If you have a very good memory, you might recall my review of NARS ‘Sheer Matte’ foundation… which I didn’t exactly love.
It was kinda funny, actually: before I wrote that review, everyone was always telling me how absolutely awesome Sheer Matte was for pale skin, and how I absolutely had to try it… and then, as soon as I did try it, everyone was all, “But what did you get THAT for? You should have got NARS Sheer Glow Foundation instead – it’s absolutely perfect for pale skin!
So, I got myself a bottle of NARS Sheer Glow Foundation. And, guys? I don’t exactly love it.
On the plus side, I don’t exactly hate it, either. I mean, it’s OK… but it’s just OK, if you know what I mean. I think the universe is trying to tell me something, here. I think the “something” might be, “FFS, stop buying NARS foundation, Amber: it just doesn’t suit your skin type!” The problem is, though, I’m a huge NARS fan for the most part, and I really want to love their foundation, too, so let’s start off with the positives, shall we?
01. It looks really good in a flatlay. Whaddya mean, “That’s not why people buy foundation, Amber,”? Have I been foundation-ing wrong this whole time?
02. ‘Siberia’, which is the palest shade available, really is one of the best – shades of foundation for pale skin that I’ve ever come across. Witness:
It makes my hand look pinkish-white, instead of the pale blue shade it normally is, no? But my hand is NOT pinkish-white! What witchcraft is this?!
There are, however, some downsides, too:
Things I don’t really love quite so much about NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, even although I would really, really like to love it…
01. It might be the perfect shade for pale skin, but it’s not the perfect shade for MY pale skin, which has pink undertones. This foundation has yellow undertones, which is great news for those of you who have yellow undertones, but slightly less great for the person currently sitting writing this post looking like she has a bad case of jaundice.
02. I was expecting the consistency to create a… well, a sheer glow. On account of the name, you know? Well, it IS fairly sheer (But not so much that you can’t actually see it, or build it up into pretty decent coverage: I was actually surprised by how good the coverage is for a foundation billing itself as “sheer” actually. That should’ve been a plus point, really, shouldn’t it?), but it’s not so much about the “glow” really. In fact, there is really no hint of a glow about my face after using this, which is a shame, because I was quite looking forward to being told how “radiant” I looked in it. But alas, no.
03. My skin just doesn’t seem to like it much. I’ve no idea why, but, like NARS Sheer Matte before it, this foundation just seems to sit on top of my skin, looking very, well… foundation-y. From the name alone, I was expecting a fairly natural finish, with a bit of a glow to it, but while I wouldn’t say it looks cakey, for some reason my skin just doesn’t seem to absorb it very well, so it looks quite obvious to me. No idea why.
I’ll just end this post by saying that this is – obviously – just my opinion. I know a lot of people absolutely swear by NARS Sheer Glow Foundation – and by NARS foundation in general – and I’m a little bit sad that I seem to be the exception to that rule, because, as I said, I’m a big fan of the brand, and think the colour range of their foundations is better than average, especially for those of us with pale skin.