A foundation I wished I could love, but it seems like we are incompatible. I end up hating it, after a few tormenting encounters.
NARS beauty assistant in Selfridges was generous enough to give me 6 sachets of the sample, each 2 mls in volume to try on, claiming that this is an outstanding foundation with a breakthrough formulation.
She was spot on in finding a shade that match my skin tone precisely – Santa Fe.
Sheer Matte is a soft matte-finish foundation with sheer, buildable coverage that controls oil and shine throughout the day. Replete with skincare benefits and the NARS Complexion Brightening Formula, skin is more luminous, softer and smoother. Best for normal to oily skins, Sheer Matte also helps to:
* Minimizes visible discoloration
* Brightens and clarifies overall skin tone
* Absorbs oil and controls shine
* Dermatologist tested. Non-comedogenic. Fragrance Free.
• 100% – helps control oil and shine during the day
• 90% – evens out skin tone
• 90% – skin feels soft and smooth
• 84% – skin looks brighter and more radiant
So, why would I end up disliking it?
Well, NARS sheer matte has a distinctly intolerable aroma to begin with; It smells like playdough!
Despite it’s easy to spread & blend when using my finger ( with its inherent greasy, creamy texture ), it tends to streak ( zebra like, and I am not exaggerating ) whenever I try to apply it with a foundation brush ( tried & tested, reliable, excellent brush from Laura Mercier ).
The initial airbrushed, smooth & radiant finish ends up as an oil slick; smudging & caking all over my complexion, within 2 hours of application.
Regrettably, this is not my type of foundation.
Artwork by Stella im Hultberg.