The release of NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation created quite the commotion and was a highly anticipated product. Very shortly thereafter, the internet was a-buzz with highly contradictory reviews.

NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation
NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation


This is one of my major gripes with the internet, social media, and bloggers in general. You see, anyone can become the media. Anyone can share rave/rant reviews. But not everyone takes the time to do proper research. I’ve spent a few months working with All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation in an effort to sort through the reasons people either love or hate the new foundation from NARS and today I’m hoping to clear up the bulk of the confusion.

“It applies so evenly!” vs “It’s so streaky!”

The first time I applied ADWLF (for serious with the length of this one’s name though…), it was a streaky mess. The next few times, I tried different applicators. Then I realized this foundation needs to be shaken, not stirred (and certainly not picked up, pumped, and applied without any form of mixing). The directions even say to shake it. So don’t skip this step! And guess what? When shaken first, I’ve used my hands, damp sponge, dense buffing brush, and a stippling brush and wound up with smooth coverage every time.

Hey look, ma, a pump!
Hey look, ma, a pump!

“It clings to my dry patches!” vs “It’s so smooth!”

(This one requires a slow deep breath on my part. Hold on a second…..Okay. Let’s do this.) Have you ever noticed that NARS uses similar packaging for similar products? What do you see in this packaging? It’s frosted! And in case you are unaware…1) NARS Sheer Matte Foundation also had frosted packaging. 2) HAD frosted packaging. Because it was discontinued. And replaced by All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation. (Are you catching on yet?) Perhaps the reason people found ADWLF clingy, is because the formula is meant for a different skin type.

That  being said, I can personally attest to the fact that ADWLF doesn’t behave if my skin isn’t well hydrated before application. My skin is normal and balanced, with a tendency to run dry instead of oily. Without some serious morning moisture, this foundation separates from my expression lines. Not so pretty. But I LOVE the finish and wear time so I mix in a little NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz and problem solved. Not for you? Then try Sheer Glow Foundation instead.

“It takes more than one pump for perfect coverage.”

The one universal truth! Regardless of whether makeup enthusiasts love or hate ADWLF, we all agree that despite the claims, it takes more than one pump. I use 1 1/2-2, depending on the condition of my skin. Sure, I could force one pump to cover my face. But I (and apparently every other makeup wearer ever) prefer more coverage. The amount of product produced from one pump is a seriously small amount though, so even two full pumps doesn’t seem like much in comparison to other foundations. And the pigmentation? Well played, NARS. Well played.

before NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation
before NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation
after NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation
wearing NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation in Stromboli

I’m enjoying NARS ADWLF as the summer months have arrived and wear it almost daily with my Pure Radiant TM to last through the humidity and long days of work. It is rare to have a foundation make it through the day on my nose, so I am up for the custom mixing.

Is NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation a great foundation? That depends on what you’re looking for. As with any other cosmetic product (in the history of ever), it will work differently on different skin types. If you’re unsure, pick up a sample first and adjust if needed. And as always, remember that not everything you read on the internet is true and accurate ;)


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