NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation.

If you are a fan of the NARS complexion products, listen up. They have a beautiful new foundation and this is a good one. Meet NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation.

I am already a regular user of NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. The new Radiant Cream Compact Foundation takes the line in the direction of a more coverage product. It fills the gap in the radiant line. Who doesn't want more radiant skin and to get that with more coverage is like a dream.

The creamy foundation comes in a closeable compact of color that can pop into a larger compact, which is sold separately. It is very creamy looking, and creamy feeling as it is applied to the skin. It is very lightweight though and feels as if I am wearing a very lightweight, breathable liquid foundation offering the heavier coverage I need. I actually like to dampen the sponge and apply the color all over my face and I get a beautiful medium coverage. In areas like my forehead where I am showing a bit of hyperpigmentation, I use the sponge dry and get even more coverage. Using either wet or dry, the foundation sets to a beautiful finish in just seconds.

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As I mentioned, the compact refill is closeable and it must stay snapped shut to keep the formula in tact. Even if it is popped into the larger compact, closing after use is vital.

I like that the range is full of 20 shades to match a variety of skintones. I am using Stromboli and that is the same shade that I use in the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation.

The shades from lightest to darkest:

  • Siberia - light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
  • Mont Blanc - light with pink undertone
  • Gobi - for Asian skin, light with yellow undertone
  • Deauville - light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
  • Fiji - light with yellow undertone
  • Ceylan - for Asian skin, light-medium with yellow undertone
  • Punjab - medium with golden, peachy undertone
  • Vallauris - medium with pink undertone (this is a new shade for NARS)
  • Santa Fe - medium with peachy undertone
  • Stromboli - medium with olive undertone
  • Barcelona - deeper medium with golden, peachy undertone
  • Syracuse - medium-dark with brown undertone
  • Tahoe - medium-dark with caramel undertone
  • Cadiz - medium-dark with caramel and red undertone
  • Macao - Medium-dark with deep yellow undertone
  • New Guinea - Dark with red undertone
  • Trinidad - dark with warm, yellow undertone
  • New Orleans - dark with yellow undertone
  • Benares - dark with golden undertone
  • Khartoum - dark with espresso undertone

NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation is available right now at NARS flagship boutiques and online at The Foundation refills compact sells for $38.00 and the larger compact sells for $10.00. It will appear on department store counters September 1. I did see it in my local Sephora store already.

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