There’s nothing more disheartening than walking out of Selfridges, getting the train home and realising the lovely sales girl had given you the NARS Sheer Matte foundation instead of Sheer Glow. It’s safe to say, one was pretty upset but, after spending a staggering £31 on it (plus £3 for a pump…) I thought it would be worth giving it a whirl. I may have been originally disheartened… but six months on, this is my go-to foundation.
I know how the word matte being associated with makeup products can be quite scary… for some people matte finishes equal drying, patchy and one dimensional, and sadly, this is the case for some products, but NARS Sheer Matte manages to really capture the brilliance of a matte foundation and doesn’t associate itself with any of the above words. This has a light to medium coverage that covers redness nicely but can also be layered on if that’s what you require. It’s finish isn’t cakey at all, in fact, it’s really lovely, doesn’t feel tacky to the touch and despite the matte finish, looks wonderfully flawless, with a nice even and smooth base. I have the odd dry patch around my nose and I’m always pleasantly surprised when this foundation doesn’t latch on and really show up those dry patches. It just looks all round lovely.
Staying power wise; this really impressive’s me. There’s a reason I pick this up whenever I have a long day where I need my makeup to stay, or if I’m going out and really want that flawless look to last for a good few hours. This doesn’t budge. Alongside that, it’s really lovely and creamy; a dream to apply onto the skin, I find it best to apply with a sponge for the most flawless results, but this also works just as good with a brush.
I still want to give Sheer Glow a try as I think it would be perfect for every day use but this… this has really changed the foundation game for me, it just seems nothing else in my collection ultimately compares. Don’t let the title put you off; this has a wonderful natural finish, impressive staying time and is worth every last penny.
Have you given Sheer Matte a try?