Mar 022012

I’ve been wearing the just-released Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 Sunscreen/ PA +++ ($42) for about one month. I picked up the product when I read the Nars brochure, which promised broad spectrum sun protection, increased hydration, giving skin a more radiant and luminous surface and “helping to reduce the appearance of discoloration and dark spots in just four weeks.”

Part of me wondered whether Nars Tinted Moisturizer was an ambitious effort to deliver skin care protection in an everyday foundation-type product. Last year, Le Metier de Beaute’s Peau Vierge promised skin care benefits in its tinted moisturizer, why not other companies? As many of you have noticed, the BB Creme trend promises skin care as well, and currently Dior, Estee Lauder, Boscia and others are introducing those products to the U.S. I chose to investigate Nars, in part because it seemed to offer something seriously different than the others. Nars Tinted Moisturizer improves skin through protection and hydration, relying on Octinoxate 7.4% and Titanium Dioxide 6.1% to keep skin protected from the sun.

Nars Tinted Moisturizer comes in nine shades. At my local Nordstrom, I was matched to Alaska (the 2nd lightest shade), which is a touch too yellow and slightly dark, although not noticeably so once I add bronzer and blush. Some Makeupalley users wear Alaska and they are NC 20/25. Note that I’m really pale now in this post-winter phase, although sometimes I lean NC 15/20, I’m definitely a solid NC15 now.

If I apply this with my fingers, I get medium coverage (with a brush, I can sheer it out). The texture is very lightweight and it feels a little like a gel. It’s weightless and lasts the entire day (14-16 hours). It gives a slightly glowy look that I absolutely love. It doesn’t emphasize any pores. No breakouts or clogging.

The most delightful part is that my skin has noticeably improved. Some darker old acne marks have noticeably lightened. Although the formula is hydrating, it doesn’t feel oily or heavy (the brochure says that the product is oil-free). I love the small size, which I can tuck into my bag without the weight or breakage of a glass product (will be loving this for travel!). It’s a generous 1.9 oz. size (most foundations have 1 ounce only).

Dear reader, I know that foundations are very much “your mileage may vary.” I’ve been absolutely loving this one for me. Unlike Chanel Perfection Lumiere, the Nars has more “life” and luminosity. It has a solid dose of sun protection, which I greatly appreciate living in sunny California. Unlike the vast majority of my foundations, I’ve seen improvement in the texture and even toned texture of my skin. Great, lightweight formula. Love.

The ingredient list for Alaska is:  Water, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Glycerin, Nylon-12, Cyclomethicone, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Stearic Acid · Phenoxyethanol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Fragrance, Dimethicone/Vinyl, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trisodium, Edta, Aluminum Distearate, Talc, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Polysilicone-2, Vibrio Alginolyticus Ferment Filtrate, Tocopherol, Alteromonas Ferment Filtrate, Maris Sal (Sea Salt), Hydrogen Dimethicone, Bht, Algae (Algae Extract), Sodium Metabisulfite, Curcuma Longa [Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract], Potassium Sorbate, Geraniol, Limonene, Citral, Linalool [+/- (May Contain): Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides)].   Note that has the ingredient list for all shades.

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  13 Responses to “Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 PA+++ Review”

  1. Your review couldn’t be more timely, as I am debating whether to try this out. I’m generally kind of ‘eh’ about tinted moisturizers and have been uncommitted towards the BB trend, but I adore Nars, and if this product lives up to some of its promise, I need to check it out.

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!

  2. I just bought it too. Now I have to see if it causes any breakouts. I got three samples of Alaska as well but I opted to buy the lightest shade Finland. I could probably wear both. Finland in winter and Alaska in summer. I previously was loyal to Lorac’s Protect Tint SPF 30. I wish they would get rid of the parabens in it. I also bought Hourglass’ new immaculate foundation. Feels amazing but have only worn once so far.

  3. I love this so far too!! I haven’t used it consistently enough to see if there is improvement in my skin tone but now I’m interested to see how it works on me! This may be an HG for me – but we’ll see! Thanks for sharing this review!

  4. Yes, Chanel is so mat and really misses LIFE so I use shimmer all over Perfection Lumiere!

  5. I definitely need to get some samples of this – I haven’t a clue what shade I am, but it sounds like everyone loves it!

  6. I stopped at the makeup counter at Nordstrom. Great guy applied this product…cant remember which shade but i wore his art work home! It was very light. I told him, as a blk woman, it is difficult to find matching tint or foundation thats not 12 shades too dark and leave me ashy. I didnt need any concealer, eisome.
    great product. Get some!

  7. Couldn’t agree more! I am wearing St. Moritz and love the dewy, yet flawless look. And I really do think that my dark spots have faded. I get loads of compliments. They really hit it out of the park/

  8. Amy, I wonder why you don’t wear this in Finland? It’s quite yellow so I know I couldn’t go a drop darker. I too am loving this! So excited for the high spf. I do need to reapply to my chin midway through the day so it doesn’t seem to hold up on me quite as long as it does on others- but I’m really liking it! So glad to “see” you again! 🙂

    • I probably do Katie! I will likely replace Alaska with Finland next. I think getting matched at a counter is tricky and I should know better!

  9. Great review! How would you compare this to the Le Metier de Beaute’s Peau Vierge Tinted Treatment? I’ve been thinking about trying both!

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