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.
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 nars.com, and 15 shades available at Sephora.
Whaddaya’ think? Do you like cream foundations too?