NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Review!

I have been trying to get my hands on this for AGES but I couldn’t find anywhere that had the palest shade, Siberia, in stock; that was until recently.  I’ve been wearing this foundation pretty much daily since getting my mitts on it so now I can give my honest thoughts on this much raved-about foundation!


Colour: The shade Siberia is the lightest available and is pretty much perfect for my ghostly pale skin.  I wasn’t expecting it to match so well; it leaves my skin looking natural, but still leaving me looking glowing rather than a grey-white shade.

Formula/Texture: I’m sure you can see from the images above just how wonderful this foundation is; it covers imperfections perfectly leaving my skintone looking natural, yet even and flawless.  The texture is a creamy thick liquid which dries to a nice powder once applied, leaving my skin dewy without being overly greasy looking.  I find that it can be a little heavy for hot summer days and my skin does get super oily around mid-day (after applying  at 7am in the morning) but a little bit of powder helps this.  I do also find that I need to re-apply concealer on problem areas after a while but this isn’t a massive problem as I carry one around anyway.

Price: This retails for £29.50 for 30ml and I’m hoping it’ll last me a while as a little goes a long way.

SPF: This doesn’t contain an SPF which is disappointing but I wear sunscreen daily anyway.

What I Think:  I really like this foundation, a lot.  I wouldn’t say it is a ‘sheer’ foundation at all, I think of it as being more of a satin-matte foundation with buildable coverage.  This is a pricey product and it took me a very long time to decide whether I wanted to invest in this, but I’m very glad I did.

I also have the Sheer-Matte foundation which I will be reviewing and comparing shortly!

Have you tried Nars Sheer Glow?  What are your thoughts?



  1. August 15, 2013 / 8:09 pm

    Now that ive tried it i honestly dont think ill find a better foundation! I just think its perfect, the shade range is really amazing too x

  2. August 15, 2013 / 8:21 pm

    i recently purchased this and have been using it everyday too, i really love it

  3. August 15, 2013 / 8:26 pm

    This looks so good. I have seen this foundation before, but never realised how good it actually was. There is such a difference between the photos.. I want it now!

    Thanks for the review!!

    Hugs, Brittany, xx

  4. August 15, 2013 / 8:41 pm

    i actually want to try it more now after seeing the coverage but im scared that itll melt during the day with the oily skin even after blotting/powder. this would be a big investment


  5. August 15, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    I was eyeing this one up when I was IMATS this year but as it was sooo busy there was no way I could get colour matched there. I'd heard it wasn't as sheer as the name suggested but that don't bother me, I just add a little moisturiser to it if I need to. That is a really good colour match for you Katie thanks for the review. xx

    Leanne | Topazstarz

  6. August 15, 2013 / 9:05 pm

    It looks fabulous on your skin! I was thinking of giving this a go, although I'm torn between Sheer Glow and Sheer Matte. I'm glad they do such a light shade though, I find it difficult finding foundations with a shade light enough for my pale skin.

  7. August 15, 2013 / 9:20 pm

    I bought this a whole ago (same shade I think) and it absolutely loved the way it looked on my skin! It literally looked flawless. But I have to get rid of it because it messed my skin up and I started to get red blemishes because of it 🙁 so dissappointed because it's such a lovely foundation!

  8. August 15, 2013 / 9:41 pm

    This doesn't look that sheer but I still really like the coverage it gives, makes your skin look gorgeous. Shame it has no SPF in, you would think it would for that price!

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

  9. August 15, 2013 / 9:41 pm

    Ooh this looks like it would be perfect for my pale skin! xx

  10. August 15, 2013 / 9:42 pm

    I never tried any Nars foundation before but this look pretty good..shame it doesn’t contain an SPF though :/

    Ila x

  11. August 15, 2013 / 10:08 pm

    Thanks for the comparison pictures! This looks absolutely amazing! It kinda looks like it gave your skin a blurred effect, it looks so freaking smooth! I need this foundation IN MAH LIFE! xx

  12. August 15, 2013 / 10:15 pm

    I would love to try this, it looks beautiful on your skin Katie. I have no idea what shade I would be though so I need to get myself to a NARS counter asap! 🙂
    Amy x
    –A Little Boat Sailing–

  13. August 16, 2013 / 12:12 am

    I know this is a very popular foundation but I was always put off by the 'sheer' bit, but the coverage looks amazing in your pics so I really want to try it now! x

  14. August 16, 2013 / 4:16 am

    That looks so beautiful on you! You must have picked out the perfect shade as well. The name is pretty deceiving…but I'm glad it's not as "sheer" as the name claims. Love it! If only it were a bit cheaper

  15. August 16, 2013 / 6:02 am

    It is something I've always wanted to try but the 'sheer' part in the title pushed me away at that price point. I don't want too sheer! But, it looks like it covers imperfections really well! I might have to try it out!


