NARS Luminous Foundation Demo in Cadìz

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation  is the newest offering from NARS. Here’s their description:

“Achieve full-coverage, lightweight foundation that leaves a natural finish. Highly pigmented and perfectly balanced, this breakthrough, full-coverage formula builds and blends effortlessly. Its Even Tone Technology instantly neutralizes redness and dullness, while it works to reduce discoloration for more even, uniform skin. Perfect for all skin types, it features Weightless Long-wear Technology, an exclusive blend from NARS with flexible polymers and treated pigments that move with the skin while providing 16 hours of staying power.” 

It retails for $57.00CAD/has been getting mainly rave reviews but a handful of not so good ones, so I decided to add mine to the bunch.

I prepped my skin by applying a sheet mask (My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid) the night before and emu oil about 20 minutes before application as I heard that this foundation clings to dry patches.

Based on reviews of the foundation I decided to try it once using my fingers to apply and another using a beauty blender, both times I did not use a primer or a setting powder.

[Finger Application]

Here’s a before and after. I used my fingers initially as I’d heard that NARS products were meant to be applied with makeup from Reddit.


I applied the foundation at 12PM and didn’t take it off until 11PM that night. I spent the day driving to the airport, shopping, and finished at the gym with an hour and a half long workout. This foundation held up through all of it until about 8PM when I was finishing at the gym. As I had sweat I noticed that my cheeks were losing coverage. It didn’t ‘break up’ but you could definitely see my skin + redness peeking through, I’d say I lost 30%-40% of the coverage.

When I initially placed the dots on my face and started to blend them out I was worried they were looking awfully orange. It also didn’t spread very far using my fingers so I had to go back in with more product multiple times. The colour turned out to be perfect for my NC45 skin. But if not properly blended or if it gets caught in dry spots it can maintain that initial orange tone.

In the photo above you can get a good idea of how the foundation clung to dry patches. This was only visible at a very close range however (within 12″). From normal talking distance the skin just looked velvety smooth.

[Beauty Blender Application] 

Using the Beauty Blender it was far easier to cover the upper lip/nose/chin area without over-applying product. It also made blending the cheeks and forehead effortless, and nothing clung to my dry spots, yay!

Finally, it took much less product to cover my face. Probably half as much as it took with the beauty blender as it did with my fingers.


I like this foundation but I don’t think it lives up to all of NARS’ claims. It definitely won’t work for those with very dry skin and I don’t know that it’s that full coverage (I think Estée Lauder Double Wear when I hear ‘full coverage’). You can still ‘see’ the skin, which was appealing to me. It is an amazingly lightweight formula for how much coverage it provides though. And the colour selection is great, leaning yellow enough for those with dark skin to get a perfect match!

Still lamenting the fact that I’m not the shade Trinidad, but you win some lose some.