Finding the best foundation for me is a search like no other – so when I heard on the grapevine that there was a new foundation launch on the horizon, the ‘NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation,’ I knew that I’d be buying it. Honestly, I just truly enjoy trying out new base products and although foundation choice is very personal, I hope to give you some insight into how I feel about this new release in this review. I’ve also owned the classic NARS Sheer Glow for quite some time now, so I thought I’d give a mini comparison here, as I’ve been asked about how they differ.
Claims | NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation Review
Not only is the name very long and annoying to say out loud but the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation also seemingly offers everything I want in a foundation in the title. My skin is on the dry side – so I need that radiance in my life and I also want it to last. As for natural, in my eyes at least, I want my base products to look as skin-like as possible (regardless of the coverage they offer).
For reference, my current favourite is the Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony Foundation (you can find my previous review here).
The extended description on NARS’ website goes into a great amount of detail about the claims of this product as follows:
Introducing NARS’ first 16-hour foundation that stays turned on by the power of radiance. Untraceable. Unstoppable. Unlike anything else. Longwear is finally lightweight—and radiant. High coverage is now super natural. Its breathable, fade-resistant formula is infused with Raspberry, Apple, and Watermelon extracts to help smooth and improve the look of your skin instantly, and over time for full-powered radiance. It wears longer, stays stronger, and looks better with each hour.
They also claim that the foundation is transfer and sweat resistant, as well as suitable for all skin types.
I’m sure anyone reading this would agree with me that there’s such a considerable amount of claims here that it seems impossible for any single product to achieve all of them. So I put the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation to the test!
Shade and Application | NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation Review
I am normally the shade Mont Blanc in NARS base products and Vanilla in their concealers. As you can see below the shades in Sheer Glow vs Natural Radiant are practically identical (as they should be), if anything there is a tad more depth to the shade in the new formula, but nothing that would cause any noticeable difference. I find Mont Blanc to be a perfect shade match for me in the winter months.
Top: NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in Mont Blanc
Bottom: NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc
A quick disclaimer before we get into the nitty gritty; I did not filter or edit my skin at all in the pictures below (I feel that would rather defeat the point).
Now moving on, as for the application of this foundation – I find that I prefer application with a Beauty Blender (pictured below is the Beauty Blender Swirl), as this gives me more hydration over my dry patches. It does blend well with a brush but I found this made my skin look textured.
In terms of texture, this foundation is neither runny nor thick – in short, it’s not extreme either way. In comparison to Sheer Glow it is slightly thicker and doesn’t spread as far when applied.
As you can see, the shade is a very good match to my bare face!
Finish and coverage | NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation Review
Obviously the claims for the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation are that the finish is natural, radiant and additionally medium to full coverage.
I found all of these claims to be true. The foundation covers very well but feels very light weight at the same time, and is also glowy without being dewy on the skin. For my personal preference I would have liked a more dewy formula, but using a Beauty Blender this sat well over my dry patches (particularly around my nose).
In the picture above, I have applied one fresh layer of the foundation. I am not wearing concealer over my dark circles in the picture, to give you some idea of the coverage of the product. Additionally, as you can see, there is no redness peaking through.
From the picture above, one thing I will say that is neither a positive or negative about this foundation is that it isn’t very smoothing on the skin. If you have texture (as I do) this won’t hide or gloss over anything; however I’m not calling this a negative as the foundation doesn’t expressly claim to do this.
Wear | NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation Review
In a wear test is where this foundation both comes into its own and also falls flat. It does, on me, live up to the claim that it gets better the longer you wear it – at the 6 hour mark this looks more natural on me than when first applied and I can say it lasts a solid 10 hours on the skin. I haven’t had a chance to test the full 16 – sorry!
However, I refute that this foundation is transfer proof – this is simply not true as I’ve found that this rubs off of my chin pretty regularly.
Anther note on wear time is that I’ve found the types of primers/skin care I use in conjunction with the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation massively affect it’s wear. If the primer/moisturiser is more emollient then this foundation slides right off my face – however if I reach for a primer like the Cover FX Illuminating Primer then it stays in place all day! This is just something to consider if you’re looking into this foundation.
Comparison to NARS Sheer Glow and Conclusion
Overall, the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is just like Sheer Glow in many ways – including finish and application. The only difference being that it has more coverage . However, they truely differ in how they wear throughout the day on me. If I am very dry, during the day, Sheer Glow will emphasise those patches more than when first applied. The new formula doesn’t do this. Additionally, the extended wear time on the Natural Radiant Foundation is a nice addition (if you’ve primed correctly.)
Overall, I would say NARS Sheer Glow is for days that I have a more ‘normal’ skin type and NARS Natural Radiant Longwear for days that are more ‘normal to dry.’
If you’re looking for a juiced up version of Sheer Glow, I’d recommend this; but if you already own Sheer Glow and are happy with the coverage and longevity on your skin, then you don’t need this.
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