substantive moisturizers like the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. I get the best finish with the Hourglass primer.
Wear: Deceptively light weight yet spectacularly long wearing. The longest I’ve worn it for is 12 hours and it was perfect at the end of that time (no blotting required). The only hint of oil was the tiniest bit around my nose. And it did not oxidize. In addition to what’s underneath, I’ve also experimented with what goes on top of the All Day Luminous foundation, testing it with the: NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powder, Hourglass Dim Light and KAT Von D Lock it Powder Foundation. I tend to set my entire face. Again, no major, major differences in terms of performance. Though, because of the high coverage of the KVD Lock it powder, things can get dicey so I tend to stick with the Light Reflecting powder or Dim Light.
Other notes: No discernible smell. Does not oxidize.
Final Thoughts: My overwhelming positive reaction to the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation took me by complete surprise. There’s been talk of tons of reviews out there on this guy with a divergence of views. Personally, I’d only read a handful of opinions before trying it myself. Maybe I’m just not following the same people? Anyway, Jaa over at HelloJaa and Farzana over at Aspiring Londoner were the ones that convinced me to give it ago. I’d check out their reviews as well because we all have slight differences in our experiences and they offer some great insight.
As with anything, skin type and skin needs are going to play a major role in how a product performs for each individual. For reference, as mentioned, my skin is oily-combo but I do experience some dehydration and dry patches (I’m in my early thirties). Also worth mentioning, I live in a tropical, moderately humid climate. This foundation just works for me. I don’t know guys…it may eventually surpass my beloved Chanel Velvet (reviewed here). Time will tell.
I’m curious have you tried the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation? What are your thoughts?
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