NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation Review

This blog post is about the new NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation, Soft Matte Concealer, and NARS Climax Extreme Mascara.

NARS soft matte complete foundation review
NARS climax extreme mascara
NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer
NARS soft matte complete foundation
NARS climax extreme mascara
NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer
NARS soft matte complete foundation
NARS climax extreme mascara
NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer
NARS soft matte complete foundation
NARS climax extreme mascara
NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer
NARS soft matte complete foundation
NARS climax extreme mascara
NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer
NARS soft matte complete foundation
NARS soft matte complete foundation review

I have been a long time fan of NARS complexion products, therefore I was excited to receive the new NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation available now at Sephora. Gifted with the new foundation, I also received the soft matte concealer. They have recently extended the shade range. I also have the new NARS Climax Extreme Mascara to test. Watch my first impression review on YouTube.  Now after testing a full week, here are my updated thoughts in today's post. 

NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation

S what makes this foundation different from other NARS foundations? Here are the details via sephora.com

What it is: A 16-hour, oxidation-resistant foundation that balances oil while maintaining a hydrated, skin-like finish. Protects from pollution and blue light.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Matte

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients:

Micro-Algae and Bio Hyaluronic Acid: Help absorb excess sebum.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. This product is also vegan and gluten-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Discover comfortable, 16-hour wear. Oxidation-resistant. Transfer-resistant. Sweat-proof. Micro-algae and Bio Hyaluronic Acid balance excess sebum while keeping skin hydrated and help protect skin from pollution and blue-light damage. Unique oil-absorbing powders create a smooth, second-skin finish.

 

The New Foundation Review

After testing this foundation for a full week, it is definitely long-wearing. It does not oxidize, but tends to run a shade deeper than other NARS foundations, therefore if you are in between shades, I recommend going a shade lighter. 

Definitely a full coverage foundation in my book, but I love how lightweight it is on the skin. Because of the versatility of the formula, you can sheer it out or build it up to its full potential. 

My favorite part of the new NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation is that it’s mask resistant. Being mask resistant, you can trust your makeup will look great after wearing a mask all day or after a long day. 

I like that it’s resistant vs. proof because honestly anything that won’t transfer at all scares me to put on my face all day. You want your makeup to come off. 

Bonus the foundation is retail at $40 which is a fair price for NARS and comparable to other foundations in the mid to luxury range.

NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation review Serein Wu
NARS soft matte complete foundation review Serein Wu

NARS Soft Matte Concealer

I also received the NARS Soft Matte Concealer which has extended it’s shade range. This was the first time I’ve tested the concealer. It’s a really good, pigmented, full coverage concealer. Like the NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation, both do not need to be set with powder. The cool thing is when formulating the products, they mixed in powder! 

My recommendation is to reserve this concealer for the face versus using as an under-eye. It was just a bit too heavy for my under-eyes and I can see it being too much for most. For under-eyes I recommend NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. 

NARS climax extreme mascara review

NARS Climax Extreme Mascara

As a fan of the original NARS Climax mascara, I was excited to try the new extreme version. This mascara does a good job of adding volume and thickness in one coat. You can see it’s full potential in volume after 2 to 3 coats, however it can a become clumpy quickly. 

Didn’t have any issues with it running or smudging. Also enjoyed the deep inky black pigment. 

All products were gifted for consideration. This post is not sponsored or affiliated with NARS. Read more about my disclaimer and disclosures here

NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation First Impressions

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