Dec 202013

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We’re so lucky to live in a world of skincare choice. There are moisturizers for almost every skin type and concern. Sometimes those with oily/combination skin (or those afraid of breakouts) do not use moisturizer because they believe that their skin has “too much oil” already. True, some moisturizers feel too heavy and some do cause breakouts. Yet even the oiliest skin can use a little lovely moisture to keep it looking moisturized and nourished. This skin type should consider gel moisturizers –they add enough moisture and life without looking or feeling heavy.

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One gel moisturizer that I invested in is NARS Aqua Gel Luminous Mask ($39/ 2.6 oz.)(available at Nordstrom,, and other NARS retailers). The tube is a large 2.6 ounces, which is generous for a department store moisturizer. This light, softly scented gel moisturizer can be used several different ways. First, it can be used applied liberally as an overnight treatment. Second, it can be used as a mask for a 5-minute pick-me-up, then tissued off. Third, the way that I’ve been using it is as a nice light daily moisturizer.

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This gel is absorbed very quickly, and reminds me very much of the former Chanel Hydramax serum in its moisturizing and revitalizing effect. According to Nars, the product has “NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex™ designed to restore skin’s youthful radiance and reflect light like a prism.” I must admit this does make my skin look hydrated and youthful.

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It’s like a little moisturizing infusion before I add my makeup for the day. Because it’s so light, it doesn’t make my face feel weighed down. The large, travel-friendly tube is a nice way to refresh after a flight.

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Those with very dry skin or those who want more moisture in a gel formula might want to explore either NARS Skin Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer or Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Cream (Liz loves both of these). I’ve been enjoying the NARS Aqua Gel Luminous Mask over the past several months–that light bit of moisture in the morning has been a nice way to add some life (and, thank heavens, no breakouts!). The product comes out of the tube white and applies clear.

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Ingredient list (click to enlarge):

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Bottom line–those looking for a light, effective moisturizer that doesn’t feel heavy or oily should give  NARS Aqua Gel Luminous Mask a look. Although it may sound counter-intuitive that oily/combination skin needs moisture, you may find that adding a moisturizer not only improves skin, but helps the skin not become too stressed and product more oil. Gel moisturizers are a wonderful way to get some nourishment without using a heavier cream.

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  6 Responses to “NARS Aqua Gel Luminous Mask Review”

  1. hi amy! i’m going to see if i can request a sample of this to see how it reacts to my skin.i was just at my dermatologist and he offers very little advice on skincare. he continues to tell me to use dove soap! right now, my skin is a mess! i have painful tight bumps on and around my chin area. but, the rest of my face is somewhat dry. he says i have severe sensitive, combination skin. at 45, i’m getting so tired of this plus, it’s painful and just ruins my day overall. i’m using paula’s choice hydralight moisturizer spf 30 right reaction but, i’m not seeing or feeling any additional benefits.maybe that’s good. as much as i love chanel for color, their skin products have some type of fragrance which gives me a reaction. so does cetaphil and some neutrogena products. thankyou for this posting!! p.s. are you going to be reviewing guerlain or chanel for spring? xo.

    • I’m sure I’ll get some Guerlain items–I checked Guerlain Las Vegas this week and they didn’t have them in yet. Do you know who has them yet?

      Do you know what the bumps are from? Are they clogged pores? If so, let me know. There are some things that you can try.

      • i think guerlain is “trickling” in…i have a feeling it will be on counter this week or next before new year’s eve, for sure. we have 1 guerlain counter where i live and holiday was still on display. my doctor says it’s hormonal. he told me to use warm compresses on the bump(s). i do think it’s coming from the inside. thankyou for responding to me so quickly. i cannot wait to read your upcoming reviews (as i always do)!

  2. Hmm, I wonder if this would work for my skin. I wish NARS was more easily available here so I could try it. I’d definitely have to try a sample first.

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