NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. What a mouthful! I can never remember the full name – usually I just refer to it as the new NARS foundation, but occasionally I’ll manage to spit out NARS All Day Luminous Foundation. “Weightless” never manages to make it across my lips, though I can’t say that has anything to do with how the product feels at all. More likely it’s all about the unfortunately long name. (All the adjectives!)
I’ve been trying to find the perfect high coverage foundation for my skin for quite a while now. I wanted something that covered my blemishes and dark circles without feeling or looking heavy. The ladies in my local Sephora know me on sight now and it’s not because I spend too much money there (though I do…) it’s because every time there was a new foundation I was in there asking for a sample, looking for my new holy grail. It was love at first swatch.
Or at least, first full application. When I first opened the little pot I was given I was taken aback. The NARS All Day Luminous Weightless foundation is seriously thin. Almost milky. I hope I never ever spill this because oh god there won’t be anything left. Thankfully NARS has included a pump with this foundation so that shouldn’t be an issue. I hope.
The key to this foundation is not to rush your application. If you need to get out the door fast this is not the foundation you want to choose. I find it applies best when I take a section of my face at a time – one pump generally does half of my face, so it’s pretty simple to split up. I’ve noticed when I’m rushed I tend to go in with a heavier hand and that is not pretty. If you smoosh it all into your face at once you are going to have a heavy, almost cakey looking foundation. Not saying that this isn’t buildable! It definitely is, but I usually do my whole face before I start applying another layer for a more seamless application.
I also find that using a makeup sponge really is your BFF with the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless foundation. I’ve had great experiences using both the beauty blender and the Real Techniques Miracle Sponge, but less so with my usual foundation brush suspects. Even my fingers don’t really work this foundation in as well as the sponges. There’s just something about the way the sponges apply the foundation that gives it this perfect, airbrushed finish that I can’t mimic with anything else.
I mean, look at that difference! Dark circles hidden, blemishes practically gone, shine dissipated…aka perfection. It’s definitely more of a satin finish than a luminous one, though I do find the luminosity comes back throughout the day. This is definitely a foundation that looks better the longer you wear it.
Just for context on how the foundation looks with a full look – I did add a biiiit of highlighter to my cheeks, but most of that glow is from the foundation. This photo was taken about an hour after I first put the foundation on and it honestly just gets prettier throughout the day. This is also the only foundation I own where my blush, bronzer and concealer stay put until I wash my makeup off at night. Concealer is usually the first to get eaten up by my skin, even with powder (darn oily acne…) but not with the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless foundation. They really do mean All Day when they say it.
With 20 shades to choose from (mine is Light 1 – Siberia, very aptly named), there’s a very high chance that you’ll find a match for you. You can find the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation at Sephora for CA$57.00.
Also on my face:
- Benefit Porefessional Primer
- Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
- NARS Radiant Creamy Concealers in Chantilly and Vanila
- Annabelle Matte Biggy Bronzer in Matte Gold*
- Too Faced Champagne Truffle Eyeshadow, used as highlight (from Chocolate Bar palette)
- Milani Rose Blush in Coral Cove
- Maybelline Color Tattoo in Inked in Pink
- essence All About Nude eyeshadow palette
- Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Soft Brown
- Guerlain The Eyebrow Pencil in 01 Brun Ideal
- Covergirl Flamed Out Mascara in Very Black Blaze
- L’Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive lipstick in Julianne’s Nude
What’s your go-to foundation?