“Defender of dental floss.”
“Hater of the word, ‘panties.’” (YUCK! I can’t even stand seeing it in print.)
“Advocate of enabling (primarily in the makeup arena).”
“Enemy of under-eye circles.”
Like you, I wear many badges, and I wear them all with pride.
“Foundation philanderer.” I’m growing quite fond of that one, too.
Interestingly, I’m able to remain committed to the same cat for seven years (I don’t count my dalliances with Charlize and Orangey, my two favorite neighborhood kitties), yet I’m unable to stay with the same foundation for more than a few months.
Just when I think I’ve found THE ONE, I stumble on to something else, and frequently describe it as having, air quotes, “changed my life.”
As of now, that distinction goes to NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation, and yes, it really has “changed my life.”
At least I think it has… I certainly love it; that’s for sure.
Yeah…I’m kind of on a serious NARS kick right now, and Radiant Cream has something to do with it.
It’s a great little foundation, especially if you like medium-to-full coverage and have combination, or straight-up dry, skin.
I’ve been fiendishly obsessed with MAC Face & Body for the better part of a year, and I still love it…but I’ve temporarily set it aside in favor of this. For now. I mean, I still have mad love for Mac Face & Body, but like I said — I’m on a serious NARS kick.
This stuff handles my combination dry/oily skin like RyGos handles ab work — beautifully. Even the dry parts. It smooths and evens out my skin tone without catching on any flakes or drawing attention to my dry or scaly bits (gross, but true). Great coverage, and it looks natural.
And it’s so quick and easy to apply! Much quicker than Face & Body, which usually, for me , requires multiple layers, as well as buffing and dry time.
With Radiant Cream, I usually apply a single layer with the No. 2 Foundation/Blush Brush by Hourglass and gently buff it with a kabuki. A little goes a long way.
Granted, Face & Body seems to scoot around less. For example, I was wearing Radiant Cream when I took a nap on the couch last weekend and using my hands and hair as a pillow (you know when you’re so tired that you can’t even bother to reach for a pillow or blanket?). Tabs came along and head-butted me for a bit, because, you know, cats. They’ll ignore you all day long but head butt you right as you’re about to fall asleep. Anywho! — when I woke up, I noticed some patchiness on my cheeks, as some of my foundation moved a little, which never, ever happens with Face & Body.
Sooo, for iron-clad wear, yeah, F&B still rules.
I really do love this, though. Especially the finish! I’d say it’s more matte than anything else, but it has the slightest sheen.
If you prefer flat matte finishes, using a setting powder with a stark matte finish — maybe something like MAC Blot — should work nicely.
I’ve been using Urban Decay’s new Naked Loose Powder lately, which, like the NARS foundation, has the slightest sheen.
I’ll apply the NARS Compact Foundation first, then NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer on the areas around my nose and on my cheeks where I want some extra coverage, and then set with UD’s powder on top.
I think all three look great together (both in pics and real life) and feel great, too. I almost forget I’m wearing makeup.
As for selection, well, Radiant Cream Compact comes in 20 shades. The single refill pans are $38 each, and an empty compact case to store them in costs $10 (you also get a sponge applicator), for a total of $48.
Kind of expensive, I know.
To save a few bucks, you could probably ditch the compact case and be just fine. I’ve been keeping a refill in my makeup bag of Barcelona, which is the shade I wear, without a case, and it’s hanging in there. I think it’ll be fine as long as I always make sure it’s closed.
All in all, highly recommended! — and enthusiastically so if your skin has been (like mine) less than perfect lately.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,