Nars has a new foundation and new concealer, I couldn’t be happier. The reason is I love Nars makeup bases, especially the Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation (reviewed here) and Nars Sheer Glow Foundation (reviewed here) are my most used foundations for everyday wear. They are so comfortable and look so natural. This new foundation and concealer made me very curious, in the sense that what could be next to perfection ( yes, I mean the above-mentioned foundations are my most-loved, what could be better than them).
Nars Soft Matte Complete Foundation is a full coverage natural-looking matte foundation. While being stated as matte, it still looks natural and radiant, not like a glowy or dewy base but a natural semi-matte finish on my combination skin. It did not emphasize the dry areas on my face nor my problem areas. I felt my skin looked smooth, naturally radiant, and comfortable. I did not notice any oxidation or creasing throughout the day. As with other Nars makeup bases, the longevity of the foundation is very good, it stayed put throughout the day.
Around the middle of the day, I notice a very nice radiant finish, not shiny at all, the time around which the natural oils of the skin mix with the product. I have used it alone over my moisturizer as well as mixed with my moisturizer to use it as a sheer tint. It works very well both ways. Overall, I am liking the performance, the finish, and longevity of the foundation. I do not prefer using a setting powder over this foundation as I prefer a natural finish and not an overly matte one. This foundation is available in 34 shades for all skin tones.
I have swatched the below shades for your reference:
Punjab Medium 1 – medium skin with yellow undertones
Sahel Medium 2.5 – medium skin with peach undertones
Vanuatu Medium 3.5 – medium to medium-dark skin with neutral undertones
Barcelona Medium 4 – medium to medium-dark skin with subtle peach undertones
Syracuse Medium-Deep 1 – medium to medium-dark skin with golden undertones
Tahoe Medium-Deep 2 – medium dark skin with golden undertones
Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer is now available in new shades. It is a high coverage matte concealer that instantly blurs and smooths uneven texture. It also works nicely to conceal dark spots, under-eye circles, redness, and breakouts with a soft-focus matte effect that stays all day. This creamy concealer blends very nicely and looks very natural on the skin without looking cakey or dry.
I basically use it to conceal my problem areas including dark spots or breakouts. I apply it with a finger or a brush, preferably my finger as I feel the warmth of the skin helps apply and blend it well. And the results are very natural-looking finish. It blurs out the problem area without drying it or feeling heavy. For me, it works pretty well with or without a setting powder. This concealer is available in 30 shades.
I have swatched below shades for your reference:
Medium 2 Ginger – medium skin with golden undertones
Med/Dark 1 Biscuit – medium to medium-deep skin with peach undertones
Medium/Dark 1.5 Sucre D’Orge – medium to medium-dark skin with rich olive undertones
Nars Foundations are available at Sephora, Sephora.ca, and narcosmetics.ca*Press samples