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Nars Foundation Swatches

I wanted to show you my NARS foundation swatches side by side. I think you’ll be amazed at how the unblended foundation just melds with my skin. From left to right we have:

Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF30/PA+++ in Finland – Lightest with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
Sheer Matte Foundation in Siberia – Light 1 – Light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
Sheer Glow Foundation in Siberia – Light 1 – Light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
Powder Foundation in Siberia – Light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones


Yes, I know that it looks like Sheer Glow and the Pressed Foundation are practically invisible on my skin. I know I applied the powder to the right of Sheer Glow. I am amazed at how it just blends in. Sheer Matte would blend in too, if I blended it out. With Sheer Matte, you need to apply it to one section of your face at a time, blending as you go, or it won’t look right. I’ve only worn the Tinted Moisturizer once so far, but it did blend in well, despite being the darkest of the swatches above.

Every time I wear the Sheer Glow or the Pressed foundation I get compliments on my skin. NARS Siberia was the first department store foundation that I’ve found that truly matches my skintone and I love it. I look forward to playing with the tinted moisturizer and the sheer matte. I’ll definitely be reviewing them.

I thought it was neat to see how they looked swatched side by side.

Me wearing Sheer Glow Siberia with Silk Naturals Finishing Powder on top.

My NARS Aya Inspired look, wearing Sheer Glow.

Wearing NARS Sheer Glow with the pressed foundation on the t-zone.

NARS Pressed foundation by itself.

Price:
$42 Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF30/PA+++ for 1.7 oz.
$42 Sheer Glow Foundation for 1 oz.
$42 Sheer Matte Foundation for 1 oz.
$45 Powder Foundation SPF 12 for .4 oz.

While these are definitely some of the more expensive foundations I own, I do really like the quality of the products and I love the fact that they actually match my skintone! Additionally I have to say that I’ve received top notch customer service both online and in store with NARS. It was refreshing to be treated nicely after being snubbed by another company when I was trying to ask for more information about their product, but more on that later.

Do you own any NARS products? Have you tried any of their foundations? Is it hard for you to find a perfect match in foundation?

Products purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

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    • http://cinseven13.blogspot.com cinseven13

      Great swatches! I think I’ll have to try the Glow Siberia – it looks lighter, less yellow, slightly more pink than the Matte. The Matte Siberia is a tad too yellow for me but helps minimize my redness.

      • Phyrra

        The Siberia just melts into my skin. I’m betting the matte would be too dry for you. Yellow is definitely great for helping with the redness. You should definitely take a peek!

    • http://beautyandbabbling.blogspot.com/ beautybabbler

      I finally bit the bullet and purchased Nars Sheer Matte in Siberia, and I am loving it! Having such a good color match is wonderful, and I love the finish it gives. Thanks for sharing your swatches of the tinted moisturizer and pressed powder as well.

      • Phyrra

        Yay I’m so glad that you like it!

    • http://perilouslypale.com Perilously Pale

      Thank you for this!!

      • Phyrra

        You’re welcome <3

    • Roxanne

      I want to try Nars Sheer Glow SO bad, but here in Canada it’s $55, which is just a little too pricey for me. Crazy how big the price differential is, eh?

      • Phyrra

        I think the most expensive foundation I’ve purchased has been the Illamasqua powder foundation in 115, which was around $52 or $55, so I feel ya on that!!!

        • Mairyn

          Wow – if either of you moved to Australia you’d both poop your pants at the insane mark-ups on imported cosmetics! :P Nars sheer matte + sheer glow foundations are 79 AUD which is probably only a few dollars different from USD.
          Illamasqua foundations are actually close in price to the US RRP – they’re $55-$60, depending on the formulation.
          …this is why I buy everything online haha

          • Phyrra

            I can see why!

    • http://emilysmakeupbox.blogspot.com/2011/07/about-me.html Emily

      What’s the staying power of the sheer matte? I’m looking for a foundation with good staying power that I’ll have to use very little of come summer.

      • Phyrra

        I’ve only worn it once so far, which is why I can’t speak to the wear of it. When I got my makeover done by Manny from NARS, he applied the matte to me and it looked great.

        I’ve only worn the tinted moisturizer and the matte once each. That’s why I can’t really speak to their wear yet.

        I’ve worn the glow and the powder a ton, and they’re great.

    • Frances Murphy

      Yeah. I think matte Siberia will suit my skin tone as well since it is lighter. Thanks for sharing!

      • Phyrra

        All of those match my skintone pretty well :) I hope they work for you, too!

    • http://www.aijuswhanakno.com Mika Chan

      It’s funny, I finally broke down and re-purchased my Nars Sheer Glow today. I just wasn’t happy with anything else!

      • Phyrra

        It’s definitely an awesome product., I’m glad you love it!

    • http://www.lillianfunnyface.blogspot.com Lillian

      It looks great on you! I’ve heard great things about the foundation. Unfortunately Siberia looks super yellow on me and the next one is much too dark :(

      • http://www.outinapout.com Jessica Allison

        If the Mont Blanc is too dark for you, you mustmustmust get some white adjuster, it changed my life! I first tried Face Atelier’s Ultra Foundation in Zero Minus, but on a whim recently picked up Coastal Scent’s white color corrector and it works just as well- though I just checked & I don’t see it on the site anymore :(

        I used to always have to settle for whichever color came closest, paying little heed to formula, coverage, etc…It’s so nice to be able to get anything I want now and just add a drop (or 5) of corrector to lighten it to where I need it!

        Also, while we’re on the subject (pale girls unite!) Graftobian makes an amazingly fair range of cream foundations (much lighter than any other brand I’ve seen).

    • Ari

      Thank you so much for these comparisons! I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how difficult it is for a woman with a very pale, absolutely neutral skintone to find foundation in a tone that works – let alone swatches of it! For those of us remote enough that we do most of our shopping online, this is absolutely invaluable. I only wish I’d seen it before purchasing Finland – which has a gorgeous texture, but proved just a smidgen too ‘colourful’ for me.

    • Rachel

      Thanks, great swatches. I’ve been curious about those NARS foundations for a while. The tinted moisturiser in Finland looks incredibly dark and orange compared to the others. Do you find that it blends out and looks okay on your skin, or is it too dark? Thx!