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NARS Cosmetics has my respect when it comes to bringing out beautiful foundation formulas, ever since it launched its NARS Sheer Glow foundation. They have since made a major drop in the form of its Luminous Weightless Foundation. I was able to purchase the NARS Luminous Weightless Foundation and try it out for several days. Here’s the lowdown.

Claim

Full, natural-looking coverage with unexpectedly weightless, 16-hour wear. Highly pigmented and perfectly balanced, this breakthrough formula builds and blends effortlessly with just one drop—the result of exclusive innovation uniquely designed to deliver long-wearing full coverage, weightlessly.

Packaging

Encased in a frosted glass with the iconic NARS matte rubber cap, this is probably best left nested on your makeup grotto at home. Luxurious feel – yes but not the optimal foundation to travel with. I suggest you pump the amount you would need to a portable container.

Shades

Available in 20 shades, this can cater to a wide variety of skin tones. As with any NARS foundation, this does not favor any single one undertone: cool-toned or warm-toned, this range caters.

Now before I proceed, let me lay down: I am warm-toned but my face appears lighter than my neck for 2 reasons: (1) I wear SPF daily so I don’t tan on my face. (2) I exfoliate twice a week and have peels monthly; these are essential steps in my skincare in order to keep my face soft and clear.

Coverage

While the definition of coverage differs from one person to the other (my full coverage may be someone else’s light coverage), I’ll peg this foundation as a solid medium coverage for the sole reason that it can definitively cover redness and hyperpigmentation. I used 1 pump all over- my face and it evened out my complexion very well. I am apprehensive on the foundation’s buildability. With its high-pigment, I feel a second layer will be unnecessary and will run a higher risk of giving you cake-face. Probably best to cover other problem areas with concealer instead.

Wear and Finish

Once applied and buffed on the face, you do not feel the foundation sitting on top of your skin. To name it weightless is very apt. I’m very particular about how makeup bases feel on top of my skin: the moment it feels like a mask, the stronger the urge to remove it. Thankfully this doesn’t. The foundation sets as a satin finish (definitely not flat matte). I would not say it’s a full-on luminous finish but with a radiant primer, you can get that finish. Also, this foundation has no SPF, which makes it a fool-proof photogenic foundation (no flashback).

Formula and Blendability

Compared to NARS Sheer Glow which is creamy in texture, this is a runnier formula. I’m used to dotting product all over my face before blending it in but I find that for this foundation, it sets very easily that you don’t have lot of time to work the product in. I have to apply product on one portion of the face then blend right away. I tried using it both with a buffing brush and a Beauty Blender and I believe it comes down to personal preference on application.

Longevity

With my combination skin (oily on the T-zone, normal on the cheeks), I cannot get away without setting my makeup base with a light dusting of powder. Testing this foundation out for a week, I can say that on an average, I have 5-6 good hours of fresh wear before I can see oil peeking thru. As with my other makeup bases, I blot my T-zone usually on the 6-hr mark. Beyond 8 hrs, I do not see the foundation breaking down on my skin:  It has held up on my long working days, without looking stale.

Final thoughts

If you’re looking for a foundation with good coverage without looking and feeling heavy, give this foundation a go. However, if you have texture issues (dry skin, random dry patches, flak-y spots), you may need to moisturize very well underneath as this tends to cling to those. By the end of the night, the sides of my nose gets dry and that’s where I noticed the foundation getting patchy.  Most likely, combination to oily-skinned girls will have the most optimal wear with this foundation.

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