I am a HUGE fan of tinted moisturizers, and always prefer wearing them over foundations. I just love the natural finish and the barely-there coverage. Reading Rola's Fountain of Youth review made me want to try the new NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30, and I was all set to go out and buy it until I realized that I had a sample in my Barneys Gift Bag!! Not only was that a perfect way to try it out, but it was also in the shade Alaska (the second lightest shade- which is just perfect for me). While the swatch looks a little yellow on my arm it is perfect when blended on my face. I liked my sample so much that I went to Sephora and bought the full size tube!
There are 9 shades available:
1. Finland: Lightest with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
2. Alaska: Light with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
3. St. Moritz: Medium with a neutral yellow undertone
4. Annapurna: Medium with a neutral peachy undertone
5. Cuba: Medium with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
6. Malaga: Medium dark with warm caramel undertones
7. Seychelles: Medium dark with golden olive undertones
8. Martinique: Medium dark with warm red undertones
9. Polynesia: Dark with warm chocolate undertones
Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30+ is a lovely light weight oil-free formula that is very hydrating for my combination skin. I have been using it for about a month and can't judge whether or not it is reducing the "appearance of discoloration and dark spots caused by hyperpigmentation" as it claims to do because I use Sunday Riley's Stimulant III Perfecting Stem Cell Serum (reviewed here) religiously and as a result I now have ridiculously even skin tone. I also can't speak to the claim that "it obscures the appearance of lines, wrinkles, pores and other imperfections" because between Sunday Riley's Good Genes (reviewed here), Juno Oil (reviewed here), Stimulant I (reviewed here) & Stimulant III these issues have been taken care of. If this tinted moisturizer helps do any of these things- well, fantastic! I just use it because it feels and looks wonderful, and because I love a good tinted moisturizer! The finish is smooth and natural, and it imparts just enough coverage to maintain a healthy natural glow. Honestly, I don't even use it for the SPF since I use a separate sunscreen (Cashmere SPF 30 reviewed here), but it doesn't hurt to have the added protection.
They claim that it is infused with lush, naturally derived ingredients, and that this lightweight tinted moisturizer immediately helps thirsty skin feel hydrated.
Natural polysaccharides from Moorea island in French Polynesia hydrate, condition, and help encourage natural cell renewal.* Mineral-rich seawater uniquely revitalizes and adds key minerals back into the skin.* Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30/PA+++ helps improve skin's overall condition. Soft and smooth to the touch, skin looks natural and glowing. This dermatologist-tested product is free of oil, synthetic fragrances and is non-comedogenic.
It does not contain: Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, or Triclosan.
You will notice that it does contain various silicones & PEGs- so if you have a sensitivity or an aversion to these ingredients then you might want to pass.
Overall assessment: I really like this tinted moisturizer a great deal, and suspect this won't be the last tube that I purchase!
$42.00 1.9 oz. Available where NARS is sold.