The Best Glowing Foundation
This is a ramble and I apologize in advance for the annoying lack of Capitalization and Punctuation. If that' an issue for you, this is not the review you want to put yourself through***** This is a foundation that i truly go back to whenever I want to look good. I have combo dry skin and i find it hard to find the balance between the two. My skincare is great I don't particularly feel a daily need to wear makeup. But when the mood hits, I like it to WORK. This is a foundation that i can rely on and it works well with whatever i am using in regards to skincare. MY skin fluctuates, like most. Though, mine in particular can swing between the extremes of Dry, Oily and Acne. I find that this foundation plays well with my wide range of skincare and i appreciate that. When I'm in the mood for a satin finish, I can just play with the prep and find that i can get a 5-7 hr window of having a Satin Base. I can get a long lasting dewy look that doesn't melt off of my face or make it impossible to blot. I find that some foundations are harder to make look good after a blot, because they have transfer issues. Nars Sheer Glow can be blotted and you will see some color on you blot paper (I use one ply tissue), but it will look as though it was freshly applied. I cant get a Matte finish with this, because i find that the amount of powder that is needed doesn't look nice. This foundation does well with a light dusting of powder. I cant use a blotting powder during a touch up, because it will cause the foundation to crack. Now regarding the color, I use the shade Aruba. For years i relied on mixing to get my perfect shade through the seasons. I would Barcelona with Syracuse and it would work, but the cost of it would always feel like a hit to my penny pinching. I dont mind paying for quality. I have quite a few high end staples, but as soon as i find a budget version of something that does as well or better than, almost immediately transition to the cheaper product. when the shade extensions were announced, i waited a year to even see if the shades would include my perfect shade. I was randomly matched to Aruba in the Natural Radiance and it was another immediate love. I soon came the the near end of the bottle and when it was time to pick up a foundation i noticed that the Sheer Glow had my Aruba! I was so exited. I had heard that some of the shade transitions from line to line had slight variations (all workable, but i was so tired of making things work). So, I refused to get my hopes too high. Could it be that i had found my HOLY GRAIL? Could my perfect formula also have the perfect shade? YES. Imagine, for years the only shades i would get matched to was MAC NC42 (if you were good at makeup you d see it a tiny bit too orange), MUFE HD Y405 (too yellow grey), Nars Syracuse (a workable shade that requires less work that the previous mentions, but is a hint too brown and requires I carefully choose what bronzer I use that day). The formula is super easy to build up and sheer down. I do think that when I mix Sheer Glow with Natural Radiant, they make the most amazing combination. THE PERFECT BASE. Full coverage that looks like skin. AMAZING.