Natural nuances: NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

I’ve been trying out a lot of foundations lately.

Foundation is one of my favourite beauty items, so I never get sick of trying out new ones since they make your skin look so perfect and they are all different in their each unique way. Although I have probably 20 different foundations in my collection currently, one that I always have to have in there is NARS Sheer Glow. In fact, NARS Sheer Glow was probably the last foundation I purchased (which says a lot since I get so many foundations in to try out).

In case you aren’t familiar with NARS Sheer Glow, it’s a sheer, buildable foundation with a natural-looking finish that evens out skin tone. It contains NARS’ Complexion Brightening Formula and leaves skin hydrated, softer, and smoother. There are over 40 shades to choose from and I love it so much because it truly is radiant on the skin and gives you a perfect glow (all while giving you amazing coverage as well).

NARS Natural Radiance Longwear Foundation

Since I love Sheer Glow so much, I haven’t tried out the brand’s other foundations, until now.  After expressing my undying love for Sheer Glow, the brand was so kind to send over their Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation (along with a couple spare Sheer Glows as well, since girl, I *cannot* go without the stuff).

Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation (C$60) is a 16-hour foundation that is designed to be long wearing, lightweight, high coverage, and natural looking. The foundation is infused with raspberry, apple, and watermelon extracts to help soothe and improve the look of your skin instantly and over time. The brand says that the foundation is designed to look better with each hour you wear it.

NARS sent me the same shade I wear in Sheer Glow, Vallauris, and I do have to admit that I am very impressed with this foundation. It is very light, which is impressive considering how much of a coverage it gives your skin. It’s breathable, it’s long wearing, and it’s lightweight, which is pretty much everything I look for in a foundation.

NARS Natural Radiance Longwear Foundation

Would I say my skin looks better every hour I wear it? No, but it does hold up nicely and I don’t feel the need for touchups throughout the day, which is awesome. Looks like there are only 34 shades of this foundation, however, this one does come with a pump, which is sold separately for Sheer Glow (I don’t know why to be honest; that would be my only qualm, sometimes it’s tough getting it out of the jar).

So do I love Natural Radiant Longwear more than Sheer Glow? Oooh tough to say. They are two different finishes, so it is tough to compare them. I’m glad I have both in my collection and it will be tough to choose between the two if I want to go the NARS foundation route. The two foundations have different finishes and coverage, so I think there is a place in your collection for both, however, since price is always a factor, if you want to pick one up, I would look into what you like in a foundation; medium vs. full coverage, radiant vs. glowing, etc.

NARS Natural Radiance Longwear Foundation swatches

If you have both, I would love to know your thoughts and which one is your favourite.

Have you tried NARS’ foundations? What are your thoughts?

Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Trendsetting colour: Mary Kay limited-edition Matte Nude lipsticks

I can never say no to a good nude… lipstick, that is, get your head out of the gutter people :P.

I recently received a giant box of goodies from Mary Kay featuring some of their spring 2019 collection. I’ll be slowly reviewing everything on here but just had to start out with their new limited-edition Matte Nude lipsticks.

These lipsticks are modelled after the renowned qualities of Milanese artisan techniques, in which they have innovative excellence and an innate ability to deliver an extraordinary experience. There are three shades in this collection, which features a buttery smooth lipstick with a matte finish.

Mary Kay Limited-edition matte nude lipsticks for spring 2019

Each shade has an Italian name and is designed to empower the woman who wears it.  First there’s Baccio Nude (beige nude), Perfetto Nude (warm nude), and Bellissimo Nude (rosy nude). All three of these are similar, so if you love true nude shades, then you need to get your hands on these (all three of them are truly my favourite shade of nude).

Although I do have an abundance of Mary Kay lipsticks in my collection, I was impressed with the formulation of these. Mattes tend to be very drying, but these go on so soft and have a moisturizing finish so you won’t be looking for the nearest lip chap after a few hours of wear.  They also are buildable, so if you want just a little hint of colour, you can definitely do that with these or layer them on for a fully opaque finish.

