Over the past couple of months I’ve been testing out the Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturiser. This isn’t a new product by any means, but it’s new to me and I wanted to see if and how it worked on oily skin. I haven’t read many reviews from people who don’t have dry/normal skin types, and my usual guide for foundation reviews and ratings used to be Sephora, but (if you didn’t already know) those of us in the UK and the Netherlands are no longer allowed to visit their US website.
So I decided to trial this product in a variety of ways to see if A) it worked on my oily skin, B) would it break me out, C) how best to apply it and D) could it be long lasting even though it’s classed as a tinted moisturiser. But first, here’s a little more info on the product: I bought the shade Terre-Neuve (light 0) which is the lightest shade in the collection. It has a neutral pink undertone and is a good match for my pale skin. The product also has spf 30 in it, which is great if you’re the type of person who forgets to apply sun cream in the morning.
During my first trial I discovered that the Nars tinted moisturiser offers more coverage than a traditional tinted moisturiser, instead of being a tint it offers more of a light to medium coverage, as though it is like a normal foundation – so if during this post I refer to it as a foundation that’s why.
From trialing this product a number of times I found that I usually get a good medium coverage by lightly building it up, but if you prefer lighter coverage you can easily sheer it out. additionally the product does offer some radiance – which you would except from it’s name, but it’s not intense or unnatural looking. Instead it gives your skin a healthy glow.
I applied the Nars tinted moisturiser with my Zoeva silk finish brush after applying my favourite primer (I used the Hourglass veil primer with every foundation I try). This application worked very well and did not streak or cling to any patches. I was very pleased with the way it looked around my nose as I often find that that area can get cakey very easily. The foundation is light weight and provided fairly good coverage, although I did have to touch up with concealer on a couple of spots.
Seen as I have oily/combo skin I decided to lightly powder my face with the Laura Mercier translucent powder, which again worked very well although I need to remember to use a lighter hand with this powder – I always forget to do this!
Overall the Nars tinted moisturiser held up very well, but I did have to bloat a couple of times throughout the day.
For my second trial of this foundation I decided to use my beauty blender instead of a brush. I loved the finish and think that you cannot go wrong whatever tool you prefer to use, although I think I prefer using a sponge just that little bit more. I used the same products on my face from the first trial, but instead tested out the Too Faced Peach Perfect powder (there will be a review of this soon). Without trying to give too much away… OMG my skin looked flawless! Ok, maybe I didn’t try that hard haha.
I should say that this trial was on one of the hottest days we had in the UK, and was also on a day where I was out and about from late morning to late evening. This was the day I mentioned in my wedding guest makeup post here.
My whole makeup look held up so well all things considered. I did have to bloat and powder once or twice – but that’s not surprising seen as it was extremely hot. What is surprising is that makeup actually stayed on my face until late evening. Can I get a hallelujah!
I recently discovered my perfect foundation mix when I was getting ready for a friend’s wedding – I’m so glad it turned out well otherwise it would have been a disaster haha.
Using equal amount of the Nars tinted moisturiser and the Giorgio Armani Power Fabric I blended them together on the back of my hand and applied the foundation with my beauty blender. This combination was beautiful and flawless. If you already like the Nars tinted moisturiser but would like it to be a little more matte, or maybe you love the Giorgio Armani foundation but want a bit more radiance to your base, then I’d recommend giving this combination a try. It lasted all day, and I don’t remember touching it up, which, as you’ve read from the previous trials, has never happened.
I absolutely love this foundation and will continue to use it. I really want to try to mix it with other matte foundations to see how well they work, or not. Although it does have spf 30 in it I would still use a normal spf underneath just because I don’t believe that a foundation can have the same sun cream benefits as a standard sun cream.
I also love that fact that it’s in a tube so you can squeeze every last drop out, plus it won’t get too messy like a pump can, and it’s very easy to travel with. You get 1.9oz / 50ml of product, which is a really good amount especially if you factor in that it’s £30. Overall it’s a pretty good in terms of value for money as a high end product.
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