Nars Sheer Glow Foundation VS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

By Gwendolyn Me - July 15, 2021

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation and the Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation have been the top foundation, and many have been in confusion and dilemma between both. A question I get a lot is, "what's the difference between both foundations?" 

Both products have different packaging, and while the Nars Sheer Glow foundation has been a cult and all-time favourite of many people, the Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation has been to go-to grab and choice of some as well.  

To summarise each product; 

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

A foundation that is buildable to enhance your skin while giving you a natural glow. It is buildable to cover your acne, scars, redness and everything you need, but it's also light enough to let your natural glow shine. Confusing, isn't it. You have to try to understand what I mean. 

It sets into a semi-matte finish, and while the product is called "Sheer-Glow", it technically isn't sheer at all. This foundation could be a light, medium or full coverage depending on your application. 

After a 12 hour wear, the foundation is still on my face, and it isn't transferring, gliding/sliding, patchy, and oils aren't shining through. Of course, your skincare, primer and how you set your makeup makes a difference. 

It comes in 40 shades (Note; not all places might carry them all), and I have not met anyone who could not find a shade match. 

The shade I'm using: Light 1 Siberia, and it's a perfect match. 

Key Ingredients: 

  1. Glycerin - maintains skin moisture level to prevent dryness and dehydration 
  1. Vitamin C - Brightens skin and evens out skin tone 

Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation 

A foundation that is medium-full but delivers a natural, long-wearing fade resistance. It is buildable to full coverage for those who want a heavier coverage 

It sets to a matte finish that looks natural. The product's name is called "Longwear", and it is designed to wear up to 16 hours. With this, your skin type does make a difference. If you are an oily skin type, you would have to prime and set your face with the right product to achieve its 16-hour wear. 

It comes in 34 shades (Note; not all places might have them in stock) 

The shade I'm using: Light 0 - Siberia 

Key Ingredients: 

  1. Raspberry Extract: Stop premature ageing and fights free radicals
  1. Apple Extract: Helps skin appear brighter and smoother
  1. Watermelon Extract: Promotes Hydration
  • They don't oxidise too much; hence I don't look like Oompa Loompa 
  • They've got plenty of shades for everyone (well, to be precise, the pale, fair, medium and tanned skin are covered. I can't speak for the dark skin tones) 
  • A little goes a long way
  • The application is easy and smooth 
  • My sensitive skin don't react to them. 

Note: The Nars Sheer Glow Foundation does not come with a pump. It is sold separately 


Both foundation while it is to enhance your skin and complexion, they do have a slight difference. 

In my words, Nars Sheer Glow foundation is much lighter, and you don't feel it on your skin, whereas the Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation is much thicker. 

Nars Sheer Glow is perfect for every day if you would like to cover some imperfection or even out your skin tone or generally have a better complexion. Whereas Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation is for those who would like full coverage or oily skin, nothing works out, and you prefer not to blot and set your skin. 

In terms of application, Nars Sheer Glow is a much easier way to apply. I apply with a wet sponge. Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation sets pretty quickly, so you have to work fast, and it is harder to buff and blend with a brush, but a wet sponge works fine. 


What I love about Nars foundations in general;

They're both priced very similarly 

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation - $71 (Pump sold separately for $6) - Available at Mecca 

Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation - $75 - Available at Mecca

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