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Beauty Review: Nars Radiant Cream Compact Foundation – Vanessa Tai

You probably know the basics of how to choose a good foundation – it should help your makeup application be smooth and effortless, and the colour of your foundation should blend seamlessly with the skin around your neck. But here is a less-known tidbit on foundation that you may not know: when testing a new foundation, you should test it on three spots: underneath your eyes, around your nose and at your jawline. The perfect shade should blend uniformly into the skin around these three areas.

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Nars Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

That’s what I learned recently when trying out new foundation shades at the launch of the Nars Fall 2013 collection. You can watch the video of me trying out a new shade here. Because my skin tone is light with slightly yellow undertones, I was recommended to use the Gobi shade.

I’m not usually a fan of foundation because the ones I’ve tried tend to be either 1) too thick and gloopy or 2) too light and powdery, making me look like some sort of a geisha. This one from Nars has a smooth, creamy texture that glided easily onto my face. Think of this foundation as a three-in-one combination of a liquid foundation, a powder foundation and a tinted moisturiser.

While I liked the lightweight texture of this foundation, it didn’t quite provide me with as much coverage as I would have liked. For those who prefer heavier coverage, you’ll probably have to apply several layers of this medium-coverage foundation. I applied two thin layers across my face, which was sufficient to even out skin redness and minor blemishes, but my freckles and darker pigmentation marks were still visible. Check out the images below to see what I mean.

Before: Skin tone is uneven and freckles are apparent

Before: Skin tone is uneven and freckles are apparent

After: Skin tone is evened out and skin looks more radiant

After: Skin tone is evened out and skin looks more radiant

Verdict: This cream-based foundation is great for those with dry skin; it provides a moisturising effect without making you feel like your pores are clogged with product. The coverage it offers is good enough to correct slightly uneven skin tones, as well as smooth over small blemishes or very fine lines. However, it’s probably not suited for those looking for much heavier coverage.

The product was given to Material World for review; all opinions are the author’s own. Please read our advertising policy here.

About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 26-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets.

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