Thursday, 19 February 2015

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

This liquid foundation is finally available at Sephora. It retails for $48 USD ($57 CAD). You can also buy it online ( or NARS boutiques.

I really like the packaging! It's very nice and sleek. It's much better NARS Sheer Glow and Sheer Matte.

It comes in 1-ounce glass container and I'm glad they finally included a pump unlike with their other foundations.
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Product Claims
  • Full, natural-looking coverage 
  • Lightweight
  • 16-hour wear
  • Highly Pigmented
  • Even Tone Technology instantly neutralizes redness and dullness
  • Perfect for all skin types
  • Oil-Free
  • Fragrance-Free
  • Formulated without Parabens
  • It sets quickly, so it's recommended you blend in sections 
How to Use

Shake well before using it it does separate.

It says one pump is good for the entire face but I used 2 pumps.

You can use your fingers or brush to apply it. I like to dab it on with fingers and blend it afterwards with brush. Work in sections because it does dry fast and blend upwards on areas where you have pores. I wouldn't recommend using a beautyblender because this is a liquid foundation, it will get absorbed easily by the beautyblender.

You can watch my video for demo and review of the foundation (my shade is Vallauris):

Here's a video posted by NARS on YouTube with a demonstration of how you can apply it with fingers.

There are 20 shades but some of them might be different than NARS Sheer Glow or Sheer Matte. I'd personally matching in-stores but you can also refer to Sephora Color IQ 
I got the shade Vallauris. I'm glad I got matched in-stores because I was going to get Barcelona.

Only few NARS Sheer Glow shades have same Color IQ: SiberiaSyracuseMacaoTrinidadKhartoum.
Mont Blanc - Light with pink undertones (Color IQ #2Y02)
Different from NARS Sheer Glow Shade Mont Blanc 
Gobi - Light with yellow undertones (Color IQ #5Y01) 
Different from NARS Sheer Glow Shade Gobi 

 Siberia - Light with neutral balance of pink & yellow undertones (Color IQ #4Y01)
Deauville - Light with neutral balance of pink & yellow undertones (Color IQ #5Y02) 
Different from NARS Sheer Glow Shade Deuville  

Fiji - Light with yellow undertones (Color IQ #4Y04)
Different from NARS Sheer Glow Shade Fiji  
Santa Fe - Medium with peachy undertones (Color IQ #2Y05)
Corresponds to NARS Sheer Glow Shade Fiji 
Ceylan - Medium with yellow undertones (Color IQ #4Y03)
Different from NARS Sheer Glow Shade Ceylan 
Punjab - Medium with golden, peachy undertones (Color IQ #3Y05) 
Different from NARS Sheer Glow Shade Punjab 
Vallauris - Medium with pink undertones (Color IQ #2Y07)
Corresponds to NARS Sheer Glow Shade Punjab  
Stromboli - Medium with olive undertones (Color IQ #3Y06) 
Different from NARS Sheer Glow Shade Stromboli 
Barcelona - Medium with olive undertones (Color IQ #1Y06) 
Different from NARS Sheer Glow Shade Barcelona  
Syracuse - Medium-dark with brown undertones (Color IQ #2Y10) 
 Tahoe - Medium-dark with caramel undertones (Color IQ #3Y10) 
Different from NARS Sheer Glow Shade Tahoe 
Cadiz - Mediuam-dark with caramel & red undertones (Color IQ #2Y11) 
Different from NARS Sheer Glow Shade Cadiz 
Macao - Medium-dark with yellow undertones (Color IQ #1Y13)

New Guinea - Medium dark with red undertones (Color IQ #1R12)  
Different from NARS Sheer Glow Shade New Guinea 
Trinidad - Dark with warm yellow undertones (Color IQ #1R13)  
New Orleans - Dark with yellow undertones (Color IQ #1Y14)
Different from NARS Sheer Glow Shade New Orleans 
Benares - Dark with golden undertones (Color IQ #3R14)
Khartoum - Dark with expresso undertones (Color IQ #4R15) 



Full Coverage: It's very close to being full coverage. It does cover my redness but not my dark circles. If you have large pores, then I'd also recommend using a primer to minimize the appearance of pores. 
Long Wearing: It's claimed to provide 16-hour wear but the longest I had it on was for 12 hours and it did look good by end of night. It started to wear off a bit around my nose and mouth and my T-zone was oily. If you have combination and oily skin, then I'd recommend setting it with powder.
Drying: I have combination skin and it felt dry on my skin. It also clings on dry patches, so I'd recommend exfoliating and using a face oil especially if you have dry skin.
Photographs Well: It looks good in pictures even with flash.    
Photo with flash


Shade Reference
I know it can be hard finding a shade online, so I shared some photos/videos below for some of the shades along with the Color IQ. You can click on the color IQ number and you will be able to find more matches.
Sephora Color IQ #5Y02

Sephora Color IQ #4Y04


Sephora Color IQ #4Y03

Sephora Color IQ #3Y05

Sephora Color IQ #1Y06

Sephora Color IQ #1R13

Sephora Color IQ #1Y14


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