This is a first look at Nars new Radiant Cream Compact Foundation ($38 each). According to the company:
This lightweight formula combines the supple feel of a cream foundation with the weightless coverage of liquid makeup for a truly glowing complexion. Enriched with the NARS exclusive Advanced Emulsion Technology, the velvety cream formula blends seamlessly and uniquely allows for the modern artistic versatility of a wet or dry application. The buildable formula delivers medium to full coverage and sets in seconds, leaving sk in soft, smooth, and glowing — all with the ease of a portable compact.
The compact is slim, sturdy and packable. There’s a lovely large mirror (perfect for touchups). The version I received has an empty well to hold the color, and a separate well for a sponge (with air vents for drying):
Here’s how the color goes in with the accompanying sponge:
The color was quite easy to place in the well, and it seems to be well-designed so that it won’t slip out until you want it too.
There’s a very nice range of 20 shades (click to enlarge):
A first range of swatches:
The shade descriptions:
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 (NEW): Medium with pink undertone
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 ORL EANS: Dark with yellow undertone
BENARES: Dark with golden undertone
KHARTOUM: Dark with espresso undertone
I’m still testing the foundation. In the meantime, some of you may wish to start exploring this as it hits counters. I’ll post several swatch pictures, below, so that you can see the colors in different light.
And one more:
As I said earlier, I’m still working with these and hope to post an update by the end of the week. If you have questions, or need some close-up comparisons, please leave your requests in the comments and I’ll do my best. In the meantime, I’m pleased that Cafe Makeup has so much for you to see over the next several days.
UPDATE/EDIT: My thoughts on the foundation are linked here.
These samples were sent without charge to Cafe Makeup for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup)