NARS Sheer Matte Foundation

February 14, 2014 | Beauty, NARS | 4 Comments »

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NARS Sheer Matte Foundation in Vallauris


Swatches: NARS Sheer Matte Foundation in Vallauris

I finally got my new camera! It was a gift from my husband for Valentine’s Day! When I first took Jack 2.0 (How original, eh?) out to play, I realized that my NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer just wouldn’t do the trick anymore. I may have gotten away with such little coverage with my point and shoot, but Jack 2.0 picks up on every little imperfection! Hello, pores/fine lines/wrinkles/acne scars! Yikes! But hey, I did want better quality. And now I have it.

After hearing so many good things about the NARS Sheer Matte/Sheer Glow Foundations, I decided to give one of them a try. I went to Sephora and had them do that fancy Color IQ thingy to get an ‘exact’ match. Looking at the swatch above I wouldn’t really say that’s an exact match, but that’s what they suggested. I decided to go with the NARS Sheer Matte Foundation since my skin is usually quite oily. I took this bad boy home and tried it immediately. I wanted to love it so bad, but it’s just… well, it’s not good! For me anyway.

I’ve read lots of mixed reviews. So many people seem to have problems blending this foundation into their skin. I used my BeautyBlender and it blended in effortlessly! But that’s where the perfection ended. Within an HOUR I was already shiny. And um… it’s Winter! For something claiming to be a matte I would assume I wouldn’t start shining away within the first hour. I’m not expecting miracles here, but an hour is a bit of a let down. It also felt VERY heavy on my face. It felt like I had a plastic film over my face and even looked like it at some point. After a few hours I washed it off since it was patchy and fading. In the end I was left with a few pimples on my cheek and near my lips.

I’m not one to send makeup back. In fact I can count on one hand how many times I’ve actually returned makeup. This foundation went right back to Sephora! Sorry, but I just could not make this work for me.


The photo above was taken immediately after application. I know the quality still isn’t that great. I’m still getting the hang of my new camera. I took over a hundred photos that day hence the bored look on my face. I’m getting there!

Also, remember when I said I’d share a few looks of me wearing stuff from the MAC A Fantasy Of Flowers Collection? Well, I’m wearing Stereo Rose on my cheeks and Fleur d’Coral on my lips. I told y’all I meant it this time!

4 Comments on “NARS Sheer Matte Foundation” »
  1. Aw what a bummer about the foundation. Hopefully you find the ‘right’ one soon. Love the picture quality!!

    • I think I’ve found a suitable one which I’ll be blogging about soon. Still haven’t found that ‘holy grail’ foundation though. :(

  2. Shiny in 1 hour with a matte formula – that’s pretty much a make-up sin! I usually don’t return things either but right now I have three that I’m pretty sure are going back (and of course I feel so guilty about it)
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    • It really is! Usually anything with matte on the label will have me shining through again eventually, but never within the first hour.

      And ahh! The walk of shame to the register! lol Oh how I hate that. Thankfully it’s not something I do often. Good luck!

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