This liquid foundation has one of the best, most extensive range of shades we've seen in a long time! Whether your skin is porcelain, ebony, or somewhere in between, you’re likely to find a good match from this silky liquid foundation. Its silicone-enhanced base has a good amount of slip for precise, controlled blending and it sets to a soft matte finish that looks quite natural.
Despite the name, this is neither sheer nor all that glow-y on skin. Coverage is in the light to medium range, and getting to medium coverage doesn’t require much foundation. Sheer Glow Foundation is best for normal to oily skin, including breakout-prone skin. The formula contains a tiny amount of antioxidants, but they’re not going to impart much benefit to skin. With such a vast array of shades, you're bound to find an ideal match. Overall, well done, NARS!
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene, Glycol, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethylhexanoin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Bis-butydimethicone Polyglyceryl-3 Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Glutamate, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, 1-Methylhdantoin-2-Imide, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polysilocone-2, Serralysin, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Glycuosyl Hesperidin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tocopherol May Contain: 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.