Jul 292013

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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):

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Here’s how the color goes in with the accompanying sponge:

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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.

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There’s a very nice range of 20 shades (click to enlarge):

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A first range of swatches:

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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.

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And one more:

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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.

Currently available here at Nordstrom, Sephora, and also on Nars Cosmetics online.

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)

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  19 Responses to “First Look: Nars Radiant Cream Compact Foundation with Swatches”

  1. That’s what I call a nice shade range!

  2. Thank you for this utterly pristine set of swatches!! I have been patiently awaiting this release (my pursuit of foundation is tireless!) and can’t wait to hear your official thoughts on the formula later on this week. May have to pick up Fiji this week (I heard that some Sephora stores already have them in stock). I am surprised by how close in shade Fiji, Ceylon, Punjab and Santa Fe look…do you think this formula runs a bit light?

    XOXO and Happy Monday!

    • I was matched with the shade Punjab . And the color looks a lot darker in the pan than on your face.

  3. Ooo so many shades! The compact looks a little small, but I love the packaging. Can’t wait for the full review 🙂

  4. Wow! 20 shades is quite impressive. I’d be curious to know the ingredients.

  5. How do the shades compare to their counterparts in other NARS foundations?

  6. Amazing shade range! Can’t wait to hear how the formula works for you!

  7. I’m really looking forward to hearing your feedback on the product itself. The packaging looks great. Are they sold as refills or all as one? I think it’d be a great feature if they were available as refills! A nice full shade range, too!

  8. Thank you for the swatches! Could I request the ingredient list for sensitive skinned folks like me?

  9. Thank you so much for swatching ALL 20 shades:) Please let us know if these are more suitable for dry skin.

  10. That’s really interesting how they label some shades as specific to Asian skintones. I wonder how accurate it is?

  11. Thank you for posting these! I was able to try them at Sephora on Sunday and while I thought I could go with either Fiji or Santa Fe, I wanted to wait to see how they wear before buying. Very rare restraint for me, though its possible I may cave tomorrow – LOL. I felt they were VERY creamy in the pan (as in, the sponge I used picked up a lot of product very easily) but they also went on very smoothly and the little bit I tried seemed to wear well. Since I only put it on my cheek and the curve of my jaw, no idea how it will wear on oilier areas, though. Looking forward to your review.

  12. NARS has some of the best shade-match for my skintone but I always regret the formulation of their foundations. Let’s hope this one does not disappoint (I have dry skin)

  13. Hi Amy,

    Totally gorgeous swatches! I’ve been waiting at the edge of my seat for a review of the NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundations ever since I caught wind. Loving the look of Vallouris as I match Santa Fe in the summer — glad they went with a slightly pinker tone! Dovey 🙂

  14. I can’t decide if I like the packaging or if I’m annoyed by it. A part of me feels like they should’ve just put it in a regular compact, like the Cover Fx, ya know? I’ll admit, it also annoys me that their liquid foundations don’t come with a pump (you can’t even buy the pump at Sephora!). I mean, what’s up with that??

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