08/01/2013 11:53 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation Makes Wearing Makeup In The Summer Possible

Even though I'm a beauty editor, I've never been the type to leave the house wearing a full face of makeup. That requires waking up early to get it done and staying up late to wash it all off. So I usually keep it simple with just a few swipes of lipstick. And I couldn't imagine putting on any type of cover-up in this heat until I tried NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation.

This new beauty product combines the best of both worlds: the smooth finish of a cream foundation with the lightweight coverage of a liquid foundation. It also comes in an array of shades, including deeper and richer tones for women of color. Finding my perfect match (which happened to be New Guinea, thanks to laying out in the sun this summer) wasn't difficult at all.

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NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation, $38, Available at Sephora, and

I used the small white sponge that came with the NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation to apply the makeup. Working my way outwards from the inner parts of my face, I liked how the product glided onto my skin without caking up. It sets super fast, so I had to be mindful of how much coverage I wanted to build.

After achieving a natural-looking finish, I wanted to touch my face just to see if it would end up on my fingers and god knows where else. But it didn't budge. In fact, my foundation remained intact as I braved temps in the upper 80s. Bring it, August!

Rating: 5 out of 5. Time to make space in my makeup bag.

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