Skin Type: Normal/Dry, Pale with Pink Tones.
Price: £31 from Selfridges
How Long did the Product Last? 11 weeks, October till January
This is the first high-end foundation I’ve ever bought, after just constantly being unimpressed with my high-street finds, especially since going cruelty free. I was a little sceptical when I first bought it and was worried the extra money wouldn’t be worth it however, I have to say it exceeded my expectations.
I bought mine in the colour Mont Blanc which is the lightest shade. I do have very pale skin and this colour matches it perfectly with a more pinky tone than a yellow tone. However, if you’re not as pale as I am, you’ll probably still find a shade to fit you with 19 shades to choose from, which features a variety of shades I don’t often see produced by high-street brands. The finish of the foundation is probably mid way between matte and shiny. I find a lot of foundations are one or the other which I don’t like, but this sits nicely in the middle creating a more natural finish. The coverage is great too, it’s medium coverage and manages to cover all my spots however, if you suffer from bad acne I wouldn’t recommend this to cover it up as it does still show a few if I get bad spots and it wears off slightly during the day. This being said, I find my skin doesn’t break out as much since using this product.
The product comes in a glass bottle with a lid, no pump provided. This is a little annoying because if you don’t buy the pump, you have to pour the product onto your hand and hope half the bottle doesn’t spill out. The pump is around £3 extra to buy which isn’t too bad but I don’t see why Nars didn’t include it with the product. I highly recommend buying it as it saves on waste and allows you to pump out the right amount of product, usually a pump and half is enough to cover my whole face. It also has a lock feature so you can turn the pump and lock it so no foundation is going to fall into your makeup bag.
Nars claim that with daily usage this product also improves your skins brightness, tone and texture due to turmeric extract inside the foundation. I’m not sure how well it meets these claims however, I do think the tone of my skin has improved since without makeup, my skin can be very blotchy and red but it doesn’t tend to be like this anymore. Nars also recommend this product be applied using your fingers however, I see a much better finish using a foundation brush and the product covers any blemishes a lot better this way.
I think the main downsides to this product are that it doesn’t have any SPF and it also doesn’t come with a pump, however once you’ve bought one pump you can use it again and again so it’s not so bad. When I first started using this I didn’t use setting spray and found it could wear off throughout the days I was most busy however, once I used it with Urban Decay’s Oil Control Setting Spray it lasted really well. This being said, this could put some people off since it’s not a cheap foundation so you’d expect it to last.
With it’s pros and cons taken into account, I still love this product and will probably purchase it again. It’s not too heavy on my skin but covers it well and I don’t need to reapply it much throughout the day.