I don’t think I’ve EVER IN MY LIFE tried so hard to get a foundation to work for me as I have with the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation. Originally I think I got this foundation in before it actually launched and I shared it on my Instagram stories. I tried it several different ways and also used different application methods. It just did not work for oily skin. At least, not as oily as my skin is. BUT I do think that everyone else (even those with semi-oily skin) will freaking LOVE IT.
what is it
The NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is said to be a medium, buildable coverage foundation and is good to go for all skin types. It provides “up to 16 hours of lightweight, natural, fade-resistant wear, featuring full-powered radiance to smooth the look of skin”. There are currently 33 shades in the line.
When I first applied the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation my skin had never looked so perfect and flawless. The formula felt light, blended like a dream and was medium coverage without looking like it was. I had to obviously use concealer on some old acne scarring/dark circles but I had truly thought I found the holy grail of life. Like the actual fountain of youth but in foundation.
Sadly, no matter what I did or how I tried it, the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation was beaten down by the oils living in my face. I’ve tried this foundation with literally every.single.combo of setting powders, sprays, primers that I own… you name it. I even bought some others to try out. On a suggestion from a prominent makeup artist in a group I belong to I tried it with nothing as a base or to set (because that’s apparently how it’s designed to be worn). Nope. TBH wearing it with nothing was worse because the product not only got eating up by the oils but you could really see my pores after about 20 minutes.
The best mix of products that I tried the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation with was as follows: Too Faced Primed & Peachy Mattifying Primer as a base and the foundation applied with Sigma 3DHD brush. I set it with the Too Faced Peach Perfect Mattifying Setting Powder. This gave me medium coverage and maybe an hour or two worth of wear before all hell broke loose.
Like I said, with every combo, at first this foundation was holy grail levels of flawless. I’ve never been so upset that I can’t get a product to work for me.
I PLEA TO YOU, NARS! Make a version of this foundation for super oily skin. I will be your test dummy. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!
Three of the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation shades – Vallauris (Medium 1.5 – medium w/ pink undertones), Santa Fe (Medium 2 – medium w/ peach undertones) and Vanuatu (Medium 3.5 – medium w/ yellow & pink undertones) – are swatched below. My best match in this formula is Santa Fe.