I've been using this product regularly for about a month now, and I have received so many questions about it since it's quite new to the market. I wanted to properly try it out for an extended period of time before I give it a review and here we are!
My shade: Alaska (Light2)
SPF: 30 PA+++
What NARS claims: "Infused with lush, naturally derived ingredients, this lightweight tinted moisturizer immediately helps thirsty skin feel hydrated. It has been proven to help reduce the appearance of discoloration and dark spots caused by hyper pigmentation for a clearer and brighter complexion in just four weeks. Oil-free and luxurious, it obscures the appearance of lines, wrinkles, pores and other imperfections. SPF 30/ PA+++ adds a translucent veil of protection. "
Did I like it? Yes.
Would I stay loyal and repurchase once I use it up? Probably not.
Here's the thing... while it does live up to its claims to be lightweight and to immediately help thirsty skin feel hydrated (I do have combination/oily skin and I found this to be hydrating enough to use during the day without any additional moisturizer underneath) it did not do anything to help reduce the appearance of discolouration or hyper pigmentation. I did use it on a daily basis for just over 4 weeks. It costs $49 in Canada, $42 in the USA.
The finish of if is nice and natural. Not too matte, not too glowy, I guess I can say it's a satin finish.
It does apply a bit streaky with the fingers (needs some work to blend) but I like using it with a Sigma F80 brush and I find that I get the best results that way.
Coverage: Light. I don't have a lot of tinted moisturizer experience (the only two that I had used previously were Dior HydraLife and Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint), but in terms of coverage the NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer is on par with others. Doesn't offer any more or less coverage, although it is easier to work with than the Liz Earle and doesn't quite set as quickly as the Dior.
|evens out the skin tone but still shows through some imperfections|
The scent is very faint... slightly "lemony" and pleasant.
Lasting power - average. It doesn't matter if I powder or what I powder with, oils do break through within an hour and while they do diffuse nicely and create a radiant glow, by the end of the day there just isn't any coverage left, it would literally come off my face as I blotted any excess oils... so, not transfer-resistant at all. The NARS artist recommended that I use their NARS primer for oily skin (the one that is also supposed to reduce pores) - he gave me a sample of it and I used it with the tinted moisturizer but it didn't make any difference.
If you have normal/dry skin or a slightly oily T-zone, you might be a bit more over the moon about this than I am. Like I said, I do like it and I think it's a nice product. It hasn't broken me out and I do enjoy using it throughout the day, especially due to its good SPF. Maybe if it lived up to its claims of helping improve skin tone over time, I would be more thrilled.
I am going to continue using it and will definitely let you know if I see any improvements over a longer period of time. I haven't had any breakouts in a while so the marks that you see left behind in photos are relatively old so I can keep a good eye on them and see if they go down (I haven't changed anything in my skincare routine since I started using this, just so I can test out those claims).
OK, enough blabbing. I hope you found this review useful, and I do recommend you check it out and at least try it on/get a sample since as we all know, what works for me might not always work for you.
If your skin is oily, this won't impress you because of its poor staying power and diminishing coverage. It also does oxidize a slight bit on the skin after a few hours.
In conclusion, it is a good product and I don't regret buying it. If you're in the market for a new tinted moisturizer like I was, give it a shot. Just don't run out to get it (especially if you have like 3 other TMs on rotation) because it's not really that different from other TMs on the market... ya know what I mean?
Hope your week is going well and don't forget to check out my YouTube channel for a video that I did showing how I apply this product and a simple daytime look to go along with it.