Mecca Cosmetica dropped their prices months ago and I was very excited about that, their pricing are still expensive because the brands they sell are all high-end cosmetics, but their prices aren't ridiculous anymore, they are actually quite affordable now.
Even though Mecca Cosmetica has dropped their prices, NZD $69.00 for a foundation is still a bit too much for me to splurge on, especially when I have never tried out the foundation, nor do I know my foundation shade.
I have came across a lot of amazing reviews about the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, I don't remember ever coming across a review where someone talks bad about this foundation; I wanted to try it, but I was afraid of spending so much on a foundation, picked the wrong color and end up wasting a lot money. I often sell unwanted makeup, but it's different for foundations, because not everyone is in your shade, ya'know?
So I phoned Mecca Cosmetica Newmarket and requested for a few samples of NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in the shade most suitable for MAC NC25. I received my parcel with the four suggest foundation shades below:
NARS Sheer Glow Punjab - medium with golden, peachy undertone
NARS Sheer Glow Deauville - light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
NARS Sheer Glow Stromboli - medium with olive undertone
NARS Sheer Glow Fiji - light with yellow undertone
Stromboli was too dark, Deauville was too light; Punjab and Fiji were similar, Fiji was still slightly too light for me and I have come to a conclusion that Punjab (medium with golden, peachy undertone) is the perfect fit for my NC25 skin tone.
I was able to try out the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation up to five times with the little sample pot, and during my trial with this foundation, I was impressed with the longevity, the texture, it feels lightweight, doesn't look cakey and it is easy to apply and blend nicely with either a foundation brush or a beauty blender. With my combination / oily skin, I was surprised to see my foundation lasted all day while wearing NARS Sheer Glow with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, my face did appeared oily during the day and I had to remove excess oil with blotting paper and blotting powder, but the foundation stay put and didn't slide around.
I have my foundation shade sorted and I did enjoy trying out NARS Sheer Glow, but that foundation formula is designed for normal to dry skin. There is a NARS Sheer Matte version that is designed for normal to oily skin, and I think I should buy that one. It is sometimes hard to make the right decision, especially when both of the items are very expensive.
I would love to know you guys opinions on the NARS Sheer Glow and NARS Sheer Matte, which one should I splurge on?