Review & Swatches: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz

Availability: Sephora, NARS
Price: $42.00

Company’s Description

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 adds a translucent veil of protection.

NARS’ tinted moisturizer is said to be lightweight, hydrating, and “proven” to reduce discoloration. The color depicted, below, and tested was St. Moritz (medium with a neutral yellow undertone).

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Packaging: 9.25/10

NARS’ Tinted Moisturizer comes in an opaque, black, plastic squeeze tube. The opaque packaging is key for protecting the sunscreen ingredients inside, while the small opening of the tube helps keep the product sanitary.

Quality: 7.25/10

This tinted moisturizer has a thin consistency that’s just shy of being watery. The product imparts very light coverage, so you will need to touch up with concealer if you have any discoloration. The product leaves a fairly dewy finish on the skin, so if you have combination or oily skin, you will want to set with powder. This product also does not help keep shininess at bay as the hours tick past, so expect to do some blotting throughout the day.

St. Moritz is described as a medium shade with neutral yellow undertones. Because of the light pigmentation, this shade wasn’t too dark on my skin. But it is a bit orange-y, even for someone who has warm (yellow) undertones.

This tinted moisturizer gets two thumbs up for providing a sun protection factor of 30 and for protecting against both UVA and UVB rays via its key ingredient–Titanium Dioxide. Unfortunately, despite NARS’ claim that this product contains no synthetic fragrances, fragrance does appear in the middle of the ingredients list. Don’t be fooled–fragrance, whether it’s synthetic or “natural,” is irritating to the skin and should be avoided. The product also has a slightly unflattering smell to it, though I didn’t notice it after application.

NARS’ claims that this tinted moisturizer will help reduce pigmentation or discoloration are also unfounded. There are no ingredients in this product that are shown to help reduce skin discoloration.

Another downside to this tinted moisturizer is that it became patchy by the end of the work day. It made dry patches around my mouth appear (which weren’t noticeable before) during the multiple times I tested this product.

Overall, I think this is a product whose positive qualities (sun protection) are dulled by the irritating fragrance ingredient, its unsupported skincare claims, and the unflattering patchy effect it creates.

Ease of Use: 9.25/10

This product thinned out over the skin pretty easily. The only thing to be aware of is the orange tint this shade has; layering this tinted moisturizer too much may bring out this unflattering tint. Those with normal, oily, or combination skin will also probably need to set this product with powder.

Price: 9.25/10

For $42.00 you get 1.9 ounces of product. Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer costs $43.00 and contains 1.5 ounces while Bobbi Brown’s tinted moisturizer costs $42.00 and contains 1.7 ounces.

Final Grade

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Box Packaging

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz Swatch

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz Swatch Blended


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)]

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2 Responses to Review & Swatches: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

  1. Joyce says:

    glad to see a review on this item. I guess I’ll stick with Tarte and Laura Mercier for now.

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