see my foundation review here) by dabbing foundation onto my finger. The product tends to leak down the insides of the cap so that the outer neck of the bottle is always covered in foundation. It was quite messy, as you can see from the cap above. I could deal with the mess; what bothered me more was the hygiene. After several months of everyday use, my foundation caused me to break out. While I was very careful to wash my hands immediately before use, regular contact with skin is bound to promote bacterial growth. For my newest bottle of NARS Sheer Glow foundation, I invested in a foundation pump, hoping that it would extend the life of my foundation. The foundation pump works quite well. It's the same one you see on NARS foundation testers. The pump dispenses even amounts of product and eliminates mess. There is a locked position, so it is possible to pack the bottle in pump form. The only downside is that the original square cap can't fit on top of the pump and will therefore change the aesthetics of your bottle.
Overall, I think the NARS foundation pump was a worthwhile buy for me. It's a quality pump, plus it reduces mess and bacterial contamination of my foundation. I am certainly irked that I had to buy it; this kind of 'innovation' comes standard on most high end foundations, including ones that need to be shaken (e.g. MAKE UP FOR EVER Face + Body foundation). I hope NARS will seriously consider adding it to their standard packaging. It's not a stretch of imagination, and would really improve the consumer experience. Thanks for reading! Would you buy a foundation pump if it didn't come standard with your bottle?