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April 08, 2010

Initial Raves: NARS Sheer Glow & Louise Young Large Foundation Brush


This shall be an initial rave/ quick review of two items which I got a few days back.  I know it may be too soon to even say anything about either items, but I have been using them ever since I got them.

The first one is the NARS Sheer Glow foundation, and the second item is the Louise Young Large Foundation brush (LY34).  I am very excited about both items, as I have been lemming for them, thinking about whether to get or not to get for ages... and finally I got them.

I might eventually follow up with updated entries about my thoughts on both products, but I think I will also show more 'evidence' in my next few LOTDs as time goes by.

Thoughts on the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation:

(warning: lots of rambly comparisons to other foundations I am using)

Matching Shade: My shade is Deauville, which is Light 4.  It is a light neutral tone color, neither too yellow nor pink.  I think you can check out the shades at karla sugar, and also at the NARS website, you can see the shade description.  I am a NC 15-20 in MAC, Estee Lauder 1N2 Ivory Cream 39, Dior 020, MUFE 115-120 etc....

Texture: On the bottle, it says to shake well, before applying.  I forgot about this on the first day, and noticed different results after I remembered to shake the bottle on subsequent days.  When you pour it out, it feels a little runny (as compared to say, the Estee Lauder DW or MUFE Mat Velvet+ which are thicker, it is more like the consistency of a Dior foundation, not as runny as the Clinique Superfit foundation).   It blends easily into your skin.  I used it with my fingers on the first day, but I think this is one foundation I would rather use with a brush.  And you do get better results with a brush, in my opinion.

Finish: I don't think it is a SHEER, nor particularly GLOWING foundation.  It has medium coverage (less coverage compared to MUFE Mat Velvet+ and Estee Lauder DW).  If you don't have problems with spots or covering blemishes etc, I think this would be a great foundation for you.  Even for me, I need to cover some spots, but I don't normally bother with concealers (unless on really full on MU days)... after applying the Sheer Glow, my spots show through slightly which doesn't bother me.  I won't say it is matte, and if you are worried about this foundation being glowy or shiny, rest assured it is not like that at all.  After setting with powder, the overall finish is pretty flawless.

Lasting Powder: The first day of use was pretty much a disaster, I had a tissue over my face most of the day (to cover my cough) and the foundation wore off after 4 - 5 hours.  On subsequent days, I dunno why,maybe cos I shake the bottle, maybe cos I used a brush, but the lasting powder is better, (maybe 6 -7 hours) but it is nothing like the Estee Lauder DW foundation (which supposedly and I think really last for 15 hours).  It also didn't oxidise on me throughout the day.


YES ---- If you know your matching shade, you are always on the lookout for the perfect foundation, you don't mind forking out about $60+ for this foundation.

NO--- If you already have your HG foundation routine, hesistating about the cost, and not sure your NARS foundation shade.

Thoughts on the LY34 brush:

No regrets here!  I love how big the brush is, and how it is dense yet soft.  The large rounded end means you buff in your foundation very quickly for a flawless finish.  I think what makes this brush so amazing is the tips of the hairs.  They are soooooooooooooo fine and soft, and sooooooo dense.  Feels so good to apply your foundation with this brush.  No shedding and the handle is so sturdy and firm to hold. If you don't mind spending $62 for this brush, go ahead!  Anyway some of the bigger MAC brushes (ie 187, 190, etc) are in the same price range, if not more expensive.

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Thanks for the review! I cant wait to get my hands on the nars sheer glow! :)

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Still lemming the Sheer Glow after this review but pity I'm not certain of my shade. I don't think I want to take a wild guess on something like that. Maybe I'll wait till I manage to drop by HK to pick this up. Or if I can't wait I'll guess.... we'll see haha.

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Thanks for this extremely detailed review. I am definitely lemming for the NARS Sheer Glow and Louise Young brush. Think I will drop by Mecca Cosmetica in Sydney for the NARS Sheer Glow. Going to survive on bread and water for the month of April! LOL! :-P

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i like how the foundation looks on u.. pretty flawless and spot on for the foundation shade! :)

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cant wait to try out nars sheer glow.. love the review~ hehe

the brush is amazing too.. u got urself a combo! hahaha

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Yeah, I agree on the finish it gives. Not sheer and not entirely glowy. I love glowy finish and in fact, this foundation is still a tad too matte to my liking. It's the most expensive foundation I own yet it still doesn't qualify as my HG! Still looking for one....

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I watched Pixi2woo's videos on YouTube and she also uses her Nars Sheer Glow with that brush too & I remembered she mentioned how she really liked this foundation. :) Thanks for the heads up love!

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thanks for this review! i really feel like getting the louise young brush now! haha :D

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I'm with icyabstract on this. I have no idea what my shade would be and it would just be silly to spend a bomb and then realizing the shade is wrong for me. haha. Btw, i'm a MAC NC35 in case anybody knows my corresponding shade for NARS..lol


lillgoddess -- I think it might be Santa Fe, or Barcelona (remember Lollipop 26 saying she uses Barcelona and she is a NC30) but I could be entirely wrong.


erynnectt - what are your qualities for a HG foundation? Maybe I can help. LOL :)


Sara - if you are around NC30, I think Santa Fe or Barcelona might be a good match. Or how about checking out "the arm" to make an informed guess?

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Lol yes, I'll hop over to Karla's site now. I haven't seen her Sheer Glow swatches yet but judging from Temptalia's Foundation Matrix, those two shades you mentioned seem about there.

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Hmm....most important factor is NO flaking. I don't know...somehow most of the foundations I've tried tends to be flaky/patchy on my forehead. So far, the only foundation that doesn't flake on me are BB creams! Then the finish I prefer is luminous and glowy. Not disco ball shiny, but you get what I mean. ;)

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hmm i was thinking if i should get this awhile back too! im using my chanel foundation and i guess im quite happy with it, so i doubt i really wanna fork out 60+ to experiment with a new foundation! plus i dont even know my shade ): hahaha. ah well. thanks so much for the review!!

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I like classic looks (neutral tones on eyes, anything goes for lips & cheeks), though occasionally I try out dramatic/ statement looks.  I believe that a flawless base is the key to achieving great makeup looks.  I also believe that if you don't have great skin to start with, fake it with a good foundation routine, and even greater skincare.  I am currently loving Clarins & Lancome skincare products, and Vichy NormaDerm for tackling with breakouts.

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Most of the pictures you see in post 2010 entries are taken with my Canon G-11.  Previously I was using Canon Ixus 80.  I do post some pictures which are taken with my iphone4 which I will state in that particular entry.  I have stopped watermarking my pictures as of 2011, because I think watermarks are ugly in general, and does not prevent people from stealing my pictures if they wish to.  I just take it as a compliment that my pictures are even worth stealing in the first place. I might look into getting a Canon EOS next year, not just for blogging purposes, but I also like photography in general.

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