While I often go into ruts of boredom with makeup releases, there is always one product that is guaranteed to grab my attention. Foundation. Ok, maybe two – Concealer too. Oh wait, three – Lipstick. Oh hell, blush too LOL! But foundation is most certainly at the top of the list.
The NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation was released a few months back. When I first sampled it, I was quite taken aback. This is one of the fullest coverage foundations I’ve ever come across. It even beats the Bobbi Brown Skin Long-wear Weightless Foundation in terms of coverage. Because full coverage foundation isn’t my thing, I decided to pass on it.
Then, one day, I was given the opportunity to learn a little more about it, so I popped along to the store. The first thing I’d note is that because the coverage is so high, getting a proper shade match is key. I did not realise it until I went in-store.
I usually wear NARS foundations in Mont Blanc or Light 2. This has been quite consistent for me in most of the different textures and formula. I knew that if I stuck to Light 2, I was quite safe in getting a colour match. However, maybe because of the intensity of the pigment that delivers the coverage, Mont Blanc made my skin look a little odd, and even dull. The makeup artist suggested instead that I try Light 3 – Gobi. I wasn’t very sure, because it looked more yellow in tone than I like. But I gave it a go anyway.
Much to my surprise, it turned out that Gobi was the proper shade match for me in the Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation!
The trick to wearing the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, is to use just VERY little. I was told to use just one tiny bead of product and I rolled my eyes a little. Come on, seriously. It was so tiny, it could just about cover my nose!
But I was wrong. The texture of the foundation is rather creamy and it spreads very easily over a very wide area of your skin. One tiny half pump is more than sufficient to cover my whole face, and then some!
The dollop on left is one full pump of foundation. I think NARS realized how much coverage the product offers, so it controlled how much the pump dispenses each time. On right, it a teeny bit of product, blended. You can see how high the coverage is.
So, how easy is it to use the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear foundation?
Actually, very easy.
It took me a little while to get used to it, and I don’t use it everyday, because I favour lighter, sheerer foundation formula. However, there will always be that odd day when you need something a little more “powerful”, and something that can literally take you through from morning to night, and then some! That’s where this foundation comes in to play.
There are 2 tricks to using the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear foundation:-
- Use just a tiny bead of product. Pump a tiny bead on the back of your hand, then use your finger, gently touch to the product, and then blend into your skin. You will notice how far one tiny tiny drop takes you.
- Use your fingers for best results. For this foundation, you really need to use your fingers for best results. I was advised this by the makeup artist, and in this instance, they are absolutely correct. The warmth of your fingers helps the product meld better with your skin, and it also helps you spread and sheer the product out better. If you use a brush or sponge, you will find yourself using too much product, and you may end up with a mask-like base that isn’t flattering. If you prefer that Instagram-style makeup, then maybe you’d like it 😛 But from what I gather based on people who don’t like this very much, they are using far far too much product.
What I realise is that this is one of those foundations that look and wear better as it melds with the oils of your skin. Do note that I have skin that tends to dry, so I cannot tell you how this will fare for oily skin types. For me therefore, it can look a little off the first few minutes that I put it on my skin. But in about an hour, it comes into its own, and thereafter, I just look, for want of a better word, incredible. LOL 😀
I like how it isn’t drying at all, and for me, it does not settle into my pores or any fine lines. While the name is a Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, it isn’t dewy the way some foundations can be. It doesn’t look shiny, nor oily. It just looks like crazy smooth skin, and it is very long lasting on me.
When I wear this one, I skip concealer, because it offers such high coverage. I have to be careful to use just very little product. This foundation feels, to me, like how the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer would feel, when used all over.
You can probably see in these photos, what I mean about the coverage. My skin doesn’t look flat and matte,, all redness is eradicated and blemishes are ALL concealed with just one VERY thin layer of product. It does look much better in person LOL! Gobi may look a little pale, but it settles very well and looks far more natural once I have the rest of my face on, as you’ll see below.
Once I have the rest of my face on, it doesn’t look as flat right? LOL This was the foundation I used in this FOTD.
As I said, I don’t use this one very much, simply because it isn’t everyday that I wear such high coverage foundation. But there will always be days when you feel like looking a touch more flawless than you usually do, and this one fits the bill for those days. I like it. I just have to be a little more careful with it 😀
IN A NUTSHELL
The NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is a longwearing high coverage foundation. You only need a very tiny bead of product and I would recommend that you use your fingers to blend it into your skin. Work in sections of your face, and you will find that you only need the tiniest bit of product on your fingers to get amazing coverage. For this reason, it is very important that you get colour-matched properly or you may end up with your base that looks too much like a mask. By way of example, I usually wear Mont Blanc or Light 2 bases, but in this one, I wear Gobi or Light 3. There are 33 shades so there should be one to suit most skin tones. I do like this, for days when I want to put forward a flawless face, that does not budge for the whole day because it really just looks better as the day wears on.
PROS: A tiny bit goes a very long way, A bottle will last forever and a day!, Not drying, Does not settle into my fine lines or pores, Does not look matte and flat, Very high coverage eradicates the need for concealer, Radiant finish without being greasy or shiny, Looks better as the day wears on
CONS: Coverage is very high so may not suit everyone, Pricey, You must test in store to ascertain the best colour match
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who wants a high coverage foundation that is lightweight on skin, longwearing, not drying and does not settle into lines or pores, May suit drier skin types better
PRICE: RM195 | US$49 for 30ml
Have you tried this NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation? Do you like NARS foundations?
I have been quite lucky thus far with NARS bases. I like Sheer Glow and the Velvet Matte Skin Tint. But I am also careful to pick the ones that work with my skin type 🙂 I might be feeling generous on Instagram soon, so keep your eyes peeled and get yourself shade-matched! 😉