NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer Review

NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer

Shade: Alaska Light 2
Volume: 50ml
SPF: 30
Price: USD452015-07-24 19.03.41

Summer is here and it is oh-so-important to have sunscreen! What I hate most about traditional sunscreen is that it can a) leave a whitish cast and b) grease up my face and make my makeup pretty much melt off. Aside from using my Bobbi Brown SPF 50 base, I also like using BB creams and tinted moisturizers when I want to minimize the makeup I load up on my face for a day out and about.

The difference between BB creams and tinted moisturizers are two-fold; Korean bb creams tend to be thicker, loaded with skincare ingredients and relatively disappointing in shade selection. In fact, I find that Korean bb creams tend to be quite pale upon application and turn my skin greyish ashy looking as the day goes on; the narrow shade selection is most likely due to the cultural fact that being pale/light skinned is still a much coveted skin tone that Asian women aspire to have; as such, any time that I swatch on Korean bb creams, I end up having (even more) pale skin and looking mighty flawless from the thick coverage it contains. On pretty good days I can get away without using concealer on my blemishes or under eyes. They’re just THAT good with coverage.

Tinted moisturizers, on the other hand, are exactly as the name implies: the texture is lighter, lotion-like and meant to be an alternative to traditional liquid foundations. Western cosmetics companies tend to have tinted moisturizers for people who want to minimize the products that they use every day or for a particular purpose (i.e. on a trip, by the beach etc.), have sheerer skin-like coverage but to still have adequate sunscreen in the formula.

Let me introduce you all to the NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer.

I picked up this little beauty at Nordstrom last year when I was in Vegas. The shade range and quality is impressive with NARS as albeit pricey, the formula does not break me out as it is oil-free, non-comedogenic and (synthetic) fragrance-free.

When I was trying this tinted moisturizer out, I was in between shades; Alaska Light 2 is my summer shade (or rather, the shade that I was matched to while I got my first actual tan in ages while I was in Vegas) and I’m pretty sure that Finland would be my regular, all-year-round shade that would match my Mac NC20 tone.

On the website, the tinted moisturizer notes that it provides:

  • Advanced sun protection
  • Hydrates and helps reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots for a brighter natural glow
  • Oil-free. Dermatologist tested. Non-comedogenic. Synthetic fragrance free.

Courtesy of the NARS Cosmetics website 🙂

I smoothed on approximately a quarter-sized dollop of the tinted moisturizer on my skin with my fingers, spot-concealed any blemishes and dusted on a light layer of loose powder to set the canvas. I was out and about for the whole day in Vegas, in and out of malls and outdoors in the scorching hot desert air. For someone who has relatively dehydrated, combination-dry skin, the tinted moisturizer did its job without turning me into a greaseball; another positive aspect is that it didn’t oxidize on me 🙂 I’m not sure if it has helped reduce hyperpigmentation and dark spots, but I definitely had a glow throughout my trip and the time that I had this on 🙂

What I didn’t like about this was that without a good primer, I felt that this gradually disappeared from my face throughout the day. At the end of the day, I was left with a less-perfect complexion where the tinted feeling was gone and any blemishes that I had concealed earlier in the morning had surfaced at the end of the day. If I were to pair this with a waterproof foundation, such as the Revlon Colorstay formula, I feel that it would help lengthen the time this tinted moisturizer’s shade on my face. 🙂

Although this is a little pricier, I would repurchase this product whenever I run out – and of course, if and when I find a good deal – I have this on a steady rotation in my make up series for the summer 🙂

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