Of all my many makeup and beauty pursuits, like the quests for big hair, lush lashes and behaved brows (frickin’ Raul!), the quest for luxurious-looking skin consumes the most time.
I’m always looking for that expensive, luxurious Louis Vuitton skin look…without having to spend Real Housewives of Beverly Hills money.
And hella pricey (looking).
Available in 13 shades, the new $48 NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation delivers exactly that, and it’s a revelation, especially when it’s applied with a wet sponge (I use a Beauty Blender).
It’s the stuff of my most radiant, soft matte finish dreams (in somewhat tricky packaging).
My big fear with powder foundations is that they’ll look thick and heavy on my combination skin, because many of them do, but NARS All Day Luminous does not. The fine, silky powder formula looks and feels lightweight, while the finish falls somewhere between dewy and matte.
Coverage ranges from light to medium, depending on how you apply them. When I use a dry sponge or brush, the coverage is at its lightest. The formula does even out my skin tone a little, but some of the natural redness in my cheeks still peeks through, and I can still see my freckles. Worn this way, the look is super casual.
Using a sponge or Beauty Blender to apply them kicks up the coverage a notch. For the highest coverage (medium), I like to apply a 50/50 mix of Stromboli and Tahoe, because together they’re a closer match to my skin tone than any of the 13 individual shades, with a wet Beauty Blender. That keeps my freckles on the down-low and makes sure that no red on my cheeks sneaks through.
I’m definitely partial to applying these with the wet sponge (I use a patting and rolling motion). I think that way the look is more natural.
These don’t take long to apply, either. I can have a full face of foundation applied, blended and done in 3-4 minutes.
More thoughts on NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF24
- A flexible coverage. Coverage ranges from light to medium, depending on how they’re applied. I prefer applying them with a wet sponge for medium coverage, and because I think it looks the most natural.
- Sun protection. Since these contain SPF 24, I was worried they’d look funky under a flash, but I don’t see any of that annoying white cast in my photography, which is great.
- Sweet shine control. All Day Luminous Powder does a good job of keeping the oil in check on my oily-dry combination skin, and it lasts. I only start to see shiny spots at around the 7-8 hour mark.
- Lovin’ the long-lasting oil-free formula. It’s non-comedogenic and free of parabens, alcohol, fragrance and talc.
- Decent shade range (although I don’t see a perfect match for me). Not the widest selection (maybe they’ll add more), but there are 13 shades, with a nice range for various undertones.
My biggest complaint is with the packaging. The powder pan flips and flops around whenever I open and close the compact, and it’s a little annoying. If I forget myself and whip it open too fast, little pieces of powder break off around the edges of the pan.
Overall, though, I really like this foundation. With a soft and lovely, natural-looking matte finish, beautiful coverage and an easy-to-use formula, it’s a great choice if you’re looking for light-to-medium coverage.
Don’t forget that wet sponge, though. It’s totes key.
AVAILABILITY: Coming to the NARS permanent line September 20 at NARS Boutiques and online at narscosmetics.com, and October 1 to NARS counters at department and specialty stores
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+/A- (I only wish there was a closer match to my skin tone among the 13 shades)
The 13 NARS All Day Luminous shades include…
- Siberia — light with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
- Mont Blanc — light with pink undertones
- Deauville –light with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
- Fiji — light with yellow undertones
- Punjab — medium with golden, peachy undertones
- Vallauris — medium with pink undertones
- Santa Fe — medium with peachy undertones
- Stromboli — medium with olive undertones
- Barcelona — medium with golden, peachy undertones
- Syracuse — medium-dark with brown undertones
- Tahoe — medium-dark with caramel undertones
- Cadiz — medium-dark with caramel and red undertones
- Macao — medium-dark with yellow undertones
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Heads up on a new item from Hourglass!
Just a quick peek at the new Ambient Lighting Blush Palette, $58, coming to Hourglass counters, Sephora stores and hourglass.com in October. Includes two existing shades, Luminous Flush (a champagne rose blush fused with Luminous Light Ambient Powder) and Mood Exposure (a soft plum blush fused with Mood Light), and a new shade exclusive to the palette, Incandescent Electra (a cool peach blush blended with Incandescent Light).
To quote my sister from another mister, Liz Lemon, “I want to go to there.”
Seriously, this is the only thing cheering me up after hearing that Eva finally had Ryan’s baby. Whatever… I demand a DNA test.