Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation - review

A couple of months ago while shopping with the girls in another town I took advantage of being able to go to the NARS counter and, after being matched up to the correct shade, I took the plunge and bought the latest All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in the shade Deauville (£32). It was a bit of a risk as the foundation didn't look good on my skin when the counter lady applied it on me. But my skin was in a bad phase at that moment, very dehydrated, with dry patches so I thought that once my skin gets a bit better and while using my beloved Beauty Blender instead of the flat foundation brush, which I hate, I should get better results. So I handed out my money and came back home hoping for the best :)
 
Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Packaging.
It's a very NARS-like packaging with frosted glass bottle, not so good for traveling, and a pump which everyone was very excited about and considering how runny the consistency of the foundation is, it was the best idea! The rubbery lid will get very filthy at some point but that's what the signature look of NARS products look like :) The bottle contains 30ml of product and comes in 20 shades but as that's my only NARS foundation I don't know if the shades correspond with the other foundations.
 
Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Formula.
"Full, natural-looking coverage with unexpectedly weightless, 16-hour wear. Highly pigmented and perfectly balanced, this breakthrough formula builds and blends effortlessly with just one drop—the result of exclusive innovation uniquely designed to deliver long-wearing full coverage, weightlessly. Shake, pump and blend in sections for complete coverage that's completely natural looking."
 
It's a very thin and liquid-like consistency but still being very pigmented, it has the silicon-y feel to it which is not a surprise as the first ingredient on the list is Dimethicone - silicon. NARS recommends using your fingers to apply the foundation in sections and I agree that the warmth of your skin will help blend the product in but I've been using my Beauty Blender and it works equally well. I haven't used it with a brush as I had the bad experience at the counter and to be honest, for me, BB blends the best any foundation so I never really reach nowadays for brushes when it comes to my base products.
The foundation sets quickly onto the skin so that's why working on sections rather then the whole face at once, it's the best approach. It gives medium to full coverage but definitely not in one drop, unless you're after light, minimum coverage and when you use your fingers so no product is soaked up by the tool.
 
Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
 
My experience.
After using it for a few weeks I can finally share with you my honest opinion on this foundation. Firstly, it's not love but also it's not hate, I actually like it but only when my skin is in good condition. Currently I don't have any dry patches and even though my skin can get pretty quickly dehydrated if I neglect my water intake, for a few weeks it has been quite smooth and plump and the foundation sits nicely on it. But let me tell you, if your skin is dry and you suffer with dry patches this foundation will cling and accentuate any single flake like there is no tomorrow, at least it did on my skin.
 
I need about three pumps (they're actually quite small, it's like a drop) of this foundation to cover my entire face and to achieve medium-full coverage which I usually prefer. I tried to achieve the full coverage effect but building up the layers but I found that it's not looking very good on my skin so I just stick to one layer which is perfectly fine. The finish is really lovely, very natural looking, somewhat luminous but not oily in the slightest, rather like a glowing healthy skin. The formula covers any redness, blurs imperfection, enlarged pores and gives the 'my skin but much better' effect. It feels very light on the skin, actually, you hardly feel it when it's on.   
 
1 - my bare face with only moisturiser and primer on, as you can see I have very uneven skin tone with redness and pigmentation spots.
2 - I applied NARS All Day Luminous Foundation to the skin with Beauty Blender, one layer using nearly 3 pumps of foundation, it's clearly visible how nicely perfected my skin looks.
3 - foundation, concealer under my eyes and powder on top were added and the rest of my makeup was done.
4 - around 4 hours after the first application my face looks pretty much the same, just maybe a bit more dewy in the T-Zone which it's not such a bad thing as I am all for glowy skin at the moment.
 
