NARS Sheer Glow foundation review

Is it worth it you ask?


Let’s face it: The NARS Sheer Glow foundation has been the talk of beauty gurus and cosmetic lovers everywhere this year! It appeared on the ‘high end’ make-up shelf with a price tag of just over £30. With all the talk, I just couldn’t resist trying it for myself…but was it worth it?

I’m going to be totally honest. NARS sheer glow foundation is like Marmite; some people love it, some people hate it. For me, this product was a bit like eating the twiglets that my mum buys at Christmas: I couldn’t decide if I liked it or hated it so I kept using it until I figured it out!

(I should probably point out that I have reasonably fair skin that can be prone to dryness and I don’t tend to have blemishes or spots so I don’t need a great amount of coverage)


The NARS sheer glow foundations are quite thick and gloopy in texture which provides a great coverage for those of you that need it. However, this makes it quite difficult to thoroughly blend across the face and takes A LOT of working your face with a foundation brush so it’s not a great ‘on the go’ foundation if you’re a busy bee!

It also means that the foundation is quite heavy. If you have oily skin then that probably isn’t a problem for you but those of you that have dry skin, it can be quite irritating to your face. I’d also point out that it’s not ideal for spring/summer make up wear as I, personally, prefer a lighter foundation on my face during the warmer months to avoid a hot, bothered and oily face and to allow my skin to breathe.

Despite the name ‘Sheer Glow’, I would like to point out that I didn’t really find that to be the case for me. I was expecting a dewy foundation that brightened my face but instead it just seemed to be quite matte and dry. TIP ALERT! I actually took to mixing a small amount of the foundation with a drop of essential oil before applying it to my face. I found that not only did this make the foundation easier to apply, spread and blend but lighter on my face, moisturising for the skin and produced a healthy radiant glow.

The best thing about the NARS ‘sheer glow’ foundations is the colour range. We all have different skin tones and different needs and NARS really caters to everyone by making two of each tone, one with more pink tones and one with more yellow tones. I found this to be particularly helpful because I can get quite pale looking and lifeless in the winter but also quite pink and blushed so I was able to pick a colour with more yellow shades to liven up my skin tone a little bit. (The actual shade was ‘Light 4: Deauville’)

The worst thing about the NARS ‘sheer glow’ foundation was how drying it was on my skin and how thick the texture was. I’d prefer something a bit lighter and dewier.

A final point I’d like to mention is the packaging of the product. It comes in a simple bottle with no pump so you don’t get a measurement of say one or two pumps; you have to take extra care because it runs out pretty quickly and you certainly can’t waste any of it with that price tag! I’d highly recommend visiting the NARS website for the pump bottle that they offer.

In conclusion, I shall continue to use the NARS ‘Sheer Glow’ foundation in the up and coming autumn season, accompanied with a drop of essential oil for moisturised skin and a dewy glow. However, for spring and summer I switch to a lighter foundation and during winter I shall purchase something a little more moisturising.




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