Monday, 2 July 2012

Nars Sheer Glow Review & FOTD

Ello lovelies!
Its taken me a LONG time to do, but finally i've gotten round to doing this review. The main reason being my love / hate relationship with this product, which I'll get into later!

I picked this up maybe two months ago at a Space NK, i was REALLY looking forward to being able to see this in person as we don't have one locally. The assistant was nice enough to try it on for me, after battling to get my doublewear off and her applying a smidge too much bronzer i decided i LOVED the finish. So off i skipped with my pretty (expensive) new foundation. We were having a heatwave at the time so we waddled down to the beach for an hour which was lovely! I did have an allmighty shock when i got home and discovered that it really wasn't just a smidge too much bronzer, but i looked pretty tangoed, cringe!

Here's what Nars have to say about it...

"A glowing, satin-finish foundation with sheer and buildable coverage. Replete with skincare benefits and the NARS Complexion Brightening Formula, skin is hydrated, more luminous, softer and smoother. Used daily, Sheer Glow Foundation improves skin brightness, radiance and texture. For normal to dry skin types."

So i've been using this on and off since i purchased it and yes, it is ever so slightly too dark for my skin tone, but blended out its really not that noticeable. The first shade was SO yellow on me it was unbelievable. So this is where my love / hate relationship started... Some days i absolutely LOVED the finish... some days, well not so much. Applied with a damp sponge it gives what the name would suggest, a sheer, glowy finish which i really love.

I had a few fails when trying to apply it in other ways, using a buffing brush it just looked too obvious and even slightly cakey on my skin. Using fingers it applies with much more coverage, not sheer or glowy at all and can be built up to more of a medium coverage without going cakey and more is a bit hit or miss on me.
Using fingers is definitely the option of choice if you want / need more coverage. Until the past few weeks i'd be using different primers and i've found that Benefits Porefessional works best for my skin, it makes it SO much easier to apply and actually makes the foundation last quite a lot longer throughout the day.

So that really explains my slightly undecided view on this product. If I'm looking for something quick and easy to slap on, this isn't it for fear of cocking it up. But if i've got a little more time to work with this has been my foundation of choice, using my fingers to work it into the skin. With that method I'd agree with Nars on that it's satin finish, not completely matte, but certainly not sheer or glowy in the slightest as the name suggests. But with its downsides i am enjoying using it and managed to get a few snaps of me wearing it shopping the other day below!

Nars - Sheer Glow - Monte Blanc
Nars - Laguna Bronzing Powder
Benefit - Erase Paste
Milani - Coralina Blush
Elf - HD Powder

It’s such a hyped foundation and an expensive one at that, would i buy it again? Erm.... probably not? I say probably because if i manage to have a eureka moment and learn how to apply it properly every time i probably would, although i really dislike spending £30 on a foundation. But if not, it’s a bit too much hassle for me, I'd much rather repurchase my Double Wear or get a new sneaky BB cream, or two.

Have you tried it?
Did you love / hate it or are you still undecided like me?

Nars Sheer Glow is available online at the Nars UK and online and in Space NK stores across the country.



  1. oh you have completely put me off buying this now! I currently have the illa masqua skin base, and whilst I actually adore it.. the bottles nearly empty and I'm trying to decide whether to be faithful or a foundation slut.

    Like you I'm very pale skinned and the slight tinge of orange makes me look like an employee of Wonkas Factory.

    I am most definitely be staying put in the arms of my favourite foundation for now... unless the new Estee Lauder Touche Elat foundation accidently ends up in my makeup bag instead (thats a lie it isn't a bag, it's a drawer...)

    All hope isn't lost though, Laguna looks great on you... I love it too!!!

    Poppy xxxxx

    1. Thank you!

      I have 02 in Skin Base and its MUCH lighter than my Sheer Glow. At the moment my SB is too light for me, which is nearly unheard of lol!

      Oooohhhh i have my eye on the Touche Eclat foundation, think it might be my next foundation splurge :P


  2. Thanks for the review on this hun, I had been looking at Nars for a while now and was thinking of getting it while I go on holiday but it's made me cautious of this now. I think at times £30 can be a lot to spend on a foundation especially if it's not always the best :(


  3. I have the sheer matte version which is great for my oily skin in the summer! I think when winter rolls around I am going to get the sheer glow for my dry skin!
    great post

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  4. Well, your skin looks beautiful in that photo at least :)

  5. Haven’t tried it but I definitely wouldn’t buy it because of your verdict :)
    ~Pauline @Kallony


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