NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation in Stromboli
NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation in Stromboli

 

NARS released another foundation – the All Day Luminous Powder Foundation.  One of the first things that drew me to the brand and still has me hooked, is the shade range for skin tones.  If you look at most brands, they will describe each shade.  It is rare to find olive-specific shades, but NARS has once again included a “medium with olive undertones” in Stromboli (among 14 other shades).

The first thing I noticed about All Day Luminous Powder Foundation is the packaging.  It is a cross between the magnetized square Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows and the Radiant Cream Foundation’s compact that allows air to circulate around the sponge.  While I prefer the non-magnetized version of NARS packaging because it is easier to open and it securely closes, the housing for this powder foundation doesn’t pose any real issues for me.

The included sponge is intended for wet application on the smooth side and dry application on the flocked size.  As always, I find the applicator a little useless.  For touch-ups, maybe it’s okay, but brushes offer superior results.

NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation Packaging
bottom of All Day Luminous Powder Foundation compact

As with the Dual Intensity eyeshadows, the formula of All Day Luminous can be worn wet or dry.  I’m sensing a trend.  And I like it.  I really like it.  Mainly because this is the only powder formula I can think of that isn’t ruined by water touching the product in its pan.  I tested All Day Luminous off and on for about a month and I officially prefer applying it wet.  Let’s get down to the nitty gritty of it, shall we?

before applying NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation
before applying NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation

Before foundation, my bare skin has minimal redness (but watch the spot next to my eyebrow as well as one toward the center of my cheek on the right) for comparison, so pay special attention to the sun damage on my cheeks.

wearing NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation in Stromboli on the left applied dry
wearing NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation in Stromboli on the left applied dry

When applied dry (left side above) I get sheer to light coverage – sheer with a fluffy powder brush and light with a natural bristled buffing brush.  It is a great choice for running errands or light makeup days and it is very comfortable to wear.  My issue is that despite having an “all day” formula, I don’t see all day wear, especially without primer.  I rarely wear powder foundations specifically for this reason, despite the fact that I have balanced skin.  My nose needs reapplication in four hours and the rest of my face needs a good touch up around 6-7 hours.

wearing NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation in Stromboli applied wet
wearing NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation in Stromboli applied wet

But applied wet?  Now we’re speaking my language.  For this method I prefer a synthetic buffing brush dampened lightly with either water or a setting spray.  Again primer makes it last longer, but what I am most impressed with is the finish.  Medium coverage and delectably luminous.  It’s a glow that can be mistaken for natural.  I concealed my undereyes above so they weren’t distracting.  Brows, lashes, lips, and I’m good to go!  There’s no need to highlight, bronze, or contour, because there is no loss of depth.

NARS Stromboli All Day Luminous, Sheer Glow, and Radiant Cream Compact Foundations
NARS Stromboli All Day Luminous, Sheer Glow, and Radiant Cream Compact Foundations

NARS Stromboli All Day Luminous is the same color as Sheer Glow, but with less coverage.  Radiant Cream Compact foundation is a bit more neutral than the others.

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So what stands out about All Day Luminous Powder Foundation?  Its versatility.  I wear it dry as a setting powder or for touch ups later in the day without compromising the color of my liquid foundation underneath.  Or I apply it wet all on its own for quick medium coverage.  Plus, it photographs beautifully.  With the holiday season almost upon us, be sure to keep NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation in mind.

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