Nars All Day Luminous Foundation | Review

Firstly I apologize about the state of the bottle. I started to clean it up (the first picture as proof) but then I thought I would add the last photo to show one of the points I will mention in the review.

I had heard a lot about Nars Sheer Glow, and hearing that there was a new foundation from Nars I wanted to try it instead. The title Nars All Day Luminous made my eyes flutter at the excitement of a long lasting luminous foundation (everything I've been looking for).
I went to my nearest Nars counter and got colour matched by the sales assistant to the shade "Deauville". I was at my palest then, and wanted a foundation to match me when I can't be bothered to fake tan!!

I really should have stopped then before buying, and asked for a sample instead.

Let's just say I hate the foundation before you read any further. Typing this now I can't think of one positive point. Firstly the colour match is totally off. I did want a shade to match me when I'm my palest, not a shade to make me look like a vampire with a cold! I think Deauville is more of a yellow undertone and I'm a pink undertone.
Secondly the title of the foundation is WAYYYY deceiving. Rude. I mean I have dry skin, and so you'd think this foundation wouldn't want to cling to my dry patches.. well it does. After many attempts of wearing this to work to test out the foundation, I was worried someone was going to ask "what happened to your skin" because it looked that bad.
Thirdly the longevity of the foundation. I would say mediocre. I couldn't tell if the foundation was actually on by the end of the day because when I first applied the foundation I couldn't tell I had foundation on. (not in a good way). The texture is just horrid in my opinion.
Lastly the packaging. I actually do like the packaging, I think it looks expensive and it has a pump. I don't however like how the top managed to twist loose, therefore leaving the foundation to leak (3rd picture). This could be down to my clumsiness putting the top on or the top becoming loose itself. Who knows?!

I have tried to apply this foundation with a brush, my hands and a beauty blender. I would say the better way was with a buffing brush. I really don't know where I went wrong with this foundation, I really wish I could say I love it. I wish I had relied on the reviews I had read before hand about it drying out the skin.

Have you tried this foundation? Do you have any recommendations on making it work?

Love Laura xxx


  1. I can't believe how awful this foundation sounds! being someone with very dry skin myself, I thank you very much for posting this as any 'luminous' foundations are always the ones I tend to go for!
    Rachel Coco

  2. I haven't tried any of NARS's foundations, so I have no advice hun, sorry! But I have always wanted to, so reading your review has definitely been a great heads-up.:)


  3. Nice review!! Love this post!!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  4. It's such a shame that you didn't like this foundation - i've not tried anything from Nars but it's made me think twice before I splash out on it! Thank you for sharing this review! :)

    Rachel - Cake Doesn't Count x

  5. Such a shame about this foundation Laura! I always love and enjoy reading your reviews, and as per this was awesome to read, but I'm sad it didn't work out for you :( Such an expensive brand too, you'd think they'd actually live up to their label! Can't believe the longevity was lacking so badly; one of the most important things about a foundation is its lasting strength, so that's such a complete and utter negative! Ugh! I so hope you find a fab foundation that works out a lot better for you next time. And p.s. so happy as always to see a post from you :)

    Sophie | soinspo xo

  6. Always good to read some honest reviews on a hyped up foundation. That sucks that this clings to dry patches, I hate when foundations do that!}

  7. I really love that you've given an honest review of this foundation! It's so refreshing to read. Safe to say I won't be buying it! xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  8. I haven't tried out this formulation yet, but when foundation shopping always either take a sample or have them apply it for you so you can see for yourself if you like it before purchasing. All of NARS foundations are made with a yellow undertone, you can set it with a translucent powder that has a little more pink in it to have a healthy balance. Also, I'm curious to know... which skincare and primer you've been using with this product?

    I went to a training by one of NARS National Makeup Artists and was told the "NARS" way of applying foundation would be with the fingers and then smoothed out with a brush.

    Stop by my blog hun & don't forget to say hi! Xo

  9. I haven't tried this one however I do have sheer glow and I absolutely adore it so I think i'm going to stick with that!
    Coleoftheball xx

  10. That's so disappointing!! I wish it had worked better for you, especially since it's generally such a great brand :( oh well. Thanks for the honest review!
    xo Kiki

  11. Awesome and interesting article. Great things you've always shared with us. Thanks. Just continue composing this kind of post.
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  12. Oh goodness, this sounds like a nightmare from beginning to end! What a shame it didn't work out for you :(

    Jess xo


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