I love a good competition, I think pretty much everyone does. I especially love competitions from my favourite beauty brands, but the probability of actually winning is usually quite small. However, a couple of months ago I beat the odds and won a NARS competition which allowed me to try three shades of their new Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation. I’ve been meaning to write this post up since March and sadly uni deadlines got in the way, you might also notice this is the second base product post in a row – I’ve got a list of products to write about and this foundation needed it’s post doing ASAP!
Firstly, makeup lovers rejoice as this foundation comes with a pump! No more additional buying the pump like we have to for Sheer Glow, easy application with a pump that’s covered by a lid. Secondly, the shade range has changed slightly. I am Siberia in Sheer Glow (which my boyfriend thinks is hilarious,) however now the lightest shade is Oslo. The three shades I chose were Oslo, Mont Blanc and Barcelona, so the two lightest and a medium. The medium was for my flatmate as let’s be honest, no one needs three shades of one foundation, as I for one am constantly trying different ones.
Oslo is probably my perfect shade, up until I get a hint of colour in summer and then I shall be mixing both Oslo and Mont Blanc together. So far I have found that I prefer Oslo to Siberia as it is far less yellow toned, I’d say it has more of a pinky undertone. As a dry skinned makeup lover, I am very much over the whole matte face trend as I just look flaky and gross, it was very nice to see NARS bring a radiant product to the market. If you’re oily, don’t be alarmed about the radiance aspect of the foundation, as it doesn’t mean glowy. The foundation makes your skin look healthy, without lots of shine.
The formula is more substantial than liquid, it has more of a creamy feel and a little will go a long way. The pump is actually quite good as it only dispenses a small amount of product so you don’t waste any. If you like quite a full coverage, this foundation will provide just that when you use a sponge, but if you like the finish but prefer a medium coverage a buffing brush is perfect too. I tend to use a hydrating primer as otherwise it will pickup on your dry patches, which is never a good look.
I’m currently on the hunt for the perfect foundation and I have quite a few to try still, but I am really enjoying using this new release from NARS. The shade range is also quite impressive, as high end brands tend to be, with an incredible 33 shades to choose from with varying undertones. The foundation does have quite a large price tag at £35, but you can often find samples on the FeelUnique ‘Pick n Mix‘ service to make sure it is the one for you.