My MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation was almost finished a few weeks back and I found it to be the perfect opportunity to try out the Nars foundation. I’ve been wearing MAC for years now, and really wanted to try something new, and not only new.... something better. After a long day at work I decided to take the train into Birmingham so that I could go into Selfridges, as this is the only place that sells Nars near where I live. I didn’t just want to buy the foundation online, jus incase I bought the wrong shade for me, so I asked the lovely shop assistant to do a colour test on me once I got there. She recommended the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation collection for my oily skin, as it is a matte foundation. The colour test wasn’t anything like I thought it would be, the lady actually did a swatch on my face using the shades ‘New Orleans’, ‘Trinidad’ & ‘New Guinea’ and after comparing the three against my skin, we thought that ‘New Guinea’ was the shade for me.
Whilst doing the test I started quizzing the lady on the foundations and she mentioned some really useful tips to using it, the best tip of them all was that thr foundation was designed to be applied with your fingers, instead of a brush/beauty blender. The heat from the fingers are meant to warm up the foundation formula. One pump should be enough to cover the entire face, application should be from the beginning from the centre and applying outwards (I use two/three pumps though, because I love full coverage - I want you to KNOW that my face has makeup on it, I am obsessed with an Instagram Baddie look; so, so flawwwwless).
I also added my normal everyday concealer, highlight, contour and setting powder to my face and was feeling myself by the time I was done. So far,
so good – VERY impressed.
I've started to notice that when my foundation sets it's now setting at a darker colour than my skin colour. At first I thought it was just my eyes playing tricks on me, but my mum randomly mentioned this and I knew that it wasn't just me.
I desperately needed to make this right, because there is nothing worse than having foundation on your face that doesn't match your skin colour. It's like when you got on holiday and get a tan, so your everyday foundation doesn't colour match you anymore, but vice-versa. The next colour down was Macao, and I unfortunately, had to spend the extra money to get this shade. It's meant to be for dark beige for medium-dark skin with yellow undertones. Fingers crossed this foundation WILL be ok.
Ok so my Nars 'Macao' foundation has arrived although it is a better colour match than 'New Guinea' I am still not convinced by the way my foundation looks at the end of the day - it still doesn't seem to stay as flawless as I would like it to. I was talking about this with a friend of mine, who recommended that I use a primer ( I bought this one) and a setting spray ( I bought two - see below, they're both great!!). As I have never used a primer in the past, I never knew where I was going wrong and why my makeup wasn't working for me. I also got the NYX translucent powder (see below), because I knew that my face could do with all the help that it could get.
Ok so overall, the Nars foundations are great. But.... they are not the one for me. I think I'm going to go back to MAC, it's just such a shame that I had to spend so much money for me to realise this. I think that me and my trusty MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation will have a better relationship now that I have found the primer, setting sprays and translucent powders for me.