My skin: Normal/Combo - T-zone will get a little oily throughout the day, normal cheeks otherwise
One pump of this foundation is probably about half a regular pump of foundation quantity wise. Nars claims one pump is sufficient to cover your entire face but I found the coverage on one pump with a beauty blender to be a very light coverage. 2 pumps definitely builds to a medium coverage - it definitely evened out my redness but you will still need a concealer if you have very dark undereyes or blemishes/freckles you want concealed. The foundation is quite watery and you have to shake the bottle prior to application. The finish is somewhat dewy and definitely not matte. I felt the foundation looked pretty natural from a distance - but up close you can definitely tell you are wearing makeup. I set the foundation with a powder as I do with any liquid foundation but found that it did transfer with touching or rubbing my face. I wore it for about 12 hours and by the end of the day there was definite wear - around my nose you could see redness peeking through and over the course of the day I did find myself feeling like I was "wearing the foundation". I don't get super oily, but this foundation did not control any of my oiliness at all.
|One pump applied with damp beauty blender. No powder. Natural light.|
|Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Barcelona (left), MAC Pro longwear concealer in NC35 (right) for comparison.|
All in all, I thought this was a fairly nice foundation. It definitely gave a luminosity to the face, but I was disappointed it did not look more natural at the coverage level I had hoped for. Color-wise, I just came back from vacation and got a little more color, so I felt the color match was decent. The Barcelona shade I got leans on the peachy side, as you can see from the picture above compared to MAC pro long-wear concealer in NC35. I don't believe it wears for 16 hours, and I think that if you're oily, this will start feeling pretty slick over the course of the day without touch-ups. I work long days and do not have time to touch up my makeup at all. Further, the transfer factor was rather annoying and I think you will have to be careful if you're hugging someone or touching your face and then your clothing.
Overall, I'm not sure if this is a keeper for its $48 USD pricetag. Let me know your thoughts! Also, bear with me as I learn how to do this blogging thing!