Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

This tinted moisturizer has become one of my best finds. The thing about tinted moisturizer is that I've never really used it. I go through phases with foundations, from liquid to powder to compacts. And then back to liquid again. But I guess I never really tried tinted moisturizers because I always felt I needed more coverage. Now I have this great alternative for when I don't need all that coverage.

I got a sample of this product in a gwp. Once I used it all up I knew I had to purchase the full size bottle. 

Here's Nars description:
Your skin - almost bare, but better. This advanced, oil-free formula provides a translucent veil of color and sun protection while helping to reduce the appearance of hyper pigmentation and dark spots in just four weeks. Infused with lush, naturally derived botanicals and ingredients to immediately help thirsty skin feel hydrated. Kopara from French Polynesia and mineral rich seawater revive and re-mineralize skin for a softer, smoother, and brighter natural glow. Skin is transported.
  • Advanced sun protection
  • Hydrates and helps reduce the appearance of hyper pigmentation and dark spots fora  brighter natural glow
  • Oil-free. Dermatologist tested. Non-comedogenic. Synthetic fragrance free. 
It is also formulated without:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan 

Thank goodness most cosmetic companies are formulating their products without all those toxic chemicals. I've been really wanting to go the all-natural-eco-friendly product route, but I guess the mostly non-toxic products will have to do for now. I'll try harder I swear.

I love that it has properties that help with hyper pigmentation and dark spots.

And ingredients from French Polynesia on my face, yes please!

I also love the fact that it has an spf of 30+++. The three +'s means it is the highest form of spf protection. It is usually recommended to use an spf of at least two ++. 

As far as wear, this product does manage to stay on for at least 8+ hours. I believe there was slight fading after that, but slight is the key word. The coverage is light but works wonders evening out my skin tone. Now if you are oily I would suggest having some blotters or powder in hand because the shine on my forehead did creep up after a while. And I have a combination skin where only my nose and forehead get oily. The rest of my skin is on the dry side.

And I'm glad to say the dry side did not show any signs of caking or powdering of any sort. I guess since it is a tinted moisturizer why would it. Caking is the one problem I have not found a solution to with any foundation. I don't know if I'm putting on too much foundation or using the wrong method to apply it but no matter how good it is, at the end of the day you can clearly see the foundation applied on my face. 

So my search for the perfect foundation still remains but for the mean time I'll be using this tinted moisturizer as a happy substitute

Here is some swatches:
This product comes in 9 shades and even though I usually lean towards the medium skin tone, for some reason I match Alaska which is the second lightest shade Nars offers. I'm sure I also fit the next shade up which is St. Moritz but I find that since the color oxidizes I tend to go for the lighter shade. And I've gotten a few compliments here and there how you can't even tell I'm wearing any sort of color on my face. =D

Wow. What a long winded post huh? This product retails for $42 and can found at Sephora and Nordstrom.


  1. I'm really keen to try this product, I haven't really tried out a tinted moisturiser but this one seems like it would be a great buy offering fairly good coverage. It's too bad NARS is ridiculously expensive here in Australia, though I guess it's not exactly cheap in the US either. I agree with your point about caking - I have experienced that was well with foundations, though some are better than others. I think the most you can do is apply thin layers and really buff it into the skin with a good brush, and moisturise beforehand so your skin is prepped well. And to switch products up every now and then, which it seems you already do :)

    1. yah, it's probably because i haven't found the right method to apply foundation yet. but i'm crossing my fingers that ONE day i'll be able to find my hg foundation (a beauty crazed's dream). lol.

  2. I've heard amazing things about this tinted moisturizer. I should definitely get a sample the next time I'm in Sephora :).

    1. yes, i def recommend this to everyone to try it out. it's a really fantastic product!


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