Tested: NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is the brands latest offering, and in my opinion, it's best foundation yet. If you love the Radiant Creamy Concealer then look no further, because I believe this is the foundation equivalent to the cult favorite.


I am so excited to finally review this product for you all! NARS is my absolute favorite makeup brand and if I was only able to use one brand for the rest of my life I would chose NARS, hands down. The Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation retails for $49, so it’s definitely an investment. For this release, NARS expanded their already pretty on point shade range to 33 shades. This is also the first foundation from NARS specifically advertised as long-wearing. In their words it “stays turned on by the power of radiance”–which, is cool…I guess? Advertisers have such a strange way with words when it comes to makeup. The claim that is most dubious to me is that this foundation works as skincare and is beneficial to skin. Maybe it’s true, I’ve only worn this for two weeks, but I’m skeptical that any makeup is truly beneficial to the skin.

What’s In The Bottle?

The texture of this product is quite thick and creamy–the product holds its shape after being pumped out onto a surface. Oh yeah, it comes with a pump. Hallelujah. Something that confused me at first about this product is how little seems to come out in one pump. I would estimate that a pump is around 2 grains of rice, maybe less. After applying it for the first time, I understood why the pump dispenses such a small amount at a time. This stuff spreads like wildfire. That small, grain of rice-sized pump covered half of my face. This is seriously high coverage. So, while the product itself is quite thick, it absolutely lives up to the claim of weightlessness because of how much you can sheer this out without compromising coverage. Two and a half pumps is the sweet spot for me–it covers my entire face and I can brush a bit of the excess down from my jaw.

The Finish

I think the first thing that needs to be said about this product is that it is NOT dewy. Radiant and dewy are not the same thing. If you love the cult favorite Radiant Creamy Concealer like I do, this is the foundation equivalent. The finish is a smooth satin and it looks incredibly dynamic (given you don’t over apply). I want to stress that this is a very high coverage foundation. If you’re just looking to even out your skintone a touch, but want freckles and natural dimension to come through, this isn’t for you. If you’re like me, and want an 100% even tone covering your entire face, without looking masked or clownish, this is for you. What distinguishes this product’s finish from other high-coverage foundations is that while it does even the tone of the skin, it’s radiant enough that the high points of the face have a nice natural-looking glow to them. It gets rid of darkness and redness, but it doesn’t flatten. Another wonderful thing about this foundation is how it wears over texture. I have some dry patches and texture around my jaw on both sides and hate when foundations cling or pill around those areas.

How It Wears

Something I’ve experienced on and off from NARS foundations is their penchant for making the skin oilier. I’m not sure how this is possible, but I’ve spoken to multiple people who experience the phenomenon. It’s like they stimulate sebum production, but not always? I’m just as confused as you probably are reading this. Sheer Glow was my one and only for years before it suddenly started making my skin produce oil. I’ve never had oily skin in my life. I’ve never had makeup stimulate oil on my skin ever except for when I’ve worn a NARS foundation. I do experience this same phenomenon a bit with this foundation, but not enough that it’s an issue for me. I wonder, though, how it would work for oily/combination skin.

As someone with dry skin, we’re often told that foundation will wear longer on us than it will on other people, but I’ve never found that to be the case. My skin starts to rejects any and all makeup on my face around hour six. Priming helps a bit and powdering doesn’t do much but make me look cakey. Before trying this foundation out, Double Wear was the only product that actually lasted on my skin. I love Double Wear, but it can be a bit much during the day. I also prefer something less matte for most of my looks.

My (un)natural oils start to come through around six hours of wearing this, as is standard for me. However, the benefit of this product is that I can powder it when I first apply it and touch up with powder throughout the day without it looking powdery. It’s like the creaminess of the finish absorbs the powder rather than caking up below it. With touch ups, I’ve worn this for around 10 hours with it looking damn near flawless. For me, that’s unheard of. I do wish that NARS foundations lacked that oil stimulator. Without it, I’m almost certain this would wear even longer than 10 hours on me.

Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation Conclusion:

Overall I’m really happy with this foundation. It’s not perfect, but it ticks all of my boxes and I really love the how dynamic it is for a high coverage foundation. The packaging is great, I’m so glad NARS has listened and added a pump to all of their foundation releases lately. The price is definitely up there, but I think this bottle will last me much longer than other foundations the same size would because of how little you need. Honestly, it still shocks me every time I do my face how far such a small amount goes. I bought a bottle of this and a bottle of Sheer Glow at the same time, intent on keeping whichever worked best for me, and this is the one. I’m honestly #shook that something has topped my love for Sheer Glow, but NARS has really outdone itself with the Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation $49.

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