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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Review

Effie XuReviewed By: Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5) Updated On: Aug 4, 2014

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is a well received foundation with medium coverage and a luminous finish. As the name suggested, this foundation gives skin a glow effect, but if you have oily skin, no need to be scared away, it gives you glow without any oily feeling.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Review


The foundation is sold in 1 oz glass containers. The thick glass is transparent and one can easily see the shade of the foundation. Experts say that it is vital to choose the right shade. The foundation has 20 shades with various hues of flesh color. The glass container has a dark-colored cap which needs to be unscrewed to open. An annoying fact of this foundation is that the opening has no pump or dropper type dispenser. You need to either put some amount on their palm or on a palette. However, it’s quite hard to control the excess.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Review


The foundation is thick creamy in texture. It does not flow on the skin but blends easily when daubed on the face with fingers or a facial brush. Usually, the foundation should be put on the center of the face and then rubbed in the outer regions. The best way is either to warm the product on the palm and then apply on the face. Facial brush can be also used for evenly spreading the foundation and making a uniform coverage.
Many users have used a primer before putting on the foundation. Some have put it directly on a clean and dry face. The skin feels cool, non-reactive, and hydrated. It feels soft to touch as well.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Review


There is practically no smell in this foundation. Though fragrance-free, many may get a whiff of some chemicals – but this too, vanishes away. The smell of botanical substances may be felt by users who are extremely sensitive to scents.


Nars Sheer Glow Foundation has multiple shades. If users choose the ideal shade, the foundation quickly blends with the color of the skin and removes blemishes. The skin glows – but does not shine. There isn’t too much matte texture as well. Nonetheless, the skin looks buoyant, supple, energetic, and rested. The fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, black spots and dark circles seem to disappear. After a medium coverage, some users may put on the foundation for a second coating. However, this is only under the eyes to remove under-the-eye spots and dark circles.

The foundation is quite serum-type and does not become cakey. It may however, shine after 6-8 hours of application due to oily output. So, consider using the foundation if your skin is too oily. The foundation does not have SPF properties – so, it does not act as a sunscreen lotion.

It is a wonderful skincare product that has anti-oxidants. These elements help to remove radicals from the skin. The skin collagens stop disintegrating and start multiplying as the radicals are removed. This results in the skin becoming buoyant and youthful. There are moisturizing and anti-aging properties as well in the foundation. This allows the skin to become supple and fine lines disappear. Any blemishes still remaining are concealed. The skin looks radiant and toned up as there is good amount of turmeric extract.

The face can be left as it is with only the foundation if the user wants it to be natural. Makeup can be put on if the user wants to deck up.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Review


The product does not have any comedogenic elements that can close or clog skin pores. As a result, the skin is calmer and redness disappears. It does not have skin irritants, such as synthetic fragrances to cause skin reactions. The ingredients are just right for normal skin or skins which are very dry. Oily skins must watch out as the foundation tends to make the face oilier.

The foundation has various types of hydrocarbons, glycerine, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sorbitan, Sodium Glutamate, Polusilocone-2, Curcuma Longa, Serralysin, Glycuosyl Hesperidin, and different types of mineral salts. The foundation is chemical in nature.


NARS Sheer Glow foundation gives the skin a subtle glow and makes the skin soft and tender. No wonder, the foundation comes with a cost. However a high end foundation at the cost of $45 is quite reasonable and acceptable.

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Review Overall

Highly Recommended
Summary: NARS Sheer Glow Foundation has a luminous finish, gives skin medium coverage and long lasting effect.
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