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NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation review - shade Santa Fe

March 3, 2015


Hello friends! Just over a week ago the new NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation was released in Australia and I literally made sure I was there to buy it within 15 minutes of the shops opening... yes, I am crazy.

You may be asking why was I so eager to run (well, drive) to Mecca Cosmetica on a Sunday morning to throw my $64 at a new foundation on the day of it's release? Well, I had watched many big beauty YouTubers rave about this foundation... I had heard that this is a high coverage, lightweight, long wearing foundation that looks like normal skin and doesn't make you look cakey (yay!) and the icing on the cake was when I heard rave reviews from people who claim to have oily combination skin (shut up and take my money!). I really love the look of the NARS Sheer Glow but found that it started wearing off my skin after a few hours, so I was really hoping that this foundation would be a much longer wearing version of the Sheer Glow.

I am sorry to tell you guys that I did not like this foundation... and have already taken it back! (Ps yes you can return products to Mecca if you have the receipt). Keep reading to find out why!

Ingredients list
Let's start with the basics.

This foundation retails in Australia for $64 at Mecca Cosmetica. It contains 30ml of product and comes in the same 12 shades at the Sheer Glow or Sheer Matte foundation.

I have the Sheer Glow in the shade Fiji, but because that shade is crazy yellow toned, I was recommended Santa Fe which is slightly darker but more neutral toned. In general the shades do lean quite yellow so you may struggle to find a shade if you prefer pink toned foundations. I have also heard a lot of feedback that the shades oxidise, so if you are in between shades then go for the lighter. I found that Santa Fe was a great colour match for my skin.

Santa Fe

The packaging is made of a thick heavy glass but hallelujah it comes with a pump! The bottle looks a lot larger than the Sheer Glow, but the amount of product is the same.


This foundation is very very liquidy and requires shaking before applying. It is directed that you only need one pump, but I found that I required two pumps to cover my face (when applying with my hands) and more when applying with a brush or beauty blender.

The application and initial feel of the foundation is lovely (you can see me applying it in the video at the end of this post). It provides medium-high but buildable coverage, is lightweight, sets quickly, and doesn't look or feel cakey. This does instantly add some radiance to the skin, but as the product sets it doesn't feel tacky like some other "illuminating" foundations.

If this initial look and feel of the foundation lasted the 16 hours wear that it claims, then I would be shouting its praises from a rooftop. Sadly, things went pear shaped after only a few hours.

PicMonkey Collage
left: no foundation, right: one layer of NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

On my oily combination skin this foundation quickly turned into a greasy mess. Normally I might get some oil break through in the t-zone at the 6 hour mark, but this foundation made me look like I had dipped my face in oil at the 3-4 hour mark (see how it wears in the video below). However, to it's credit it didn't break down and become as patchy as much as other foundations, but the oiliness was out of control.

I also noticed that I started forming some very uncharacteristic breakouts in the week that I tested out this foundation, and surprise surprise they cleared up after I stopped wearing it.

I have also heard from many other people that this foundation oxidises and settles into pores and fine lines, emphasising them greatly. I personally didn't have these particular issues with the foundation.

So, would I recommend this foundation? If you have any hint of oiliness to your skin, then definitely not! I don't consider myself a very greasy person... but this turned me into one. If you have concerns with fine lines and pores, then I would probably also give this a miss. The only people I would recommend this foundation to is people who have normal to dry skin, enjoy foundations that add "radiance" and want a foundation to last all day. I have no doubt that on drier skin this would have the ability to provide all day luminosity as claimed.

I think my take home message is that you should get a sample of this before you buy it. It is not a cheap foundation and I have heard that it only works wonders on a small range of skin types. It is a very polarising foundation.

Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?



  1. Woah I didn't know you can take back products to Mecca Cosmetica! Will keep that in mind :)

    Sorry to hear you didn't on with this foundation despite a promising start and great shade match. My skin is on the drier side but most foundations do make me a little oily at around the 2 hour mark. Usually I blot which gets rid of the oiliness for the rest of the day. I'm still on the fence about whether I want to try this foundation. NARS Sheer Glow is basically my favourite foundation BUT it is very unforgiving on dry skin in that it highlights every dry patch. I am tempted by Laura Mercier Silk Creme or Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk if I were going to buy a new foundation so this new NARS one is a bit lower on the list. Thanks for the honest review of your experience!

    1. I normally need to blot once a day at maybe the 6 hour mark... with this foundation I would need to blot on the hour every hour... which would also mean that I have no foundation left on my face by the end of the day :P I much prefer Sheer Glow

  2. Oh wow. A lot of people have been saying that it isn't that good. I had high hopes about it. Might as well look at another brand for a new foundation.

    1. Yeah most people that I have spoken to don't like it... only one or two love it

  3. Can't wait to try this one as I personally love NARS foundations including SG and their Radiant Creamy Compact. It sounds similar to the Silk Foundation by Giorgio Armani maybe? I will try a colour match for Sante Fe also as I'm usually Fiji, thanks for the tip!x
    Madeleine, The Daily Mark

  4. Thats a shame :/ I too have oily skin so I know to stay well away

  5. Wow can you take products back to Mecca even after it's been used? That's crazy, I never knew that!
    I've read a few reviews on this foundation, it really seems that people either really love it or dislike it.
    The initial finish does look stunning but shame it doesn't stay put! Love that it comes with a pump, I will never understand why Sheer Glow doesn't (and after you put the pump in, the lid doesn't fit on anyway which bothers me).
    I used to have combination skin but in the last year, I think it's actually a lot drier than it used to be (or maybe I found a miraculous base routine that keeps the oiliness at bay? I'm not sure.

    Chloé⎪ status.chlo

  6. Oh no! I have really oily skin and I was hoping this would be amazing.I'm going to go try and get a sample! x

  7. I didn't know you can take things back to Mecca! This is great info. Anyway I'm sorry you didn't like the foundation. I feel bad somehow coz I really love it. I have combo skin and I get the oily t-zone at the 4-5hr mark but I don't mind it. It's not crazy oily but I know how you feel coz Armani silk foundation did that me.


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