NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (Barcelona) : Review, Swatches


NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (Product Claims) Full, natural-looking coverage with unexpectedly weightless, 16-hour wear. Highly pigmented and perfectly balanced, this breakthrough formula builds and blends effortlessly with just one drop—the result of exclusive innovation uniquely designed to deliver long-wearing full coverage, weightlessly. Shake, pump and blend in sections for complete coverage that’s completely natural looking.

Even Tone Technology is designed to instantly neutralize redness and dullness, while working long-term to reduce the appearance of discoloration for more even, uniform skin. Gold and green pigments in a perfect 4-to-1 ratio optically manipulate how light reflects off skin’s surface, evening the complexion for instant luminosity. Green pigments negate redness on contact, while gold combats dullness.

Price : $48 (5800 JPY + tax) for 30 ml



NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (Barcelona)

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (Barcelona)





NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review

The NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is the newest foundation offering from NARS and my first foundation from the brand. I picked up the shade Barcelona which seemed a good match for my medium complexion with its golden undertones. I am close to MAC NC37-40 in Studio Fix Fluid and C4 in Face & Body. I tried 2 other shades – Stromboli and Syracuse but they were either too olive or too reddish for my skin. Barcelona is a smidgen darker and warmer than my face but it works as it matches my neck pretty well!


Packaging : The foundation comes in a frosted square bottom glass bottle fitted with a pump. I like the velvety feel of the black cap and the look of the packaging in general. It looks classy, feels heavy and sturdy and pumps are always convenient and quite frankly, essential when you are working with a runny formula. The only downside is that the rubberized material on the cap has a way of attracting dust and fingerprints.


Consistency and Finish : The foundation has a thin, runny texture. Make sure to shake the bottle well before use as it seems to activate the foundation. Without the shaking and mixing, the foundation comes out much thicker. A kabuki brush or a buffing brush works well with this consistency as does a beauty blender. The foundation is very dewy when you apply it but within half a minute, it starts to settle down to a more matte finish. If you have dry or flaky patches, this can highlight those. Smooth, moisturized skin is a MUST when using this foundation. The resulting finish after application is satin matte but it does manage to give a soft luminosity to the skin. I’ve looked closely and it doesn’t contain any shimmer or pearl particles so the “luminous” part comes off quite natural. As far as the “weightless” part goes, a little bit of product covers up very well so you don’t need to apply much for a flawless look. And with just a little product on your face, the skin doesn’t feel weighed down and caked up in product.



NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (Barcelona)

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (Barcelona)



Coverage and Longevity : The foundation is highly pigmented with medium-high coverage in one layer and you can build it up to get full coverage. You need to be cautious while building up the foundation because its very pigmented and a little bit goes a long way! It covers up redness, blemishes and areas of pigmentation really well giving a very clean and flawless look to the face. I set the foundation lightly with a loose powder like the Clinique Blended Face Powder and it stays really well throughout the day. I do need some blotting and touch ups on the T-zone (which is quite oily) but apart from that, it stays well without breaking down with oil. I would definitely slot this as a long wearing foundation. Its not however 100% transfer resistant and can transfer to phone etc. in high heat/humidity conditions.


The GOOD : Very pigmented formula, high coverage without looking heavy, gives a natural look with a soft luminous matte finish, looks skin-like, works well for oilier skin.

The NOT-SO-GOOD : Doesn’t apply smoothly on dry patches, can look uneven on very textured skin, sets quickly, can transfer a bit, expensive.



NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (Barcelona)

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (Barcelona)



Overall Thoughts : It has its quirks as far as application goes but despite those, this is a really good foundation! Its expensive but a little bit goes a long way and the highly pigmented formula covers imperfections beautifully while giving a soft luminous matte finish to the skin. The foundation does stay on quite well for 8-10 hours on my combination skin (though T-zone needs blotting halfway through the day) and its something I wouldn’t hesitate to wear in the summer. I love the glass packaging which comes fitted with a pump – really essential for very runny foundations like this one. The foundation is fragrance-free and comes in a wide range of 20 shades. I wouldn’t recommend this for dry skinned ladies as it can be tricky on dry skin but normal to oily skin types looking for a natural looking, high coverage, long lasting foundation can check this out!

Rating : 4/5 



NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (Barcelona)

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (Barcelona)


NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (Barcelona) Swatch

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (Barcelona) Swatch


NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (Barcelona) Swatch

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (Barcelona) Swatch


NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (Barcelona) Swatch

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (Barcelona) Swatch



Wearing NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Barcelona below –


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Aishwarya Rai Cannes 2015 Red Lips Makeup Tutorial


Grey Eyes with Nude Pink Lips

Grey Eyes with Nude Pink Lips


Burgundy Smoky Eyes, Pink Lips

Burgundy Smoky Eyes, Pink Lips






  1. Joo
    May 27, 2015 / 3:19 pm

    Thanks alot for reviewing this foundation i was looking for it.. 😉

  2. Joo
    May 27, 2015 / 3:21 pm

    the major points for me are non availability in india & price factor very expensive.. but overall the foundation is very good .. looking flawless on you…

  3. ritika
    May 27, 2015 / 3:28 pm

    very nice one for oily skin people as u said….so can u tell where can I buy it in India.

