NARS Sheer Glow vs Revlon Nearly Naked

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 I actually posted this video on my YouTube channel on Wednesday so I’ve already had some feedback and the opinions are mixed. For me these two foundations are very similar, they’re not identical and I can definitely feel/see the difference.. the NARS has the edge for sure but for the difference in price and what I’m looking for when I wear Sheer Glow I think The Nearly Naked does a damn good job.


 The picture about shows the left half of my face bare and the right with NARS Sheer Glow, the picture below shows the right half with NARS but the left with Revlon Nearly Naked.


NARS gives slightly more coverage but in the above picture you wouldn’t know I was wearing two different products, when you get to the close up (below) however you start to see why the NARS is more expensive. The coverage is definitely higher, the tone is a little nicer for my colouring and my pores aren’t as obvious.. it’s as if everything is slightly blurred/airbrushed. That being said given the different price points there’s no way I would pay so much more for the small improvements that can really only be seen close up. On my skin Revlon has NARS on wear time hands down.. it lasts at least twice as long and although the finish isn’t quite as beautiful I would definitely prefer something that’s still on my face at lunch time.


 Below I’m fully made up with one side of each and I don’t think you can see a difference. The comments I received on the video review were mixed as I said but some found the two products to be totally different. Now I’ve shown you the differences on my skin above and it may be that I’m going easy on the Revlon because it’s so much cheaper but for me that’s definitely a deciding factor. Maybe it’s not a perfect dupe but for days when I’m looking for a light (but buildable) coverage I will reach for the Nearly Naked over the Sheer Glow because it lasts longer and gives me a similar look. I’m generally not a high end foundation kinda gal though, I’m happy with my Colorstay for the most part and can’t see the appeal f spending so much on a base product however if you’re a luxe lover you may really notice the differences in Nearly Naked.. it’s subject to opinion I guess.


Another similar drugstore base is Lumi Magique from L’Oreal but that again doesn’t last all that well for me.. I would say if your skin is a little drier you might prefer it but I err on the side of oily and the Nearly Naked is just right for me. One last note for anyone who may ask.. I also absolutely LOVE the setting powder from the Nearly Naked range.. so finely milled and feels much more expensive than any other powder I’ve tried in that price bracket.. definitely would recommend you give it a go!

NARS Sheer Glow – £30.50 / Revlon Nearly Naked – £8.99

Have you tried either or better still both of these foundations? Let us know what you thought of them!

Miss BB



  1. Annette
    7 December, 2013 / 1:26 pm

    I love posts like these. Really good detailed photos and a full detailed review. I have a bit of a foundation obsession and love reading about all different kinds. I would love to see more! Thank you for that 🙂

  2. Jodie
    7 December, 2013 / 1:34 pm

    I definitely wouldn’t pay for the NARS one. I just think people have a hard neck charging £30 for a sheer foundation. If I’m paying that much money I want to look like a flipping model. Everytime I see someone on youtube saying a foundation is light to medium coverage I think, why did you bother buying it? You could have paid less than a tenner for a BB cream if that’s what you wanted. £8.99 is much more like it, that’s a price for people who don’t have more money than sense haha.

    • Cassie
      20 June, 2014 / 6:13 am

      Nars Sheer Glow, despite the name is most definitely NOT sheer (a bit glowy, not dewey). I actually found it to be more of a medium coverage. I also found a little bit goes a long long long way. I literally use 1/4 of a pump to cover my entire face for the day time, and that gives me light to medium coverage. A full pump will give you a good medium coverage. Trust me it’s a really good foundation!!! 😀

  3. 7 December, 2013 / 1:53 pm

    It’s great to see the difference next to each other and close up. I definitely think I would go for the NARS though. Such a perfect light coverage!

  4. 7 December, 2013 / 1:54 pm

    That Nars looks beautiful, but certainly not sheer at all! I wonder why that’s even in the name? I have Revlon Nearly Naked and am really happy with it, but seeing the Nars alongside it I’m more than happy to shell out on it now and give it a try. Great post x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  5. 7 December, 2013 / 6:37 pm

    I love nars sheer glow and totally worth the money, however was really nice to see a comparison with something cheaper .
    Emma x

  6. Victoria
    7 December, 2013 / 7:06 pm

    I’ve got both and prefer the Nars. The Revlon one highlights my pores a lot more than other foundations I’ve tried.
    The Nars doesn’t last amazing on its own but when I used Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot with it it is perfect, would definitely recommend the two together if you’re having trouble with getting Nars one to last.

  7. 10 December, 2013 / 9:02 pm

    The Nars Sheer Glow is my personal favorite, on you and myself!

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