Review : NARS Sheer Matte Foundation

Hey you guys. 

Before we start I just want to quickly mention that any review that I do is strictly my very own opinion and how it goes on and reacts on my skin, which may not necessarily does the same to yours. It's just how it works on my oily skin.

So here's the story. In my heart, deep down, I've always envied people who have tried on the ever so popular NARS Sheer Glow foundation but I just don't have the audacity to jump on the bandwagon because; 

A. It's sheer. Sheer and I don't click that well since I have a lot of redness and acne scarring. I need full. FULL.

B. Glowy and dewy finish that it gives. Yeah, I'm oily. Like an oily greasy monster who takes bath in cooking oil. No need to add more gross-ness to that.

Anyways, when I went to NARS, the beauty adviser (BA) there suggested that I try the Sheer Matte foundation. This retails for RM165 and it has no pump so I had to pay another RM20 for the pump alone. Now I'm not gonna whine and be like "damnnnn why do they have to charge extra, give it for free already". Instead I would have prefer if they said "Hye miss, this foundation retails for RM185 and guess what it comes with a pump yeayyyyy" *blows party horn*

That would have hurt less I guess.

There. I'm pumped. Pun intended.

The BA there had me convinced that the foundation has full coverage, long lasting and provides matte finish.

HAHAHAHA what a joke.

First of all, the color is way too light for me. I told the BA that this won't work for my skin tone and that I prefer the next shade. But she told me not to pick the same color as my skin tone since this foundation will oxidize. Hey, what do I know bout this foundation? If the lady says so, then I shall believe her. So off I went with the color Fiji.

Did the foundation oxidize?


Here. See for yourself.

My problematic skin, full loads of acne scarring and redness. Excuse my white cast Amazon Tribal eyes there. I had prepped my eyes beforehand with Mac Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.

Applying 1 layer of Sheer Matte foundation on right side of my face:

I look like Deathstroke, the villain in Arrow, aren't I? 

Now let's get crazy with another layer shall we?

I don't know about you but I can't even stand looking at this. It doesn't look matte at all. And I really hate the texture of this foundation. It's thick and it sets almost immediately so you're gonna blend it super fast. And what I hate the most is that I feel like the texture is unfriendly with my skin, as absurd as it sounds.

I would say this foundation has medium buildable coverage. However, even it is pretty thick, building up the coverage does not cover my acne scars completely. It even clings to my dry scar patches.

Looks pretty okay right? 

Tetttt! Wrong!

Let me zoom in for you a little bit. Ready, go!

And here is how it looked after only 2 hours:

It's gonna be a shineee shineeee shineee shine shiny day.

It was horribleeeee OMG I can't even...So much for being a matte foundation. My face turned oily after only 2 freaking hours and the foundation was basically repelling from my skin. Cakey, flakey, blotchy, you name it I got it. I think the picture speaks for itself. Mind you, I even wore a very good oil-free primer underneath. 

Oh and the smell. OMG don't even let me start about the smell. It smells like expired canned food. And it lingers.

Mommy's not happy T_____T

 I couldn't really be listing pros and cons here. I don't even know what I'm going to do with the rest of the foundation. Usually when I buy something that doesn't work really well on me, I will find a way to make it work and finish it up. Maybe mixing it in with other products.

But this one. This devil of a foundation. Sighs. I totally regret purchasing it. Maybe it works for others. Maybe it will work on you. But it's a hot mess on me. Just so you know, if you heard everyone raves about it, remember my echoing voice, "It looks horrible on ATIN ATIN ATIn ATin Atin atin atin...."

Till my next review,

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    1. Actually dear, I have. Someone approached me on IG after reading my post so I sold it to her =)

  2. I asked lot of MUA and they said that the sheer matte formulation sucks BIG TIME. you need to try the Sheer Glow. The formulation actually suits all skin types including us oily based girls.

  3. I asked lot of MUA and they said that the sheer matte formulation sucks BIG TIME. you need to try the Sheer Glow. The formulation actually suits all skin types including us oily based girls.

    1. OMG it really does! I should have done my research before buying it. Glad that I have sold it though, cause I can't stand even the sight of it. Haha. Oh really? That's awesome. I was hesitant to try Sheer Glow cause I thought it would look like a mess for oily skin. And I'm aiming for the new Nars Weightless Foundation as the reviews are pretty convincing. Fingers crossed that it will not turn as bad as this one >.<