I tried the new Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation | Base Makeup

After a little poll in my insta stories, it was clear that you guys wanted to know more about Nars latest foundation. Not that long ago, I was telling you all about Nars previous latest stick foundation (read more about it here) which I absolutely love. But now that there’s another one, let me tell you about it, and about the other base products I use alongside it.

This time this new foundation is a classic liquid foundation and is called Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation*, it comes in 33 shades and promises 16 hours of wear.

To start off with, I really like the elegant glass packaging, and most importantly the fact that it comes with a pump with makes it easy to use and dose. And this is particularly relevant as this foundation is so pigmented that a little goes a really long way.

I tried applying this foundation with my fingers, with several different brushes and with the beauty blender and by far my favourite way to apply it is with the beauty blender.

It’s a foundation that has a really good coverage as you will be able to tell from the following two pictures. Considering how much coverage it has, it does indeed look more natural than most other foundations that offer as much coverage. But … not always.

As you can see, with a little more than one pump (and without concealer), all my red acne scars are hidden. It doesn’t do anything to hide the bumps my pimples make but that’s true of any foundation.

However, as you may be able to tell from the picture above, the finish is not entirely natural, and is still quite obvious on the skin. However, I think that should be expected for such a good amount of coverage.

But that’s where my problem with this foundation lies. The first few times I tried it, it looked horrible. It made my pores and lines extremely visible, looked thick and cakey, and only got worse the longer I was wearing it. I couldn’t understand why everyone like it so much when it looked so bad on me. It’s like it didn’t want to melt into my skin but sat on top of it, quite unevenly. That’s also why I tried to apply it with every tool I could think of to try and get a better, more even finish. It looked the worst around my nose and between my brows.

So I put it to the side for a couple of weeks and debated whether I should tell you how bad it was on me, or whether I should just not talk about it. So I tried it again and the result was completely different. If you know the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation (see it worn here) I’d say that they’re sort of similar. They’re definitely not invisible on the skin, but the coverage is really good, they last well and aren’t uncomfortable to wear. They’re both good foundations to wear when you want your skin to look flawless and don’t mind wearing slightly heavier foundation. And so for a little while, I actually quite liked it.

But then, it changed again when I took the picture for this very blog post. The finish wasn’t bad when I initially applied the foundation but became quite bad as the day went by. I felt that it was quite heavy on my skin, and as time went by, it started to make my pores more noticeable and moving around.

It’s something I’ve never experienced with a foundation before and I don’t really know what to tell you about it. It’s like a foundation roulette. So I’m going to tell you about what I applied on top of it, and then come back to the foundation at the end of the post.

As I was reviewing a Nars foundation, I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk to you about a few other Nars products I’ve been using but that haven’t been featured on the blog just yet. The first one is this gorgeous blush palette. It’s called the Unfiltered II and contains 6 blushes (2 mattes and 4 shimmery).

For this particular look I went for the palest matte pink (Conquest) because I wanted to go a bit heavier on the eyes. It might not show up on you if your skin isn’t as fair as mine, but on me it just adds a slight pink hue to the cheek that I find very pretty.

Then to add even more colour to my face, I took another cheek palette from Nars. This one is the Bord de Plage* palette and contains 4 highlighters and 2 bronzers (including the famous Laguna).

I really like Nars face palettes because even if they are quite pricy, they allow me to try many different shades that I could never buy separately. What’s more is that they’re always gorgeous.

So I used the Laguna bronzer (top right) to give my face a little warmth, and the Rivage highlighter (top left) to brighten the top of my cheekbones.

I used a fan brush to apply the highlighter on my cheekbones.

When it comes to applying products on top of this foundation, I find that they apply really nicely and blend well. The products apply evenly and the foundation doesn’t move around when you use a brush on top of it to apply blush, bronzer or highlighter.

Next step is to set everything with powder. My guess is that depending on your skin type, you might be able to skip powder with this foundation. But on my combination skin, I like to set it with powder to avoid it moving around throughout the day. Though as I have mention before, it doesn’t always work (even if I always use the same powder). The powder I’m using is the famous Laura Mercier translucent powder and it’s amazing !

I mentioned it here, and I’ve been using it consistently for over a year now. It’s quite expensive to buy, however, it lasts forever as I’m not running out despite using it almost every single day for over a year (it does contain about three times more product than most powders). What’s more is that it sets makeup without looking too matte but it also makes the skin look really smooth. I love the finish it gives.

And that’s it for the products I’ve used for my base. When it comes to my eye makeup, please come back on Sunday because I used Nars’ latest eye palette. It’s absolutely gorgeous and deserves its own post.

To come back to the foundation, I’m not sure what to say because I don’t understand why sometimes it looks good on me, while other times it looks absolutely awful. I think that I’ll keep on using it every now and then to try and find out what makes a difference but it won’t be my daily foundation. The other problem I have it that the shade I have is a bit too dark for me, but the good thing is this foundation still comes in 4 shades that are even lighter so should I be interested in buying a different shade, I’ll probably find just what I need.

Other than that, I wanted to tell you that a few of my swiss blogger friends have also talked about this foundation so if you speak French or German you might be interested to have a look at their experience. Roberta who has dehydrated skin has talked about it here, Charlotte who found a trick to make it last longer talks about it here, and Nikki who loves it talks about it here.

What about you ? Have you tried it ?


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