Friday, June 29, 2012

Window Shopper? What's that? ;)

NARS Sheer Glow (Barcelona)
 I'm a bad friend to take shopping. I'm not the one who will get you to walk away from something. rather I'm the one that says, "Get it! What if they run out? Get two!!". I'm not proud of that-which is probably why I usually shop alone nowadays! That being said I have definitely cut back on spending habits, however....I did have a Sephora credit burning a hole in my pocket. So yesterday in a desperation to get out of the heat (Malls are always nice and cool!) I went to Sephora to browse (I could browse in there all day!) As much as I love my NARS and Garnier tinted moisturizers, they don't offer enough coverage for special events (I have a few special nights out coming next month). The search for a new liquid foundation began. Still in love with MAC Mineralize Satin Finish Liquid foundation-I just felt I needed to try something new for the summer. Enter NARS Sheer Glow foundation. I had walked in with the intention on trying Yves Saint Laurent Teint Radiance (I had read excellent reviews!) and also Givenchy Photo'Perfexion. I tried each one on each side of my face and went and swatched the Naked palettes (Swoon). One good thing about both of those foundations is their excellent choice in shades (for us with olive/tan skin). But they didn't wow me. I was ready to head out when the SA ask me if I needed assistance. Normally I'd say no but her skin was glowing and looked great even under the horrid lighting in Sephora. I asked her what she was wearing and she lead me to the NARS counter and applied the Sheer Glow on me. I was ready to say thanks, but no, as I had already gotten a sample of this some time ago. She matched me to Barcelona-Medium and when I went to take a look in the brightly lit mirror in the middle of the store, was actually amazed at what i saw-glowy but now shiny and sheer with enough coverage to cover up my pigmentation and a few spots on my chin! When i got home I compared the sample with my bottle and noticed my sample was Stromboli, whereas I had been matched and purchased the color above, Barcelona. Really makes me see how much being matched up exactly can make a difference! I've worn it for only 2 days (I did have an extra shower in between and applied it a third time!) and absolutely love it! It's still early so thankfully Sephora has an excellent return policy-but I have a feeling Im gonna be wearing this baby for a while. My only gripe-one I've seen everywhere while reading countless reviews- no pump? $42 bucks and no pump?? Was told I could purchase one on the NARS website. For $42 they really, really should include a pump. Ok, I'll stop because I like it that much!
NARS Sheer Glow in Barcelona in action. I didn't want to do a full face (not a fan of seeing my mug splashed across the screen) It might be love <3


  1. this looks amazing on you! I've been on the hunt for a new foundation too--my sister is getting married in Sept. and it's going to be *hot*. I usually prefer something with a semi-matte, natural finish but it's hard to find something that will stay put with that kind of finish! I just got a sample of Nars Sheer Matte though, so hopefully it will work out. Now I'm regretting not getting a sample of Sheer Glow too--but I figured there was no way it would work for my oily skin in 90 degree weather :/

    Oh, and I totally understand--I STILL haven't worked up the courage to post a lip swatch shot, let alone a full face shot. So unnerving posting a full face pic for all the world to see, lol!

  2. Hi Becca:) thanks- I'd given up on finding a foundation I loved and was always mixing foundations, but this- this stuff is amazing! It stays on in this awful 90 degree weather and I don't cringe when I see pictures of myself- huge plus, as I have con o/oily skin too! You should def get a sample. Although you may fall in love with the matte you purchased!

  3. Love this post! Have always wanted to try NARS Sheer Glow but there is no NARS counter where I live and I would need to visit a counter to get a proper colour match! But,I am picking up the new YSL one this week - using up a sample of it at the moment! :)

    1. Thank you! I loved your post and am loving that I'm able to talk passionately about finding a foundation that I love! I think people mistake our love for makeup as superficiality and really it's a creative outlet=) ok, I'll stop about that!
      YES- i'm super excited to get a sample of the new YSL foundation!! Looks gorgeous and the selection of colors is amazing! I'm kinda scared-I'm a huge foundation lover and feel I may need it. Whereas my wallet may think otherwise!