Nars’s light reflecting foundation is our go-to summer base (2022)

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Like it or not, the return to the office (take two) is in full swing, and beauty brands are responding to this lifestyle change. Many of us are retaining a hybrid working dynamic, and the latest make-up craze echoes just that: foundations that blend skincare benefits with complexion-perfecting coverage.

While the concept isn’t new, it’s certainly been the driving force of many beauty launches so far this year, with the likes of Charlotte Tilbury, Dior, Chanel and The Body Shop all launching foundation formulas that keep skin health at the fore. This trend isn’t surprising: the average make-up wearer isn’t looking for anything too full coverage after going bare-faced throughout lockdown, but needs something to ease themselves back in, and likely cares about their skin health more than ever too.

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Rejecting full coverage in favour of prioritising that “your-skin-but-better” finish, these foundations look to provide the best of both worlds. Think radiant, fresh-feeling formulas with buildable coverage and long-term skincare benefits. It was only a matter of time before make-up stalwart Nars entered the chat and it’s tapping into the trend with its new “light reflecting” foundation, with near identical credentials to its competitors.

Known for its high-performance foundations, the brand’s latest launch claims to blur imperfections, texture and blemishes with its medium coverage finish. A huge 70 per cent of the formula is comprised of skincare ingredients, which claim to protect from environmental aggressors and blue light. It also boasts nifty technology that claims to make you photo-ready (more on that later).

We got our hands on the debut formula to put it through its paces. Is this the latest must-have in your make-up bag? Read on to find out.

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How we tested

We tested this foundation over a period of four days, maintaining our regular skincare and make-up routines to give it an authentic trial run. As we have oily skin, we set the foundation with powder as normal, but we didn’t use a setting spray in order to see how the formula wore throughout the day on its own. We considered the finish and wear of the foundation, as well as shade range and where it sits within Nars’s existing offering.

Nars light reflecting foundation

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  • Shades: 36
  • Finish: Medium buildable coverage

Formula and packaging

If you’re familiar with Nars’s foundations, we’d describe this as the glowy cousin of the natural radiant longwear (£37.50, Cultbeauty.co.uk), and with a dash more coverage than the sheer glow formula (£28, Lookfantastic.com). If you’re not, that translates to a medium coverage formula that’s buildable, but natural-looking. Available in 36 shades (which is decent enough, but could be improved), it claims to deliver “make-up that looks like skin”.

Aside from its coverage and glow-giving finish, the main selling-point here is the skincare-led formulation. With 81 per cent of the ingredients being naturally derived, Nars says that this formula improves your skin with every wear.

Biomimetic oat works to calm and clarify the skin, while peptides and milk thistle tackle the effects of blue light and protect against environmental damage. There’s skin barrier-strengthening properties that come via Japanese lilyturf too (we’d never head of it either). Plus, the formula is vegan and claims to be suited to all skin types.

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We were surprised to see the omission of hyaluronic acid – a favourite ingredient in the radiant foundation stakes – but were impressed by its innovative-sounding features elsewhere. The formula includes “photochromic” technology, which in laymen’s terms, means a powder that shifts in tone depending on the intensity of light.

According to Nars, this results in your skin never being washed out, making it an impressively reactive complexion product. The brand takes this dynamic formula further with a complex that reflects light “like a prism”, giving the skin that lit-from-within radiance and aiding the natural finish.

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Packaging wise, the brand has stuck to its roots, with a glass bottle embossed with the signature logo, a sleek black lid and a slimline pump for easy dispensing. Priced at £37.50, it costs the same as Nars’s natural radiant longwear formula, but is pricier than the rest of the brand’s foundations, which may be down to its skincare ingredients.

Results

On application, the foundation feels lightweight, but not watery, gliding across the skin with an immediate glow. It buffs in with ease and covers imperfections with one coat, but we had hoped for a bouncier finish to the skin, much like Charlotte Tilbury’s new “beautiful skin” foundation (£34, Charlottetilbury.com). It certainly gives a healthy-looking luminosity that adds dimension, but we’d like that feeling of plump-ness from a skincare-led formula.

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Both cream and powder products sat well on top of this foundation, and despite setting this formula with a powder (as we normally would) the radiance shone through without looking overly shiny, or greasy.

As someone who has a fair amount of texture and blemishes, we usually prefer a full coverage finish, but we weren’t put off by this medium formula, as it offers the best of both worlds: delivering coverage without being cakey or heavy. Instead, it feels weightless on the skin, and we love how light bounced off it, adding a subtle radiance that looks natural.

