NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation First Impressions + Comparison with NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

There are 2 things I always look for in a foundation – good coverage and one that stays put on my skin all day. Although I prefer a more dewy finish, I have always had to settle for matte foundations that are traditionally known to last longest on the skin. However, the all-new NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation claims that it is possible to enjoy a radiant foundation that lasts all day. As you could imagine, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this and see if it lived up to its dreamy long-lasting dewy claims!

I’m a big fan of NARS products, especially their Sheer Glow Foundation and Dual Intensity Blush – 2 products which I reach for on most days. So it goes without saying that I’ve come to expect very good things from the brand.

The NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is NARS’ first foundation that promises high coverage and up to 16 hours of wear which means it can literally take you from day to night. But unlike pretty much all long-lasting foundations, this foundation has a radiant finish – so you essentially get the best of both worlds: radiance and longevity – i.e. THE DREAM

Wearing NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation on my right and NARS Sheer Glow Foundation on my left (side closest to the wardrobe)

I’ve been trying this foundation out over the past week and I can honestly say that it is by far one of the best foundations I have ever tried – I was impressed from the moment I applied the foundation to my face, to the moment when I came to remove my makeup at the end of the day and found that it lasted really well on my skin.

I normally apply this to my face and blend it out using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. The foundation blends into the skin so easily and sets pretty fast too so there’s no need to spend ages blending the foundation into the skin. And although you have to work fast when you apply it to your skin, you know that it’s not going to budge. It also gives me a really good coverage and I don’t normally feel the need to conceal under my eyes when using this.

Apart from this, it also leaves the skin looks so glowy. I knew I should expect a radiant finish from the name of the foundation, but this seriously impressed me! It left my cheek bones looking gorgeously highlighted – without having applied any highlighter! For this reason, I would say that the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is probably best suited to those with normal-dry skin types rather than oily skin.

(Just for reference, I wear the shades Mont Blanc / Deauville which both work really well with my fair skin tone).

As I mentioned earlier on, I’m a big fan of the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation – in fact, it’s one of my favourite foundations that I own. However, I must say that if I had to choose just one NARS foundation to repurchase, it would have to be the Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation.

The main differences I noticed between the 2 foundations are;

  • Sheer Glow has a lighter coverage than the Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation which has a medium-full coverage
  • Natural Longwear Radiant Foundation has a thicker consistency yet blends a lot quicker into the skin and feels lightweight once blended
  • Sheer Glow has a more natural-satin finish whilst the Natural Longwear Radiant Foundation is full of radiance
  • Natural Longwear Radiant Foundation comes with a pump (!!) whilst you need to purchase a separate pump with the Sheer Glow Foundation
  • Natural Longwear Radiant Foundation costs £35 whilst Sheer Glow is slightly less pricey at £33 (+ pump)
  • Both foundations last really well on my skin, however the Natural Longwear Radiant Foundation lasts slightly longer

Although I prefer the Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation and found that it works better with my skin, I still feel there’s a place for Sheer Glow in my makeup bag. Sheer Glow is great for those days when I prefer a lighter coverage and a more natural makeup look – one that isn’t too glowy but instead just looks like I’m having a naturally good skin day.

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