NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation was one of those fashion week backstage previews we caught glimpses of and was used in many of the Fall 2013 shows. It finally launches on August 1st.
NARS calls Radiant Cream a foundation that "combines the supple feel of a cream foundation with the weightless feel of a liquid".
The foundation does have a wonderful feel to it on skin. It's light, not heavy or greasy on skin yet is creamy and lightly hydrating. It sets quickly, but is blendable/buildable and is not overly dewy but not at all matte. It's in the middle.
The coverage here , to me, was on the light side. I prefer medium to full coverage so while I loved the formula the coverage wasn't enough for me, even though NARS calls it medium to full. Now to show everyone's skin is different contrast that to the Mom, who after trying it said that it was really, really nice , smoothed her skin and thought it had good coverage. So there you go. I do agree that it makes skin look good. A little brightened, a little more even.
Radiant Cream Compact is easy to work with and unusually for a cream foundation can be used wet or dry. In trying it both wet and dry I didn't notice too much difference in coverage , maybe a little less when used wet.
Ingredients vary slightly from shade to shade NARS tells me but I have the ingredients for Deauville here, which should be indicative of most of the colors.
INGREDIENTS: DIMETHICONE • AQUA (WATER) • HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE • DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL • GLYCERIN • DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER • PARAFFIN • NYLON-12 • PEG-400 • PEG-10 DIMETHICONE • CERA MICROCRISTALLINA (MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX) • SORBITAN SESQUIISOSTEARATE • SODIUM HYALURONATE • SODIUM HYALURONATE CROSSPOLYMER • PHENOXYETHANOL • ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE • CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE • POLYSILICONE-2 • DISTEARYLDIMONIUM CHLORIDE • CERAMIDE 3 • PALMITIC ACID • PENTYLENE GLYCOL • TIN OXIDE • TOCOPHEROL • TOCOPHERYL ACETATE • ASCORBIC ACID • RETINYL PALMITATE • MARIS AQUA (SEA WATER) • SPILANTHES ACMELLA (SPILANTHES ACMELLA FLOWER EXTRACT) • ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN • BARIUM SULFATE • DEHYDROACETIC ACID • ALGAE (ALGAE EXTRACT) • ALUMINA • POTASSIUM SORBATE • CITRIC ACID • BENZYL ALCOHOL • [+/- (MAY CONTAIN): MICA • CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE) • CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES) • CI 77492 (IRON OXIDES) • CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES)]
Available on Aug. 1st for $ 38 at Sephora and NARS online. Sept. 1st at NARS counters.