So as many of you know, I recently purchased the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation. I am ususally a MAC user when it comes to foundation, so this was an exciting purchase. I had heard so many great things about this foundation from so many people, I decided to try it out. Let me just say that I LOVE this foundation! The first time I applied it, I was thinking to myself "No way is this going to work for the coverage I need." I am used to using MAC's Studio Fix Fluid which is a pretty heavy foundation. As many of you know, I'm not very young, but not old - hahaha, and I need a good amount of coverage. However, I started applying it and realized the coverage was really great and a little goes a long way with this foundation. It is also said to improve skin brightness, radiance and texture. The product holds up all day for me, and I am so glad I bought it. It's a glowing, satin-finish foundation with sheer and buildable coverage. It also has skincare benefits and combined with the NARS Complexion Brightening Formula, skin is hydrated, more luminous, softer, and smoother. I think it's best to get color matched in a Sephora or any other place that sells NARS products as I thought that I would have been a shade or two darker than I actually was from looking at swatches online.
At the time, I had also purchsed the Laura Mercier Oil Free Face Primer, and I began using the two together, After about a week, I noticed my skin was getting an allergic reaction to one of the two. Happily, it was not the NARS foundation. I quit using the Laura Mercier Primer and began to use the foundation on its own. My skin started to clear up immediately, so I feel as though this foundation actually helped to clear up my allergic reaction to the Laura Mercier primer. According to the NARS website, this foundation hydrates for softer and smoother skin, is dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic, and fragrance free. I feel this actually helped to combat the dry patches that the primer had left behind.
So with that, I had to return the Laura Mercier, and get a different primer. I had recieved the NARS Foundation Primer with SPF20 as a 100 point perk from Sephora around the holidays. I had used this primer and loved it, but never bought it as I am always looking to try something new. So I exchanged the Laura Mercier Primer for the NARS Primer. According to the NARS website, this primer combines soothing and hydrating ingredients with a full spectrum of sun protection to create a natural-looking and long-lasting foundation application. The translucent, lightweight formula is designed to be applied before makeup or worn alone to prepare, nourish and hydrate skin, while helping to ease redness, reduce inflammation and improve the skin’s overall texture and quality. Additional antioxidant protection helps to fight free radical damage. I really like this primer. It keeps the foundation on all day and coupled with the Sheer Glow Foundation really makes a great finish to your skin.
So my questions for you are:
Which foundation do you use?
Do you use a primer and if so which one?
Have to you tried the NARS Foundations and/or primers?