NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

January 19, 2014
Wearing NARS Sheer Glow foundation in Mont Blanc ($44 for 1.0 oz.)
Wearing NARS Sheer Glow foundation in Mont Blanc ($44 for 1.0 oz.)

Over the past week I’ve been trying out a sample of the famous Nars Sheer Glow foundation. Everyone jokes about the name of this one, but it’s true – this foundation isn’t particularly sheer nor is it glowy. It’s a lovely medium coverage, satin finish base and Nars advertises a weightless, hydrating formula that can improve skin’s brightness, radiance and texture over time.

Sheer Glow applies really smoothly, and I’ve enjoyed using my Sephora Collection Pro Foundation Brush #47 (generally my favorite brush for applying liquid foundation) with it. It looks really very natural yet perfects skin’s tone and texture. I was incredibly impressed right from the start.

Naked skin / Wearing NARS Sheer Glow foundation in Mont Blanc
Naked skin / Wearing NARS Sheer Glow foundation in Mont Blanc (click to enlarge)

The problem for me is how it wears throughout the day. My big issue is that after several hours of wear, it starts to settle in and emphasize the fine lines on my face, especially under my eyes and on my forehead. It just looks aging. Nars does say that this is a hydrating formula most appropriate for normal to dry skin types, and it may be that the oil that pops up on my combination skin throughout the day just doesn’t mix well with the foundation. Primers, powders (including the Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder) and blotting don’t seem to help this.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad word said about this one so I feel a little strange saying this, but Sheer Glow just won’t work for me. Especially when I spend $40+ on a product, it really needs to look good through a workday … or at the very least, an evening out. It’s a shame considering how fabulous it looks when freshly applied, but at least this trial period will save me the money. I will say that Nars does have a nice, wide selection of 20 shades (looks like Sephora carries 17 of them), and personally I’ve always had good luck with color matches when it comes to Nars complexion products. I wear the shade Mont Blanc, the second lightest shade in the line.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene, Glycol, Glycerine, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/vinal Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethylhexanoin, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Dis-butydimethicone Polyglyceryl-3, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Glutamate, Sorbitan, Sesquiisostearate, 1-Methylhdantoin-2-imide, Phenoxyenthanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polusilocone-2, Serralysin, Curcuma Longa, Glycuosyl Hesperidin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tocpherol, [+/- (may contain): CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron oxides), CI 77491 (Iron oxides), CI 77499 (Iron oxides)].

Sheer Glow costs $44 for 1.0 oz. and is available at Nars and Sephora.

Have you tried it? How did it work for you?

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