Hit Or Miss? Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation

Makeup wise, nothing gets me more excited than trying out a new foundation. Yeah, pretty eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks are cool and stuff but finding a product that would make my complexion look flawless is always something that I’m looking for. Foundation is THE one product that I couldn’t live without and I believe that any good makeup starts with a nice, perfect base. So when I heard that one of my favourite brands is coming out with a product that promises things like longevity and radiance, I couldn’t help myself and I made a cheeky purchase.

So let me introduce you to the foundation that has been a game changer for me and has replaced my holy grail Estee Lauder Double Wear over that past week or so. Ladies and gents, Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation.

Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation

My first contact with Nars products was through their concealers. A few years ago I tried and absolutely loved their creamy radiant one, and recently I became obsessed with the soft matte complete cover. I even mentioned in a review on this blog that it might be the holy grail of concealers. However, I never was intrigued by any of their foundations until this one came out and a lot of people that I follow online started raving about it. And I must say that for once, I allowed myself to buy a makeup product without spending hours on research and checking out all the existent reviews. So if this was a miss, it would have been completely my fault.

Product claims

Nars introduces this product as its first longer foundation that looks stronger, stays longer with skin recognition pigments for the truest colour match and 16 hours of wear. Sounds promising, right? It features a skin optimising complex- raspberry, apple and watermelon extracts- for smoother, healthier looking skin. So if skincare and makeup had a baby, this would be it.

This is supposed to have a medium to full buildable coverage, a natural radiant finish and it is ideal for normal to combination and oily skin types.

Other facts


Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation

My thoughts


The packaging is super nice and sleek, something typical for Nars. You get your foundation in a matte black box which has the product description and the ingredients on it. The foundation bottle is clear with the big Nars logo on it and the bottom you have a sticker with the shade name. One big plus is that the foundation comes with a pump so it’s easy to get product out and it’s also safe, you won’t make any mess. The only thing that I’m not 100% happy about is the cap because it is made out of a rubbery material and I think that over time it can get a bit filthy.


Whenever I buy foundation online, I’m always scared that I’m going to get the wrong shade. The swatches I see never seem extremely accurate to me and I’m not that good with guessing my shade either. I just know I’m pale, but not too pale and I have a warm undertone. So after looking at the available shades for the Nars foundation (there’s about 33 of them btw) I went for Light 3 Gobi. This turned out to be a pretty good match for me, maybe even better than the foundation I was previously using, which was a relief because who would want to spend £35 on a product and pick up the wrong shade. I would say this is probably the best  match I’ve ever had with a foundation. And it didn’t oxidise on me.


The foundation applies smoothly but I would say you have to work quite fast with it because it’s just a matter of seconds until it sets. I’ve tried applying it with a brush and also a sponge, and the beautyblender was by far the winner here. It feels like the sponge made the product set better and everything just looked more even.


When I first pumped out some product on my hand, I noticed that the foundation was quite runny and from previous experiences I know that runny means I won’t get the coverage that I want and need out of it. Although the Nars Radiant Longwear foundation promises medium to full buildable coverage, I was expecting it not to deliver. However, after applying it on one half of my face I instantly noticed that it evened out my skin tone and covered my pores and most of my other imperfections. I could still see an acne scar here and there, but everything else was looking flawless. You can definitely build this foundation up if you feel like you need more coverage, and because its consistency isn’t that thick, you won’t get that cakey look. I would say that in terms of coverage, this foundation is the best competitor for Estee Lauder Double Wear.


Dry skin people beware! This foundation may not be the right one for you. Although it is supposed to have a radiant finish, I don’t see my face radiating at all when I’m wearing this foundation. On the contrary, it has a matte almost powdery finish, but personally, I’m not complaining. If you’re an oily skin gal like me then you will love this. If you’ve been blessed with normal skin then you could still work with this, but I think setting it with a powder would be unnecessary. Despite the matte finish, the foundation still looks really natural on the skin and it feels super lightweight. It’s like I’m not wearing any foundation at all.


With the Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation you’re supposed to be covered for 16 hours. God knows I can’t wear makeup on my face for that long but I did put it to a test for about 10 hours. During the first 4-5 hours the foundation literally looked the same. I couldn’t see any difference. I was looking at it in the mirror and thinking like c’mon DO something, give me something to write about, something to complain about. And nope, it was just sitting there on my face without creasing or making me look shiny like a disco ball. I don’t know if the primer I used had something to do with this but if the foundation wants to stay strong for so long then I won’t fight it. After a couple more hours, maybe 7-8 hours of wear I noticed that I started getting just a bit shiny around my nose, which is my most problematic area. I busted out my beautyblender bloterazzi sponge and blotted a little. I made the oiliness disappear and to my surprise, the foundation didn’t rub off my nose. Brownie points for that. After 10 hours of wear, the foundation slowly started getting patchy around my nose and my chin, my pores became visible and there was also a bit of shine on my forehead. I would say this is pretty decent for a 10 hour wear. Some other foundations come off my face just after 3 or 4 hours of wearing them.

Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation


Overall, I’m so impressed with this foundation and I can definitely see myself wearing it on a daily basis. I still need to try it on a night out, where things can get a little more sweaty and messy, but after using it for one week I can say it’s a gem and at the moment I am 85% sure I like it better than my one true love, Estee Lauder Double Wear. I didn’t have high hopes for this because I didn’t really look at reviews, first impressions or anything like that but this Nars foundation definitely impressed me in a great way.

I’d love to know if you’ve tried this foundation and what your thoughts on it are!!

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  1. February 6, 2018 / 6:03 pm

    Ooh girl you’ve definitely sold it to me if it’s slightly matte!
    I’m super oily and anything too dewy just does not do me any favours. Might have to give it a try, I’m on the look out for a new foundation 🙌🏼

    Pip J Duma

    • Alina Sirbu
      February 8, 2018 / 7:05 pm

      If you’re oily then this might work really well for you and you should definitely consider giving it a go xx

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