Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Prime and Glow

One of the things I wanted to do in 2013 was delve into the world of high end foundations. First on my list to try had to be Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. So about a month back I wandered on down to Mecca Cosmetica and got myself matched up to the shade Gobi (Light 3). Whilst I was there the assistant used Nars Pro Prime Pore Refining Primer on me and I was so impressed with the way it felt on my skin I decided to get it too and I have been using them together ever since.


Nars Pro Prime and Nars Sheer Glow


Nars Pro Prime and Nars Sheer Glow

Nars Pro Prime Pore Refining Primer really impressed me in store from the way it felt when applied on my skin. It felt very cooling and moisturising on the skin. As someone who suffers with redness flare ups I knew I had to give this a try to calm my skin down. When applied this has a cooling, calming feeling on the skin which I really, really enjoy about this product. I find that my makeup looks fresher for longer when I wear this primer, this is definitely a great product for humidity. However the thing I don't like about this primer is that it is marketed as a pore refining primer. I don't think that this primer really refines pores, either instantly or with extended use. If you want your pores to look less noticeable with makeup I think you would be better with a silicone primer, as these tend to smooth over my pores and make them appear less noticeable. But, I did not really buy this product to refine my pores anyway! I bought it because it felt amazing when it was applied on my skin, and it continues to do so. I think it helps to combat my sensitivity and make my makeup look fresher for longer, and for that reason it's now my favourite primer.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation is a very interesting foundation. I was matched to the shade Gobi (Light 3) which is a more yellow toned foundation. I tend to purchase yellow toned foundations as it helps to combat my redness. This foundation has a light to medium coverage. I tend to still use concealer around my nose and on any blemishes. If I apply this on my dark circles it gathers a little in the fine lines under my eyes but I am yet to find a concealer or foundation that doesn't to be honest. In terms of application, I just can't get this foundation to look good when applying it with a brush! It ends up going streaky and clinging to certain areas on my face. When applied with fingers however it applies pretty darn flawlessly, and the finish is very very beautiful. It is a very natural finish, something I look to in a foundation. I can also wear this foundation and not set it with powder, and I don't end up looking oily which is quite amazing to me! I think I will definitely enjoy wearing this without powder in the wintertime. When combined with the Nars Pro Primer I get fantastic wear time from this foundation, I have worn it to work all day and it has looked just as good when I get home. This foundation also looks very beautiful in photographs, and I can see why a lot of people recommend/have used it for their wedding or a special occasion.


Bare Faced!


Nars Pro Prime Applied


Nars Pro Prime and Sheer Glow Applied

I noticed that as I used this foundation more and more my skin got clearer and clearer. I am kind of freaking out about this because it leads me to believe that perhaps my Bourjois Healthy Mix was causing some of my break outs, which darn near breaks my heart, as it is my holy grail foundation.

Overall I would highly recommend this foundation and primer, they are both fantastic products and I think the wonderful textures and finishes of them make them worth the price.

Mishelle

53 comments:

  1. the coverage looks pretty good!

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  2. I love this foundation, Mishelle. It's one of my holy grail products. I stopped using it for ages because it wasn't my colour but today I whipped it out again, I have no idea why. It didn't disappoint and I was reminded why I love it. Check out my review here - http://www.dontstopbuying.com/2011/12/nars-sheer-glow-foundation.html

    Hope you're well, Mishelle x

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  3. This looks great on you. I love Sheer Glow. I find I get a little oily after a few hours, I need to find a good primer to use with it. I may check out the Pro Prime :) We are shade twins too! :)

    I also recommend Laura Mercier's Silk Creme... this foundation makes me want to use no other! Of course I'm a foundation addict, I've got so many!

    It's a shame about the Healthy Mix possibly causing breakouts! If you want to continually use this though Kiss and Make Up NY stocks NARS, it's U.S. prices!

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    1. Silk Creme is on my list because of your praise! I will definitely hit up kiss and makeup :)

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  4. The foundation looks so natural yet flawless :)

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  5. Ah such a great combo - your skin looks flawless. I might even delve into the more high end foundations, which would be a big step considering I hardly wear foundation anyway!

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  6. The foundation looks great on you and that primer seems to take out a bit of the redness which is something I definitely need! I'm yet to try Nars foundations but I've heard nothing but great things. High end foundation is something that I swear by.

    x Bridget

    bridgerydoo.blogspot.com

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  7. I got a sample of Sheer Glow in the shade 'Sante Fe'. I tried it out with a real techniques brush the other day and it looked so patchy and streaky. I was so disappointed and I haven't tried it since. You've made me want to try it out again today, you skin looks flawless with it! :D

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    1. Definitely try your fingers or even a sponge Alina!

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  8. That's a really pretty combination on you Mishelle! I've never tried either but that foundation is on my wish list!

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  9. these products look great on you! I've been eyeing this foundation for a while but actually I wanted to try a matte version of it due to my oily skin but unfortunately there is no NARS counter in Poland and I am not brave enough to order a foundation without trying it out:)
    you have such a beautiful smile:)

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  10. wow the coverage looks great but it doesn't look cakey at all! I am really interesting to try this one out since I have heard only good things about it .. NARS is a brand that I am not familiar with since it's not available here in germany, but I think it's soon time for me to try some of their products :)

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  11. The foundation looks amazing on you! I really love the finish of the NARS foundation when I first put it on, but I find it goes kind of powdery and patchy around the 6 hour mark. I've tried many different primers, maybe I should see if I can get a sample of the NARS primer...