The formula wore well throughout the day, without dulling down on the glow stakes, but we did notice some slight fading around our oiler areas including our chin and around our nose, and texture on our cheeks began to peek through. With that said, we’d expect this sort of wear from a medium foundation on oily skin, and liked how it maintained its fresh, hydrated look throughout.

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As for the “photo-friendly” technology, we did some serious investigative journalism here by taking selfies both in natural light and using flash. We didn’t experience any flashback with the latter, and natural light caught the skin naturally, living up to its luminous claims.

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However, we’d question the foundations’s skin-blurring claims, as our texture was still slightly visible with one coat. This formula is buildable though, so this might not be an issue if you don’t mind building up coverage in problem areas.

The verdict: Nars light reflecting foundation

This glowy offering is a great addition to Nars’s foundation roster, sitting nicely between its sheer formulas and heavier options. Our heart still belongs to Nars’s natural radiant longwear formula (£37.50, Cultbeauty.co.uk) but we’d definitely reach for this on minimal make-up days.

We can’t speak to its long-term skincare benefits but we’re certainly excited by the appeal of a foundation that offers healthy-looking coverage while working behind the scenes on improving skin health. We love how buildable the formula is and it’s one of the glowiest medium coverage foundations we’ve tried, without looking at all greasy.

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FAQs

What does NARS Light Reflecting Foundation do? ›

This innovative blend of makeup and skincare instantly blurs imperfections, smooths the look of textured skin, and helps conceal blemishes, dark spots, and redness. Visibly improves skin's clarity after six weeks of daily use, even after makeup is removed.

What is the difference between NARS Sheer Glow and light reflecting foundation? ›

This has been a big question! For me, I find that Light Reflecting brings more of a light to your skin, almost like you're sitting in front of sunlight, or even a ring light. Sheer Glow gives more of a traditional glow that looks a little more like makeup.

Does NARS Light Reflecting Foundation oxidize? ›

A light veil evened out my acne scars (I have many), softened redness and just gave me this all-round luminosity that is hard to come by in foundation products. The wear is also great – I didn't experience any oxidation or settling.

Is NARS Light Reflecting Foundation water base? ›

Light Reflecting Foundation is water-based, therefore lightweight and easy to apply. Nars recommend applying with fingers (as they do all of their base products) and applying the product from the centre of the face outwards.

What primer should I use with NARS Light Reflecting Foundation? ›

Most often I use it with my “quick and dirty” primer- the Too Faced Hangover spray primer. No other primer is this quick and fuss-free! The primer helps blur pores and makes the foundation last even longer.

Is Light Reflecting Foundation good for older skin? ›

Celebrity makeup artist Autumn Moultrie, who works with Viola Davis, emphasizes the need for a formula that's nourishing too. “Mature skin needs a lightweight foundation that has reflective qualities and is hydrating,” she says.

Is NARS Sheer Glow being discontinued 2022? ›

No, Sheer Glow foundation is not being discontinued.

Is Nars light reflecting good for oily skin? ›

NARS Light Reflecting Foundation is a great medium coverage choice for someone with normal to oily skin.

Does NARS Light Reflecting Foundation transfer? ›

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Is NARS Light Reflecting Foundation silicone based? ›

The product is lightweight, colour-safe and silicone-free so you can use it on dry hair daily for maximum light reflection that Van Ness describes as downright “prismatic.” Natural meadowfoam esters and squalane are also included to help nourish and hydrate your hair for silky results sans frizz.

How long does NARS Light Reflecting Foundation last? ›

This foundation has a really great wear time, lasting beyond eight hours on the skin without primer or setting powder.

Does Nars foundation oxidise? ›

Discover all-day satisfaction with a breakthrough in matte foundation: True color oxidation-resistant. Full, natural-looking coverage. Comfortable 16-hour wear.

What kind of foundation is the NARS light reflecting? ›

About the Product

What it is: An advanced makeup-skincare-hybrid foundation with a natural finish that quickly blurs and smooths while visibly improving skin's clarity over time.

Is NARS a water-based foundation? ›

Is Nars Sheer Glow foundation water or silicone-based? The Nars Sheer Glow foundation is silicone based. It has Cyclopentasiloxane in the top ingredients.

How do I know if my foundation is water-based? ›

To check to see if a foundation is water-based, just check the label to see if water is listed as one of the first ingredients. This type of foundation is also typically free of silicones and oils but doesn't have to be — they just won't be a primary ingredient.

