Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Hydration, Tint and Luminosity In One - NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser

My skincare admiration is now well documented and it is that appreciation alone that has always drawn me towards well-formulated, skin loving tinted moisturizers. 

Products that fall into this category are essentially an extension of the basis of skincare, souped up with a bit of color to add some polish and concealment to any minor imperfections of the complexion. Tinted moisturizers are not meant to replace foundation (unless you are lucky!) nor are they suppose to replace your primary moisturizer (unless you are extremely oily) but it is exactly those two factors that represent the appeal of this product in the first place. 

Basically if you are familiar with the nature of tinted moisturizers and have appropriate expectations of what you want to achieve , the right formula can do wonders for the overall look of your skin. Choosing the right formula with the right ingredients can be somewhat tricky but once you identify THE ONE that is right for your skin, you will be able to fully appreciate its charm and benefits. Since the coverage is usually quite sheer and light, shade matching is a lot more forgivable than say a foundation, meaning that ordering one sight unseen has much higher success rates than other similar products. 

The cosmetic brand NARS  is undoubtedly one of the most popular makeup powerhouses in the blogosphere. Their innovative formulas, trend inspired colors and irresistibly cheeky branding philosophy has given NARS almost a cult like following where beauty's all around the world are tripping over themselves to acquire the regularly released limited edition collections. Personally I love and appreciate a lot of NARS products but my own limited makeup techniques prevent me from working with some of their wild color combinations, thereby limiting my brand exposure to a few core pieces. However these classic makeup selections are outstanding and well loved in my everyday, un-trendy, boring life. 

One of these NARS essentials and one of my favorites is their hype-worthy Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($49.00 for 1.9 oz). 
As a self-proclaimed tinted moisturizer connoisseur I was completely smitten after the first application and now almost a year later the love affair is still going strong! 

Official Description;
A lightweight tinted moisturizer that evens skintone and provides a translucent veil of protection. 
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 hyperpigmentation for a clearer and brighter complexion in as little as four weeks. Oil-free and luxurious, it obscures the appearance of lines, wrinkles, pores, and other imperfections while SPF 30 adds a translucent veil of protection. 

Water, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Glycerin, Nylon-12, Cyclomethicone, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Stearic Acid Phenoxyethanol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Fragrance, Dimethicone/Vinyl, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trisodium, Edta, Aluminum Distearate, Talc, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Polysilicone-2, Vibrio Alginolyticus Ferment Filtrate, Tocopherol, Alteromonas Ferment Filtrate, Maris Sal (Sea Salt), Hydrogen Dimethicone, Bht, Algae (Algae Extract), Sodium Metabisulfite, Curcuma Longa [Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract], Potassium Sorbate, Geraniol, Limonene, Citral, Linalool [+/- (May Contain): Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides)].
*Made without parabens, phthalates and sulfates

As someone with a skin type a little on the dry, sensitive end of the spectrum I have come to appreciate the hydration properties of any product I use and NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer  is no exception. This particular formula caters to drier skin types in a way I haven't encountered in my experience with other brands. 
The moisture does not just sit on the surface of your skin, nor does it interfere with your primary moisturizer. The tint sinks in, blends almost effortlessly and provides a comfortable cake-free, velvety smooth canvas. The pores on my nose and cheeks are not enhanced or put on display like with some other makeup base products and the sheer coverage dries in a way that just amplifies real-skin appearance. What you are left with is a natural, radiant finish that evens out your skin, tones any redness or superficial imperfections and looks like you are wearing nothing at all. The luminosity of your very own skin is magnified to its highest level and not a trace of glittery, shimmer other "radiance" makeup bases use to attract light.

NARS Pure Radiance nails the your-skin-but-better appearance flawlessly. 

The special skin-loving aspects of this product are it's implied ability to plump up skin and reduce hyper-pigmentation issues, especially when it comes to darkened, old acne scars. While I can't completely vouch for the pigmentation promises I can definitively agree with the plumping effect. The hydration properties plump and smooth out the skin surface promoting a very youthful, radiant appearance.

The inclusion of broad spectrum SPF 30 is a definite bonus since using this eliminates the need for additional sunscreen product. The wear time is a comfortable 6-8 hours which can be extended further by using a setting powder after the initial application or a brief blotting touch up mid-day. What I love the most about the performance of this particular NARS formula is the fact that it wears off elegantly and fades without the unfortunate sliding or melting side effects. There is nothing worse than the muddy look of a weathering makeup base - not a good look on anyone!

The one negative that should be noted is the lack of shade variety currently offered by NARS. My shade is the second to lightest Alaska but my exact match probably falls somewhere between the lightest Finland and my current tube. The color spectrum itself seems to be oriented towards warm-toned skin with mostly yellow undertones which is limiting for cool toned, very pale beauties with rosy pink complexions. Despite its effortless blendability and sheer nature, NARS still needs to expand its shade offerings to be able to win over a broader range of consumers . 

The beauty industry is getting better and better at producing phenomenal tinted moisturizers but for me, this is a stand out product because of its finish. In much the same way that the Laura Mercier transcends the tinted moisturizer barrier without becoming a foundation, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 provides the necessary coverage and gorgeous radiance without feeling heavy or hard work. No brushes or mirrors needed here guys, just a spare 10 seconds. This is a credit to the fantastic formulation and gorgeous natural finish. 

In conclusion, if you are looking to enhance your natural, effortless boho makeup look or if you are simply looking for a quick foundation substitute for casual weekends then the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is a high-quality and beautiful choice. 

What is your favorite tinted moisturizer?

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