NARS Sheer Matte Foundation Review

NARS Sheer Matte Foundation Review

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I have never been a fan of foundations. For some reason, every time I wore a foundation, my skin felt so congested that I wanted to rip it off my skin. But that being said, for special occasions, I like to keep a bottle of MAC’s pro longwear. A few months ago, I was getting a “makeover” at a mall where I was randomly selected and the MUA had applied this on me. It was since then on my radar as I was really impressed with it’s look and staying power.


Shade : Stromboli -medium with olive undertones.


$45 + tax.

My Take on NARS Sheer Matte Foundation:

Stromboli is a small exquisite island near Sicily. That is exactly how it looks – like something in a rich woman’s vanity. The day I purchased it, I kept looking at it for some reason. No wonder, hubby thinks I’m crazy. The SA at Sephora did a skin match on me and it showed 4 brands that were a perfect match and when she applied Stromboli on me, I realized how perfect that software was programmed. It was so perfect on me, every critic in my mind shut up! Nars claims that this oil-free foundation delivers sheer, buildable coverage with shine control while also claiming to be long lasting and evening out skin tone. Check, check and check. I wore this so many times summing up to 3 different scenarios:


1) lightly just over my moisturizer while going out and about – in the sun.

2) heavily as full coverage – While visiting a formal dinner, a full day mall visit.


Let me say again  – it stays and stays. It gave me more than 6 hours of wear even in 80 deg F. I just had to dab once on my nose but my nose is my oiliest zone. I roamed the entire afternoon and went directly to a late dinner and still ended up getting complimented. It honestly looked all fresh. My main happiness is that I really like the finish; it’s neither flat nor dewy. I hate matte products because they make me look all matronly. Sheer Matte also claims to have skin care benefits which deliver luminosity and smoothness to the skin. I don’t know how that works with makeup but so far, this is the best thing I have used.


Summing up:

Pros of NARS Sheer Matte Foundation:

  • Staying power.
  • Best for oily skin.
  • Not cakey but buildable.
  • A vast shade range.
  • Blends seamlessly into the skin.
  • It looks fabulous.



Cons of NARS Sheer Matte Foundation:

  • The price 🙁
  • Why does it not come with a pump, even Rati mentioned the same thing yesterday, it’s a pain getting it out.  You either have to use a makeup spatula or those candy sticks.
  • I do not want them to commercialize this – NARS, give them for free dammitttt!


If you have an oily skin and don’t want cakey and melty makeup, then definitely check this out. I have pics to prove it 😉

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31 thoughts on “NARS Sheer Matte Foundation Review

  1. Beeenoooo you look absolutely gorgeous in the second pic especially and this is such an amazing foundation. My sheer glow is also sooo amazing but that pump thing really pisses me off. I can’t stop wearing it myself. *happy dance* *happy dance* *happy dance* *happy dance*

  2. wow,, the difference is well visible.. u look all glowing n gorgous.. *clap* *clap* Totally loved d make over.. u r pretty bee.. *puchhi* *puchhi* happy womens day.. *pompom* *happydance*

  3. You look so beautiful Bee!! *woot* *woot* The foundation is amazing isn’t it *woot* but the price *cry*

  4. This has been on my radar too for sometime now…i had read about the pump thing, so have been avoiding. Apparently, you can buy the pump separately but it too tends to clog. so…..

    You are looking gorgeous in the pics! Well reviewed!

  5. Hi Bee….looking beautiful and all glowy in the 2nd photo, and you have totally sold this foundation to me. Will try & send for it from abroad soon.

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