A NARS Sheer Glow Revival

My foundation stocks have become worryingly high in recent times due that the fact that I can’t stop buying them – I seriously need to be supervised at all times – but there’s been one that despite all the noise has risen to the top of my pile. NARS Sheer Glow. It’s a foundation that I purchased way back when in my Uni days, loved it, finished it up and then completely forgot about it as Jemma Kidd Light As Air took over (now who remembers my obsession with that? +2 VDM reader points to you). I’m not quite sure what made me pick it up again during a perusal of Space NK, but whatever the urge was I’m glad it occurred because gawd is this stuff good.

Let’s start with the basics. Think Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk with a bit more dew, or CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua but with a bit more coverage – there sits NARS Sheer Glow. Like all my foundation favourites it vanishes into the skin to just create a really, really flawless looking complexion. It lasts well, the shade Deauville is a perfect match for me and it just looks natural, letting my natural sheen (read: sweat) peek through, while keeping the coverage in place.

It doesn’t come cheap and set me back £31 from Space NK, and the accompanying pump is £3 if you remember to pick it up (unlike me – doh!). But it’s a ‘little goes a long way’ formula and I’m always surprised by how the smallest smudge of the stuff can sort me out for everyday use when blended on with the Louise Young LY34 Brush. For a more covered finish, the Real Techniques Buffing Brush is your guy.

If you want to see it in action head to end of this ‘Weekly Vlog’ where I’m sporting it for the first time on the Saturday and I think there you see the best representation of what this formula has to offer; ‘my face but better’, natural glowy goodness. NARS Sheer Glow I promise never to forget you again.

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  • This seems like an awesome product!!! great review~~

  • Anna Blush

    I’ve heard so many rave reviews about sheer glow. I considered going for the matte offering but since I’ve been embracing a more light weight, glowy base I may pick this one up x

  • shelynx

    I’ve been quite disappointed with the matte formula and since I have combination skin with a very oily t-zone I never gave the sheer glow a chance, though I’ve always been curious. – Always interesting to read which favorites get a revival 🙂 Thank you

  • I really want to try this product! Have heard amazing things. Love your review 🙂

  • i bought this but no matter how often i exfoliate, my skin is flakey and as soon as i add the foundation it’s more obviously flakey 🙁 what to do?

  • I love nars sheer glow, all time favourite foundation!

  • Oresiri teru

    I’m obsessed with Sheer Glow. It will always be my fave

  • I’ve never tried this but will definitely swatch it for colour match when I’m next in Space NK 🙂

    Kate xo //

  • I’m a big fan of NARS sheer glow, although I have slightly oily skin and I find that I often need to touch up with powder throughout the day when wearing it.

    Jess x

  • It sounds amazing but rather pricy… But I’m pretty sure that it is definitely worth it!! I’ve heard so many good things about this!

    Little Beauty Blog

    Elizabeth x

  • i luv this product more than i luv anything else in my makeup stash. It is indeed one of the best foundations out there that despite of shouting glow sit perfectly and look amazing on an oily skin. whenever i try to break free from its clutches, I simply can’t because nothing comes close to this beauty..

  • I’m sold!!! I’ve been using Georgio Armani luminous silk and although I really like it I have always wished it was slightly more dewy.

  • Emily Golding

    I love this foundation so much I never stop going on about it but I find that I am in between colours which is such a pain to mix but worth it for the end result!

    Emily xx

  • I’ve been thinking about trying this one. I love Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, so if this is similar with more coverage as you say – then perfect!! Will definitely try it.

  • Absolutely love this foundation, this post has also tempted to give the Armani Luminous Silk Foundation another go 🙂

  • Oooo…. It sounds so tempting. I’m also in a foundation mood lately, it must be something going around…


  • I think I need this in my life!

    Amelia Rose | Beauty Blogger

  • Denise F.

    My gosh I need this!

  • I’d love to try this foundation. Sounds great!

    Check out my new ‘It’s a Steal’ series. This week: foundations.



  • Sarah

    I’m on what must be my 6th or 7th bottle of this, I always come back to it. Just mixed some with a bit of MAC strobe cream and no powder on top… LOVE!

  • Bella

    My favourite actual foundation! I keep buying it despite the fact that I have to mix two colours, Stromboli and Syracuse, to get the right depth and undertone for me.
    And yes, I remember the little mourning sesh we had when Jemma Kidd went bang LOL.

