Nars Sheer Glow vs Nars Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

L-R: Nars Sheer Glow in Cadiz, Nars Cream Compact in Tahoe
Nars Sheer Glow & Nars Radiant Cream Compact

Nars recently released a new cream foundation, the Radiant Cream Compact Foundation. After trying this foundation for awhile I wanted to share a comparison of it and the Nars Sheer Glow foundation which I already owned. The Radiant Cream Compact is said to be a creamy version of Sheer Glow, but I’m not so sure about that. Keep reading for my thoughts and comparisons.

Packaging: Nars foundations in general, need better packaging. The cream compact foundation is very nice and sleek and designed to keep the product from drying out, but the compact itself is an extra $10. Sheer glow comes in a somewhat sleek glass bottle with no pump, but a pump can be purchased on their website for $6! What is up with that? High end foundations should have the high end packaging to go go with them, not for extra money! In this category, I will give a slight edge to the cream compact simply due to the fact that you can get the plastic compact wherever Nars is sold, so it is easily accessible. The pump can only be purchased from Nars’ boutiques or website.

L-R: Radiant Cream in Tahoe & Sheer Glow in Cadiz
L-R: Radiant Cream in Tahoe & Sheer Glow in Cadiz

Application: Sheer Glow is medium consistency for a liquid foundation, neither thick or thin. This factor allows it be be applied any way you want; brush, sponge, or fingers. I usually apply this with a flat top or round top kabuki (like the Sigma F80 or F82). No matter how I apply this, I always am able to get a smooth easy application. This foundation also blends out really well. As for the Radiant Cream, I typically apply this with a stippling brush, but it can also be applied with a sponge for heavier coverage. It is also very smooth and blendable on the skin. In my opinion, the cream foundation applies better because it is unbelievably smooth. Although it is a cream product, it is definitely very lightweight (as opposed to traditional heavier cream foundations).

Finish: With a name like Sheer Glow, you would think that this foundation is sheer and dewy, right? Well, it is not really. This foundation is not sheer in the least. It is more a medium coverage that can be built up to full. I don’t consider this an everyday foundation for me because the coverage is too heavy in my opinion. I typically wear this foundation to church or anywhere where I am a little more dressy. I don’t mind that it is not an everyday foundation, because I knew that before I purchased. When I purchased this, I was looking for something with more coverage. On the other hand, the Radiant Cream foundation is a lighter coverage that can be built up to medium. I”m sure that if you were to apply this foundation with a dry sponge, you could probably build it up to full coverage. (Click HERE to see my first impression and application of the Radiant Cream).

Both foundations leave the skin with a somewhat glowy look, but Sheer Glow is more of a satin finish, while the Radiant Cream is slightly more dewy. Another thing to note is that although Sheer Glow is a “hydrating” foundation, it can tend to accentuate dry patches on the face, whereas the Radiant Cream does not. Although I tend to get dry patches from time to time, I don’t usually have a problem with the foundation sticking to them as long as I properly moisturize prior to application. Also, primer helps to alleviate dry patch problem as well.

In this category, the Radiant Cream wins again for me.

Performance: When I wear Sheer Glow or Radiant Cream, I tend to get shiny in my t-zone after 4-5 hours of wear. This is definitely more prevalent with the Radiant Cream. If I set either of these with powder, it increases my time before I shine to about 5 hours with the Radiant Cream and probably around 6 hours with Sheer Glow. I typically don’t set Sheer Glow all over my face, but just in my t-zone. With Radiant Cream, when I set it, I do my entire face. I don’t always set either one of these foundations depending on what I have planned for the day.

Both of these foundations hold up nicely on the skin, but for me Sheer Glow lasts much longer. If I don’t set either one, I will get somewhat shiny, but my foundation will last 9+ hours with Sheer Glow. With the Radiant Cream, it will last around 6+ hours. Might I also add that at the end of the day my face looks better with Sheer Glow than with Radiant Cream.

Sheer Glow out performs Radiant Cream in the Performance category.

Price: Nars Sheer Glow retails for $44 for 1 oz of product, while the Radiant Cream Compact is $38 for 0.42 oz. The prices quoted do not include the pump for Sheer Glow or the compact for Radiant Cream. Sheer Glow is much more product for the money.

Overall, I like both of these foundations for different reasons. Sheer Glow is a heavier coverage that is good for dressy occasions, lasts all day, and doesn’t make me too matte or dewy. (Click HERE to see a video in which I am wearing Sheer Glow). On the other hand Radiant Cream is a lighter coverage that is appropriate for all types of occasions, but doesn’t last as long on the skin. I typically wear the Radiant Cream for date night. I prefer the finish of the Radiant Cream foundation over Sheer Glow upon first application, but throughout the day Sheer Glow looks better.

Bottom line, I think I like the Radiant Cream Compact Foundation slightly more than Sheer Glow, but they are really neck and neck.

What do you think? If you have tried both, which one do you prefer?


6 thoughts on “Nars Sheer Glow vs Nars Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

  1. I dislike the cream. My makeup is melting by end of work day. Patchy colors as it slides off. Super oil in t zone. And the compact doens’t last as long as the sheer glow. good review!

  2. Thanks for the review . Very helpful ! I’m new to nars foundation and I’m in love with the sheer glow ! I get so many compliments it looks like second second ! I do seem to get oily after 5 hours of wear only in my t zone . Do u use a primer before applying your foundation ? What do you set your foundation with ?

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