NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation Review!


When I heard NARS was coming out with a cream foundation I got really excited! As much as I LOVE powder foundation, I equally loves me a good cream foundation. Why? A really good cream foundation gives the most skin-like finish. It just blends right into your skin, melting into it and is almost undetectable. There aren’t a lot of really good cream foundations in popular makeup lines though. Most of them are in pro-makeup lines.

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NARS Radiant Cream Foundation in Light No.2 Mont Blanc

This is NARS Radiant Cream Foundation in Light No.2 Mont Blanc. It’s the second lightest shade and has pink undertones in it. Seriously though, does THAT look light to you? Kind of freaked me out in the store actually when I first saw it!


See how when you swatch it, the foundation’s TRUE colour shows up? And even though this is supposed to be the pinky toned light, it still looks a little yellow on my skin doesn’t it? But that’s ok, I actually like a bit of yellow in my foundations to counteract the redness on my face. And I have a lot of it because I use glycolics in the AM, and a high dose of retinol in my night serum. The other thing that’s rather surprising is that the foundation compact is sold SEPARATELY from the foundation, which I guess is cool because you can refill it and I like that eco-friendly idea a lot. BUT the compact is another $12 CDN($10 USD) ON TOP of the already $43 CDN($38 USD) price for the foundation. NO LIKEY NARS. NO LIKEY. *snarky beauty blogger comment warning*  Thanks for the included sponge that sucks though NARS. Real big of ya’.

NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation is very creamy, yet very lightweight feeling. I used a wet Beauty Blender to apply it, and was actually surprised at the coverage. I was expecting sheer to medium, but I say this is medium to almost full coverage when used with a wet sponge. I think coverage would be sheerer if you use a brush or a dry sponge, but I like my Beauty Blender for foundation application as I get the most flawless finish ever with that little guy. NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation NEEDS a good pore-filing primer before application though, because it likes to settle in any big pores you may have and for me that’s my nose and forehead, so something like Benefit Porefessional, NARS Pore Refining Primer, Hourglass Mineral Veil  primer-something like those ones would really help with that little problem. A good setting powder also helps with that issue, and I did find that the foundation needed a bit of time to settle into the skin and melt into it especially when used with a wet sponge.

Here’s my before and after with just the NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation on:


Not bad, hey? Even did a pretty good job on those dark circles of mine!  And here’s a final shot in the sunshine so you can see the dewey, radiant  finish that NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation gives:


I didn’t use a setting powder because I wanted to show you that you can still see my pores a bit on my forehead and nose. Honestly though, if you have large pores like I do, you should always use a pore spackler of some kind anyways and not just rely on your foundation to take care of them. When I used my Hourglass Ambient Light Powder in Diffused on another day of testing, my pores weren’t so visible so that’s another option!  I’m kind of interested in the NARS Light Reflecting Powder as Alison@ 10amBeauty swears that makes this foundation look even MORE amazing on the skin! She also loves this foundation and her skin is more oily than mine, so go read her review!

I’m loving my NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation in Mont Blanc more and more every time I use it. It lasts all day for me, my drier skin loves it, and I love the dewey, skin-like finish.

There are 20 shades of NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation available on, and 15 shades available at Sephora.

Whaddaya’ think? Do you like cream foundations too? 

  • Hey Tracy, I have actually never tried a cream foundation! I’m not too sure it’ll work for me in summer, but maybe when it cools down a little I can revisit the idea. I always set my foundation with a powder though. I like the slightly air-brushed look!

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Me too, I always set with a powder too to lock it in. 🙂
      Actually, I read a post somewhere that said that this foundation works great in the heat of summer! I think it would too-when it sets, it doesn’t really move.

  • Icaria

    Oh the color is truly surprising! It looked so dark I would have been scared of it. Not sure I could get away with a cream foundation, maybe when it gets very cold but that’s pretty expensive for a month or so of use. I need to get that NARS Light Reflecting Powder, pronto! 🙂

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      I know! Scared me too!

  • Lily

    You look great! Sucky sponge and higher price aside, it really makes your skin look naturally beautiful 🙂

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Thanks Lily! xo It’s the exact kind of finish I love!

  • Woohoo, you look gorgeous! Thanks for the link love <3 My large pores are on my nose and just next to it. ANYthing radiant quite literally brings them to light. By the way, I have the same scrapbook paper. Totally almost used it for the same post. Great minds think alike 🙂

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Hahaha that’s too funny! 🙂 Yeah, me too. My forehead ones are big too, so I need spackler of powder there always!

  • This looks beautiful on you and makes your skin look alive and perfectly even. LOL @ “pore spackler”! I’ve been using the Too Faced Primed & Poreless lately and it really makes your foundation go on smooth as buttered scones! 😉

  • I bought that light reflecting powder, though I haven’t tried it yet, because…trying new things is tiresome, LOL. I don’t have time for this right now! 😛 This looks REALLY good, but sponges kind of creep me out. They have a weird texture 😛 I think it seems like I could just buy the same color that I use in Sheer Glow…I love when brands are helpful like that!

  • I love how glowy your skin looks! I have a love/hate relationship with cream foundations, mostly because they feel too heavy for me, but this looks really natural!

  • grlnxdor

    It is so pretty on you, Tracy. I need to go a couple shades darker(accidental slight tan) but I will check it out when I hit Sephora in a couple weeks. Nars has never let me down!

