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.
The question is, SHOULD EVERYONE GO RUN AND HOP ON THE SPREE FOR SHEER GLOW?
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.