I recently had the opportunity to try out the new NARS Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation, and as a self-proclaimed foundation snob, I was absolutely delighted. NARS has a cult following when it comes to complexion products, and this new foundation is no exception. Along with the foundation, I also received some other goodies in PR to test and share my thoughts with all of you.
The NARS Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation is a hybrid formula that combines skincare benefits with foundation. It aims to showcase your skin in the best light by targeting redness, dark spots, and other skin concerns. It’s suitable for most skin types, including sensitive skin, and provides coverage for visible redness, blemishes, and dark spots. Additionally, it helps blur the appearance of wrinkles, pores, and texture.
Comparing it to the popular NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, the Light Reflecting Foundation appears quite similar at first glance. Both offer similar coverage and are suitable for various skin types. However, one notable difference is the radiant finish of Sheer Glow. Another advantage of the Light Reflecting Foundation is that it comes with a pump, unlike Sheer Glow, which requires an additional purchase for a pump. Sheer Glow also contains Vitamin C and Turmeric for brightening and evening skin tone, and it offers a wider shade range with 40 shades compared to Light Reflecting’s 36. In terms of price, Sheer Glow is $2 cheaper at $47.
During my first application of the NARS Light Reflecting Foundation, I noticed that the formula blended seamlessly into my skin, almost disappearing. It helped minimize the appearance of texture and blurred my pores, creating a smooth look.
As for the longevity and transfer-proof properties, the foundation claims to be an “all-day wear” foundation. While it does hold up well throughout the average work or school day of 6-8 hours, it is not entirely transfer-proof. Individuals with oily-prone skin may need to blot or powder throughout the day to combat excess shine. I personally experienced some shine after a few hours of wear, but it still looked good overall, albeit slightly worn in.
I chose the shade New Caledonia – D2, which is deep with warm undertones and an olive tone. However, I must mention that one downside of this foundation is the amount of product you receive for the price point. Compared to the NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation, which is priced at $40 for 1.5 ounces of product, the Light Reflecting Foundation is priced at $49 for only 1 ounce. If you require more product to cover imperfections, you might find this foundation to be less cost-effective.
Aside from the price and size, I have no complaints about this foundation. The formula is lightweight and blends seamlessly, providing a natural skin-like finish. It also looks great up close. I’m excited to see how it pairs with the concealers in my collection. Among the foundations in my stash, this may be the go-to option when I want to achieve a perfected look without appearing overly made up.
Despite the minor drawbacks, I am impressed with the NARS Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation. It delivers on its promises and provides a beautiful finish for a polished yet natural look. If you’re a fan of NARS complexion products or looking to try something new, I would definitely recommend giving this foundation a try.
FAQ: NARS Sheer Glow Foundation and NARS Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation
Q: What is the main difference between NARS Sheer Glow Foundation and NARS Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation?
A: While both foundations offer similar coverage and are suitable for various skin types, there are a few key differences between them. The NARS Sheer Glow Foundation provides a radiant finish, giving the skin a luminous glow. On the other hand, the NARS Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation aims to display the skin in the best light by targeting redness, dark spots, and other skin concerns while blurring wrinkles, pores, and texture.
Q: Do both foundations come with a pump?
A: No, only the NARS Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation comes equipped with a pump. The NARS Sheer Glow Foundation requires a separate purchase of a pump, priced at $6.
Q: Which foundation has a wider shade range?
A: The NARS Sheer Glow Foundation offers a wider shade range compared to the NARS Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation. Sheer Glow comes in 40 shades, catering to a broader range of skin tones.
Q: Do both foundations have additional skincare benefits?
A: Yes, both foundations offer skincare benefits. The NARS Sheer Glow Foundation contains Vitamin C and Turmeric, which help brighten and even out the skin tone. The NARS Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation targets redness, dark spots, and other skin concerns while providing a blurring effect on wrinkles, pores, and texture.
Q: How do the prices of the two foundations compare?
A: The NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is priced at $47, while the NARS Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation is priced slightly higher at $49. It’s worth noting that the Sheer Glow Foundation offers 1.5 ounces of product, while the Light Reflecting Foundation provides 1 ounce.
Q: Which foundation is better for oily skin?
A: Both foundations can work for oily skin, but the NARS Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation may be a better option due to its blurring effect on pores and texture. However, individuals with oily-prone skin may still need to blot or powder throughout the day to control shine.
Q: Can I use the NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powders with both foundations?
A: Yes, the NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powders can be used with both the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation and the NARS Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation. The setting powders help set the foundation and provide a smoother, more long-lasting finish.