What is the best way to apply Nars foundation? ›

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Is Nars foundation good for dry skin? ›

It's low in coverage, and high in radiance. Nars' latest foundation has been lauded for the way it covers blemishes and redness while keeping dry skin looking dewy.

How do you apply light foundation? ›

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Is NARS Light Reflecting Foundation for mature skin? ›

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What kind of foundation is best for aging skin? ›

Choose a water-based formula that has hydrating ingredients," like moisturizing glycerin or hyaluronic acid, Whelan advises. "Foundations that have sheer coverage and a dewy luminous finish work best with women who are concerned about lines and wrinkles." ✔️ Dewy foundations are better than matte.

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What skin type is Nars Sheer Glow for? ›

Ideal for evening the complexion with a natural, lightweight glow. Now available in a global shade range of 40 shades, for all skin tones.

What NARS foundation is discontinued? ›

This blog post is going to be an ode to the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. A couple of months back where I shared with you that Nars had decided to discontinue this product.

When did NARS Light Reflecting Foundation come out? ›

More specifically, Nars's new Light Reflecting Foundation, which launches on 1 February. You're going to love it. Nars are experts in the field of brilliant skin coverage – hands up if you love the brand's Sheer Glow?

What's the best NARS foundation for oily skin? ›

If you are looking for a foundation with a matte finish, check out the NARS Sheer Matte Foundation. It is perfect for building coverage on all skin tones. This foundation absorbs oil and controls shine, making it an ideal choice for people with oily skin.

Is NARS foundation good for acne prone skin? ›

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We love a lightweight formula for acne-prone skin, and this sheer formula is still impressive in terms of coverage and longevity. It's oil-free, has a naturally radiant finish, and provide buildable coverage that conceals blemishes.

How do you know what shade of foundation you are? ›

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Is NARS good for sensitive skin? ›

The NARS Light Reflecting Foundation is a medium, buildable coverage foundation with a natural finish. It is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin, and acne-prone skin.

Is Nars Soft Matte Foundation water based? ›

Yes, the NARS Soft Matte Foundation is Silicone based. Silicone based foundations usually have that ingredient ( ending in -cone or -siloxane) listed as the second or third ingredient after water. Beauties who are looking for oil controlling ingredients usually look to silicone based foundations.

What are silicone based foundations? ›

Silicone-Based Foundations

If your foundation is silicone-based, it will (usually) contain ingredients ending in -cone or -siloxane as the second or third ingredient. The first ingredient will most likely be water, but that doesn't mean the foundation is water-based.

Should concealer be lighter than foundation? ›

"Always go a shade lighter than your foundation." The lighter tone will cancel out dark discoloration, but be careful not to go too fair. Concealers that are more than one shade lighter than your skin tone can leave you with a ghostly shadow. If you bought the wrong color, there's a quick fix.

Is NARS full coverage? ›

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is a buildable, full-coverage foundation with up to 16 hours of lightweight, natural, fade-resistant wear.

Is NARS luminous foundation discontinued? ›

Even without the recently discontinued All Day Luminous Foundation in its roster, Nars has at least a couple of other ways to get skin all glowy-lookin', so you might wonder why the brand felt it necessary to create what it's calling "the biggest launch in Nars history." But it's being called that not only because of ...

Is there SPF in NARS foundation? ›

IS THERE SPF IN NARS SHEER GLOW FOUNDATION? No, it doesn't, so make sure you apply {SPF} as the final step in your skin care routine every morning before applying your foundation.

Which foundation oxidizes the most? ›

Foundations that are made with oil or oil-based are more likely to cause your foundation to oxidize. Look for foundations that are water-based formulations, as these are less likely to oxidize.

Which foundations do not oxidize? ›

If you've been looking for drugstore foundations that don't oxidize, you have to give Rimmel's Match Perfection Foundation a chance. It features a medium coverage formula with smart-tone technology that is made to suit most skin tones.

How do I stop my foundation from oxidizing? ›

How to Prevent Your Foundation From Oxidising
  1. Use a primer. A silicone-based primer acts as a barrier between your skin's natural oils and oils in foundation, so there's less chance of oxidation.
  2. Blot, and blot some more. ...
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  4. Use a finishing powder.

Is oil based foundation good for dry skin? ›

On the other hand, if you have dry skin, then an oil based foundation is perfect for you. It's a great way to achieve that dewy, healthy-looking glow.

