Awhile back I went to my local Nars counter to restock on a few items and met a lovely makeup artist there. One of the products she introduced me to was Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in Terre Neuve, which I didn’t purchase that day, but have purchased since and absolutely love it. Nars has since come out with a Matte version, so I thought it would be good to review the Radiant Version. I haven’t tried the Matte version but there are reasons I think I would stick with the Radiant one for now.
The artist informed me it was a tinted moisturizer, but it is so much more than that. As the name implies, it has a Broad Spectrum SPF of 30, so it is really more of a SPF-moisturizer-skincare product that happens to even the skin. The skincare ingredients are also impressive: Botanicals and seawater work to reduce hyperpigmentation and hydrate skin, and it really does work as a surge of moisture to the skin. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and I’ve never seen my skin get dry when I’m wearing it.
My favorite use for Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is around the eyes. Most products that are targeted as an SPF for the orbital area tend to irritate the eye area and eventually end up in my eyes, leading to irritation. Not only does this product stay in place and not irritate the delicate eyelid skin, it provides fantastic light coverage for circles, keeps the area moist and non-creased, and is a great eyeshadow primer. It really provides a radiance to the eye area, so if you are interested in an easy no-makeup look, this is a great product for around the eye. When I want more coverage or brightness I layer Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly over it.
The color range for this product is great as well. Terre Neuve is the lightest shade with a neutral pink undertone. Very few tinted moisturizers go anywhere near the pink undertone range, which is why to date I have always ended up simply mixing in a matching foundation with my moisturizer, which never gives great results. I appreciate Nars giving a nod to us pale women with this product and the subtle undertone variations. Subtle enough, in fact, that Lyn was matched to Finland, which has both pink and yellow undertones in the lightest shade. She and I always end up getting matched to the same shade (we are siblings and all), but this product addresses the slightest of undertone differences.
The only downside to the product is that the amount that one needs to use for proper SPF coverage results in a cakey, unrealistic foundation look if your skin is in the least bit dry which is why I plan on sticking with the Radiant version vs the Matte version for now. This doesn’t really bother me since I layer it on top of a regular sunscreen, and around the eyes it is better than not wearing sunscreen. But adding another layer of sun protection is always a bonus.
All in all this is a fantastic product: it is a moisturizer that packs a punch, gives even tone to the skin, gives a nice layer of SPF, doesn’t irritate, and leaves a dewy, youthful finish. I’m very pleased I found it.
Find Nars Cosmetics Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 at NarsCosmetics.com for $43.00