  16. August 16, 2013 / 6:55 am

    It looks like a really lovely foundation, do you find that you have to buff it in loads though? x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

  17. August 16, 2013 / 6:56 am

    It looks like a really lovely foundation, do you find that you have to buff it in loads though? x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

  18. August 16, 2013 / 7:36 am

    I really want to try this, I think if this colour suits your skin so well it might match my skin tone too!

    Annie |

  19. August 16, 2013 / 8:56 am

    Wow, that is a perfect match! I've been eyeing up this foundation for a while now! Think I may have to invest 🙂


  20. August 16, 2013 / 9:31 am

    This foundation is a favourite of mine, the only foundation I've ever used that actually matches my skin perfectly – I'm in the shade siberia too x

  21. August 16, 2013 / 10:03 am

    It's actually great that it has no SPF as foundations SPFs only give you false impression that you are protected. You would need to use at least 0,5ml at once to achieve the protection that would last a few hours only.

  22. August 16, 2013 / 11:13 am

    I've wanted to try this for ages! Did you find it hard to buff into the skin to get the desired finish? xo

  23. August 16, 2013 / 11:43 am

    I went in to get a tester of one the other week but they didn't have my colour because like you i am also very pale! I have heard really good things and when my current foundation runs out this might be my next one 🙂

    Katie xx | Katies World

  24. August 16, 2013 / 12:13 pm

    I have this, i went on the biggest mission to get it and ended up ordering it online and I've hardly used it as I hate the feeling of it on my face! I also find it's very yellow-toned so makes me look a bit ill 🙁 looks lovely on you though! x

  25. August 16, 2013 / 2:11 pm

    Good review

  26. August 16, 2013 / 2:17 pm

    I really want to try this, it's been all over the internet!

    Good post,
    Zofia xo

  27. August 16, 2013 / 2:25 pm

    Looking forward to the comparison, you do great reviews on foundation. I am thinking about the sheer matte one:)

  28. August 16, 2013 / 3:20 pm

    Love NARS Sheer Glow, pretty close to skin perfection but I have to buy two shades and mix for the perfect match.

  29. August 16, 2013 / 4:47 pm

    Ever since I saw Tanya Burr using this regularly I knew I wanted to have this but I have actually never seen a proper review on it (or searched for one, I admit) but you made me pretty sure I want one, that is more sure than I was anyways. Hopefully I'll be able to get my hand on one that matches me 🙂


  30. August 16, 2013 / 5:05 pm

    Wow, this looks really great, I've never tried a Nars foundation!

  31. August 16, 2013 / 5:23 pm

    Loads of people seem to love this and now I see why look really natural I think I might have to get on the bandwagon. I really do wish this came with a pump though for the cost it's kind of expected look forward to the comparison I think I'll hold of purchasing until the sheer matte comparison review goes up. 🙂

  32. August 16, 2013 / 5:58 pm

    I adore this foundation. I have a stock incase I ever run out and can't find it!


  33. August 16, 2013 / 6:10 pm

    I really wanna buy this foundation after watching your swatches!


  34. August 16, 2013 / 7:23 pm

    This one looks great, I hate the Sheet Matte >_<.

    Greetings from Shirayuki's Beauty.

  35. August 16, 2013 / 10:44 pm

    I love this foundation, thought i would never find anything better than my mac studio fix fluid foundation but i have and i love it!


  36. August 17, 2013 / 1:38 am

    wow can't believe the coverage, amazing!
    ill be sure to look out for this, PS if anyones got time, please check out my blog!
    you all know how it is when you're trying to get as much attention as possible for your blog haha, help a girl out 🙂 fashion beauty & lifestyle! I follow/join back.

    mwah x

  37. August 17, 2013 / 3:42 am

    I've repurchased mine, and it lasts for a REALLY long time (like almost a year, using it most days!)
    I have the shade Mont Blanc, which is a perfect match!

    Really really in love with this foundation! 🙂

  38. August 17, 2013 / 3:43 am

    I've repurchased mine, and it lasts for a REALLY long time (like almost a year, using it most days!)
    I have the shade Mont Blanc, which is a perfect match!