  • Chloe Brass

    I keep meaning to try this because it looks awesome! 🙂

  • Jolien

    How well does it hold up on your combination skin? I loved the finish of it when I first applied it, but it felt like it stimulated my oils even more which made its lasting power very, very poorly… xx

  • That brush looks so good!

    Taslima | The little things in life

  • Bethany Daly

    This foundation will be on my beauty wish list-

  • Daisy

    what shade do you wear? I used to wear it everyday and have it hiding somewhere – might have to purchase a fresh one though could be slighty ‘off’ – do foundations go off?!

  • Daniella

    love the brush


  • What a fabulous image – I lLOVE my Nars sheer glow, literally couldn’t live without 🙂

    Josie xoxo | Fashion Mumblr

  • Parisian To Be

    I’ve spotted it on you a few times now and it looked amazing! Unfortunately, the NARS Tinted Moisturizer is still at the top of my wishlist, but this looks amazing.

    xo Lillian from Parisian To Be

    • Poppy

      The tinted moisturiser is lovely especially for spring/summer

  • Lauren S

    i’m really keen to try this out when i’ve finished with my mac products, the formula looks amazing. i guess the price is good for how long it lasts !

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  • Prettysnoopy

    I’ve recently purchased this and I’m absolutely loving it! Wish I’d have bought it sooner! Thanks for the info about brushes too! I’ve been applying it with my fingers, which I find works really well, but will give the brushes a go next!! (excuse to buy the LY34!) xx

  • Jodie

    You have to pay extra for the pump? You’d think for 30 quid they’d be able to throw that in for free!

  • I’ve got to check this stuff out…I have been unsuccessful in finding the perfect foundation and the one I currently have, while I love the coverage it dries my face out terribly. I end up looking like a freak with chalk face…gah! I’m going to try this stuff right away. It sounds divine and perfect for my dilemma. Thank you so much for the review and sharing all your thoughts!

    That Comfort Girl

  • lisa robb

    There is a lot of glowing products coming out just now. This one looks good.
    L x

  • I tried this foundation at Sephora and was not very pleased. Might have to give it another go!
    I just posted a summer makeup review on my blog, check it out

  • Sounds amazing, I have wanted to try this for so long now! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD | The Little Deer Sunglasses and £20 Voucher Giveaway

  • Zandra May Grimshaw

    I bought the pump for this planning to get the foundation when I got shade matched but then when I eventually tried it in store I wasn’t so sure about the coverage so now I just have the pump! I’ve heard so many rave reviews about it though and some of my friends love it but I’m worried it only works on those with perfect skin in the first place Xx

    Zandra // AZTEC DOLL Fashion & Beauty Blog

  • I love this foundation! xx

  • Jenny

    I’ve heard so much about this foundation I really must give it a go!

  • I love my LY34 too…it really just whacks the foundation on with absolutely no effort.

  • The Nars Sheer Glow looked very matte on me…not sure why. Maybe I should have given it a minute. But I have this thing about returns…they must happen immediately.

  • Ashley

    I love NARS sheer glow. This is my current favourite foundation.

    xo Ashley

  • Rachel

    It’s funny because Gossmakeupartist said there’s nothing sheer or glow-y about Nars Sheer Glow–I guess it’s one of those one has to try for themselves (excuse to purchase!). Also, that’s a particularly beautiful shot!

  • I’ve read good things about this product. What interests me is how everyone says it gives you a glowy look, which would be a nice change from my usual matte foundation.
    P.S. The first photo is lovely.

  • Angela Sandez

    I really want to try the nars sheer glow foundation. Btw i love your youtube channel and your blog. 🙂

  • Caroline

    I’ve heard good things about the Nars Sheer Glow, particuarly that it photos well

  • Michelle Glassow Schroll

    I for sure need to try it out! But we don’t have anywhere that sells NARS close by – but I know I need that foundation in my life 🙂

  • I use the exact same shade, and did a post on NARS Sheer Glow Foundation too a few months back:-) lovely post and I love watching your Weekly Vlogs!

  • Song

    I want to try this so bad but I’d probably have to order it! ):

  • Marine T.

    I’ve been wanting to try this foundation for so long…

  • Ingrid

    I really want to try Nars sheer glow but

    I can’t get matched to a foundation shade as we can’t get hold of Nars products where I live. In Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua I am a mix between B10 and B20 (during spring) and in the summer I only use B20.

    Do you think Deauville would be a good match for me? 🙂

    I’m asking you because I know you like them both:)

    • Alex

      Same here, falling between nc/w15-nc/w20, I want to buy it online but I cannot decide the shade! Did you have any luck?