Skin Smoothing Face Prep
Housed in a small black jar is this specialty makeup product that technically functions like a foundation primer, yet NARS insists it should be applied in addition to one of their primers (and then foundation, concealer, powder, etc.). Do you need both steps? No. Skin Smoothing Face Prep is a silicone-based, fragrance-free formula with a thick, spackle-like texture that liquefies on skin, spreading easily and feeling much lighter than you might suspect.
Its best traits are that it (temporarily) diffuses the appearance of wrinkles and large pores, creating a very smooth canvas upon which to apply makeup (and, as mentioned, you don’t need to follow with a separate foundation primer). Skin Smoothing Face Prep is best for normal to oily skin but due to its wax content could be potentially problematic for breakout-prone skin. This is an intriguing product worth an audition if you’re finding your foundation isn’t going on as smoothly as you’d like or if it tends to emphasize pores and wrinkles.
Note: the jar packaging is not a problem for this product. It contains only a tiny amount of a light- or air-sensitive ingredient (vitamin E) and in terms of hygiene, its waterless formula has minimal ability to support bacterial growth.
Skin Smoothing Face Prep prepares skin for a flawless makeup application. Ideal for trouble spots (fine lines, large pores, rough spots, and other imperfections), this formula creates a smoother and more even canvas. It creates a perfectly matte finish that leaves skin feeling comfortable, not dry.
Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.
Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining attention with vibrant, deeply pigmented colors, sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqu shade names.
As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengthsit reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If youre a fan of bold colors, youll find them here, and the brand offers consistently impressive foundations and concealers. NARS consistently impresses when it comes to offering a wide range of shades to suit nearly any skin tone.
Where NARS often falls short is in the amount of fragrance added to many of their skincare formulas. In some cases, the amount and specific fragrance ingredients chosen outweigh the potential benefits, so be sure to double check their review before buying. Overall, NARS offers a lot to love, and if you dont mind splurging a bit (as their prices can be on the spendy side) there are quite a few makeup picks that come with our highest recommendations.
Strengths: Superior foundations and foundation shade options; excellent blushes; splurge-worthy lipsticks; beautiful bronzers and consistently impressive color products.
Weaknesses: Can be expensive; a few skincare formulas contain high amounts of fragrance.
For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.
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