A while back I purchased NARS Sheer Glow foundation in Siberia from Drugstore.com. I was hopeful that it would match my skintone and be a good foundation. Also it makes me think of this awesome song called Ignore the Machine by Alien Sex Fiend.
The Website claims:
This Sheer Glow Foundation enhances, without masking, your overall natural complexion. The weightless formula hydrates the skin while complexion brightening properties improve skin brightness, radiance, and texture, leaving skin with a luminous, sensual glow.
Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene, Glycol, Glycerine, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/vinal Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethylhexanoin, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Dis-butydimethicone Polyglyceryl-3, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Glutamate, Sorbitan, Sesquiisostearate, 1-Methylhdantoin-2-imide, Phenoxyenthanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polusilocone-2, Serralysin, Curcuma Longa, Glycuosyl Hesperidin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tocpherol, [+/- (may contain): CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron oxides), CI 77491 (Iron oxides), CI 77499 (Iron oxides)].
$42 for one ounce. I purchased it during a sale at Drugstore.com and got it for $33.60 & free shipping. You can also purchase it from Sephora.com and directly from Nars.com. For the price, I really wish a pump was included. Sure, one can be purchased for $5 more, but it’s kind of annoying.
I believe 15 shades are available. I have Siberia, which is light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones. There is also Mont Blanc (fair with pink undertones), Gobi (light with yellow undertones), Deauville (light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones), Fiji (light with yellow undertones), Ceylan (light-medium with yellow undertones), Punjab (medium with golden peachy undertones), Santa Fe (medium with peachy undertones), Stromboli (medium with olive undertones), Barcelona (medium with golden peachy undertones), Syracuse (medium-dark with brown undertones), Tahoe (medium-dark with caramel undertones), Cadiz (medium-dark with caramel and red undertones), Macao (medium dark with deep yellow undertones) and Trinidad (dark with warm yellow undertones).
As a reference, Meow’s Pampered Puss mineral foundation in Inquisitive Siamese (lightest neutral) is a perfect match for me as well.
Does it live up to its claims?
For me it does. First and foremost, I have to rave about this foundation for one simple reason… Siberia is a PERFECT match for my skintone. Perfect. Match. It’s not a touch too peach. It’s not a touch too pink. It’s not too yellow. It’s not a tad too dark. It’s PERFECT. For that alone, I was excited.
I’ve been wearing it on and off for about a month now and I really like my results with it. I feel like it does a good job of evening out my skintone without feeling like a mask. It’s what I would define as light coverage. I definitely feel like it gives me a nice glow. As with all liquid foundations I’ve tried recently, it seems like a little goes a long way. You don’t have to slather it on.
I get nice wear out of it, as it lasts about 8 hours on me, though it starts to look like it could use a touch up at the end of the day. It works well with or without a primer on my skin. I do recommend that if you have dry patches you exfoliate first. I’ve been applying this with my finger tips, then blending, and then using a duofiber brush to blend it out. I’ve also used the Real Techniques foundation brush to dot the foundation on, then blend it out all over. The recommended technique according to Sephora is “Warm product with hands, apply a small amount to the center of the face, and then blend outwards.”
Would I purchase again?
Yes! I recently purchased the Powder version of this in Siberia, and I’m interested in trying the Sheer Matte version of this in Siberia. While it’s definitely the most expensive foundation I own at $42, you can definitely find it on sale and that makes it not too bad. I got it for 20% off at Drugstore.com, and recently NARS had a 17% off sale (which is where I picked up the powder version), and Sephora also has 20% off sales. So if you wait for a sale, it’s not too bad. Honestly because of the perfect match to my skintone, I don’t mind the price. That’s such a rarity for me.
Product purchased by me. All opinions are my own.