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March 03, 2011

NARS: Revisiting Sheer Glow Foundation & Loose Powder

Recently, I re-discovered my NARS sheer glow foundation.  I bought it during the height of its hype, and after a few uses, I felt that while it is nice enough, it didn't quite live up to my expectations.  It has nice texture, but I am not sure, it just seems to lack all that jazz that got everyone raving about it.  Perhaps I am expecting way too much?

How did I re-discover it?  Well, because I wanted to use my NARS Loose Powder which I got way back last December.  And the first foundation that came to my mind, is the Sheer Glow.  I thought it would be nice to pair the same brand foundation and powder together.  And I think the setting powder made all the difference.  It gives the foundation more coverage, longer lasting power, all without losing that 'glow'.

When I came home this afternoon, I took a few pictures of my worn-off face, a good 8 hours after I first applied it.  This is what's left, there is no oxidisation, slight oiliness, but other than those, the whole face is still fresh looking.

A closer look:

Here are some pictures of the products:

The loose powder is a whipping 35 grams of product! By far the most I have come across.  Usually loose powders range between 25 - 30g.  It is also very creamy and finely milled. Sort of 'denser' than say, the Laura Mercier translucent setting powder.


It also comes with a huge setting puff, and great for pressing and rolling over the sides of your face, or you can fold it a bit to reach the corners of your face, around the nose.

Overall, I am glad to find a combination that makes me like using the Sheer Glow again, and if you are looking into getting some NARS, do check out their loose powder! Definitely worth the money, and something always overlooked in their collection, cos it's way too easy to aim for the blushes and eyeshadows.

Just one last shot of current foundations I am rotating.  And I have another 3 NEW ones that are waiting to be tried out.  Busy busy busy!  :)  I will be reviewing the Clarins one sometime this weekend.    If you have questions about the others, just leave them in the comments below.

I like having a variety of foundations to choose and wear depending on my mood for the day, and I like them all, for different effects, coverage etc.

Thanks for looking!


posted by

Is the Max Factor foundie good? And I cannot believe that is taken 8 hours after?! That is amazing. :)


@Jay - Yup!! I didnt touch up, except in that pic I was holding the puff. Had to blot twice throughout the day. I think the MAX factor foundie is pretty decent, much like the EL DW, or Chanel Mat Lumiere types. It is too light for me, so I use it together with my Chanel Mat Lumiere. :)

posted by

I love posts about foundations coz I'm such a junkie, hehe.. ;) *hi 5*


@ amy - more and more foundie posts and recommendations to come, you will be happy to know! :)

posted by

That's a lot of foundation! Will there be a breakout if you change your foundation rotately?


@ runwaytoparis - not really, as i have been using all of them for quite some time, and if i do break out, it is not due to foundations (like stress, bad sleeping patterns etc) :) plus I am a foundation junkie... so the more the merrier!


I have been using Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer for the longest time. Still deliberating if I should get the foundation though. Wondering if the coverage is as good. Shall check that out when I'm in the mood to get a new foundie.

posted by Uniquexviet

What shade did you get in the loose powder?im fiji for the sheer glow but not too sure what to get for the loose powder.

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About Me

My name is Sophia, and I am in my early 30s. I am from Singapore and I am the sole writer of this blog.

About this Blog

I started this blog in 2006, I like to use a wide range of brands though I seem to have a growing preference for higher-end brands in recent years. I also like to share interesting things I have come across about makeup and beauty.

Currently The Makeup Blogette receives 39,000 unique views monthly or 2,238,932 views and counting.

My Makeup Style

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.

What Cameras do I use?

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.

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

It is hard to name just one, but I like NARS, Chanel, Illamasqua and the ocasional Guerlain, Dior & Urban Decay item.  I own quite a stash of MAC items, but recently I have stopped catching up with their collections, and I much prefer to splurge on a few really outstanding items.

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I bought/ paid for all of the products mentioned in this blog. I am not affliated to any company. If certain products are sent to me for review purposes, I will say so and express my honest opinions about them. In any case, I will only review and showcase the products which I have personally tried and tested, and enjoy using. I do not get paid to review anything.

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