    Really really in love with this foundation! 🙂

  39. August 17, 2013 / 9:18 pm

    This was a really helpful review! I've been debating buying it and while I won't be purchasing it soon, it is definitely on my to get list. I love the finish and how it looks on you!
    Thanks for this post!
    Lovely Notions

  40. August 18, 2013 / 1:22 pm

    Been contemplating buying this for a while but definitely will now it looks so natural yet gives a great amount of coverage 🙂 x

  41. August 18, 2013 / 3:10 pm

    I dont know whether to buy it! I've got really really pale skin. So I don't know if Siberia will be light enough!

  42. August 18, 2013 / 9:24 pm

    Hi katie,
    I think I saw you in Romford on Saturday. You (or a lookalike) walked past me in the market but I was shy to say hello. Hope you had a good day

    (if it wasn't you, then I just look weird, ha)


    • August 19, 2013 / 8:34 am

      Hi Laura! Haha, this is so funny, yes it was me! Took the boy to experience good old Essex! You definitely should have said hi! Hope you're well xx

  43. August 19, 2013 / 4:19 am

    This is definitely my holy grail foundation. I just think that having to purchase the pump separately is a bit of a hassle! Even still, definitely going to repurchase when I finish this!

    Claire | Shining Like Silver xx

  44. August 19, 2013 / 6:37 am

    Looks great on you! The coverage looks amazing as well! Must try! 🙂

  45. August 20, 2013 / 1:16 am

    I've wanted to try a Nars foundation for the longest time but haven't been able to decide between this one and the matte.. This post has definitely given me a push towards the sheer glow! x

  46. August 21, 2013 / 3:34 pm

    Wow, this looks really great! I have a few dark patches on my face. Do you think this would work well at covering those?

  47. August 28, 2013 / 8:34 pm

    Hi Katie,

    It's funny cause yesterday, I was hesitating between the NARS Sheer Glow and the ARMANI Luminous Silk.
    I couldn't decide and as it's a bit pricy, I wanted to try it before.
    I heard very good reviews about these 2.

    But your post makes me want the NARS one now!


  48. September 19, 2013 / 12:25 pm

    I'm naturally quite pale myself – I'm currently using either Laura Merciers tinted moisturiser in Porcelain (which has an spf so it's handy for summer)or Chanels Vitalumiere Aqua as the coverage is pretty sheer, but buildable if you feel a little more!

    I might have to give this one a go as the coverage looks quite natural.

  49. January 1, 2014 / 5:18 pm

    Love your blog sweeties, great post. I've been meaning to try Nars as a brand for a while now. This sounds great. Might have to see where they sell it near me. Happy New Year xx
    Heroine In Heels

  50. January 5, 2014 / 11:26 am

    Oh wow this is amazing coverage, it doesn't even look like you are wearing any! Where can you get this?
    India xx

  51. March 22, 2014 / 10:41 pm

    Wow this looks great on you, I am so tempted to buy this but not sure whether I should go for the Nars Sheer Matte as my skin is quite oily and I have some acne scars….would love it if you reviewed the matte version soon!

    Jade xx

  52. July 29, 2014 / 6:33 pm

    It looks amazing! 🙂

  53. October 18, 2014 / 12:33 pm

    Just purchased this in this color. Liking it so far!

  54. October 29, 2014 / 7:28 am

    Your skin looks prettier after you blended the foundation. 🙂
    ~Pauline @Nars Philippines

  55. December 26, 2014 / 12:59 pm

    im scared that itll melt during the day with the oily skin even after blotting/powder. this would be a big investment

  56. January 6, 2015 / 4:06 pm

    I tried the foundation at Selfridges a couple of months ago. I like my foundation sheer and glowy so it sounded like my thing. But like you said, the coverage is not sheer and the foundation is rather mat. So for me it was a no go. Looks good on you though. But for me it did not have the expected outcome. So in the end I did not buy it and went for MAC Mineralize foundation.

  57. January 10, 2015 / 10:51 pm

    I bought this off amazon but have to send it back because its too dark. I will just purchase foundation in store until i know my shade.

  58. January 14, 2015 / 8:01 pm

    i have the exact same problem, i always have to touch up my concealer halfway through my day. Although depending on where i am thats not a problem, but i wish it was a little more longwearing than it is.

  59. January 23, 2015 / 11:19 am

    I definitely need to try this foundation out! Great review by the way 🙂 x

  60. February 25, 2016 / 11:26 am

    I like how this has coverage most of the redness on your skin without giving a feeling of being heavy.

  61. November 18, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    I've just ordered this foundation in the same shade! (hello my fellow ghost lol)Really hope it will suit my skin type and tone, too. Lovely blog, btw! 😉

  62. November 18, 2016 / 9:15 pm

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