Monday, October 13, 2014

Nars Sheer Matte Foundation; Review & Swatches of Shades


Nars Sheer Matte Foundation
Price: $45 per ounce
CRUELTY FREE!!!

Nars Sheer Matte Foundation is one of several cult-favorite foundations in the Nars arsenal. Nars claims that Sheer Matte will control oil all day while leaving your skin looking and feeling silky soft, smooth, and radiant. Normally, having such contradictory claims would raise some red flags, but with Nars Sheer Matte Foundation they're actually spot on.

Nars Sheer GLOW Foundation caused alot of controversy when it changed the way people thought of a "Glowy" foundation, and in a sense, Nars Sheer Matte Foundation has done the same thing for it's respective foundation category and ideal-skin type.

Initially, Nars Sheer Matte Foundation starts off as a fluid, but it's a fluid with oomph as opposed to a very watery liquid. Nars suggests rubbing the foundation between your fingers to warm it up a bit and then applying to your face with your fingers. This method works fabulously if you're seeking light coverage, but if you want medium-full coverage, you're best bet is going to be liberally applying Sheer Matte to your face (with your fingers) and then buff it out with a flat-top brush. 

The most important thing when applying is to be sure to let Nars Sheer Matte actually sit on your face for a few second before buffing it out. (When applying Sheer Matte initally, you should certainly works inwards-outwards, but when you move on to the buffing stage it may serve you well to buff outward-inward.)

The steps necessary for a truly flawless application go against everything we're taught about foundation application- especially oil-free foundations which require that you "blend fast before it sets". Sheer Matte actually does best if it has a moment to sit on you skin before you buff or blend it out.

This is one of the things that really sets Nars Sheer Matte Foundation apart from the crowd. If you're old enough to remember using Window Wax (the real window wax, not the impostors out nowadays), then you know that the application method is a little different and requires a little effort, and while not many people can say anything negative about the results, it's a process that may turn some away.

The 20 available shades in the Nars Sheer Matte Foundation range are impeccible and will suit those with exceptionally porcelain skin to those with deep skin. Nars also does a great job of staying consistent with the shade ranges in across their line of foundations & concealers.

Nars Sheer Matte Foundation; Review & Swatches of Shades- 1 Mont Blanc, 2 Deauville, 3 Fiji, 4 Punjab, 5 Vallarus, 6 Santa Fe, 7 Stromboli, 8 Barcelona, 9 Syracuse, 10 Tahoe, 11 Cadiz, 12 Macao, 13 New Guinea, 14 Trinidad
Nars Sheer Matte Foundation; Swatches of Shades-
1 Mont Blanc, 2 Deauville, 3 Fiji, 4 Punjab, 5 Vallarus, 6 Santa Fe, 7 Stromboli, 8 Barcelona, 9 Syracuse, 10 Tahoe, 11 Cadiz, 12 Macao, 13 New Guinea, 14 Trinidad
Nars Sheer Matte Foundation Light 1, Light 2, Light 3, light 4 Shades

Shades in pictures 1 & 2 (On Right)
(1) Sibera-Light 1: Light Skin with Neutral Balance of Pink & Yellow Undertones
(2) Mont Blanc-Light 2:Light Skin with Pink Undertones
(3) Gobi-Light 3: Light Skin with Yellow Undertones
 (4) Deauville- Light 4:Light Skin with Neutral Balance of Pink & Yellow Undertones

Shades in the remaining pictures:
(1) Mont Blanc- Light 2: Light skin with Pink Undertones
Nars Sheer Matte Foundation; Review & Swatches of Shades Light 1 Sibera, Light 2 Mont Blanc, Light 3 Gobi, Light 4 Deauville
Nars Sheer Matte Foundation
1 Sibera, 2 Mont Blac,
3 Gobi, 4 Deauville,
(2) Deauville- Light 4: Light Skin with Neutral Balance of Pink & Yellow Undertones
(3) Fiji- Light 5: Light Skin with Golden Peachy Undertones
(4) Punjab- Medium 1: Medium Skin with Golden Peachy Undertones
(5) Vallarus- Medium 1.5: Medium Skin with Pink Undertones
(6) Santa Fe- Medium 2: Medium Skin with Peachy Undertones
(7) Stromboli- Medium 3: Medium Skin with Olive Undertones
(8) Barcelona- Medium 4: Medium Skin with Golden Peachy Undertones
(9) Syracuse- Medium/Deep 1: Medium Deep Skin with Brown Undertones
(10) Tahoe- Medium/Deep 2: Medium Deep Skin with Caramel Undertones
(11) Cadiz- Medium/Deep 3: Medium Deep Skin with Red & Caramel Undertones
(12) Macao- Medium/Deep 4: Medium Deep Skin with Deep Yellow Undertones
(13) New Guinea- Medium/Deep 5: Medium Deep Skin with Dark Red Undertones
(14) Trinidad- Dark 1: Dark Skin with Yellow Undertones

Nars Sheer Matte Foundation; Review & Swatches of Shades- Light, Medium, Medium Deep & Dark, 1 Mont Blanc, 2 Deauville, 3 Fiji, 4 Punjab, 5 Vallarus, 6 Santa Fe, 7 Stromboli, 8 Barcelona, 9 Syracuse, 10 Tahoe, 11 Cadiz, 12 Macao, 13 New Guinea, 14 Trinidad; 1, 2, 1.5, 3, 4, 5,
Nars Sheer Matte Foundation; Review & Swatches of Shades
Nars Sheer Matte Foundation; Swatches of Shades-
1 Mont Blanc, 2 Deauville, 3 Fiji, 4 Punjab, 5 Vallarus, 6 Santa Fe, 7 Stromboli, 8 Barcelona, 
9 Syracuse, 10 Tahoe, 11 Cadiz, 12 Macao, 13 New Guinea, 14 Trinidad

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