NARS Sheer Glow is one of those products that it’s hard to find a bad word said about. Cue the thunder clap, please – until now. Yes, this is not going to be a review praising NARS Sheer Glow and it’s buildable, even coverage – NARS Sheer Glow has pissed me off. So that’s what this review will be about.
To begin though, I will explain how I came to own Sheer Glow. It had, of course, been on my wishlist for approximately forever. How could it not, with so many positive reviews in the blogosphere that frequently cite it as a ‘holy grail’ foundation? The only thing that had stopped me buying it long before was the lack of NARS counter in Coventry, meaning that I stuck to brands I could find in my local Boots and Debenhams. However, a recent trip to Leamington found me in Space NK, and here I jumped on the chance to finally buy it.
I got matched by the assistant to the shade Santa Fe, handed over my £31 and went away as happy as that twot Larry with my purchase. The following morning, I leapt (read: rolled) out of bed with excitement (read: exhausted, mild interest) to try my new foundation. The box was as sleek as I had imagined, the glass bottle was as heavy and luxurious as I had dreamed. I then removed the sumptuous, matte black lid to find…
I had of course heard of some foundation bottles not coming with the pump, and I’d actually purposely avoided such brands for that exact reason. I just think it’s so cheeky – yes I’ve turned into a mum for the day, CHEEKY – to expect customers to pay extra for a pump when they’re already spending upwards of £30 on foundation. So Rimmel can put a pump on their £5 foundation, but premium brands can’t be bothered? Reaaaally guys?
To use NARS Sheer Glow, I now have to pour some of it out onto my hand like some sort of milkmaid. Trying to get the right amount is impossible, and the bottle has become a total mess. I went into work that day ranting about it (95% of people were not bothered, shockingly), and one of my friends said that she too had experienced this, and had bought the pump. She then told me that once you have the pump, the lid then doesn’t fit on and so you have to store it without the lid and risk even more mess and general life-ruining. Oh the outrage! Oh the inhumanity!
And do you know what the worst part about all of this is, and why I really HATE NARS Sheer Glow? Because I can’t hate it at all. In the style of Julia Stiles’ speech in 10 Things I Hate About You, which concludes with her saying that mostly she hates the way she doesn’t hate Heath Ledger (not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all… sob), I really despise how brilliant this foundation is despite the annoyance of the bottle. The coverage is divine – not as full as some of my previous foundations, but totally buildable. My skin looks flawless but natural, and it never oxidises on me or looks at all cakey. And the lasting power is bloody brilliant.
I want to hate it so much because NARS are clearly money-grabbing little divs, but alas, I just can’t. I know for a fact I’ll be re-purchasing my bottle of NARS Sheer Glow Santa Fe, and that this time I’ll even pay the extra couple of quid for a pump. I’ll no doubt feel so much self-loathing as I place the order, but at least I will have beautiful skin when I shout at myself in the mirror.
Have any of you tried NARS Sheer Glow? Did you experience the same rage? Let me know in the comments (so I don’t feel so lonely and psychotic).