01.22.2015
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NARS
Radiant Cream Compact Foundation
Rating
$38
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Cream Foundation
Last Updated:01.22.2015
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:No
Overview

This is a truly creamy, fragrance-free foundation that offers a lot of moisture for dry to very dry skin, which is notable as there are few foundations out there for those seeking such a formula. It's so moisturizing that if you have even remotely oily areas, this will prove far too emollient and slip off by mid-day.

Radiant Cream Compact Foundation provide light to medium coverage with an attractive dewy finish that doesn't highlight pores or wrinkles. Though a sponge is included in the compact, we would recommend applying this with a buffing brush for the best result, as a sponge can deposit far too much product on your face.

Like many of the NARS foundation range, this comes in a generous range of shades, with colors for very light and very dark skin tones, although the Mont Blanc shade does have a stronger pink undertone that tends to look unnatural, even on fair complexions.

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 plastic container that you snap in to the compact, the latter of which adds $10 to the total price. This may be initially off-putting, but if you find this foundation to be a favorite, you may appreciate the money saved in the long run. 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.

Pros:
  • Provides light to medium coverage with an attractive dewy finish.
  • Doesn't highlight wrinkles or pores.
  • Truly moisturizing for dry skin.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • If you do not have dry to very dry skin, this will likely be far too moisturizing.
Claims
Ingredients
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.
Brand Overview

NARS At-A-Glance

Strengths: Great range of foundation shades; excellent blushes; some impressive lipsticks; beautiful bronzers; tinted lip balm with broad-spectrum sun protection.

Weaknesses: Expensive; the skincare line rates as mostly mediocre to poor; unimpressive mascaras.

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.

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Sunday, October 05, 2014
great for old dry compexions

This has worked well for my skin which tends to be extremely dry from October to April. I blend this with a complexion brush and use a good primer underneath it. Finish with Nars loose powder. Haven't noticed any slip and my skin looks relativeely "dewy".

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Saturday, May 24, 2014
Liked it.

I liked how my skin looked. I have good luck with foundation lasting all day. I don't think I will wear this one all day, though.I paired it with orgasm multiple. Nice subtle blush.

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Annette D.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Had to Return

The only positive things about this product were that the color matched and it was lightweight. There are some NARS items that I love, but this one went back to Sephora because when I got it home, and could see myself in a magnified mirror, the foundation collected in my pores, making them and the fact that I was made up really obvious. It didn't go on well at all.

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