Around the 6th hour of wear time I normally see that the tip of my nose and my chin have signs of the foundation disappearing slightly so if I wanted to look my best I would like to touch up at that point, for the 16hrs wear time claim it's not that impressive but I can live with that. I also noticed that it settles slightly in my smile lines and the forehead line but lightly blending it with my finger solves the issue. Other parts of my face still look very good. I don't think I have worn this foundation for more then 10 hours at a time but it holds pretty well for that time, at the end of the day my skin doesn't look as good as for the first hours of wearing it but good enough to not want to hide somewhere so no one can see my patchy, worn off makeup :) Also it doesn't make my skin look oily, just slightly dewier.
 
My final verdict.
While I really like the finish of the foundation and the coverage, the longevity is also quite good, I know for sure that I will not re-purchase it when it's finished. Mostly because it's too expensive for a foundation that only works well when my skin is in the best condition and we all know, that you have to be very lucky to have perfectly behaving skin all year round. But if your skin is on the normal/combination side and you rarely get any dry patches then I think you will love this foundation.
 
Have you tried the All Day Luminous Foundation? What was your experience with it?
 
Dagmara
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38 comments

  1. The finish is amazing !! I have never used any NARS products before , but have heard great things about the brand


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  2. It does look lovely on your skin but I agree that you have to be really lucky to have great skin all year round, glad that it can work for you and wasn't a total loss :)

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  3. I have read a quite a few bad reviews about this foundation, therefore I am not surprised. I have read a few good ones, but mostly the reviews have said the exact same thing as you. Shame.
    By the way, what is the price of the foundation?

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  4. The finish it is quite lovely! x

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  5. Yeah, thankfully, it's not a total waste :) x

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  6. It's £32, I have just updated the post with it :) Yeah, it's a shame but I'm glad I can make it work at least at some times :) x

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  7. I have read mixed reviews on this one but all of them seem to state that it's more for combination/oily skin which is what I have. I do get some dry patches from acne sometimes but I know I won't be using a foundation like this when that is the case. I am planning on finally picking this up this weekend, people say it's very similar to the l'Oréal Infallible Matte foundation which I really like ;)

    Great in-depth review! x

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  8. Hmm, not sure if I'll be picking this up then. My skin has been brilliant recently but it's due to the heatwave that we're having now, I know comes Fall and then Winter, my skin will go down the shitter again. I think I'll save my $$$ for something better. Great review, Dagmara!

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  9. I agree with comments below. This is probably a foundation for oily/mixed but never dehydrated skin. I suffer from dry flakes and I seriously can't find a foundation that doesnt make me look worse after applying it. I was after this one for a bit but I think I'll go to Nars counter and get matched in both Sheer Glow and this one. Then I'll ask for samples to try at home and decide. Great review, an eye opener !! Thanks Dagmara xx

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  10. This definitely wouldn't suit my dry and dehydrated skin! I love Nars Sheer Glow though! xx

    Beautylymin

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  11. Firstly, your photos are so lovely in this post! Secondly, I'm so in two minds about whether to pick this up - I have really oily patches but I'm really worried it will cling to the dry patches on my skin (which is also really dehydrated!) xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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  12. I have the Infallible Matte foundation and I love it! It's better for me then the Nars one :) x

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  13. Thanks Shireen! Maybe try a sample first to see how you like it and how it works for you :) x

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  14. I have combination/oily skin but it gets very dehydrated sometimes and this foundation looked awful on my skin when it was in that phase. Definitely get a sample first :) x

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  15. I am tempted to try the Sheer Glow but, this time, will ask only for sample before purchasing the full size :) x

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  16. Aww, thank you Jasmine! In my case this foundation clings to any dry skin I have so better to get a sample first to see how will this work for you :) x

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  17. I will do!! Mixed reviews has proven that it's definitely not for everyone !! I do get dehydrated a lot even though I drink lots of water/green tea. I've been eating well too. Maybe I'm going through a post hospital face now but as long as i remember I had dry bits !! Have you tried the method Wayne Goss uses by adding a little oil to the foundation then bloating it with a sponge and tissue paper? I just got New Maybelline foundation - the one with little bottle and funny applicator that I'm testing now and yesterday I applied it with a brush after moisturiser and it looked terrible. Today I added Laura Mercier base and teeny tiny bit of oil an I have never seen a foundation that looks so natural !! Incredible really :)

