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 :)
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.
"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.
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?