NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation - Review

About a month ago I made a trip to Sephora to use up a gift card, and with little impulse control, ended up buying what seemed like half the store.  My main goal of that mini shopping spree was to try out the new NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, and of course by try out I mean buy it immediately.

I have loved the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation for a long time, and the shade Mont Blanc matches me pretty much perfectly.  The names of the different shades of foundation matched between the Sheer Glow and the Luminous Weightless, but when I swatched them in Sephora to double check, they were just a little bit different.  Luckily they weren't so different that it didn't match, but if you are going to switch over the Luminous Weightless foundation be sure to try it in store first to ensure it matches your skin.

Before we get into the actual foundations, let's talk about the packaging.  I am absolutely in love with the simple frosted glass bottle and black matte lid.  There is something luxurious about the look and feel of this bottle.  Although the outside is great, the best part about this packaging is that it comes with a pump.  This may seem like a small and trivial detail, but anyone who has tried the other NARS liquid foundations knows that you can either hunt down and buy a pump yourself, or try to pour out just the right amount of product without spilling or wasting anything.  

Now on the most important does the actual foundation work?  This is marketed as a lightweight, full coverage foundation, that covers with one pump, and lasts for 16 hours.  

I agree that this foundation is lightweight and full coverage.  This combination is rare, since most full coverage foundations feel heavy and can look like you are wearing an inch of makeup.  On the other hand, many lightweight foundations can feel nice on the skin, but when you apply them they barely cover any imperfections.  This foundation is full coverage and covers any redness or spots, but doesn't not feel heavy or thick on the skin.  

They claim that you only need one pump to achieve a full coverage look.  This is where I have to disagree.  I found that one pump did only about half of my face, two pumps seemed perfect, with the occasional third pump on days where my skin has a few more blemishes to cover.  I tried applying this with my fingers, a sponge, and a brush, and with each application method I had the same results.  

Although I don't like to wear my makeup for 16 hours, nor do I recommend it, this foundation really did hold up for that long.  I did use a primer and a makeup setting spray, so I can't say how it holds up on its own, but overall I ended the night with very minimal fading of my makeup.  This is pretty impressive, because with my dry skin I usually find foundations cling to my dry patches around my cheeks and nose and almost 'flaking' off.  I will say that I tried this foundation with a number of different primers, and I found that the ultra hydrating ones like Too Faced Hangover Rx or Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot primer, worked the best.

In the photos below, I did my makeup at about 9:30/10:00 in the morning.  I needed to do a full face of makeup that early because I had errands to run and events all day and I knew I wasn't going to have time to reapply or get ready before the next event.  I wore this makeup to the store, to a charity bowling event, and then to a friends 30th birthday party.  

Before - Clean skin + moisturizer

After - With just foundation

You can see the foundation covered any redness or uneven skin tone, and hid any blemishes or spots I had.  This foundation also covers any dark under-eye circles nicely, but in this case I didn't use my foundation to hide them, since I knew I was going to be using an under-eye concealer.

After - With a full face of makeup

After - With a full face of makeup

Overall, I am very impressed with this foundation.  It covered my imperfections with out being heavy, and lasted quite nicely throughout a very full day.  

Have you tried the new NARS foundation?  What are your thoughts on it?