When I heard news that NARS was releasing a new foundation, the ‘Radiant Cream Compact Foundation’, I went into bit of a tizzy. An all time favorite base of mine is the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer from NARS. The idea that this product might contain some of that ‘radiant magic’ as found in the Tinted Moisturizer, along with heavier coverage was a very exciting thought.
The NARS Radiant Cream Compact “brilliantly evens skin with a lightweight, luminous finish“, as quoted by the NARS website. The foundation can be used both wet and dry for “artistic versatility.” Said to have medium buildable coverage, it increases moisture levels by 80% in 12 hours. The foundation is sold in a refill, separately from the compact and is sold in an impressive selection of 20 shades.
The Radiant Cream Foundation has a surprising amount of coverage for a cream foundation. I would say it is about medium to full coverage, depending on your application. The foundation covers my dark under-eye circles and blemishes so well that I can skip my concealer. I found a damp Beauty Blender as the best way to apply the foundation, rather than the use of my fingertips or the available sponge. It also has a surprisingly excellent amount of wear-time for a cream foundation.
The finish is dewy, though not so much radiant. The familiar radiant finish, like that of the NARS TM is not similar to this Cream Foundation. Actually, on me, rather than adding an amount of radiance it took some away. After dusting on the slightest amount of my favorite finishing powder, the dewy finish disappears completely. The Cream Compact Foundation clung to any dry patches and peach fuzz making it very visible on the skin. The foundation also sunk into the larger pores on the sides of my nose, even after applying a pore-minimizing primer.
Punjab is a medium shade with golden, peachy undertones and a perfect match for my slightly tanned-skin.
After blending the foundation into skin, you can see how the drier skin on my arm becomes more pronounced.
In the image above I am wearing the Radiant Cream Foundation alone, without powder or concealer to show its natural finish. I applied the Cream Foundation using a damp Beauty Blender. You can see, only slightly, the areas in which the foundation has clung to my dry bits and where it has sunk into pores.
Ultimately the Radiant Cream Foundation was not compatible with my skin type. Despite the negatives I mentioned, I can imagine that the cream foundation might have potential to work for other’s. So, while it doesn’t work for me, it might work for you.
NARS Cream Compact Foundation refill $38, compact $10 at sephora.com