NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is one of those cult beauty products that every beauty obsessive either owns or wants to own. I was definitely no exception, and I purchased my first bottle about a year and a half ago when my curiosity eventually got the better of me and I had finally convinced myself that it was acceptable to spend forty odd euro on a bottle of foundation. My only issue was that there is only one NARS counter in the Republic of Ireland, and at the time I lived on the other side of the country. But I was so interested in finding out what all the fuss was about that I ended up purchasing online, and I stupidly didn't really put too much thought into what shade I would go for. I went with the shade 'Light 1 Siberia', presuming that the palest in the range would be a good match, but no matter how hard I tried I just couldn't make it work for me. There is no denying that I've got a naturally fair skin tone (thanks to those good 'ole Irish genes), but 'Siberia' was a couple of shades lighter than my skin tone and made me appear ghost like. They say it's always better to go lighter with a foundation shade rather than darker, but it just didn't work for me even when I dried to warm it up with bronzer. But it wasn't just the shade that I was nay impressed with - I wasn't wowed by the formula either and I couldn't see where all of the hype was coming from. I tried it in numerous different ways, but it never seemed to sit on my skin properly and always seemed to highlight dry patches. Which was annoying as my skin definitely leans more on the oily side. All of that meant that I didn't get much use out of it, and even when I was at my absolute palest I didn't bother with it as I preferred to mix a foundation with a formula that I favoured more with my Face Atelier Ultra Foundation in Zero Minus.
A couple of weeks ago, however, I had a sudden craving to get properly matched up at a NARS counter and re-purchase a bottle in a shade that actually suited me. I don't really know what possessed me, especially considering the fact that I wasn't wildly enamoured with the formula of the bottle that I owned previously. I was matched to the shade 'Light 5, Fiji', and I have to say that I'm delighted with it. It's a perfect match and I feel like I could wear it at any time of the year. It's nice having a foundation that I don't have to alter with other products to make it suit my skin tone better, and I feel like it's worth the extra few quid just for this alone. Maybe I ended up with a dud the first time round, but I instantly fell in love with the formula of my second bottle. It blends into the skin so seamlessly, and doesn't sit on top of the skin or exaggerate dryness like I experienced with my first purchase. I have professed my love for a light coverage base more than a few times on this blog, but I've definitely taken a liking to the medium coverage that this foundation offers. Maybe because it's not too heavy, doesn't look too mask like, and feels lightweight and comfortable on the skin. It leaves a satin finish, and after a few hours appears more dewy when the natural oils in my skin begins to shine through. I've written about a lot of foundations that I love on this blog, but this is probably the first foundation that I've used more or less continuously since first purchase and I love it more and more with each wear. I just love the way it makes my skin look, and for that reason I have no doubt that I will be forking out for this foundation again once I come to the end of my current bottle. I have a pretty impressive foundation stash (which may be described as 'obscene' by others), and a foundation really has to stand out for me to consider re-purchasing it. I love it so much that I'm even willing to let it slide that I had to purchase a separate pump... But at least I'll have it for my next bottle.