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  18. This looks really nice on you. I had mine for about 2 weeks, then returned it. My skin is too dry to wear it, even with a decent primer underneath. I used my beauty blender, makeup brushes, my fingers... it just clung to every dry part of my skin and made me look so much older! I'm envious of everyone that can wear it and it looks beautiful on them! It really makes your skin look dewy and flawless.

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    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

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  20. I want to try this for so long now. Love the finish on you (: I totally understand that you don't want to re-purchase it, I also prefer drugstore foundations that are a lot cheaper!
    Nati xx
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  21. Lovely post! Your images are shot beautifully, unlike mine! I have heard so many people raving about this foundation, but the word 'runny' puts me right off! I'm a lover of full coverage foundations, as I have breakout prone skin with dark undereyes xx


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  22. I stayed away from this as I just knew my dry skin would hate it. It's a shame you can only use it when your skin is in the best shape but I do love the coverage on you, it gives you a flawless finish x

    Beauty with charm

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  23. It looks beautiful when my skin is in the top shape but other then those few days of being lucky I normally don't reach for it. I feel like there is always so much hype about high end products that you expect the perfection. x

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  24. Thank you! despite the runny consistency the coverage is actually really good but the foundation itself has disappointed me. x

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  25. If I pay £30+ for a product I expect it to be perfect for me and this foundation is definitely NOT! x

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  26. I wish I could return it because it's very rare that my skin in such a good condition that I can actually wear this foundation, normally it doesn't look good on me neither and it clings to any dry areas I have. x

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  27. ElleSees.blogspot.com10 July 2015 at 11:58

    i tried it on my dry skin and didn't like it. wish i had kept it now that it's hot out to try again.

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  28. This has great coverage! Looks very natural as well which is good. What a pity you have to make sure your skin is in tip top condition to use it! Oh well, if anything, it will make you keep drinking those cups of water! :) x

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  29. Yeah, it doesn't look good on dry skin at all! x

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  30. Ha, I try hard to drink more water :) I'm glad I can use this foundation at least at some periods of time :) x

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  31. I have this but I didn't really get on with this and am truly a nars sheer glow girl...nothing can beat it - for me that is. Great review and photos. x

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  32. It was really interesting reading your review. You know I have it and love it, but my skin is oily combo though it does tend to get dehydrated. Most people with drier skin who I've seen review this aren't too keen on it. I often wonder and have for a while now, how much weather/climate effects our experiences with a product. Not just foundation, but mascaras, eye shadows even. :-) Sorry it wasn't everything you hoped it would be but at least it works sometimes. :-) xo

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  33. Great review - I've wanted to try this out for such a long time now!x

    Blushhx

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  34. I'm sure that climate affects the experience with makeup products, it would be interesting to find out how much :) I have combination/oily skin but lately has been more on a normal side with dry patches and this foundation didn't work for me. I'm glad that I am able to use it at least every now and then :) x

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  35. It's a lovely foundation as long as your skin is not dry :) x

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  36. I really want to try this foundation but the counter lady at Sephora when I was in the US suggested me the shade Mont Blanc (light 2) even though I've Fiji (light 5) in Sheer Glow. She tried it on my face and in my opinion it looked too light and red.

    Apparently I can order it from the NARS website, try it and return it if the shade isn't good so I might do that soon :)x

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  37. I didn't know you can return it if the shade doesn't suit you! I would say just go with the shade Fiji as I've heard people saying that they use the same shade in both foundations :) x

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  38. At least in their Europe online store, not sure about the UK and US ones... That's exactly what I think I'm going to do, not sure why the MUA told me to get Mont Blanc :Dx

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