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NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation Review + Swatches

December 26, 2017

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation Review and Swatches

I’ve been putting a few new foundation formulas to the test! The newest one is the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation ($49 for 1 fl oz/30 ml). I’m thrilled to have been able to swatch all 33 shades of the foundation. An artist from the NARS team matched/guessed three shades they thought would be my closest match and the team sent miniature samples of the entire collection for review. I wish they would sell the minis because it would be so much easier for us to find out perfect match! Unfortunately at this time samples aren’t for sale but I hope these swatches help you with your foundation matching if you’re buying or guessing online.

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation Review and Swatches

Shown above Punjab, Vanuatu and Barcelona

The NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is a full coverage opaque liquid foundation. It’s probably the thickest formula of all the NARS foundations I’ve tried and takes a bit of experimentation to get a smooth application. Since it’s so opaque I’d recommend using only a little bit at a time. If you’re skin isn’t flawless or completely smooth using a primer is essential. I’ve tried around five different bases with this formula and find that the NARS primers work best with this one. My favorite is the Radiance Primer. I also recommend applying with a damp beautyblender or fingers to blend. Setting is also essential even if it’s just a lightweight powder. These come in a clear bottle which is always great so you can see exactly how much you have left. I also love that these come with a pump.

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation Review and Swatches

Color range is pretty impressive with different undertones. If you’re like me you probably find there aren’t enough yellow or olive based foundations on the market. NARS completely has you covered and shades like Punjab, Stromboli are very olive. Long time readers may remember I used to use the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Punjab (formula is thinner than the new one). I’ve darkened quite a few shades and have since found the best matches to be Stromboli or Barcelona. With the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation my matches are Stromboli, Vanuatu or Barcelona. Living in Florida I’ve found my coloring changes on a weekly basis depending on how much sun I’ve been exposed to. There’s no escaping it here and even with sunscreen, hats and trying to stay in the shade I still tan easily.

Lasting power is pretty good even in Florida heat. The humidity levels in Tampa are low right now so I can’t report how it holds up in humid climates. Right now on me it lasts all day but it’s not transfer-proof if you touch your face (ie fingers or to sunglasses). It photographs well and goes on smoothly as long as you apply with light layers. I didn’t experience any oxidation. Finish is naturally radiant and glowy.

Below I have Vanuatu applied. I’ve also shown my bare skin below (eeps!). I have a lot of freckles which most people don’t realize until they see me without any makeup on. I think the photos below show how well the foundation covers without looking too thick or cakey. I didn’t need any concealer under the eyes or around the nose to reduce redness because the foundation covered it all.

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation Vanuatu Medium 3.5

Swatches of all the colors below in four sets. Set 1:

  • Oslo – Light 1
  • Mont Blanc – Light 2
  • Yukon Light 2.5
  • Gobi – Light 3
  • Salzburg – Light 3.5
  • Deauville – Light 4
  • Vienna – Light 4.5
  • Fiji – Light 5

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in Oslo, Mont Blanc, Yukon, Gobi, Salzburg, Deauville, Vienna and Fiji

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in Oslo, Mont Blanc, Yukon, Gobi, Salzburg, Deauville, Vienna and Fiji


Set 2:

  • Punjab – Medium 1
  • Patagonia – Medium 1.2
  • Vallauris – Medium 1.5
  • Santa Fe – Medium 2
  • Sahel – Medium 2.5
  • Stromboli – Medium 3
  • Vanuatu – Medium 3.5
  • Barcelona – Medium 4

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book


Set 3:

  • Valencia – Medium 5
  • Aruba – Medium 6
  • Syracuse – Medium/Dark 1
  • Tahoe – Medium/Dark 2
  • Moorea – Medium/Dark 2.3
  • Huahine – Medium/Dark 2.6
  • Cadiz – Medium/Dark 3
  • Caracas – Medium/Dark 3.3
  • Belem – Medium/Dark 3.6

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation Swatches Valencia, Aruba, Syracuse, Tahoe, Moorea, Huahine, Cadiz, Caracas, Belem


Set 4:

  1. Macao – Medium/Dark 4
  2. Marquises – Medium/Dark 5
  3. Manaus – Dark 1
  4. New Caledonia – Dark 2
  5. Iguacu – Dark 3
  6. Namibia – Dark 4
  7. Zambie – Dark 5
  8. Mali – Dark 6

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation Swatches

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation Swatches Macao, Marquises, Manaus, New Caldonia, Iguacu, Namibia, Zambie, Mali

A quick comparison between a few shades I use in the NARS range including the All Day Luminous Foundation in Stromboli and Barcelona and Velvet Matte Skin Tint in St. Moritz. I’ve also included the Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger for reference. Two of the NARS primers shown for size comparison.

NARS Foundation Swatches Stromboli, Barcelona and St. Moritz

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation Review and Swatches

In summary I think the new NARS foundation performs really well for my skin type. It will give nearly full coverage and covered under eye dark circles and redness around the nose. It was a little tricky to get the coverage to look natural since it is so opaque. The first time I applied it I dabbed on way too much. A little goes a long way. As far as I can tell there is no detectable scent, no irritation on my skin, no white flashback with a camera flash. It will look dewy if you don’t set with powder. I wasn’t able to put it to the test for a full 16 hours, but I have worn this for around 12 hours on several occasions and it holds up pretty well both in doors and outdoors in the sun and at the beach. I do get a little dewy looking around the T-zone by the end of the day so I keep my Tatcha blotting papers with me to help absorb shine without messing up my makeup. My favorite formula from NARS is still the Velvet Matte Skin Tint because I like something that feels more weightless without any dewy look.

