Thursday 5 March 2015


NARS All Day Luminous Weightless

Today's post is a review and comparison of NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation vs Nars Sheer Glow (I have a whole post on Sheer Glow here. I can't describe how excited I was about getting this newly released foundation from NARS. I bought my first NARS foundation in Sheer Glow back in September 2014 (I was in Florida and had a huge Sephora visit!). I have to be honest, since Sheer Glow, I've not looked back and it made me wonder if All Day Luminous Weightless would ever live up to its standard. Obviously, 30ml doesn't last that long (for me anyways - I'll go into that in a minute) so since then I've tried loads of drugstore and a couple of high end foundations which by the way, I do love. If you'd like to see some foundations I've tried since then, I've got a lot of reviews under the 'Face' category of the drop down menu on the navigation bar! But, no matter what, Nars will likely always be my favourite so I couldn't wait to head to Cardiff on Thursday to pick up the new All Day Luminous Weightless foundation.


NARS Deauville

Firstly, I couldn't decide between Gobi and Deauville because I'm very pale and since we're heading into Spring in the UK, I decided to get a colour which matches my skin very well so that it matched the rest of my body. I know you're supposed to do this anyways but if you're like me, in the winter, I'll just pick up a colour I like rather than what matches and I'll mix it with different colours. When you're wearing a big jumper and coat, no one can see if your arms matches your face! I decided to try Deauville (Light 4) which is the next shade down from Gobi. I really love this colour, however I wonder if Gobi would have been better. Don't get me wrong, Deauville is pretty spot on and Gobi could be entirely too pale for me as the lady who worked there advised but maybe I'll give that one a go next time. ALTHOUGH saying that, we are heading into Spring and then Summer so possibly Deauville will work perfectly when my freckles come out! A little side note, Deauville is very yellow toned which is what I'm after to cancel out the red (I talk about this in the next step!) but I'm thinking it might be a little too yellow, so keep that in mind if you're thinking of getting this colour!


Okay, so you may or may not know (if you've read my previous foundation posts) that I have quite pigmented skin. I find it so hard to find one foundation which will cover the redness and one which will last all day and keep it all covered. This is what I was talking about earlier when I said 30ml doesn't last me VERY long, because I usually have to use double the amount to lock it and stop the redness from peaking through throughout the day. 

The coverage on this foundation is pretty amazing, I must admit. Although, I wasn't expecting anything less. NARS is my ultimate favourite foundation with Bourjois Healthy Mix nearly matching it - the price of Bourjois is also a huge plus (plus Nars and Bourjois mixed together is just amazing). Sorry, back to NARS! I've watched so, so many YouTube videos on this new foundation; one person saying 1 pump is enough, another saying 2 and another saying a whole layer or 2 will do it! Well, for me, 1 or 2 pumps is definitely not enough and that it purely because of my pigmentation and need to cover it up. If you haven't got any/much pigmentation or acne scarring/spots you want to cover, then yes I'd say about 2 pumps will do you just fine. If you're skin is like mine (I have relatively good skin which is normal to dry (more dry than normal) but due to my pigmentation, I need about 1 1/2 to 2 layers. Now I usually apply a couple of pumps all around my face and use a beauty blender to blend it in. I use a beauty blender on all of my foundations and it works perfectly with this one (even though many claim it leaves this foundation looking too thick and cakey, I strongly disagree!). Once first layer is applied, I'll go ahead and do my eye makeup and give the face a chance to set. After about 5 minutes or so, I'll head back to my face and apply a few more dabs of the foundation around the areas which are most pigmented and then use the excess to go round my face once more to keep it all blended! It says on the packaging that it's full coverage foundation and I can vouch for NARS that it really is! 

NARS foundation


The feel of this foundation I can only describe to feel powdery once blended in. This by no means, means it is matte as people claim it to be. It's the oddest foundation I've come across for texture and finish, a lot of people say it's matte and a lot say it's got a dewy finish. On my skin, it's definitely dewy and satin like which is fantastic as that is my ideal finish (as I have dry skin!). I do ensure to put a good moisturiser on and radiance cream before I apply my primer so maybe that has something to do with it. Even when I powder, a good sheen still comes through which like I said, I prefer to a completely matte finish. However, I do notice after a few hours, it can become slightly oily around the T zone, which is pretty normal but you might consider an extra bit of powder there or taking some powder out with you to touch up throughout the day.

Also, be sure to shake this foundation super well as recommended on the packaging. It is actually really liquid-y when you shake it so you'd imagine it to be very thin in consistency but it's quite the opposite! 


