** Update 8/7/12: I’ve decided to give NARS Sheer Matte another go. Here’s my newest update review on NARS Sheer Matte in Punjab.**
I’ve been happily using the Makeup Forever HD Foundation (Invisible Cover in #118). But about a month ago I stopped by the NARS counter to get new blushes and I also picked up NARS Sheer Matte Foundation in Fiji. I’ve been switching between the two since then and here are my thoughts.
Price: $40 for 1.01 oz
Application: Applied with fingers smoothly for an even finish
Longevity: Lasts all day
A few cons would be that I don’t always want a full-coverage foundation on. Also, it leaves my skin flat so I definitely need to use it with a bronzer/blush for contouring. Lastly, I’m not completely in love with the shade but again, bronzer/blush fixes that problem.
My favorite aspect of this foundation is that the application and finish is sooo smooth and light! It’s smoother than any other liquid foundation I’ve ever tried! The formula just melts into your skin.
The packaging is great! I just press the applicator down once on the back of my hand and start applying with my fingers. One pump is enough.
I will definitely keep repurchasing this, perhaps try a different shade?
Price: $42 for 1 oz
Application: Harder to apply smoothly and if you rub for too hard or for too long it’ll start flaking and rolling off
Longevity: Lasts most of the day, although it will wear down faster since it is more sheer
My Thoughts: I love the shade of this foundation which is the reason I bought this in the first place even though I have plenty of my Make up forever hd foundation left.
Here’s what I don’t like: I find the packaging inconvenient. The square top can pop off without taking the real lid off of the bottle. It’s like needing to go through 2 lids to get to your foundation! Also, I absolutely cannot work with the application. I apply all my foundation with my fingers and I find that as I work it onto my skin it will flake off of my skin and leave me looking patchy and frustrated. I’ve tried this foundation multiple times and get the same application results. I’ve seen some other girls recommend using a damp sponge applicator for NARS Sheer Matte foundation but I currently do not own one.
The winner is Makeup Forever HD foundation!! The application is essential for me and I was getting too frustrated with all the flaking that NARS was causing. So frustrated that today I took it back to Nordstrom and exchanged it for MAC’s Cyndi lipstick, hehe. You really can’t beat the smooth application and flawless look of Make Up For Ever HD Foundation. And as a bonus, it’s $2 cheaper to get MUFE than NARS.
Have you tried either of these foundations? Have you ever experienced foundation flaking off of your skin? Let me know! I’d love to hear about your experiences!
Hope you have a BEAUTYFULL day! <3