Mary Kay Limited-edition matte nude lipsticks

Mary Kay Limited-edition matte nude lipsticks swatched

These babies retail for C$20 a pop and are available through your Mary Kay seller. If you love nudes like I do, then I definitely recommend picking one up (or all three).

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High roller: New Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash products

I’ve always loved Benefit Cosmetics’ mascaras.

Being a fan of They’re Real! and Bad Gal Lash for years, when they released Roller Lash I was curious to try it.  Since my makeup collection is currently filled to the brim with mascaras, I put it on the back burner… until now.

Brand-new to the Roller family, the beauty brand recently introduced a liquid eyeliner and a nude waterline pencil.

Benefit Roller products

Available in two shades (black and brown), Roller Liner (C$30) is a matte liquid eyeliner that features a precision tip to give you a sharp, controlled line that won’t smudge or drag.  The formula is billed as waterproof and dries down fast, meaning that once it’s on, you don’t have to worry about it transferring or moving anywhere. It is also said to have a 24-hour wear that won’t fade, flake, or smudge.

I needed a new liquid liner since I feel like my Fenty Beauty one is now well used and I’m worried that it’s going to start fading on me before I know it.  I love how dark and matte Roller Liner is and really I love everything about it, aside from the fact that I wish that the tip was more firm. I have a lot of skin on my outer eye area, so sometimes I find that liners tend to skip or it gets lost in the folds, therefore a more firmer liquid liner is more study for getting the most precise line.  This one is a little too flexible for more, so I find that I really have to take my time with this so it gives me a nice line or doesn’t smudge. I could also pull the skin taut, but I tend to not do that since I heard it can stretch your skin over time. If this liner had the tip that the Fenty Beauty one or even the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner has, I would put it in that category.  If you have firm skin around your eye area, then this wouldn’t be an issue for you and I would say it is one you should definitely look into.

Benefit Roller Liner swatched

Also new to the line is the Roller Eye Bright Highlighter Pencil (C$27), which is a nude-coloured retractable pencil that is designed to open up the eye area in an instant. Apply this creamy, waterproof pencil on your waterline and inner or outer corners of the eye for an instant awakened effect.

This pencil is universal for everyone and I love using this kind of product on my waterline to truly get that baby-doll wide-eyed effect. I have a few similar pencils and to be honest, they all work the same. I didn’t find this one to be any different than others out there, however, the waterproof claim is awesome since that part of your eye tends to water in that eye area (hence the name “waterline”), so you definitely need a product that will stay put.

Finally, to round out the collection, I finally got my hands on the OG, Roller Lash mascara (C$33), which is a curling and lifting mascara. Available in two shades (black and brown) this mascara is designed after hair rollers in that the brush is supposed to grab, separate, lift, and curl for big lashes that are billed to last 12 hours. The formula also contains provitamin B5 and serin, which are ingredients known for lash-conditioning benefits.

Benefit Roller liner products

I actually really like this mascara and find that it makes my lashes look lifted, long, and separated. It doesn’t necessarily make them look fuller, but it fans them out. I really love how the brush is curved, so it’s easy to hug the lashes as it’s being applied. It you want fuller-looking lashes then I would suggest Bad Gal Lash, but you could also easily layer their mascaras together for a custom look as well.

Overall, I like how Benefit added more items to the Roller Lash family (plus that packaging is to die for!). Although I did have that concern with the liner, it won’t put me off of using it since I love how dark it looks and the matte finish on it. It just takes a little more time when applying it.  Although I don’t think the highlighter pencil is a necessity (I only really use this technique when I’m going out), if you are in the market for a new highlight pencil, you can look into this one, however, I have used other pencils which have worked just as well for way less money.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara swatched

Have you tried any products from Benefit’s Roller collection?

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