NARS Skin care

Nars Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer Review

October 18, 2012

Francois Nars recently reformulated his skincare line, which I’ve been using for the past few weeks. For those who are looking for elegantly formulated, yet effective products, you are in for a treat. First, Nars Aqua Gel Lumious Oil-Free Moisturizer ($58/1.8 oz.) is a light, soft gel moisturizer. If you have oily to combination skin, or dislike heavy moisturizers, you may have found a jewel.

Gel moisturizers are a wonderful beauty secret when they are well formulated. Nars Aqua Gel is remarkably light, quickly absorbed, and has an almost-indectable pleasant light scent that fades very quickly. It works like a dream under makeup, as it leaves the skin with a moisturized, smooth and ready surface. It adds virtually no weight to the face, a few moments after application I was left with softened, smoothed, and softly glowing skin.  If I ran my hand over my face, I could not feel any moisture, tackiness or heaviness.

I used to think that oily skin did not require moisture–I was wrong about that. After a while, I finally realized that adding gel moisturizer gave my the right balance. I’m so pleased to find that Nars agrees–this is a perfect light moisturizer that doesn’t add to my oiliness, but rather smooths and moisturizes.

Bottom line: Perfect.

Nars Cosmetics provided this product to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.

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  • Taylor October 18, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    This sounds lovely. I have never tried a gel moisturizer. I love everything Nars, I would love to try his skincare.

  • Gail October 19, 2012 at 5:31 am

    Looks interesting. I see on the NARS site that it’s also alcohol-, fragrance- and paraben-free. Do you know if it contains propylene glycol or pentylene glycol? My ubersensitive skin can only tolerate butylene glycol. :(

    • Amy October 19, 2012 at 8:26 am

      I am sorry, I don’t know. I received this without a box so I do not have an ingredient list.

    • Marie October 20, 2012 at 10:19 am

      According to Beautypedia, it contains dipropylene glycol, as well as butylene and caprylyl glycols.
      It also contains dimethicone (second on the list), which is a shame, as silicones make my skin break out in terrible takes-2-months-for-my-skin-to-recover cystic acne. I really wanted to like this but it is pass for me! :'(

      • Amy October 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm

        Aw I’m sorry Marie!! I wish Shiseido still made Pureness. That gel moisturizer was awesome.

        • Marie October 23, 2012 at 4:43 am

          Thanks for mentioning Sisheido Pureness, I didn’t know about it. It’s actually available at my local Sephora. I’ll give it a try. :)

          • Amy October 24, 2012 at 3:18 am

            Of course! Boscia makes a gel moisturizer too but I haven’t tried that one.

  • Evelyn October 19, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I’m going to have to check this out with my oily leaning combo skin. I’ve been testing out moisturizers and haven’t found one to make me happy yet.

    • Amy October 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Definitely see if you can get a sample made up. Its better than the old Shisiedo Pureness which I believe is now discontinued.

  • Linda October 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I am impressed with this too. I was sad when I went to replace my Bobbi brown oil control moist and it was discontinued. I couldnt find anything else I liked until now.

  • Linda October 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    It feels like it has a primer in it as well.

  • rebecca October 19, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    I’m using Kate Somerville’s oil-free moisturizer at the moment and am pretty happy with it, but I’m always looking for the next best thing. I may see if I can get a sample of this the next time I’m at the NARS counter. Thank you!

  • Alison October 21, 2012 at 12:55 am

    This sounds lovely, I really like gel moisturisers. At the moment I am using Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Creme and love it.

    • Amy October 21, 2012 at 4:53 am

      Alison–Liz loves that moisturizer too!

  • Jessica October 25, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    For dry skin on your face check out Apothederm http://apothederm.com/
    They have an amazing moisturizing cleanser and moisturizing cream. They work better than anything else I’ve tried.