This is a difficult one for me. It does last a long, long time but all day? No, not for me. I have had to touch up a tiny bit with whatever is left on my beauty blender after about 3 hours. This doesn't mean it's come off after 3 hours, it just means it is slightly wearing off around the areas of highest pigmentation but again, that's my silly skin so it could last perfectly for you all day long. On areas where I don't have pigmentation, the foundation still more or less looks like it did when I applied it so I think that says a lot! 

Also, I would say it's transferable. If I touch my face with a bit of pressure, it slightly comes off so that's a bit of a disappointment but otherwise I find nothing wrong with the longevity of it! A little plus to this foundation, on the subject of it being transferable, if you need to touch up throughout the day (heavily touch up - i.e., if you've got soaked in the rain it will leave marks and cake) then by just taking a cloth and with a light hand just swipe off the top layer of that area, you can add one or two pumps to that area and your make up with look like you've just applied it all again. I think this is a huge bonus as sometimes, for example with MAC Pro Longwear, if you go in and try to add more foundation throughout the day, it will just not blend or look good at all... for me anyways.  

Packaging & Price


It has a PUMP. Everyone who has ever tried NARS Sheer Glow will know the daily struggle of pouring the foundation out onto the back of your hand and sometimes when you're half asleep at 7AM, it'll pour out way too much and to save any waste, I'll end up using it and looking like a painted doll who has applied their makeup with a trowel! 

For people (like myself) who loves a snazzy looking bottle, this one has a tall frosted glass bottle with a matte effect lid. The bottle is a standard 30ml as mentioned previously and I purchased mine at John Lewis for £32.


Nars Sheer Glow

Both foundations are so similar yet so different. The colour is a major difference between these foundations because for Sheer Glow, I purchased Punjab which is quite dark for my skin. Granted, however, I was in Florida when I purchased this one, so I had quite a lot of freckles and a bit of a tan so it suited me better then but after going through a winter in the UK, you can imagine my paleness! 

The longevity of Sheer Glow is very similar to All Day Luminous Weightless (ADLW) in the sense that it covers my pigmentation for a similar length of time. The coverage of Sheer Glow is, you guessed it, slightly more sheer than the ADLW and therefore isn't as full of a coverage after a couple of pump-like size drops whereas with the ADLW you get a fuller coverage with a smaller amount. I don't think though, if you added a bit too much of Sheer Glow, it would appear cakey whereas with ADLW, I've already made the disaster of putting too much on and it appearing way too thick and cakey after I've done the whole contour/highlight process, which has resulted in me taking it all off and starting again. 

Both are super flawless when applied with a damp beauty blender (can't vouch for a stippling brush or any other brush as I don't get on too well with them so beauty blenders are always my first choice!)

Again, mentioning the pump aspect, Sheer Glow doesn't have one and ADLW does. Price wise, Sheer Glow is *I think* about £1 cheaper. The bottle is smaller for Sheer Glow, however you get the same amount - 30ml. 


I'm very much a fan of All Day Luminous Weightless foundation by Nars. It's going to be extremely tricky to choose whether next time I pick ADLW or Sheer Glow though. I'm pretty sure I will stick with ADLW and maybe if/when I have a little bit more money to splash out, I'll treat myself to Sheer Glow again.

 Again, I'm still in the trial stages so I'd like to see how ADLW works for me when the weather starts to heat up and whether Gobi will be my next buy. I do believe ADLW is completely full coverage, not in a thick/cakey way and I do believe it is a flawless & dewy/satin finish if prepped with a good radiance boosting moisturiser and good primer prior to application.

Overall, I give this foundation 8/10 due to price & it being transferable to the touch and the longevity on my pigmented skin.

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  1. Great detailed review, thanks!

    Andrea x

  2. Very detailed review and nice to see it compared with Sheer Glow. I haven't tried either but I've heard such good things about them both, I've got oily skin so I wonder if it would work as well for me?

    Emma x
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    1. Thank you, Emma! I love Nars and couldn't find many posts comparing the two foundations so I thought I'd write one! I think this one is supposed to be targeted towards more of an oilier skin, and I do think it has a little more of a matte finish however for me, it wasn't as matte as everyone was saying it was! I think if you normally powder, you'll be good to go and it will hold up for you! It's super light on the skin too so it feels like you're not wearing any foundation which is lovely for the summer months! xx

  3. I've only just got this, I've hesitated for a while because I'd actually seen a few negative reviews but I haven't been disappointed. I'm completely amazed at the coverage, I actually find it a bit better than sheer glow. I'm so glad NARS added a pump to this foundation! I'm Deauville in sheer glow and all day luminous, I find that the ADL has a little bit more of a yellow undertone in it that SG? Has anybody else found that? I'd also agree it doesn't seem to stay on ALL DAY as the product claims, but the finish definitely makes it still worth it, in my opinion.


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