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REVIEW: NARS NATURAL RADIANT LONGWEAR FOUNDATION

Hello everyone, and happy 2018! I thought I’d start this year off with an honest, in-depth review of a brand new foundation from NARS. To start, I truly love NARS’ complexion products. Their Sheer Glow Foundation is one of my all time favorites, so I was super excited when I first heard a couple of months ago that this new foundation was launching.

I’m going to start this review first by telling you a little bit about my skin and what I look for in a foundation. Typically, I’m more on the oily side- but since its been a little drier here in Phoenix, my skin has been more of a dry-combination type. I love full coverage, so I like foundations that are a true full or a medium buildable. Currently, I prefer more of a natural-radiant finish-something that isn’t going to enhance my dry areas or my areas with fine lines. However, I still tend to get a shiny t-zone at the end of the day and that’s where foundations tend to separate a little on my skin. I also typically have longer work days, and I work in the cosmetic industry- SO, I need something that is truly going to last all day.

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Here is the full description on Sephora.com on the foundation:

NARS’ first 16-hour foundation has a lightweight, breathable, fade-resistant formula and features medium-to-full, buildable coverage in 33 skin-matching shades to fit all skin tones and undertones. The transfer-resistant, sweat-resistant formula stays color-true all day, and continues to look fresh and vibrant, as if it was just applied. This formula features superior blendability for an imperceptible effect that looks natural, like skin. It doesn’t look or feel cakey, heavy, drying, or masking. A unique combination of translucent base with micronized amino acid-coated pigments and mineral tone-balancing powders mimic skin’s tone, fusing with it for the closest match. NARS’ Skin Optimizing Complex—a blend of raspberry, apple, and watermelon extracts—helps support skin’s elastic fibers to smooth and improve skin’s appearance over time for optimal radiance.

Other important things to know:

  • paraben-free
  • oil-free
  • fragrance-free
  • non-drying
  • dermatologist-tested
  • non-comedeogenic

That description literally sounds like a foundation-junkie’s dream come true. I purchased a bottle in the shade Punjab, the same shade I wear in Sheer Glow.

How I applied it: So I know NARS has always suggested fingers when applying his complexion products, but its just so hard for me to get used to that. So what I did was I took the advice of warming it up with my fingers first, applied it to my skin- then blended it out with a damp beauty sponge. (I’ve been obsessed with the Morphe one lately)

Now I must warn you, a little goes a very long way! So over applying will not make the foundation last as long and I learned that the first time I wore it. The way it applies and blends out though really reminds me of a “second-skin” like formula. It doesn’t feel like you’re applying a heavy mask-like foundation at all. That’s one of the things I love the most about it.

So I applied my concealer, the foundation and then I set as always with my favorite translucent powder, the Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder.

Hours 1-3: Foundation looks absolutely flawless. Since I do like a lot of setting powder, I definitely look more on the semi-matte side, but only because I know throughout the day- my natural oils will start to produce and will make me not look as matte.

Hours 4-6: Now that it has truly set on my skin, I actually love the way it looks even more. It has a beautiful natural finish to where it just looks like my skin but enhanced.

Hours 7-9: Foundation still looks great, I do have to touch up my t-zone with a little bit of powder and it looks pretty much back to how it looked when I first applied it. No matter what, my chin and nose area starts to break up foundation, but it definitely isn’t as bad as other ones I’ve tried.

 

Overall, I would definitely recommend this foundation to everyone- except those who are extremely oily, or if you prefer a matte finish all day. If you do decide to try this foundation, just remember to warm it up with your fingers first, and that less is more. One of the things I also really like about this foundation, is that it is a skincare based product so it will actually nourish your skin at the same time which is always a plus. Here is an un-edited selfie from when I first applied it too- you can see how natural and full coverage it is:

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You can purchase the foundation at Ulta or Sephora and it retails for $49. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found it useful! I also finally purchased a MacBook for myself, so I plan on blogging much more, as it will be much easier with a faster computer 🙂

Thanks for reading,

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MY HOLY GRAIL FOUNDATION!

SO. After my last review on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation, I hinted that I would be doing a post on my favorite foundation. Well, here it is! I’m so excited to be talking about this product, and I hope if you haven’t already fallen in love with it, you would want to try it after reading this! Without further ado.. my holy grail, favorite current foundation is…

ESTEE LAUDER DOUBLE WEAR STAY-IN-PLACE MAKEUP– $39.50

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YASSSS. So here’s a little back story on how I RE-discovered it in the last 6 months or so. Back when I first started working for Sephora I received a bottle of it in gratis to try and I don’t really remember absolutely dying over it. But Double Wear has been a top seller in Sephora for YEARS and everyone always wanted color matches in it. But I was never super intrigued. My skin is pretty oily, and most foundations do not last long on me and when I start to get oily, foundation just starts to “separate” and look gross. I recently found my old bottle and decided to wear it, and I can’t believe what I have been missing all these years!! It is SOOO full coverage, and it sets kind of to a powder finish (I still add setting powder to mattify my skin even more) and it does not move on my skin all day. I’m so in love with it. But of course, when I fell in love with it- it was around the time when my (and most Sephoras) stopped carrying Estee Lauder 😦 So I do have to order it now, which is hard color wise to pick one. I’m on my 3rd color now cause I can’t get it perfect. This foundation is just so amazing, ESPECIALLY if you’re oily. I look the same at 10pm as I did at 10am when I first applied it. It’s truly amazing. I keep trying things in hope to find something better but, honestly, this is the best foundation I’ve ever used and I will continue to re-purchase until something better comes out. I love to apply it with a brush first, then blend out with a damp Beauty Blender.

If you guys want to try it, I would suggest going to a department store where it is carried and have some one color match you there. Maybe even take a sample to see if it works for your skin. I hope you all found this post helpful and let me know what you think, or what your holy grail foundation is!

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REVIEW: ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS STICK FOUNDATION

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OK, so I know a lot of people like to read reviews before they invest in beauty products- especially foundations. Foundation can be SO hard to find the perfect one for your skin tone and type. I’m personally combination/oily and can be breakout prone. I get pretty oily in my t-zone throughout the day, so I love anything that is long wear and matte. I also love an extremely full coverage. In the last year or so, “stick” foundations have become popular and a lot of the brands have come out with one, and when I heard this Anastasia Beverly Hills one was better for oilier skin- I knew I had to try it. One of my clients who likes the same coverage and has oily skin like me, told me that she LOVED it and it lasted all day. So that day, I purchased it and tried it the next day for work. This is how I wore it:

primer: Cover FX Mattifying Primer 

application: drew directly on my skin and blended out with the Hourglass Vanish Foundation Brush

set: with the Hourglass Ambient® Lighting Powder in “Ethereal Light” all over and baked with the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in my t-zone.

 

Overall: The coverage was AMAZING. It was the perfect full and flawless coverage, and the shade I picked (Warm Natural) was a perfect match. Unfortunately, after a few hours of wearing it at work, my oil started coming through and caused the foundation to break up on me and start to wear off. I also did try it on a client of mine who was very dry and it did not look good and stuck to any of her dry patches. I think if you have pretty normal skin and like a matte finish, this foundation would be perfect for you. I also think for just highlighting and contouring it would be great for. It’s also only $25 which is awesome for a high end foundation.

Sadly, I ended up returning the foundation today and will just use the money I spent towards my holy grail foundation at the moment. (Which I’ll make a separate post about soon ;)) It was worth a try, and I’m definitely not hating on it- it did look beautiful on me for a little bit. It just wasn’t for my oily t-zone skin. I hope some of you found this helpful!

 

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