My other foundation shades I alternate between and use in my Summer Base Edit post (Tom Ford, Laura Mercier and MAC shades I use). I’m currently testing some formulas from Estee Lauder which I just bought. Review on those picks soon!

You can find the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation at online at Sephora, Ulta Beauty and NARS right now. Have you tried this yet?

NARS foundations sent courtesy of the NARS team for review.

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  • I just ordered it this morning from Ulta. I 100% agree that they (and every other damn brand) needs to sell mini sizes like that because 1) they’d make a killing and 2) returns would go down drastically and 3) way easier for shade matching and travel.

    I have had a bitch of a time finding a super green-yellow shade that is pale, Gobi is one of the few closer matches I have, and I have been really anticipating this release. However…I am not really sure I like “dewy” and the non-transfer-resistant part makes me nervous, though. There are too many new formulas being released that are “dewy” and despite being set with powder refuse to “set and dry down.” I can’t deal with that nonsense. It needs to dry and be done with for the day. I shouldn’t NEED powder. I wanted to like Fenty but that stuff lasted all of about 2 hours. Some days I didn’t even finish my makeup and it was gone.

    • If you set with powder you should really be ok with the lasting power. Also with powder it doesn’t get too dewy but I tried it alone and for me all foundations need to be set with my skintype.

      I wanted to love the Fenty Foundations too but I felt they would be too opaque for me. I tried in store and it didn’t look good but store lighting can be a pain.

      • Thanks for the reply! I do hope that it lasts and isn’t dewy. I need to find something that is matte with “glow” and stays put without requiring setting (I still set it, but I don’t want to have to.) I feel like one day I might have to make my own line or something since I am so freaking picky!

        Maybe I am a loner here but I didn’t find the Fenty to be opaque whatsoever. Actually, I didn’t find them to have much coverage at all. So either I have amazingly flawless skin (LOOOOOL) or it’s really a medium buildable coverage to full.

  • lawler

    Ah! That vertical swatch set is exactly what I was hoping to see when I scrolled down. You’re the best!

  • Omg your photos and blog outline is so professional! This post is awesome! Can’t wait to try this foundation.


  • Rebecca Jenkins

    I’m really interested in trying this foundation when it is released in Australia, the only problem I have is that my perfect shade was Siberia which this foundation doesn’t come in & I need the yellow undertones. I think I’m going to test Gobi, and see if it will work when I’m slightly “tan”.

  • This post is great. I’m in love with NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint as it is super lightweight. However, sometimes I want more coverage and I think this foundation could be the answer. I will for sure try it out. I also like that they have so many light shades. Thank you for sharing!

  • Shilpa Shetty

    I will check this foundation, super excited as it comes in mini size

    • The mini sizes aren’t for sale, they’re only with the Press Kit!

      • Shilpa Shetty

        Ohh no πŸ™ I always get wrong shades, most of the times and repent later,..

  • Omg your skin is flawless. beautiful. I need to get s asmple of the foundation and try it out.

  • Anna Rogers

    Wow that foundation looks GORG on you. NARS has the best face products. I can’t live without their radiant creamy concealer and soft matte concealer. (#concealerjunkie).

  • modernniche

    I actually like to look glowy so this sounds interesting. What’s a good shade match for RCC in Custard?

    • Not sure exactly, but my guess is probably Fiji, Santa Fe or Punjab.

  • Sarah Jiang

    I’ve been waiting for this foundation to arrive in Australia but will be end of January :((
    I think it should be ok cause it’s still summer here
    Thanks for a great post once again πŸ˜€

  • Oh how cute are those minis! Thank you for the amazing swatches. I thought I would be Punjab (I wear that in Sheer Glow) but it looks very light compared to the other shades. Vanuatu looks seamless on you, I think that or Stromboli might be my shade from this range.

    A xx

  • Hmm, I was really curious about this one. I still want to try it because I love NARS foundations but after reading your review I don’t think it could replace Sheer Glow for me. Thanks for the thorough review xx

    Coco | The Beauty Milk

  • Lesley Rose

    Would be great if you can post the ingredients list, since it is missing from the sites that sell the product.

    • I didn’t receive the ingredients list nor did I get any boxes with this round. I can’t find them anywhere online!

  • Willbe Ho

    I just wanted to say your bare skin (freckles and all) looks beautiful and healthy! That said, I appreciate that you post very high quality well-lit photos comparing bare skin and the foundation because it really helps to capture the finish of the foundation better than swatches.

  • E.C. from D.C.

    I’m so happy for the shades in this new line of NARS foundations because Cadiz kind of had the undertone I needed but was a little too light on it’s own and Macao had the darkness or “depth” of hue that I almost needed but at the same time on it’s own it was a tiny bit too dark and a bit too yellow. I THINK Caracas or Belem will be the happy medium between Cadiz and Macao that I’ve ALWAYS wanted. I definitely need to get a sample of both a.s.a.p. I wish they’d expand their All Day Luminous Weightless (ADLW) line with these new colors.

  • E.C. from D.C.

    Oh and it’s odd that Moorea is actually daker than Cadiz but it’s positioned 2 shades before Cadiz.
    I NARS should reorder these some … that should definitely go after Cadiz but before Caracas.

  • Shilpa Shetty

    Thank you for the swatches and review post,..