Okay, so I am so sorry for the ridiculously long title. Is it just me, or does the person that comes up with the names for Nars products get way too much joy over creating long title names? I imagine whomever it is sitting in a chair twirling around saying, “Muahaha! Now you’re all tongue tied and the titles to your reviews are OBNOXIOUSLY LONG!”
Anyway, I decided that I needed to do a bit of an overhaul of sorts with my foundations and concealers. I haven’t been happy with many of them in awhile, or at least not as happy as I should be. So, today I am doing a bit of a 2 in 1 review deal since I ordered both of these around the same time.
When I saw that Nars had a new “luminous” foundation my heart fluttered. I knew I needed it. Nars typically has a very great shade range, and has a few that are snowflake complexion friendly.
Tip: on their site there’s actually a “foundation matcher” where you can type in the current foundation that you use, and it will match you with one of theirs. I typed in Kat Von D’s Tattoo Lock it Foundation in “Light 42” and was matched with “Mont Blanc.” There is actually a lighter shade than that called “Siberia” but I didn’t go with that one because from what I saw from swatches, it’s literally white and yellow looking and I was afraid that it would appear chalky on my skin.
So, I went with Mont Blanc in the foundation. I ordered “Chantilly” in the concealer because about every pale princess blogger I follow owns it, and I decided I needed to own it. Youtube made me do it.
Price: I ordered both from Nordstrom.com because I am not too weird about collecting points from Sephora, and the foundation was $48 and concealer $30, but I got 6% back on ebates…which was nice because I think my bank account squawked at me.
So, yes, this is very much a high end product. One of my resolutions for this year though was to treat myself to a few more luxury and high end products to avoid constantly buying cheap things that I don’t end up using. For me, spending a bit more on skin products really helps me to actually use them.
Application: Foundation this foundation is very liquidy, and you do have to shake it up quite a bit before using it. It also dries pretty fast, so keep in mind that you do have to work a bit quickly with it to apply it evenly before it starts drying. I found that this applied best with a damp beauty sponge (I use the real techniques miracle complexion sponge) and by dotting it all over my face before blending. Because it dries so quickly, I felt like if I had tried to use a brush it would’ve created streaks. However, if you do use a brush one tip may be to spritz your brush a bit with water or setting spray.
Concealer This concealer is litereally the creamiest concealer I have ever used. Whether I use my fingers to tap it on or a damp beauty blender, it applies beautifully. I now see why this concealer is such a cult favorite.
Color Match Foundation: This shade is actually pretty spot on for me. “Mont Blanc” is described on the site as a fair shade with pink undertones, just like how Kat Von D’s “Light 42” is described. Pink undertoned foundation is something I struggle with so much to find, since so many are either yellow or beige toned.
Concealer: I purchased “chantilly” to use as a brightening and highlighting shade, and it’s literally the only concealer I have ever tried that is a shade lighter than my skin. I don’t have to play makeup chemist and mix things, which is nice. Perfect color for me.
How it settled Foudnation: Ah, this is something that’s a big deal for me because I often run into with foundations that many will apply beautifully and once they settle they look like shit. However, this one actually looked nice on me after it settled. I was so nervous after I ordered it because a few bloggers had complained about it sticking to dry spots and making pores look large, but I had that in mind ahead of time and did my “your skin is super shitty and dry today” prep routine that I find myself doing often anyway in the winter time. I used a hydrating primer and setting spray and it looked great even after it settled for a few hours!
Concealer: This didn’t settle into my fine lines at all underneath my eyes. It didn’t cling to dry patches. I have natural fine lines under my eyes and concealers tend to crease thanks to my eye shape, but this concealer didn’t crease at all. Can you tell I’m in love with it yet??
Longevity Foundation: This claims to be an all day foundation, so I put it to the test. I applied it at about 10 am and wore it until around 9 pm, which is a typical day for me. It did stay put the entire day, however at about 7 pm I did notice it clinging to dry patches really bad around my nose. That’s something that happens with every foundation I have ever tried though. My nose is a problem area thanks to eczema. I also didn’t powder or spray my face with anything to truly test the foundation, so that’s something to keep in mind.
Concealer: This concealer didn’t seem to fade or look weird after a long period of time. The color stayed true, and even after a long period of time my undereyes still looked bright and happy.
Overall: I love both of these products! So far, I am extremely happy with this purchase, despite how expensive they are. I haven’t had to not mix my manic panic foundation in anything in so long, which is so nice. The fact that these products actually cut time out of my routine is awesome for me because I didn’t have to mix things to get a nice color match.
Even if you’re still not sure about the foundation, try the concealer. Not even kidding, I wish I had bought it sooner and just given in. It’s incredible.
As usual, thanks for reading and I hope that you all found this review helpful or just pleasant to read.
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