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Sheer Glow Foundation by NARS

Sheer Glow Foundation




Key Benefits:

  • Color Correcting
  • Mattifying
  • Doesn't Oxidize
  • Brightening
  • Buildable
  • Smooth
  • Pore Minimizing
  • Good Quality
  • Lightweight
  • Not Creasing
  • Longlasting
  • Hydrating
  • Blends Well


1-methylhydantoin-2-imide, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Polysilicone-2, Triethylhexanoin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, CI 77491, Glycerine, Sorbitan sesquiisostearate, CI 77499, CI 77492, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Curcuma longa, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Glycol, Sodium glutamate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, PEG-10 Dimethicone, CI77891, Tocopherol, Dimethicone, Aqua, Serralysin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, 1-methylhydantoin-2-imide, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Polysilicone-2, Triethylhexanoin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, CI 77491, Glycerine, Sorbitan sesquiisostearate, CI 77499, CI 77492, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Curcuma longa, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Glycol, Sodium glutamate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, PEG-10 Dimethicone, CI77891, Tocopherol, Dimethicone, Aqua, Serralysin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Serralysin, CI77891, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Water, Tocopherol, CI 77499, Polysilicone-2, Triethylhexanoin, CI 77492, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Glycol, Sodium glutamate, Sorbitan sesquiisostearate, Glycerine, Dimethicone, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Dimethicone Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, 1-methylhydantoin-2-imide, Cyclopentasiloxane, CI 77491, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Curcuma longa

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4.280% of 3167reviewers recommend this product

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Sephora user
July 15, 2015

My Go-to Foundation

Sheer Glow = It gives a slightly dewy, satiny finish, NOT sheer coverage! I wear Ceylan in the winter when I'm about NC25, Fiji in the summer when I'm close to NC30. I have pitted acne scars and hyper pigmentation. My skin is sensitive and oily in the t-zone, normal everywhere else. With that said, on to my review:This is my go-to foundation. I would say the coverage is medium to buildable coverage (almost full). It is enough that I never have to apply any concealer (and that's with my light skin and dark spots). The foundation lasts maybe 7-13 hours on me depending on the weather and/or if I set it with any special sprays. It is beautiful on camera. This gives me a perfect dewy finish, without looking overly done. I can see how some people wouldn't like this foundation, but I've been wearing this for years now, and I can hopefully give a few pointers on how to wear this.1. As usual, the condition of the skin as a canvas is important when applying any foundation. Before, my skin was patchy and dry and this did not apply well. But then I bought a Clarisonic and changed my toner and moisturizer. A good moisturizer is a must with this! I find the creamier moisturizers better as a base than thin ones. I use Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream. The Clarisonic and my new skincare totally changed the way the foundation applied on and stayed on! Much smoother and lasts way longer now.2. Apply first layer with a damp beauty blender. Let it sit maybe 30 seconds to 1 minute. Reapply where coverage is needed. Be sure to blend in well or the foundation may look slightly patchy.3. Set with a good loose powder. I've found that my favorite to set this foundation with is the Chanel Poudre Universal Poudre Natural Finish Loose Powder. I sometimes will mix this with a TINY bit of Ben Nye's Banana Powder to apply ONLY on my oily t-zone. Use the Banana Powder lightly in conjunction with Sheer Glow (can make it look cakey otherwise). This trick does keep the oil at bay. Otherwise, I will have to blot throughout the day.4. I do not like primers with this foundation. Instead, I like to use setting sprays. My favorite right now with this foundation is Urban Decay's Vitamin B12 spray. I spray after my moisturizer, but before I apply foundation. Then after my entire face is done, I spray a few more spritzes to set. This has done wonders in extending the life of the foundation.Hope this helps! I would recommend getting a sample from Sephora at least to try it out. Good luck! Less

Sephora user
March 7, 2010

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

I was lucky enough to be given a generous amount of sample by a cast member to try before buying the full size product. First off - on certain areas of my face, I have several minor scarring from acne. The rest of my face has unevenness (with my forehead being darker than the rest of my face). I also have an oily skin so I tend to stray away from liquid foundations and only stick to mineral make-up and powder foundations. Now, NARS offers Sheer Glow (which is geared towards dry/normal skin and Sheer Matte (which is geared towards combination/oily skin). I was a little cautious about this foundation simpy because of the fact it may be too hydrating for my oily skin. Can we say, "Hello, oil slick!" Nevertheless, I was proven wrong. Read on.I wanted to give liquid foundations again a try and see how it works out with my skin now that it has cleared up from acne, despite of the leftover scars it left me. This foundation along with Sheer Matte with NARS is said to have complexion brightening properties that will improve skin's brightness, radiance in texture overtime. I have a medium golden/yellow toned face and I was matched and given a sample in Punjab. I applied this foundation with a flat top kabuki brush after applying Make Up For Ever's HD Microperfecting Primer (which is AMAZING for holding up makeup) in 0, Neutral. The first thing I noticed was that this foundation blended easily and the color is more yellow toned which I liked. One layer of this foundation gave me a fairly medium coverage with a somewhat glow, yet matte finish. Do note though that I used a flat top kabuki brush and the bristles are more packed together so it provided a fairly medium coverage for me. On my troubled spots, I noticed they were partly covered and usually I follow-up with a concealer, but I just put another layer on my troubled areas and it covered it just fine without any concealer. Since I have oily skin, I usually set my face with a translucent loose powder or Bare Escentuals' Matte (in Golden Medium). To set my face, I use Make Up For Ever's HD Kabuki Brush, which I simply adore. This foundation remainded on my face from morning until nighttime and only had to touch up once. The color remained true and I did not experience any oxidizing on my face. I still had oil surface on my face, but it was definitely controlled. I would buy this foundation next time I run out of what I am currently using (Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Mattifying liquid foundation - which is also another amazing liquid foundation). « less

April 25, 2014

The Search Continues...