Is NARS natural radiant foundation silicone based? ›

It has a silicone base so once dried it has that slightly film texture. Feels pleasant on the skin, not greasy at all and leaves the skin with a low level radiance, not shimmer.

Is Huda Beauty foundation water based? ›

It's water-based so you won't change the finish of the product, just the colour. If you struggle to match your base to your skintone, I thoroughly recommend these little mixers.

How do I know if my makeup is silicone or water based? ›

All you need to do is check the ingredients list and look for what ingredients feature at the top of the list. If your foundation has ingredients ending in -cone/methicone or siloxane at the top of the ingredients list, it is a silicone-based foundation.

Is Nars Sheer Glow foundation water or oil based? ›

In my regular routine I use NARS Sheer Glow, which is water-based, with NATIO'S Ageless Illuminating Primer, which is water-based, with Olay's Complete UV Protection moisturiser, which is DING DING DING DING also water-based.

What is the difference between the NARS foundations? ›

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How do you match foundation and primer? ›

​ The key is to make sure the primer you select complements your foundation. For instance, if you have a silicone-based primer and a water-based foundation, your foundation could “pill” on top of the primer, says Trop. "If you have a silicone-based primer, it's best to use a silicone-based foundation on top," she says.

What is the best moisturizing foundation? ›

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How do you know if a product is water or oil based? ›

You can tell which type of product it is by looking at the ingredient label. If water is listed as an ingredient in your product, it is a water based product. It also is considered a water based product if the ingredients list juice, aloe vera, or tea, or anything that is typically made mostly of water.

Is NARS Light Reflecting Foundation for oily skin? ›

NARS Light Reflecting Foundation is a great medium coverage choice for someone with normal to oily skin.

Is the NARS Light Reflecting Foundation good for acne prone skin? ›

The NARS Light Reflecting Foundation is a medium, buildable coverage foundation with a natural finish. It is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin, and acne-prone skin.

Does NARS Light Reflecting Foundation transfer? ›

NARS LIGHT REFLECTING FOUNDATION REVIEW AFTER ...

How long does NARS Light Reflecting Foundation last? ›

This foundation has a really great wear time, lasting beyond eight hours on the skin without primer or setting powder.

What's the best Nars foundation for oily skin? ›

If you are looking for a foundation with a matte finish, check out the NARS Sheer Matte Foundation. It is perfect for building coverage on all skin tones. This foundation absorbs oil and controls shine, making it an ideal choice for people with oily skin.

What is a dupe for NARS Light Reflecting Foundation? ›

While there isn't an exact replica of the NARS Light Reflecting Advanced Skin Foundation I have found a very close dupe at the drugstore. The L'Oreal True Match Nude Plumping and and Hydrating Serum Foundation is very similar because it is a serum first and foundation second.

Is Nars foundation good for dry skin? ›

It's low in coverage, and high in radiance. Nars' latest foundation has been lauded for the way it covers blemishes and redness while keeping dry skin looking dewy.

Is there SPF in NARS Foundation? ›

IS THERE SPF IN NARS SHEER GLOW FOUNDATION? No, it doesn't, so make sure you apply {SPF} as the final step in your skin care routine every morning before applying your foundation.

When did NARS Light Reflecting Foundation come out? ›

More specifically, Nars's new Light Reflecting Foundation, which launches on 1 February. You're going to love it. Nars are experts in the field of brilliant skin coverage – hands up if you love the brand's Sheer Glow?

Is NARS Light Reflecting Foundation silicone based? ›

The product is lightweight, colour-safe and silicone-free so you can use it on dry hair daily for maximum light reflection that Van Ness describes as downright “prismatic.” Natural meadowfoam esters and squalane are also included to help nourish and hydrate your hair for silky results sans frizz.

Does NARS foundation oxidize? ›

Nars Soft Matte Complete Foundation is described as “a full coverage, natural-looking matte foundation that resists shifting shades throughout the day due to oxidation, and features comfortable 16-hour wear.” It comes in 34 shades and retails for $40.

Is NARS a water based foundation? ›

Is Nars Sheer Glow foundation water or silicone-based? The Nars Sheer Glow foundation is silicone based. It has Cyclopentasiloxane in the top ingredients.

Is NARS Sheer Glow being discontinued 2022? ›

No, Sheer Glow foundation is not being discontinued.

What is the best way to apply NARS foundation? ›

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How do you know what shade of foundation you are? ›

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