    • May 27, 2015 / 4:08 pm

      Sorry NARS doesn't retail in India. You'll have to get it from outside, if you have friends or relatives abroad they could help you out.

  4. madhusinha
    May 27, 2015 / 4:17 pm

    Flawless foundation looks very grt on u.ny online sites that sell the product and ship to india??

    • May 27, 2015 / 5:34 pm sells some NARS but I don't know if they have this foundation.

  5. May 27, 2015 / 4:31 pm

    Oh wow this looks flawless on you! I am not one for all matte though thanks to my dry combo skin!

  6. May 27, 2015 / 4:58 pm

    Thanks Ankit for the review. I was on fence with this one. I always refer to your review and shade as it fits me perfectly.

  7. May 27, 2015 / 5:34 pm

    I have dry skin so not for me …but great review as always 🙂

  8. May 27, 2015 / 6:55 pm

    i am definitely getting this one! looks beautiful!

  9. reena
    May 27, 2015 / 7:46 pm

    Any indian equivalents?

  10. May 27, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    u r looiking great
    i love this foundation 🙂

  11. May 27, 2015 / 8:13 pm

    Loved the natural finish of this, great option for oily skin 🙂

  12. aamir.saba84
    May 28, 2015 / 12:45 am

    one of the most awaited review…and a good one too..I have heard a lot of hype about Mars foundation ranges…the pictures show that the foundation is quite good in terms of yellow undertones and flawless coverage it delivers, but same time, it seems to tricky to be applied perfectly..
    can u please review the loreal infallible 24 HR stay foundation…the new range of loreal infallible!!! waiting desperately for the review..

  13. May 28, 2015 / 3:41 am

    I really liked the glow it gave to your skin best for special occasions… A little expensive for me but I guess its worth splurging on base products especially foundation and concealer/corrector…

  14. Amala
    May 28, 2015 / 5:36 am

    Hi Ankita,
    It looks like the foundation is more pink based.Is it possible that it may look ashy?does it accentuate the pores?

  15. May 28, 2015 / 11:09 am

    It matches your skintone so nicely. thanks for such a detailed review..I have dry skin except for my T zone. So i will skip this..

  16. Ayushi
    May 28, 2015 / 11:26 am

    Hi Ankita I tried this foundation after seeing you using it in your videos, I quite like it 🙂
    I have always wondered which equipment do you use to photograph the products they always look amazing.
    Hope you’ll reply :-*

    • May 28, 2015 / 12:16 pm

      Glad you like the foundation Ayushi! I use a Sony A-65 for photos and natural lighting (mostly).

  17. May 28, 2015 / 12:52 pm

    Nice review, I have dry skin so may skip this though!

  18. Amala
    May 28, 2015 / 8:27 pm

    Hi Ankita,
    The the foundation appears more peachbased.Would it look ashy on more warmer skin tones than yours?does it accentuate the pores? Love the review.been waiting:)…thanks

    • May 28, 2015 / 8:45 pm

      Hi Amala, its quite yellow/ochre in terms of undertones. If you have olive or red undertones, try Stromboli or Syracuse. It doesn't accentuate pores as long as you moisturize well before application.

      • amala
        May 29, 2015 / 7:08 am

        thanq so much…would surely give it a try.

  19. May 29, 2015 / 11:13 am

    Ankita I have dry skin..what are your thoughts on NARS Sheer Glow Foundation?

    • May 29, 2015 / 12:34 pm

      I haven't tried it but I've heard it works well on dry skin. I would recommend the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation for dry skin!

  20. Kkanchan
    June 3, 2015 / 3:24 pm

    Which pink lipstick is it? Really nice!

  21. July 10, 2015 / 4:42 pm

    I have seen your youtube makeup tutorials and you use this foundation. It suits you so well. Love the effect, coverage, glow. On my list. Thanks fir introducing this one.

  22. apeksha
    July 30, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    Like the glow it provides to your skin. Sounds great.

  23. April 5, 2016 / 10:16 am

    Hi Ankita, between Estee Lauder double wear foundation and Nars luminous weightless foundation, which one is better in your opinion?


    • Ankita Srivastava
      April 5, 2016 / 1:47 pm

      I prefer the Estee Lauder Double Wear.

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