NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer – A Review


I’ve been slowly boarding the tinted moisturizer train! I have one from Andalou that is the perfect thing in certain circumstances accept that it has a very shiny finish. But it was about $10 so I never really complained. It did the job! This summer I wanted to try some higher end tinted moisturizers so I grabbed the premium sample version of the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in the shade Alaska. This travel sized version was more expensive than the full sized Andalou tinted moisturizer! Ouch! I have to be honest, it was totally worth it.

The Claims: “A lightweight tinted moisturizer that evens skintone and provides a translucent veil of protection.” The NARS Tinted Moisturizer contains SPF 30. It is supposed moisturize your skin while even out your skin tone. They claim that it can even reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation on your skin.  You are supposed to notice an improvement in your skin after 4 weeks of daily use.

I haven’t used this daily for 4 weeks straight so I can’t speak to the last part of their claim. It’s not my intention to use tinted moisturizers for skincare purposes such as that. I have other skincare products that I prefer. I want to use a tinted moisturizer for fast, light day makeup or for when I’m doing something outside that doesn’t make sense to have a full face of makeup such as hiking.

Looks like a foundation but it’s not!
A full face of light makeup using the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, concealer, blush, mascara and light eye makeup & lip gloss.

As Light Day Makeup:

The NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer goes on smoothly and easily. I simply use my fingers to blend it out perfectly. I never bothered using it with a sponge or brush because I want to be able to use a tinted moisturizer very quickly with minimal fuss. This definitely achieves that making it perfect for a quick, light day routine! I find it to be long lasting when set with a powder and I’m not working up a sweat. For going to work, it’s just as long lasting as any of my foundations. The finish is gorgeous and satin but sets to a matte finish with a powder. The NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer offers a nice light coverage that mutes out flaws and is kind of buildable. You have to be careful because it’s also a moisturizer so you don’t want to put too much on one spot but if need be you can dab a little more on an build up a hint more of coverage.

No concealer or primer, just the NARS Tinted Moisutirizer.

As Sporty Makeup: 

Since it’s so easy to apply and includes an SPF it makes a great option for when I’m going to do something outdoors. Whether it’s snowboarding, canoeing or just gardening, I tend to like to wear a little something when I’m outdoors to mute or blur my imperfections as well as add sun protection. The Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer certainly looks great, as mentioned above but it does wear off with sweat. In fairness, I haven’t found a product that will withstand a day of canoeing 🙂 When getting ready for a day outside I can see myself reaching for the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer over the one I was using by Andalou – despite the fact that the NARS one is 5 times the price. The SPF in the Andalou tinted moisturizer can irritate my eyes and skin a little where as I haven’t noticed any irritation from the NARS one. I think that this tinted moisturizer could be a great addition to anyone’s gym bag, yoga bag or cottage bag!


The NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer sets the bar high for all other tinted moisturizers. I’m not normally one to spend $50 on something like this but I already have plans to buy the full sized version when the one I have runs out. It works really well and so far I have not found a drugstore equivalent. It has a similar texture as the Physicians Formula BB Cream but blends better, has an SPF and lasts much longer without the use of a primer. The full price of the large size hurts but I think it could be worth it for me.




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