|Above: NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation in Santa Fe.|
Happy February, lovelies; I hope your month is off to a marvelous start! The Internet has been abuzz with praise for the freshly-released NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation (available at Nordstrom, Sephora, NARS.com and Barney's NY. Being the foundation-phile that I am, I couldn't wait to try it for myself. In turn, I was finally able to procure it this weekend (thanks to my brother for picking it up for me as I stayed home on the verge of catching a cold!) and promptly spent the better half of Sunday swatching each of the 20 shades for your viewing enjoyment. Although I haven't owned this formula long enough to be able to extend an official assessment, I will say that my initial experience has been a positive one thus far. That being said, I felt it imperative to share the spectrum of swatches right away, especially for those of you not near to a NARS counter!
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches of EVERY shade, initial impressions, images of the foundation in action as well as the Bottom Line...
|Above: The NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation comes in a weighty frosted glass bottle.|
Official details (courtesy of Nordstrom):
NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation offers you full, natural-looking coverage with 16 hours of weightless wear. Highly pigmented and perfectly balanced, the breakthrough formula builds and blends effortlessly with just one drop. It features advanced flexible polymers that move with your skin, providing extraordinary breathability and comfort. Even Tone Technology is designed to instantly neutralize redness and dullness while working long-term to reduce the appearance of discoloration for more even, uniform skin. Gold and green pigments in a perfect four-to-one ratio optically manipulate how light reflects off skin's surface, evening out the complexion for instant luminosity. Green pigments negate redness on contact while gold combat dullness. Scarlet spidering root extract helps reduce the appearance of discoloration and reveal brighter, more even skin over time.
How to use: Shake well. Apply one pump of the foundation into your palm. Start by warming the foundation in your hands. Then, working with your fingers, apply a small amount in the center of the face and begin pressing onto the skin working outward in sections. To achieve the most natural result, start with a minimal amount of product and gradually build to desired coverage. Work quickly to blend product, as it perfects and sets in moments.
Aqua, Triethylhexanoin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Silica, Talc, Dimethicone, Peg-5 Glyceryl Stearate, Isostearic Acid, Bentonite, Stearic Acid, Behenic Acid, 1-Methylhydantoin-2-Imide, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Batyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Potassium Hydroxide, Ethylparaben, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Curcuma Longa, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Serralysin, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Trisodium Edta, Ascorbyl Glucoside. [+/- (May Contain/Peut Contenir): Ci 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Ci 77491/Iron Oxides, Ci 77492/Iron Oxides, Ci 77499/Iron Oxides].
|Above: The pump dispenser is precise...one pump of product is enough to cover the entire face!|
My initial thoughts (in no apparent order):
- This foundation is very fluid in texture...it glides onto the skin with ease, but sets within a few seconds
- Despite its fluid and virtually weightless texture, the coverage is surprisingly substantial...it is easily medium to full in a single application
- I have tried applying this both with my fingers and a Beauty Blender...both work beautifully
- I highly suggest shaking the bottle lightly before dispensing the foundation
- One pump will be enough to cover the entire face (for most people); resist the urge to apply more than necessary, just because it feels so thin!
- This is delightfully unscented and doesn't contain sunscreen (thank you, NARS)
- The finish is natural and skin-like, borderlining on a satin-matte
- I haven't used powder to set this...I think that would ruin the very natural finish; I did, however add a bit to my nose a few hours into wear (just because I was taking pictures)
- Once it sets, it doesn't seem to budge...it also doesn't appear to transfer, pool in pores or slide around the face
- In terms of longevity, I got 7-8 hours of flawless wear (even in warm, sunny weather); I am sure I'll have a 16 hour day soon to give it the proper wear time test ; )
- All in all, I daresay it is living up to the buzz!
