You know why it is so difficult for me to do a review of a tinted moisturizer or foundation? Because everyone's skin is different and we all react differently to foundations. So that being said. Let me explain my skin type, then explain the product, then explain my experience with the product and then YOU can determine if this product would be right for you.
I have oily skin. Like oily by 10:30 on a good day with powder, oily. My face gets oily all over. not just in the T-Zone, but yes. the T-Zone is the most oily of all of my face. I have very few wrinkles (YAY!) even though I am 40. I have acne, but it's mostly under control due to prescription medications. My skin is sensitive. It will turn red quickly and it will breakout if I used cosmetics or skin care with certain ingredient in it. I am pale. I'm not saying I'm fair. I'm FREAKIN lily ass white, Casper the ghost, sheet of paper pale. I would have probably been albino if I had one less freckle on my skin. Seriously. I'm white. What's even better my neck is whiter than my face! Finding a color match is difficult!
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF30/PA+++ is a tinted moisturizer that borers on being a BB cream. It comes in 9 different shades (YAY!) and is a new product from NARS.
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I posted a press release about the product HERE. The tinted moisturizer is infused with naturally derived ingredients that instantly hydrate and even skin tone. The oil-free formula obscures the appearance of lines, wrinkles, pores and other imperfections while providing a translucent veil of broad-spectrum sun protection. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer has a smooth lightweight consistency, buildable formula can be used as an alternative to foundation — or in combination with Powder Foundation for those who want more coverage and added hydration. The NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is super sheer and translucent. As a result, skin is soft and smooth to the touch. It looks natural and glowing. Almost bare, but better. Clinical studies have shown that the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer has been shown to reduce the appearance of discoloration and dark spots within just 4 weeks of regular use. Special ingredients in this product include:
Kopara - natural polysaccharides that hydrate, condition and help encourage natural cell renewal
Oceana Saffron - a plant known for its antioxidant and soothing properties
Galaxaura - a red deep-sea algae found in the islands’ lagoons that is known to be rich in calcium, vitamins A and E, and beta-carotene.
Also included in the formula: sea water and Ascorbyl Glucoside, a vitamin-C derivative that brightens and protects the skin against free-radical damage, to revitalize and re-mineralize the skin.
It also offers a high level and broad spectrum sunscreen to protect the skin from those harmful sun rays.
My Experience with the Product:
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1st off. the color match in Finland, (the lightest shade available) while it looks positively yellow against my arm is a fairly decent match for my skin. Since have a lot of red in my face the yellow base helps neutralize it. The NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is sheer, so I can blend it into my skin for almost seamless coverage.
But I'm oily, remember. Tinted Moisturizer and oily skin don't really get along very well. This was also the case here. I was just as oily with the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer as I was with any foundation I own. However. I wasn't more oily, nor did my face get oilier faster when using the NARS. I just had to remember to blot....often As I descend into decrepitude I realize that having oily skin is a blessing. I don't have as many wrinkles as those my age with dry skin. That's a plus...because I can always blot away shine, but I can't blot away wrinkles.
Using proper blotting linens will remove the oil and not much of the makeup so I must say that the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer did last a decently long time on my oily skin. Those with drier skin or more normal skin will find that the NARS will last all day on you!
I did not break out. Not one pimple, red mark, blemish, nothing. It was almost soothing for my face.
I have been using this product for almost 4 weeks I swear my skin looks better! My old acne marks are fading faster and my skin looks smoother over all. Now that could be a result of other facial treatments...however, at least I know that the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer did not make my skin worse or add to any problems I may have been having. That my darlings is a total and complete WIN!
Lastly the coverage provided by the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is amazing. You can really build it for a more opaque look. I applied this using my Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush, but I also found excellent results using my fingertips and a damp sponge. This has some versatile application techniques. I like that.
Last but not least, the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is a time saver. It has my moisturizer, treatment, sunscreen, and "foundation" all in one. That's 4 steps right there and it doesn't need a primer!
Do You NEED this? YES! This product is a great tinted moisturizer/BB Cream. It won't treat blemishes, per se, but it will not make them worse and it will, with repeated and consistent use, make the tone of your skin better! The NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is best suited for those with normal to dry skin, however those with combination skin can also wear it. Those with oily skin, well you know the drill. Your Results May Vary depending on the oil control primer you use, setting powder you use on top, and how often you blot. The NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer retails for $42 and is sold at Nordstrom and on the NARS website.
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I would also like to say Rest In Peace Marcel Nars. Marcel was François Nars' French Bulldog. He passed away on Wednesday the 22nd. Marcel was 15 years old. He lived a very long time, for being a French Bulldog, but never long enough for us. Goodbye sweet doggie. We will miss seeing you all dressed up.
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