Review: NARS Luminous Weightless Foundation


Hi my lovelies! Hope you're all doing well. So I'm back with another foundation review, and it's pretty new ish to the make up counters. It's the 50/50 hyped up NARS Luminous Weightless foundation, this was released early Feb and I'm quite late to the band waggon but I decided to read a few reviews here and there before spending £32 on something I'll end up abandoning and hating. 

So let's start with the packaging of this, which I'm pretty chuffed with. I'm living the frosted glass and the fact that this foundation comes with a pump makes me so happy (boo you sheer glow!) I think it's ridiculous when foundations don't come with pumps, why am I paying so much for you to give me something without a pump? Get outta here. Rant over and onto the shades, now this is where I was a little annoyed. Originally I was colour matched to Barcelona which I am in the Sheer Glow, so me being me I thought yes it matched perfectly even after looking in the mirror etc, and after being told the shades are still the same I was convinced, so I purchased and did some more shopping around Canary until I bumped into my best friend and her response was 'why do you look grey' referring to the NARS Luminous Weightless side, I didn't stutter because after looking in the mirror I noticed how weird it looked, it was grey yet I had such a peach undertone. So I went back and changed for the shade up which was Syracuse. It is a good match, but is more of a summer shade when I have tanned. What would've been perfect is Barcelona and Syracuse mixed for me, NARS definitely needs a in between the two shades to match all you NC37 skin tones.  

The foundation has phenomenal coverage, I agree with it being very weightless on the skin even with the amount of coverage it gives (medium/full) you'd imagine it to be heavy and mask like - a little bit like how the Estée Lauder Double wear which can look quite cakey when layered. The foundation claims its 'semi-matte' which I personally think is not true, it looks matte but it doesn't give that horrible I can't move my face without my foundation creasing feeling. It isn't as luminous as I thought and was hoping it would be, but it does make my skin look incredibly flawless. Also, the formula is weirdly very runny - I wasn't expecting that at all so as you can imagine the first pump made me screech. Make sure you really shake this up before using it! I would say this foundation is very good for special occasions e.g weddings, birthdays etc. I wouldn't wear this every single day because I don't need heavy coverage regularly and its just personal preference. 

 I currently have dry patches around my face, especially my under eyes. I noticed the first time I applied this after my normal moisturising routine it clinged to the patch, so the following day I used it after applying my body shop elderflower eye gel to see if it would make any difference and it really did! I was so impressed, foundation didn't cling because I made sure that area was very hydrated and smooth for a better application. So just like most of the reviews that I have read prior to buying the foundation they have said its important to have your skin hydrated if you have drier skin.

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Overall I would say this foundation is a 7/10. First downside being it clinging onto dry patches which means probably purchasing a hydrating primer which = spending more money. Second is that the shade range isn't the best, and you can go terribly wrong, and again you could end up spending more money if you have to buy two shades to get your right match.

Also, many have been asking me since I have used the Sheer Glow which one I prefer, I have to say this one is winning. Sheer Glow is very hard to build on as I feel like it cakes up, and looks thick on my skin. When I used Sheer Glow I had pretty oily skin, although it's not as dewy as I imagined it to be (it was more matte if I'm honest with the slightest glow) it did still stay on my skin considering it was very hot and humid when I would wear it. I think Sheer Glow is still a good foundation, I just think Luminous has won me over with the pro's that I have mentioned above. 

Never the less, if you are after a full coverage foundation, that's very long lasting yet weightless on the skin - this may be your next purchase!


  1. I have oily / combo skin (oily t-zone rest of my face is normal ) my t-zone is very oily in summer and less oily in winter , which foundation would you recommend for me . It doesn't have to be from Nars thank you x

  2. * somthing that's oil-free and water based


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