HotCupofBeauty Product Review: NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

If you’ve read just one of my blog posts, you’ll know that I have dry skin.  This is a key consideration when evaluating products like foundations, cleansers, and moisturizers.  As such, my dry skin is why NARS Sheer Glow Foundation has been on my “MUST TRY” list for years.  I finally decided to make the purchase.

Sheer Glow appealed to me because NARS is a brand that I trust.  Some of my favorite blushes, lipsticks, and glosses are from NARS.  Naturally, I had high expectations.  At the same time, when it comes to foundation, I have high standards.  As a black woman, color matching can be a source of anxiety.  In addition, I wanted a formula that suits my skin type.  NARS describes Sheer Glow as:

a glowing, natural radiant finish foundation with sheer and buildable coverage that immaculately evens skin tone. Replete with skincare benefits and the NARS Complexion Brightening Formula, it leaves skin hydrated, more luminous, softer and smoother.

I get excited every time I see the words “hydrated,” “radiant,” or “glowing.”  Of course, I had to try it.

THE EXPERIENCE

I bought Sheer Glow in the shade Benares from Sephora.  Sheer Glow does not come with a pump.  THIS PRODUCT NEEDS A PUMP.  It’s like Heinz ketchup.  It’s thick and doesn’t pour out easily.  You have to shake it down.  A pump is available for an additional $6.  However, it must be purchased online or at a NARS department store counter.

I was pleased to discover that the shade Benares was a great match to my skin tone.  The accuracy of Sephora’s Color IQ was impressive.  The device also matched me accurately for foundations from Bobbi Brown, Lancôme, and Laura Mercier.

I wore the Sheer Glow twice and with two different moisturizers to get a fair read.

THE RESULTS

I am sorry to report that this foundation did not work for me.  Yes, the color matched my complexion.  But despite the description, I don’t think Sheer Glow is well-suited for those with dry skin.  On both occasions, my skin looked flat and tired.  It didn’t look or feel hydrated.  There was no glow, no luminosity, and no dewiness.   I was crushed.  I thought this foundation would be ideal for the winter months.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

WRAPPING UP

NARS should include the pump.  At $42, this is a high-end foundation.  You can pay less for more.  If you have dry skin, look elsewhere.  It may be good for those with normal skin.  If you are still interested in Sheer Glow, get a sample first and try for a few days.  This product has been around for years and has solid ratings online.  Thus, many are happy with it.  It did not work for me but it could work for you.

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