Tuesday, February 28, 2012

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Finland - Review, Pictures, Swatches

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.

Skin Type:

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!

The Product:

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. 

1 Finland, 2 Alaska, 3 St. Moritz, 4 Annapurna, 5 Cuba, 6 Malaga, 7 Seychelles, 8 Martinique, 9 Polynesia

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:

that's supposed to represent "Heavenly"

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.

image from narscosmetics.com

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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  1. We have the same type of skin, though I have a touch more melanin. I have been debating this, I may have to procure a sample to try.

    I do love being 37 with no wrinkles or crow's feet. It really does make up for the oil slick on my face. My mom (same skin) is in her 60's with very minimal wrinkles.

  2. I picked up a sample of this at Nordstrom last weekend and I've been really impressed with it as well.

  3. Great news! I have sensitive skin, and I'm so glad that you didn't break out!

    I am also very sad about Marcel.

  4. I didn't know about poor Marcel :(

    Ok I was trying to convince myself I didn't need this and TM is for dry skinned girls. Damn you, now I want it even more!

  5. This stuff is rather good. Unfortunately I can't wear LM TM, so decided to try NARS' TM.

    I did get one pimple the next morning after wearing this (Maybe I have SUPER sensitive skin), but I haven't had any since.

  6. Poor bulldog! Rest in peace little fellow! (love your blog!! and your taupe eyeshadow-comparisons! still so into taupe)

  7. LOL @ the photo of oil barrels. I've been really intrigued to try this product, and your review makes me anxious to run to Sephora and get a sample! All of the reviews so far on MUA are positive, so I'm almost thinking of even purchasing it online without testing it out first.

    Aww, Marcel was such a cutie. May the little one rest in peace.

  8. How is it compared to Laura Mercier oil free TM (if you've tried it)? I have your exact skin type so now I'm really interested. I just bought LM so I'm thinking about returning/exchanging it if this is better.

    1. I found it to be much better. But I didn't like the chalkiness and pinkish pale shades of the LM. Also noticed that LM's active ingredient didn't fend off both UVA and UVB rays.

    2. Nars is much better than Laura Mercier oil free. Easier to apply, not sticky, stays matte on combo skin, but is still luminous. But I think Nars will need another pink based ivory color. Finland is perfect match for me, LM Porcelain is - very porcelain. Too bad that I have one unopened LM in Porcelain, will not need it.

  9. love your review! will have to check this out. I, too, have fair, oily skin (which is subsiding a bit as I age) and have found that BBs & TMs don't play nice with my skin. either they're too heavy or too yellow and make my skin look sallow. one product I now swear by is Mally's Evercolor Poreless Skin Defender - it keeps my face nearly shine free for 8 hours without re-application. you blot it on & can forget blotting tissues. hope this helps someone I looked far & forever for a product that cut my oil slick.

  10. I have normal-dry, uber-pale skin and this works very well for me in the shade of Finland. I'm pleasantly surprised!

    Marcel will be in my memories and the Nars family in my prayers. Losing our animal family is a sad and difficult thing.

  11. Thanks for the review! This was useful because my skin condition is similar to yours and I'm vampire princess white. If Finland isnt too dark for you the shade will likely work for me. Awwww yeah!

  12. Ugggh, I was hoping this wasn't going to be good! Sigh. I will need to pick this up now!

  13. Great review. What did you mean by it not needing a primer? I usually use primer to fill in pores and such. Does this product do that?

  14. So glad you posted this. I hav had no luck with LM tinted moisturizer (pretty sure I got the oil-free one...yeah, right....) and wanted something lighter for summer. Ye Olde Perimenopause has been kicking my rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis into high gear. So lovely on pale skin. I hope I can wrangle a sample through a swap.

  15. Does it contain parabens?

  16. This is definitely going on my wishlist :)

  17. Arigatou for your Interesting and clear explanation review! I made up my mind to buy this product! If you need some japanese cosmetics,I'll help you for your spirit of inquiry!


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