NARS Sheer Glow Foundation: Punjab and Stromboli
I’m finally going to review one of my favorite (if not my favorite) foundations of all time: NARS Sheer Glow ($42). I’ve been blogging for over 8 months and have never dedicated an entire post to this product. I’ve mentioned it so many times that I must have been under the impression that I had reviewed it. This is a very popular foundation that has been reviewed extensively. Hopefully this post will help people with similar skintone and skintype as me who are researching this foundation. For reference, I’m around an NC30 in MAC (warm, yellow undertones), I have normal skin, and live in tropical humid weather (so if anything, I can relate more to people with oily skin because of the heat).
Sheer Glow has a good medium coverage. It covers my redness completely and on good days I can skip concealer with this. The good thing about a medium coverage is that it’s an in between, you can build it up or sheer it down.
I consider Sheer Glow to have a satin finish (yes, its name is deceiving). Of course, on dry skin it may seem more matte and on very oily skin it may seem more dewy. If you don’t love dewy finishes (like me) then don’t worry, Sheer Glow is not glowy. If you have very oily skin you can get a sample of Sheer Matte.
I find it to have a really good lasting power. It lasts all day one me. For a special event or a particularly long day, I do use a face primer underneath.
I think Sheer Glow has a great color selection. If you are very pale you might like Siberia (their lightest shade). The reason I have two shades is because I tan a lot in the summer so the darker shade (Stromboli) is way too dark for fall/winter. It is not necessary to have two colors of course, but when I really love a foundation I like to use it year round. I’d love to have a summer shade of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum too.
It’s a very expensive foundation so be sure to get a sample first if you can. I find that a pump is more than enough for my face and neck so I usually use half a pump. That means a bottle will last you years so you can think of it as an investment.
Annoying things about Sheer Glow: It doesn’t come with a pump so you have to purchase it separately (it costs $6). Also, once the pump is in you can’t put the original rectangular cap back on. I think it looks a bit ugly with just a pump, lol. However, the pump locks so you don’t have to worry about accidental spilling.