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Which NARS Foundation is Right for Me?

Which NARS Foundation is Right for Me?
Alice Macfarlane
Beauty Writer2 years ago
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Post last updated: 19/01/2023

Choosing a foundation is like choosing a life partner. Not only do you need to look good together, but they have to make you feel good too. Luckily for us, there are plenty of fish in the foundation sea, and there's a formula out there to suit everyone.

From glow-enhancing tints, to fresh full coverage blends, nobody does base products quite like the makeup maestros at NARS Cosmetics. So, if you're looking for the perfect product to swipe right on, we've tried and tested some of their latest and greatest foundations to help you find your perfect match.

For the Glow-Getters

NARS Light-Reflecting Foundation

The newest launch from the experts at NARS, this innovative fusion between makeup and skincare promises to blur and smooth the complexion for a natural, skin-like finish. Boasting a light-as-air texture, milk thistle and cacao peptides work to defend skin against pollution and blue light, keeping the skin protected and glowy. If you're after that healthy, 'I woke up like this' glow, then this formula is ideal for you.

“This foundation is any glow-getters dream! It gives an instant, lit-from-within look with seamless coverage and luminosity that catches from every angle. I love how lightweight it feels on my skin, and how the formula is infused with nourishing skincare ingredients – the perfect treat for my complexion!” Penny, Senior Beauty Writer


NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

Another great option for lovers of luminosity, the iconic Sheer Glow formula has been raved about by beauty experts all over the world. Antioxidant-rich and fortified with the brand's exclusive Complexion Brightening Formula, this foundation focuses on delivering smoothing hydration. Tumeric extract gives the appearance of a more even skin tone, whilst antioxidants protect against environmental aggressors, helping you to care for your complexion as you get glam!

"I have been a ride-or-die Sheer Glow girl for a few years now. Having watched my favourite beauty gurus rave about its glow-giving powers, I succumbed to the hype and have never looked back! Radiant and lightweight with a buildable coverage, this foundation is the epitome of a 'my skin but better' formula, giving my complexion a natural fresh tint. Not only does it give my skin an illuminating boost, but it blends effortlessly with my other base products, offering a seamless, streak-free finish."Alice, Beauty Writer


For the All-Nighters

NARS Cosmetics Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation 

For those who need long-lasting coverage, the Longwear Foundation is an ideal formula for you. Fortified with raspberry, apple and watermelon extracts, this fresh full coverage foundation gives skin a lightweight glow that is sweat resistant, transfer proof and promises to last for up to 16 hours. What's more? The formula is infused with micronised pigments that mimic the skin's tone, giving you a true-to-skin finish.


I have combination skin and often find myself re-applying powder throughout the day to reduce the shine on my T-zone. Thanks to the NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation (in shade Barcelona), my skin stays hydrated and matte for up to 12 hours, meaning little-to-no need to re-apply. The foundation has a lightweight formula that can be built to your desired coverage, perfect for taking from day to night. What’s more? It blends seamlessly without feeling heavy or caked – there’s nothing worse than when a foundation sticks to the drier parts of your face!” Sheeva, Beauty Editor


For the SPF Lovers

NARS Cosmetics Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF30/PA+++ 

Working to even out the appearance of skin tone, this SPF-infused formula protects the complexion whilst offering natural coverage. Blended with kopara and mineral-rich seawater, this soft tint hydrates and revives the skin, providing a smooth, natural glow.

"This is the perfect everyday foundation. The formula blends in so easily to match my natural skin and offers buildable coverage which is great for when I get breakouts. It left me with a healthy looking glow without any unwanted shine and feels lightweight and breathable on the skin." Holly,Beauty Writer



Shop all NARS Foundations as well as the full NARS range on LOOKFANTASTIC. 

Alice Macfarlane
Beauty Writer
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As someone with an affinity for all things beauty, discovering fantastic new products is my not-so-secret obsession. Over the years I've tried and tested a mountains worth of creams, serums and cleansers, finding some of my favourite 'holy-grail' products along the way. However, I'm always on the lookout for more ways to nourish my hair, perfect my dewy base, or enhance my skincare routine. Working as a beauty blogger for over 3 years, I've been lucky enough to collaborate personally with lots of amazing beauty brands including Christian Dior, The Body Shop and Dermalogica. I've used the Dermalogica special cleansing gel religiously since I first got it and their products are some of my ultimate skincare faves. When it comes to cosmetics, NARS Sheer Glow foundation is definitely my go-to - I live for a light, glowy base!