NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

For a while I’ve been looking for a foundation that’s in between my lighter ones such as Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and heavier ones I’ve tried like the new Chanel Perfection Lumiere. After reading many reviews and watching many ‘foundation routine’ videos I decided to try the NARS Sheer Glow foundation

I found it nearly impossible to get a sample of it. I tried John Lewis, Fenwick, Space NK, House of Fraser… everywhere! I NEED to try a foundation on myself on a full face to know if I want to purchase it, so I was getting rather frustrated. Eventually I gave in and allowed the lady at Space NK to take off my makeup and reapply it using the NARS foundation. I really hate doing this because if it looks awful I’m left looking stupid for the rest of the day!

She applied it and I liked it. Done.

The lady at the NARS counter was adamant that NARS foundations have to be applied using fingers, which I thought was strange as I’d never heard any blog reviews mention this. I tried it using my hands a few times and was never really happy with the result. Eventually I gave up and went back to using my trusty buffing brush and the result was so much better. I love how this foundation leaves a dewy finish but not so dewy that you’re shiny. It doesn’t feel too heavy and sinks really nicely into the skin. Some foundations sit on my skin so when I make a phone call, my phone is covered in foundation after – I hate this! The NARS one doesn’t do this at all. I find it really easy to blend around my ears and jaw where I usually find it hard. On me, it’s a medium coverage – I don’t put too much on. I also find that it last really well throughout the day. When I used my fingers it didn’t, but now I use a brush it lasts all day. 

The colour is a perfect match for me. I was given ‘FIJI’, which when dabbed on my face looks too dark, but once blended in is perfect. The most ridiculously annoying thing about this foundation is that it doesn’t come with a pump. Seriously, who pours their foundation onto their hand?! Gross! I very quickly started mission ‘hunt down a pump’. I was lucky to find the last one in Space NK near my house and bought it for £3 – phew! But here’s another stupid thing… once the pump is on, you can’t put the lid on. So if you ever carry your foundation around in a makeup bag, is pretty much going to leak! 

I do like the packaging though apart from that. It’s in a nice solid glass bottle and it feels very luxurious. 

Wow, longest review ever! Well… it’s because I really like it.

Have you tried NARS Sheer Glow? What do you think of it? 

Lily xx

Disclaimer: This product was bought by me. 

Discuss this post

  • Charlotte

    I love the coverage of this foundation but find it so hard to blend!

  • sian

    I wondered why the MA applied it onto me with his hands! I was thoroughly freaked out! I have had the same issues trying to get a sample, I’m desperate to try it in the comfort of my own home but all they seem to offer me are sheer matte samples which I’ve tried, but didn’t like.

    might just have to bite the bullet and fork out for it, so many people love it!! great review :) x

  • tori_carlisle

    the mac foundation doesn’t have a pump either! and you have to buy it seperately and then the lid doesn’t fit

  • Elissa

    I love the sound of this. Did you find it to be buildable? x

  • Nicola

    I never really pay that much for a foundation as im happy with my revlon photoready but this sounds really good. I hate foundations without a pump! So annoying and messy.

  • Angelica

    That strange that the women had applied the foundation by hands, I really want to try it out. I wonder if the mac pump will fit as you can take it off. I’m running out of my favourite foundation so I might give this a try. x

  • Boscy

    I thought it was only me that suffered from the ‘foundation all over my smartphone’ horrors! Hate it xx

  • Bri

    i really want to try this foundation…thanks for the review! xx

  • Dollyfaces

    I really want to try this too! x

  • princesselfy

    Sheer Glow is my ALL time favourite foundation. The lack of pump is highly annoying though!

  • Jessica French

    I love this! Its become my favourite. I leaves the perfect finish, although in the summer I think I may have to use some translucent powder! xo

  • thelipstickdiaries

    i swatched this today at space nk! an i quite liked it! the colour i tried was sibiria but not sure it this was a good match for me! :)
    just started a blog and would love it if you could check it out

  • ThingsthatIbuy

    the coverage is a bit too heavy for me, I like to mix it with some moisturizer and apply it with a sponge :) gives beautiful air brush finish!

  • Alex

    I also was told to use my fingers it I find the buffing brush gives a better finish. They’re my perfect combo! I managed to get 2 samples in HoF but I can’t decide between deauville and Santa fe… Both a good match for me. Performance-wise, it’s my current fave!!

  • Ginger Pickle

    Wow the bottle looks huge and heavy! I have never been a fan of glass foundation bottles as it is difficult to get the product out without a pump as you say. I would love to try this foundation out too but we don’t have a NARS counter in Aberdeen (sucks right?!) so I couldn’t possibly tell what shade I am or if it would work well on my skin. I have combination skin and i’m currently on the hunt for a foundation that doesn’t clog around the dry patches and doesn’t leave you oily.

    The search continues!

    Jade x

    Jade x

  • Laura’s Bible

    Great review ! I always read mixed reviews on this foundation so I never know if i should buy it or not. but this convinced me :)

  • Gem

    I’ve never tried any Nars foundations (I love their bronzers and illuminators though!) and you’ve just convinved me to get this, it sounds amazing!!

    Gem x

  • Recessionista

    That is so silly it dosen’t come with a pump. Money making scam to me

  • pinkyliciousvita

    really good review!

  • Ekta

    Great review, i really want to try this one day! :)

  • Hannah

    I’ve never tried it before but it’s on my list to try!

  • Verity

    Oh I’m on the fence about this I really want to try 2 of these 3 things:
    Nars sheer glow foundation
    Nars cactus flower cream blush
    nars isolde shadow duo
    Which ones do you think?
    verity x

  • Hannah Guest

    Where did you get the little lid? (I travel a lot and this would take up less space).


    ~ XOXO

  • Jayden T.

    The pump can be twisted to be locked, so you can carry it around! I wanna try Sheer Glow, using Sheer Matte atm.

  • Lucy a.jones

    i just bought the sheer glow and searched through lots of old foundation pumps to find one that fits and the bourjous healthy mix red pump fits and you can take off the plastic part underneath the screw off bit too so that it looks neater and you can apply the see through lid to prevent it from squirting out when travelling ! hope this helps some of you!