|Above: The 20 shades ensures that most (if not all!) skintones will find a befitting match.|
|Above: Light, medium and dark, courtesy of Mont Blanc, Santa Fe and New Orleans.|
|Above: Swatches of the first 10 shades (light and medium) in direct sunlight.|
|Above: A closeup of the first five shades.|
|Above: A closeup of the next five shades.|
Shade Descriptions (per my experience):
- Siberia: Lightest neutral beige for fair skin with neutral undertones (@N/NC/NW 10)
- Mont Blanc: Light neutral beige for fair skin with neutral to rosy undertones (@N/NW 15)
- Gobi: Light warm beige for fair skin with neutral to yellow undertones (@N/NC 15)
- Deauville: Light neutral beige for fair to light skin with neutral undertones (@N/NW 20)
- Fiji: Light neutral to warm beige for fair to light skin with neutral to golden (equal parts yellow and peach) undertones (@N/NC 20)
- Ceylan: Light neutral to warm beige for light skin with yellow undertones (@NC 20-23)
- Punjab: Light warm beige for light-medium skin with neutral to peach undertones (@N/NC 25)
- Vallauris: Light neutral beige for light-medium skin with neutral to rosy undertones (@N/NW 25)
- Santa Fe: Light neutral beige for light-medium skin with neutral to yellow undertones (@N/NC 25) **This is my best shade match, as Punjab is a bit too peachy/deep for me
- Stromboli: Warm beige for medium skin with olive/very yellow (undertones (@NC 30-33)
- Barcelona: Warm beige for medium skin with golden (equal parts yellow and peach) undertones (@N/NC 30-33)
- Syracuse: Deeper beige for medium-dark skin with tan undertones (@N/NC 35)
- Tahoe: Deeper beige for medium-dark skin with caramel undertones (@N/NC 40-42)
- Cadiz: Deep beige for medium-dark skin with neutral to rosy undertones (@N/NW 40-42)
**The darker shades are very similar to one another in terms of depth; in turn, there is a significant jump from Cadiz to Macao, yet little differentiation--aside from subtle undertone variances--from Macao to Benares. Khartoum, however, stands alone as the deepest, richest brown.
- Macao: Dark beige for medium-dark skin with yellow undertones (@N/NC 45)
- New Guinea: Dark beige for medium-dark skin with neutral to rosy undertones (@N/NW 43-45)
- Trinidad: Dark beige for dark skin with yellow undertones (@NC 45)
- New Orleans: Dark beige for very dark skin with yellow undertones (@NC 50)
- Benares: Dark brown for very dark skin with neutral to golden undertones (@N/NW/NC 50)
- Khartoum: Darkest brown for the deepest, richest skin with netural undertones (@N/NC/NW 55)
|Above: Swatches of the second 10 shades (medium and dark) in direct sunlight.|
|Above: A closeup of the first five shades.|
|Above: A closeup of the first five shades.|
The images that follow reflect the NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation in Santa Fe in action in various lighting situations...
Other Product Used:
- Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge...reviewed HERE
- By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Primer...reviewed HERE
- Beauty Blender
- Becca Lowlighting/Hightlighting Perfecting Compact...reviewed HERE
- Jenny Patinkin All Over Face Brush...reviewed HERE
- Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush in First Love...reviewed HERE
- Surratt Beauty Surrealist Skin Concealer #5...reviewed HERE
- Tom Ford Cream Eye Color in Spice...reviewed HERE
- NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Himilia...reviewed HERE
- Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara...reviewed HERE
- Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Pencil in Pillow Talk...reviewed HERE
- YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #22 Nude Indeed (full review soon)
|Above: In outdoor lighting...no flash.|
|Above: In direct sunlight.|
|Above: In outdoor lighting...with a flash. The flashback is virtually nonexistent (likely due to the absence of sunscreen in the ingredients list)...much appreciated.|
|Above: Outdoor lighting...mixed sunlight, no flash.|
|Above: Extreme closeup...no flash. I appreciate the way it smooths and evens the skin while still looking like skin!|
|Above: Outdoor lighting...with a flash.|
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Bottom Line: I hope you found these swatches helpful...I will continue to experiment with this foundation (so far, so good) and weigh back in later on this month. In sum, the NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation (available at Nordstrom, Sephora, NARS.com and Barney's NY) is excellent for those seeking medium to full coverage with a natural finish and immense lasting power!
Good things ahead this week, including some new product procurements, my January Favorites video, a skincare update and a FOTD...
I am also working on another round of responses to your lovely emails and comments ; )
--The Beauty Professor
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