NARS' Radiant Cream Compact Foundation is claiming to be a foundation that's ideal for dry skin, but it winds up going too far in its efforts to be moisturizing.
This is a truly creamy, fragrance-free foundation that offers a lot of moisture for dry skin, and there are few such foundations out there. However, the extensive amount of slip makes it tricky to apply because it slides around on the skin, making it difficult to achieve uniform coverage.
If you can overcome the slippery texture, this does provide sheer to medium coverage with an attractive dewy finish that doesn't highlight pores or wrinkles. The drawback, though, is that the slip remains an issue throughout this foundation's wear time, which means you have to be very careful about touching your face (evenly lightly to dab your nose or eyes) or you run the risk of wiping some of it off, or having it slide from one area to another. Issues like these are precisely why there are so few "rich" foundations for those with dry skin. It's far better to prep your skin with moisturizer first, and then apply a lightweight foundation rather than a creamy one.
Radiant Cream Compact Foundation comes in a generous range of shades, with colors for very light and very dark skin tones, although the Mont Blanc shade is a bit too pink to look natural on its intended skin tone.
It's also worth noting that NARS chose a different approach to the packaging for this foundation. The foundation and compact are sold separately. For $38 you get a relatively small amount of foundation in a lightweight, almost flimsy, plastic container that you're supposed to snap in to the compact, which adds $10 to the total price. We listed the price of the foundation without the compact because it is usable this way, but it holds up much better in the sold-separately compact.
Note: This contains some antioxidants, but they won't remain stable given that this foundation will be routinely exposed to light and air during each use.
- Provides sheer to medium coverage with an attractive dewy finish.
- Doesn't highlight wrinkles or pores.
- Truly moisturizing for dry skin.
- Too slippery to blend evenly and get consistent coverage.
- The amount of slip remains a factor throughout this foundation's wear time.
Dimethicone, Aqua (Water), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Paraffin, Nylon-12, PEG-400, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Caprylyic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysilicone 2, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Ceramide 3, Palmitic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Maris Aqua (Sea Water), Spilanthese Acmella (Spilanthese Acmella Flower Extract), Ethyhexylglycerin, Barium Sulfate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Algae (Algae Extract), Alumina, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.
Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining women's attention with sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqué shade names.
As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengths, but just as many weaknesses. It reaches its zenith with blushes, foundation shades, brushes, and lipsticks, but falters when it comes to pencils, and mascaras. Still, the best of NARS are really spectacular, and include expanded color palettes.
Although much can be said about the makeup side of this cosmetics line, there is very little, if anything, to be said about the skin-care products other than "Why bother?" or better yet, "What were they thinking?" Most of the cleansers are drying, the toners are dated formulations of alcohol and other irritants, and the moisturizers are mundane, poorly conceived and dated formulations. A little grape juice and fennel won't save a mix of alcohol, film-forming agent, and waxes, especially not at these inflated prices. And sunscreen? Completely absent; it's not even discussed. The assembly of products is attractively presented at NARS counters, but don't be fooled!
For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.