NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation costs $48, and with a $48 foundation, you basically want that scene from When Harry Met Sally. Like, you want to feel that way when you use a $48 foundation, and then you want the lady next to you to say, “I’ll have the foundation she’s having.”
I mean, I wouldn’t actually pretend to have a big O in the middle of Sephora or anything, because hello! — we live in a digital age of smartphones and video, and knowing my luck, I’d blurt out “It feels like I’m hardly wearing anything at all! Yes, yes, YES!!! It’s so natural looking on my skin!” inevitably, some pervert would be filming me, and it would get around on the Interwebz, and my mother would see it…
The way NARS describes this foundation, you’d think you’re reading about the invention of time travel in Scientific American. With new “Even Tone Technology,” one drop/pump is supposed to deliver 16 hours of weightless, oil-free full coverage, and with long term use, it’s also supposed to make skin tone appear more even.
It’s an all-encompassing Jill-of-All-Trades foundation without SPF (meaning that it shouldn’t produce a white cast in pictures with a flash), and it’s available in 20 shades.
So, how well does it really work?
Pretty well. It’s not the CERN of foundations or anything, and the claim to offer full coverage from a single pump seems like a stretch to me, but you can build it up for more coverage (with a caveat, which I’ll get to in a minute).
I’d say it has one foot in the medium-coverage pool, and the other foot in the full-coverage pool. Of course, “full coverage” is open to interpretation, and one person’s full coverage is another person’s medium. My definition might be skewed by Laura Mercier’s Flawless Fluide, one drop of which covers every. Single. Thing on my face.
One pump of NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation gets rid of any redness around my nose, cheeks and forehead while unifying the skin tone all over my face, but I still have to do some spot concealing on the freckles around my eyes, and I can still see the patch of skin above my upper lip that appears gray on camera unless it’s fully covered.
You can build the foundation up for fuller coverage by using more product, but then that interferes with its natural-looking mojo…
Being a curious kitty with an inquisitive nature, I’ve tested this in a number of ways — atop one primer, atop two primers (which is what I usually do with Laura’a Flawless Fluide), by itself, with a powder on top, applied with my fingers, applied with a Beautyblender, applied with a foundation brush, and at the end of the day, the simplest way works best. Just the product all by itself applied with fingers on bare skin (well, bare skin prepped with my skin care). That’s it.
Before NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Stromboli…
After NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Stromboli…
NARS also makes some other liquid foundations, like Sheer Matte foundation (which I haven’t tried), Sheer Glow (which is the one that everyone seems to love, but I’m not too crazy about because it looks like a hot mess on me and settles into my pores) and Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, which, while technically not a foundation, I think of as a liquid foundation due to its high coverage (although it’s slightly lower coverage than All Day Luminous).
For me, ranked alongside all of those, All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation comes in a close second to Pure Radiant, but I think both are great.
With a lightweight formula, good coverage, excellent wear time and a velvety finish (it’s not full-on matte), I also think NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation stacks up well against things like Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk.
Now, for the pink/yellow elephant in the room…does it have a lot of yellow in it?
Yes, it has some, and it’s pretty evident in these “before” and after pics. I’m wearing Stromboli, the shade that most closely matches my neck.
In the “before” pic, see how my face and neck are two different colors? That’s because I’m a big fan of exfoliating products (keeps the pimples away, yo!), so my face has a lot of pink in it, but the yellow takes over when I apply Stromboli.
I think that without the other accoutrements I like to wear — bronzer, blush, highlighter and, of course, concealer, none of which I’m wearing in these pics — the yellow-ness makes me look like I spent the last month in bed writing emo love songs.
There’s something a little off about it…but with my usual bronzer, blush and concealer routine, the effect is much more natural and better.
Bottom line, I like $48 NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, despite it costing…
- Your first born and your soul for your next three lifetimes
- Three kittens and a chubby tabby
- Two unicorns and a pot of gold
AVAILABILITY: Available now at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com and coming February 1, 2015, to Sephora and NARS counters
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