Did your heart skip a beat when you saw the title of this post? Did you think “Ooh! Is NARS finally here in Malaysia?”
No darlings, we still don’t have NARS Cosmetics here in Malaysia (at time of writing). I got my Nars Sheer Matte liquid foundation from Bangkok, which is our nearest port of call for all things NARS. Its been a while since I had this, and the reason I never quite got round to writing about it is because I don’t like it.
I guess that’s the review for you then. I didn’t like it. That’s it folks 😛
I actually went to the NARS counter looking to try the Sheer Glow foundation. I’d read a lot of good things about it, but after a short discussion with the Thai SAs (super friendly ladies although I had no idea what they were saying. But bits of English like “Not good” and “Good” helped 😛 ) we agreed that the Sheer Glow foundation, although dewy, as some say, is prone to oiliness. I was also led to understand that its not quite suited for normal-oily skin or if, like me, you had just come in from walking miles in the streets and markets of Bangkok. So, Sheer Matte it was then – the liquid foundation formulated for normal to oily skins.
Nars Sheer Matte foundation is an oil-free formula, that is supposed to help absorb oil from your skin and leave you looking shine free and matte all day. Sounds terribly promising, and the shade Mont Blanc, suited me to a T.
Mont Blanc is the 2nd lightest shade I believe and it is fairly neutral in tone. The Sheer Matte bottle and cap are matte as befits the name so the colour of the liquid foundation seen from outside isn’t quite accurate. You have to open it up to actually see if its your colour.
And boo! For such a pricey foundation, it does not even come with a pump! You have to buy it separately which this skinflint refused to 😛 So I have to suffer the bottle. Honestly, I do think NARS could do better by just packaging their foundations with a pump. Selling it to Make Up Artists who may prefer an open mouth bottle might be good, but the bulk of the buyers are regular consumers and to be told you have to buy a separate pump for the foundation is quite mind boggling to me.
Colour wise, as I have noted, it is good for me. Mont Blanc is a perfect match for my skin tone once I sheer it out on my skin. Coverage is sheer to medium – its called SHEER matte for a reason 😛 But it is buildable which is always a plus.
I found however, that if I try to build it up for certain areas, it would be a bit cakey and heavy. Because of the texture, it also tends to dry quite quickly so you have to work fast with this foundation or you can risk it going on streaky. Oh and it settles into lines. I mean I don’t have serious lines but with this on, I look like I should be slathering on some anti-aging potions nightly.
Texture wise, it actually is quite light. It however isn’t very runny so I have a problem getting a proper amount out of the bottle. Its either too much or too little. If you plan to buy this, please don’t be a skinflint and get the pump – it’ll save you a lot of headaches especially if you’re in a rush in the mornings!
I do also find that despite this being formulated for normal-oily skins, I actually get oily with this as the day wears on. Nothing dramatic, but still doesn’t live up to their matte claims. I actually have little to no problems with other foundations like Shiseido Perfect Refining and Dior Forever foundation, of which the latter is quite good for oil control. I’ll tell you about it next time. Remind me if I don’t 😛
All in all, I don’t think this is a bad foundation. It just doesn’t tick my boxes. Or perhaps I was just expecting too much from NARS.
In a nutshell
A relatively lightweight liquid foundation that is supposed to keep skin looking matte and oil free all day. It doesn’t keep my oil free though, and I don’t have oily skin to start. I also find that it dries quickly so it can apply streaky if you aren’t quick and careful, and it can settle into lines. In terms of colour match, Mont Blanc is a very good match for my skintone. The liquid foundation comes in a bottle without a pump, which is sold separately. I don’t like that.
Pros: Sleek packaging, Good colour match
Cons: Pump for liquid foundation is sold separately, Supposed to be oil free but made me oily throughout the day, Hard to pour a proper amount out of the bottle
Here is the ingredient list for those interested.
I don’t think this is a bad foundation. It did not break me out or clog my pores or anything like that. It just failed to wow me, or perhaps I might have built up expectations for this one. What did confuse me was how cakey it looked on my skin and how I turned oily despite its matte claims. It could be our tropical weather, who knows. But still. Not a winner for me.
Have you tried the Nars Sheer Matte foundation by any chance? Do you like it? Or have you tried the Sheer Glow and think that better? I don’t think I’m trying any more Nars foundations.
* Mont Blanc (fr) = White Mountain = highest mountain in the Alps <- express Geography lesson
NARS Sheer Matte liquid foundation is available in a few different shades. This was purchased at CentralWorld Department Store, Bangkok. I cannot remember the price anymore but it was pricey.