First of all i must say i love Space NK and have always been really pleased with products purchased but this has left me very disappointed.I have tried Nars sheer glow foundation in santa fe for two weeks now, since visiting the manchester store and being recommended this. The assistant was very helpful and listened to my needs; which were to look glowy, flawless, radiant and for the product to last - as I had a huge launch the day after. I was willing to try any brand and pay any price tag and actually i enjoy the experience of having my make up done and was excited to see what she thought.I am 33, have good skin (finally it is under control and blemish free) but it is dry and due to my previous role as a cabin crew has fine lines and is sensitive.I love beauty, i read beauty blogs and make up guides all the time and as a rule i tend to choose chanel or armani for foundation, laura mercer for primer, nars for blush and bronzers and mac for eyes. i fancied trying eve lom's new foundations (as i adore her cleanser) or by terry as i had read really good reviews but she steered me to nars mixed with becca shimmering skin protector in opal. She applied it with a stippling brush and it looked lovely. oddly she never applied any concealer or offered any eye make up but in a way this is kind of nice as i didn't feel pressured to buy.So sixty ish pounds later i left happy.The morning after I did exactly what she did and instantly thought i looked washed out, I think i need the shade up from this and in real light I was shocked as to how un-glowy sheer glow is - it is so matt. I added more illuminator and was ready to go…wasn't thrilled but thought i'd see how i got on.I happened to be at my mums as i was due to travel to the launch at the nec and she commented that i need to try an eye cream..was a bit out out as i DO use good skin care religiously.Thought it was a little strange..but then looking in the mirror when i arrived i saw what she meant, it settled horrendously in my very very fine lines - made me look wrinkly and did nothing for covering my under eye circles. i applied more touch éclat and got on with our stand build up.The day after i had to look the bees knees so i took the time to use primer, do two layers of foundation etc and it looked nice and dewy but still a little too matt and kind of flat. at lunch time i went to touch up and i was shocked, it faded badly, really settled in lines especially on my head and eyes and actually had started to itch…and by god by the end of the 3 days event i couldn't stop itching my face.upset by the fact i had potentially wasted so much money i tried the foundation alone but it is so full coverage but in a bad way, masky, dry, flat and my god so itchy and irritating that i had to wash it off…..tried the becca skin corrector alone and it feels greasy, full of silicones and the glow does not last and i now have a face full of little blemishes when 2 weeks ago my skin was crystal. Not sure which broke me out or if both did?Both of these get great reviews online but they are not for dry skin, or in any way aged skin - my mum tried both, as i thought she can have them rather than the bin and she looked deathly pale and flat….my advice steer clear if you don't have oily skin…I was looking at by terry or chantecaille when i was steered to this, i have no idea why!!??…my search for the perfect foundation goes on….. Less

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Tiffany NguyenMIRA BEAUTY user
May 3, 2019

My favorite foundation for three years. Works with any type of event, from everyday to prom. Very long lasting, glowy, and natural. Can build up to full coverage.

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Jackie Burruss-MonaghanMIRA BEAUTY user
June 9, 2019

Great for dewy makeup look! Very glowy and dewy! But needs more shades. I use a mixture of Salzburg and Mont Blanc. Not great for pores but great for color correcting and is very lightweight. You can easily build up the coverage. This is my go to foundation now. Doesn’t oxidize either!

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Miranda Myers
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HELP! 😱 So I’ve been trying to help my mom find a foundation that works with her skin . Any advice on a great primer and foundation that is good with combo skin , medium to full coverage and doesn’t show or increase wrinkle lines ? We’ve tried about 2 primers and 3 different foundations. She also has dark circles around eyes so also concealer that works great for that . Thanks in advance 💕💕

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Valeria Porta
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I prefer a serum foundation like Farsali skin tune, and Nars sheer glow foundation. Don’t be fooled by the “sheer” in the name definitely has beautiful buildable coverage and lovely wear throughout the day! To set for a pristine airbrush look use Charlotte Tilbury airbrush setting powder. For a full coverage set makeup with Laura Mercier pressed powder foundation or Tarte Amazonian clay powder foundation.

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Olivia Jensen
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Okay, I’m looking for a bomb foundation. I have dry and sensitive skin. I like a foundation that has medium coverage (but buildable) and is very glowy. I’ve tried Mac foundations and I don’t really like them. I’ve also tried Neutrogena healthy skin foundation and it’s good, but I’d like something more glowy. I’ve also tried born this way by too faced (which is my fav out of all of them) but wondering if there is something better... so what is your fav foundation?!

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Samaher Ahmed
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Hey girl, I have dry skin as well and NARS is amaaaazinf for dark skin. And a little Goes a long way so def give it a try

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Hannah Foreman
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I need a foundation, tinted moisturizer, bb or cc cream that is light weight and is NOT going to give me bad “flashback”. Any recommendations?

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Hands down best sheer foundation I’ve ever used.