I mentioned in a post awhile ago that I picked up a sample of the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation from Space N.K. when buying the Radiant Creamy Concealer. The lovely sales assistant colour matched me to Mont Blanc, which is one of the lightest shades with pink undertones. Described as a "glowing, natural, radiant finish foundation" that is non-comedogenic with no SPF, means it's one I've wanted to try for ages. It's advertised for normal to dry skin and I have combination to oily skin, but I've read lots of reviews from combination/oily skinned people saying it works well for them. There is actually a Sheer Matte Foundation for oily skin, though I've never seen anyone really talk about it on Twitter or come across reviews of it.
Sheer Glow is of a medium consistency and applies and blends beautifully with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. The word "sheer" in the name is quite misleading because this has medium coverage, but is extremely buildable so can provide fuller coverage too with a second layer. The finish is described as "satin matte", which is pretty accurate; Sheer Glow doesn't give you dewy or glowy skin, but it does give the skin a subtle luminosity as if it's come within and looks very natural. I always use a primer before applying foundation (currently the Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer) and tend to powder once through the day. Bearing all that in mind, I get around 8 hours wear before noticing fading around my t-zone. Importantly, I didn't seem to get any breakouts from wearing this foundation.
All in all I am very impressed with NARS Sheer Glow and am very tempted to make a purchase - this has wedding-day-makeup potential! I am also intrigued now by Sheer Matte and how the two compare, so I may see if I can pick up a sample of this to try.
Have you tried either NARS Sheer Glow or Sheer Matte? I'd love to hear your experiences with either of these foundations. If you can recommend any other non-comedogenic, SPF free, full coverage foundations then please do!
Beauty Bird xx