Love Lace in Macao

Hey Glossies,

I finally tried NARS foundation and I purchased MAC’s Love Lace e/s.  More on the foundation later.

I do not own any color that is similar to Love Lace…the color reminds me of denim (a combination of navy blue and grey). I totally love the color and the texture.  Veluxe Pearl is my favorite MAC texture and can do no wrong. Initially, I applied Love Lace with no primer and I was pleased with color payoff.  (As long as I have used MAC, I have never sampled the e/s without a primer.)

On to the foundation. I went into a popular chain store to get matched to NARS.  The MA was pleasant.  She did not  the unthinkable, she did not remove the foundation to match my skin to the appropriate shading. I gasped and took the samples and left the store.  I thought, “Who the heck matches foundation without removing foundation? What if the customer/client is wearing the wrong shade to begin with?” Sidear: I am always telling my friends that they have to be active participants in the matching process because some MAs will not do the right thing.  I went to another chain store and tested and received samples of NARS Sheer Glow Foundation and I tried Macao, New Orleans and Benares.  The latter shades are too dark for most of my face, but New Orleans [Who Dat! ;-)] and Benares work well on the lower part of my face. Macao works well on the rest of my face.

I like the fact that NARS really understands the intricate shading of WOC, even in the descriptions. Macao is listed as Medium-dark 4-Medium-dark with deep yellow undertone, New Orleans is Medium-dark 5-Medium-dark with yellow undertone and Benares is Dark 2 – Dark with golden undertone.

I am very pleased with NARS Sheer Glow foundation, which is neither sheer nor glowy.  The coverage is good, medium buildable. Definitely feels light against skin.  When I looked at my face, I forget that I was wearing foundation…it does look quite natural.  I love it!!


  • MAC Select Cover-up – NC50
  • NARS Macao Sheer Glow Foundation
  • Prescriptives Custom Blend Foundation (Base #5)
  • Clinique Blended Face powder Transparency #5
  • Prescriptives Custom Blend Powder (Base #5)


  • Cosmedicine Medi-Matte™ Oil Control Lotion SPF 20
  • Stila Smudge Pot – Gray
  • Purely Cosmetics CTP – Slate Blue
  • MAC Love Lace e/s
  • L’Oreal HiP Duo – Platinum (Side:Black with flecks of silver glitter)
  • Smashbox Eyelights – (Peach side)
  • Shu Uemura Paint Liner – Black
  • Makeup For Ever Aqua Eyes mascara
  • Barry M Kohl Pencil – Black


  • MAC Tender Tone – Sweet Tooth
  • Revlon Matte – Cocoa Craving

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  • Cassandra April 9, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Love the look the foundation looks great on you. But I have a question was new orleans too red for the rest of your face why did you choose Macao. I really want to try this.

    • Pumps And Gloss April 9, 2010 at 6:38 PM

      @Cassandra Like many women of color, I have varying shades on my face. The upper part of my face is lighter, while near the neck is darker, plus I have black dots around the cheek and jawline areas. New Orleans would be too dark and too red for my entire face (My chest and upper facial region are similar in color), but it does work well near upper jawline and neck regions . Macao is better for the upper area of my face. I hope this helps.

  • kia February 8, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    fab review and great fotd. i’m loving my sheer matte as weell.

  • Phyllis February 2, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    Your skin is amazing!!! Do you even need foundation?!?!? Wow!

  • Kaye January 27, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    I love it. I definitely have to try the Nars foundation, now. It makes you skin look flawless and it doesn’t you have anything on.

  • MilanRouge January 26, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Beautiful! I definitely want to try that NARS foundation!

  • BIanca January 26, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    Beauiful! You skin looks great and I hate that when the people just apply the color over your foundation. Maybe she thought you were not wearing any??

    Anyways, love the eyes too. Super pretty. I passed on the LL color the first time, but might go back and see if they have the shadows left.

  • missmarisol January 25, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    Gorgeous! You look fantastic.

    Veluxe pearl are my faves!

  • Pumps And Gloss January 25, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    Thank you, ladies!! 🙂

    @skinndeepbeauty I will have to check out Armani, hopefully I can find a suitable shade.

  • skinndeepbeauty January 25, 2010 at 11:14 PM

    i’ve been trying out NARS foundation as well, but the Sheer Matte. thus far i have been pleased. i’ve also be trying out Armani foundation as well. both are FABULOUS!

  • Jam Bella January 25, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    Very pretty!! Skin looks flawless.

  • ladebelle January 25, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    this is GORGEOUS!!!!

    jeebus, mac is lucky i don’t have a damn job right now!!!

  • Sara January 25, 2010 at 10:24 PM

    so pretty! I love blue on you and your complextion is gorgeous! Yes Nars should be my next foundation lol!