A look into beauty, that doesn't harm our furry friends
Homans- I haven’t posted a Sample Sunday in over 6 months…. yikes! Well, I visited my local Sephora and ended up with a few samples in my hands, so hopefully I’ll get back on track with this series! Today I bring to you a very hyped-up product, The Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. That seriously is a mouth-full, let me tell you. Now this is a very split product when it comes to opinions. Just like, “That dress is black and blue” versus “Whatever, it’s white and gold!”, beauty lovers can’t seem to agree on this one. I feel okay being on the “black and blue” team, which translates as I really do not like this product!
First, let’s at least attempt to point out the claims that are true. Yes, this foundation feels weightless, which is impressive considering it is a full-coverage formula. It’s also oil free, which is probably a plus for those with oily skin. Nars also has claimed that this foundation is proven to improve skin clarity after 4 weeks. After my handful of uses, it never caused my skin any irritation or breakouts, which is always appreciated. Also, a little goes a long way with this foundation. Just make sure you shake up that bottle vigiriously before use, since it is a very watery-like formula and it can tend to separate slightly.
Now on to the negatives. Simply put, it all comes down to how it looks on the skin, and it isn’t very flattering. Well, it is flat– my skin that is, where I -have- to use some bronzer to bring some life back in to it (and I do not bronze on a daily basis!). I think that if that was the only flaw, it wouldn’t be so bad of a product, but it gets worse. This foundation leaves absolutely NO ROOM for dry skin. Everyone and their brother warned me about making sure my skin was super moisturized, and that I start off with a good primer. I don’t have oily skin- I’m pretty much right in the middle with normal skin, so I didn’t think I’d run into too much complication with this factor. Oh, how naive I was! After applying this foundation, I realized that I had dry skin popping up in patches all over my face! I tried a test to see if my exfoliating game was not up-to-par or not, where I properly dealt with my skin care routine that night and applied my go-to foundation (It Cosmetics CC+ full coverage foundation) the next day. Oh, my It Cosmetics, it applied like a dream, and I had no signs of dry flakes anywhere. I repeated the slight exfoliation that night, and went right back to the Nars formula the next day (along with all the extra moisturizing prep), and I STILL came out with dry patches! On top of that, it really just left me with “cake face”, where even though I didn’t use a ton of product, the foundation just seemed to stack on top of itself, looking uneven and absolutely nothing like natural skin. Especially around the sides of my mouth, it was not a pleasant sight. The only area where it seemed to go on decently was on my cheeks. Nars also claims that this foundation lasts up to 16 hours, but that wasn’t true in my book. Around my nose especially, I could see that the formula wiped off throughout the day easily, exposing my natural redness. If you’re a glasses gal too, this foundation does not work well on the bridge of your nose. I happened to walk for 5 minutes, and when I realized my glasses were starting to move around, it was because the foundation started to melt because my nose was getting warm. Pleasant image, isn’t it? >0<
Bottom line: if you have oily skin and love the look of a full-coverage foundation, this might be right up your alley. For everyone else- just back away from the pretty glass container, it isn’t worth it!
Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in “Gobi”, $48 USD at Sephora / Nars.com / Nordstrom