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Awww, thanks! LOL at accidental tan hahaha that’s me too. I HAVE NOSE FRECKLES THIS YEAR. Sigh. Damn pigmentation! 🙂

  • lol pore spackle. i can just imagining people using a grouting trowel to put it on their face. this looks so lovely on you and it does a great job of creating an even look all over the face but omg $12 for the compact….me not likely either 🙁

    I’ve never tried a cream foundations somehow i feel like they might be too heavy for my combo skin. thoughts?

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      LOL doesn’t everybody haha? 😛
      Yeah I didn’t get the compact. Like seriously NARS, make it $5 and I’d consider it.
      I think it would be ok for you as long as you used a powder to set it. It’s really quite light feeling for cream!

  • Lisa

    Your comment on the sponge had me a millisecond away from spewing my water onto my screen. It’s true though! I would rather a discount for a recommended brush or applicator for the foundation than the crappy stuff they include.

    Also, what do you recommend for a 29 yr old for skincare. Help a girl out??

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      🙂 Glad someone likes my snark haha! And right? Make the compact $5 and keep your crappy sponge!
      I’ve got a couple of skincare posts coming from Avon tomorrow-some great basics. But honestly, NEOSTRATA BABY. Stuff is better than FRIED GOLD! Everything I try is amazing.

      • Lisa

        I love snark. It’s a staple in my life. I think as a teen I liked the sponge but then makeup wasn’t as BIG as it is now. Getting the artist tips was not easy and everything was at such a high price point you could not always justify it to your 16 yr old self.
        Kay, I am gonna check out Neostrata…sounds like some sort of a prophecy.

      • TracyBeautyReflections

        🙂 This one is a tad gentler, BUT it’s filled with salicylic acid so it treats as well, so using it 2 times a week will really clean them out!
        And YES. Best skincare ever!

  • lilladylife

    this looks flawless on you! great review!

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Thanks! So sweet of you!

  • Ahhhh I want to try thissss! I am Mont Blanc in the liquid foundations so I do hope it’s the same for the compact cream. I see you are Finland in the TM too and that’s my shade too which makes us Nars foundation twins! Yes! 😀 We’re getting Nars here at the end of the year so this is on my to-try list. I already love the concealer, hate the Sheer Matte, love the TM but am told Sheer Glow is much better. Will pass on all the colour stuff, but their base makeup has mostly impressed me so far 😀

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      YAY we are NARS foundation twins haha! I’ve never tried Sheer Matte, and Sheer Glow just never really appealed. I think I tried a sample, but it was in the wrong shade. I might have to revisit that one someday! The one blush I do think you should try is Deep Throat-it’s my fave blush from NARS, and I think you’d love it. Every time I wear it, I’m like DANG I like this blush lol!

  • I like how it covered your redness! 🙂 I wish we had NARS here so I could swatch it

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Me too! That’s sad-there’s a few sights I’ve seen with swatches but I’d think you’re the lightest one!

  • Good to hear that it covers so well! You definitely look great in those pictures.

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Thanks gorgeous! xo

  • Emma Bovary

    You look lovely and air brushed with this on, nice one! I find that cream foundations/powder foundations sit on top of my skin rather than sinking in, which is why I really only use liquid foundations. This does seem nice though, and though the compact being separate is annoying now, I guess if it ends up being a repurchase it will be nice to just buy the refill 🙂

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Yeah a good cream one will melt into the skin and this one does after a few minutes. It kinda’ fuses for lack of a better term haha!Wouldn’t it be better for them to include it to ENCOURAGE us to buy again and refill it? But nope! Gotta get more monies! There I go ranting again hahaha-sorry about that hahaha!
      The separate compact irks me. Just another price grab in my eye!

  • I’ve never found a cream foundation I liked, but I might give these a try! Glad to hear the undertones are more yellow because it’s so hard for me to find those!

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      yup! I think you’ll have no prob finding a match laura!

  • This looks fabulous on you Tracy!

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Thanks Emma! I love it!

  • Liz

    That compact and well also look TINY. CoverFX has an amazing cream foundation but I was so oily at the time that it would go all melty pretty quickly. I’m not really interested in NARS base at all for some reason. Their colours are much more fun!

  • Monica @beautyparler

    I love that it looks very natural! And your skin look amazing in the sunshine pic.

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Thanks Monica! NARS does bases so well, hey?

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Thanks! xo Yeah, it’s really nice for dry skin! Just go easy one it-don’t use a lot as cream ca get cakey if you start to pile on too much. My daughter found that out yesterday lol!

  • Your skin looks amazing with this! I also dislike the whole paying extra for the compact business though. What’s that about? Seriously. By the way, what blush are you wearing? It’s gorgeous!

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Thanks TIffany! I’m actually going to exchange it for another shade-I think I need Deauville-this one is just a tad too light upon closer inspection in the sun!
      Guerlain Madame Rougit! LOVE it.

  • Toya

    Probably to my oily-skin detriment, I really love a more dewy look to my skin/foundation, so of course this appeals to me right from the get-go. It sounds like I’ll need to do a bit of testing out with it first to see how it behaves on my skin, but I have high hopes Tracy! Its a really great match with your skintone.

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Thanks Toya! It’s really nice! It’s a good match for me in winter, but actually right now I need something a bit darker.

  • i got this! can’t wait to use it 🙂

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      LOL yay!!!!