Lumene Natural Glow Foundation – honest review

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Lumene’s Natural Glow Foundation is one of their most popular products and for a good reason: it’s an affordable foundation that evens out the complexion leaving – as promised – a beautiful glow on the face.

I love foundations, but I’m quite picky on them. Several boxes need to be checked for me for them to make it on my beauty blog. However, I have reached for Lumene’s foundation so many times now, I have to admit: I do love this foundation. I’m a busy bee nowadays and my makeup needs to happen fast. This I can just apply with my fingers so it saves me time and effort.

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Lumene Natural Glow Foundation review

Lumene is a Finnish brand that all Finns know. I would think most women at least have used a product from them. It’s funny, but I feel a sense of pride every time I see Lumene mentioned in a review or in a video abroad.

Three out of four makeup customers of mine bring a bottle of Lumene foundation with them. Several of my friends have said they wear this particular foundation. To be perfectly honest – for me it wasn’t love at first sight with this foundation. I’m pretty sure my skincare products at the time didn’t mix that well with some ingredients, because I couldn’t make it work. But then one day I tried it again and I was amazed.

And now I use it too.

Natural-looking foundation, that gives glow

What I like most about this foundation is the gorgeous packaging, easy-to-apply consistency and a natural look and feel on the skin. Most of the time I apply it with my fingers, but it also works with a beautyblender. Brush I rarely use, just out of habit.

The foundation evens out my complexion by hiding small imperfections or redness – yet it’s glowy and light enough so that my skin still looks like my skin. The texture is smooth, creamy and buildable. Though I don’t think you need that much product, because a little goes a long way with this one.

My shade is 1.5 fair, which I would describe as quite neutral. It has more red than most of my foundations, but not so much I can’t use it. Usually I prefer yellow-based shades, because those disappear into my skin best.

As to the longevity, I think this foundation performs just fine. It lasts a regular day with me. At the end of the day I might shine a little bit more, but there’s powder for that. Anyway, I’ve always thought that foundation can and should live a little on the skin. That’s also why I prefer natural-looking foundations – it looks great even if it wears out a bit. With a full coverage matte foundation however – you notice easier if it starts to wear off.

lumene natural glow foundation review

All in all, a lovely foundation

The only minor aspect I would change on the product is its scent. It’s not particularly strong, nor unpleasant, but it’s something I notice. I should mention, though, that I rarely use perfumes. Most of my skincare products are either unscented or have natural scents that evaporate quickly, so I’m more accustomed to those. Nevertheless, I continue to use this foundation because it’s great. Plus, its application is just as swift on my skin as tinted moisturizers, which I happen to adore as well.

But since I’m on the subject of perfumes and scents. In a perfect world, everything would just smell like vanilla. I love vanilla.

lumene natural glow foundation review

All in all, this is a lovely foundation and I understand why so many love it.

Have you tried this foundation? 

*Lumene Natural Glow foundation (
*Lumene Natural Glow foundation (


P.S. If you’re interested in the brand, I have also tried some of Lumene’s skincare products!


My skin, but in a bottle – NARS Sheer Glow Foundation review

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation Review



NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is just what the name implies, but also much more (at least to a foundation fanatic). It’s a medium-coverage foundation that gives a subtle glow to the skin, making your skin look like skin. I like to think of it as my skin, but in a bottle. You know, if my skin had even texture, it was smoother and not as oily. My skin, but better.

This foundation is a classic, which deserves a gold medal in my books. Here’s my review with before & after photos!

Nars sheer glow foundation review

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation review

*Sheer Glow foundation has sheer, yet buildable coverage. I feel like it’s impossible to create a cakey mask with this one. Since it leaves a bit of a glow on the skin and reflects light, it looks more natural on the skin than a matte foundation. (That said, there are also matte foundations that reflect light, making them look beautiful – if you’re more oily you might want to check out my review on Clarins Everlasting Foundation or Estee Lauder Double Wear.)

The foundation doesn’t contain alcohol or fragrance, which is great, because those two ingredients tend to be not so great if your skin is sensitive. It’s also oil-free and non-comedogenic, making it suitable also for combination skin. Ingredients include glycerin, vitamin C and turmeric extract. These hydrate, brighten and even out the skin tone.

Natural looking skin Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

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My skin type is combination, meaning I get a bit oily in my T-zone. I still love a glowy foundation and I’m so happy I found this one! It gives me just enough glow, without making me look like a greasy mess. So when it comes to the longevity, it lasts pretty well throughout the day. Obviously I’m quite glowy at the end of the day, but it’s nothing too crazy. I can always fix it by absorbing excess oils with powdered papers.

Quite often I leave it without powder, but applying a light layer of powder to set the foundation also helps to keep it in check longer. If you’re using a qood quality powder, it doesn’t ruin the radiance. My recommendation is *Laura Mercier’s loose translucent powder.

Before & After Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab (Medium 1)

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation Punjab Before After
Before & after NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (Punjab) & Radiant Creamy Concealers (Custard, Vanilla)

Before After Nars Sheer Glow Foundation Punjab

The shade that I have is Punjab. Right now it’s slightly darker than my skin, but I usually use self-tan and then it fits me perfectly. And that said, you can still see how easy it is to blend to look good, even with a slightly darker shade.
There’s great shade descriptions on Sephora (just follow the foundation link), so it’s quite easy to find your match.

I love to apply this foundation either with a damp beautyblender or a brush. It works either way. The consistency of the foundation is very lightweight, making it easy to apply and blend on the skin. For this post, I used a beautyblender. I didn’t use powder, so you can see the beautiful finish it leaves on the skin.

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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation review & my NARS favorites

All in all, I really love this foundation. NARS really seems to know its base products. I’ve been using their Radiant Creamy Concealer for years and just haven’t found anything that beats that. I also used those concealers in the makeup here.

Note – this foundation doesn’t come with a pump. You could use the foundation without the pump, but it does make it easier to use, so I would recommend buying that. It costs $6, which I think is fine for a great foundation like this.

Shop the foundation:

*NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
*NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Pump


And when it comes to the rest of my makeup, here’s the details.

Makeup details:

*NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
*Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol 1 (the best purple palette I own)
*Benefit 24HR Brow Setter Gel (the best brow gel ever, check out my review)
Milani Baked Blush, Delizioso Pink
Clarins Natural Lip Perfector 5

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