NARS started off with the frustration of makeup artist, Francois Nars, seeing the lack of tools in the makeup industry. As such, and as many have done since and before, he began his own makeup brand. Nars believes that beauty is from the inside, and the makeup used on the skin should reflect each individual’s personality and natural features. I personally love the brand, and decided to try out my first NARS foundation with the Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation.
The pros of this foundation is the beautiful finish – it truly does look like your skin but better. It gives you it’s namesake of a natural and radiant finish. Personally, when I want to have a casual day, a dewier finish and minimal makeup is a favourite.
It’s super easy to apply, and the creamy texture blends easily on the skin. The pump dispenser is definitely a plus, despite the cap being a plastic matte finish as opposed to a glass packaging like most of NARS’ luxury brand counterparts. The bottle does look sleek however, and I love the minimalism of this foundation.
That’s pretty much where the positives end though. Unfortunately everything else about this foundation did not work for me. With a light to medium coverage, it’s great to run errands or have a more natural look, it is not build-able, and I really don’t recommend trying. As soon as I started blending, I thought it looked great, but in certain areas the cream clung, looked patchy and accentuated dry patches (for me, it was around the temples). On top of that, all my regular go-to powder products did not fare well on this base. Stick to other cream products to blend in bronzers and blushes, otherwise you are going to struggle blending in powder products.
I had read that some people struggled with the foundation sliding around the face, so I used a mattifying primer to solve the issue, but this didn’t help at all. Within the first 2 hours it moved around, bunched up around the nose and upper lip and oils really started to pervade on the T-zone. After a very slow and uneventful day watching movies I found that the foundation had completely separated on my nose, and seemingly dissolved on my chin, leaving it bare. This was around the 5 hour mark, disputing the “longwear” claim made by NARS.
Unfortunately this one is a flop for me.