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  12. Love how soothing and calming the primer sounds! Good to hear it also helps to make foundation last longer. I apply Sheer Glow with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush but I agree that fingers is probably a better way to go - that's the way that they recommend you apply it in the instructions as well! :)

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    1. The girl at Mecca applied it on me with her fingers :)

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  13. These seem like a great primer and foundation! I'd love to start trying out more high end products. I have a problem with a lot of redness in the face so I'd love to give these a try one day.

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  14. Sheer Glow is definitely one of my favourite foundations I've ever tried - it does absolute wonders for my skin. The primer sounds quite interesting, especially the soothing and calming effect it has on the skin. I must try it out one day! Great review, lovely! x

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  15. I have heard a lot of good reviews about this foundation. I think I might give it a go. The results look fabulous on you! I can't even tell that your'e wearing makeup in that last picture :) Definitely something I am putting on my wish list

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  16. They sound really nice, especially together! And it looks soo good on your skin. I want to try a higher end foundation as well but I'm happy with my combo at the moment... but I might have to give sheer glow a try :) I just don't wanna pay Aussie prices!! haha xx

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  17. I bought the primer cos you've been saying how good it is :) I already had the foundation and I like it but it's not my HG (my Dior Nude foundation is). Dying to see if I get the same results as you :)

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  18. That looks amazing s

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  19. Really need to get around to trying Nars, I am so in love looking at all their products, the coverage looks nice x

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  20. Wow, your skin looks so even! The primer sounds fab x

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  21. That foundation looks fantastic *adds to wishlist*! I find foundations that you don't have to set with powder pretty freaking amazing too! :)

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  22. I have the sheer glow foundation but I'm not a big fan of it but this primer sounds great I might need to pick that up.

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  23. This foundation looks great on you! I haven't use it in a while now and I might try to apply it with my fingers instead, I see what you mean about the brush, it does look weird. xx

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  24. I love love love Sheer Glow. It looks great on you. I usually apply it with a buffing brush or my fingers x

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  25. I have to try this primer!

    I really wanted Sheer Glow to work for me, but it's just too dark. Fantastic formula though, would definitely be my HG if I could find a good colour match.

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  26. I'm so tempted to try this combo, but I buy so many different foundations (though I still haven't tried Nars!!!) Maybe I need to give it a go! Looks amazing!!
    The primer sounds great, combating sensitive skin is a total selling point for me as my skin is pretty temperamental!
    Great review! Thanks Mishelle!!

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  27. Ooh you've definitely tempted me to try this. My skins had so many break outs recently, mostly because of stress but it can't hurt to give this a go!

    http://www.danielleyc.com xx

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  28. Ooh the pro prime looks very promising, I always love the black packaging too :)


    YURI
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  29. I've never tried NARS products before. Thanks for the review!

    ariarhapsody.blogspot.com

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  30. Great review, these look amazing on you! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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  31. It really shows, the result is beautiful :)

    xoxo,
    Angel
    http://angeldiamante.blogspot.com/

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  32. Love love love Sheer Glow! I use it almost every single day I think it's my HG foundation!

    It looks so good on you too, i love how effortlessly it covers.

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  33. I've heard so many great things about both of these products. I really have to put this on my list to try this year like you did. Looks flawless on your skin! I think the primer would be great for the type of skin I have. Thanks so much for sharing this review!

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  34. Wow this looks great on you! I've heard great things about this foundation!

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  35. Hi,
    Great blog you have, I love the diversity of it.
    Wow, your skin really does glow! Where can you buy Nars as I havent seen it in boots/ superdrug?
    xxx
    http://heroineinheels.blogspot.co.uk/

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  36. Wow, you look stunning after the two products! I definitekly have to try them!

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  37. your skin looks glowing after applying the foundation! the combo looks great :D

    xo; L&M
    www.twoplicates.blogspot.com

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  38. Absolutely beautiful! I haven't tried the NARS foundation before, and I really want to get into more high end foundations too but I'm actually quite satisfied with the drugstore ones I have at the moment! The finished look of the foundation is beautiful, definitely looks natural yet makes your skin glow. Great to hear that it doesn't break you out- I have the Bourjois Healthy Mix too and I hope it doesn't cause me to break out either :(

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  39. For some reason your posts are not showing up on my feed! Rather annoying, but anyway...

    This foundation looks amazing on you :) very natural and glowy. It's one of my favourites too, but sometimes my skin has weird days where it looks cakey (maybe when it's a bit dry?). Nevertheless, it's still my go-to foundation when I need a little more coverage, so glad it works for you too!

    xx

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  40. Many people said good things about NARS sheer glow foundation. The coverage looks great from your picture, and I am glad you feel that this does not makes your skin feel oily. I feel like running to NARS and get this one ;)

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  41. ohhh i really want to try this foundation! its like every beauty bloggers staple piece! the price is pretty high though...

    great post xxx

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  42. Thanks for the nice post

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