12.18.2014
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NARS
Sheer Matte Foundation
Rating
$45
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation
Last Updated:12.18.2014
Jar Packaging:False
pH:
Tested on animals:No
Overview

Just like NARS’s Sheer Glow Foundation, this modern matte liquid makeup comes in a staggering array of absolutely beautiful, real skin colors. Those with fair and dark skin will be equally impressed, and the fair shades don’t make porcelain skin tones look pink or washed out. This has a silky, fluid texture that feels thin but provides light to medium coverage. Blending must be quick because it doesn’t take long for this to set to a true matte finish. It is an ideal foundation for oily skin, and contains absorbents that help keep excess shine in check.

There are more “off” shades here than for the Sheer Glow Foundation, so it is wise to shade test in-store before you buy (matte colors are harder to make look real). Be cautious of anything too peachy or ashy One more comment: The pump for this foundation clogs easily so keep it scrupulously clean between uses.

Claims
Ingredients

Water, Phenyl Trimethicone, Triethylexanoin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoinoate, Dipropylene, Glycol, Silica, Talc, Dimethicone, PEG-5 Glyceryl Stearate, Isostearic Acid, Bentonite, Stearic Acid, Behenic Acid, Batyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, 1-Methylhydantoin-2-imide, Behenyl Alcohol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Potassium Hydroxide, Cellulose Gum, Ethylparaben, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Curcuma Longa, Serralysin, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Trisodium EDTA, Glucosyl Hesperdin May Contain: 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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