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Gimme More: Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

My skin’s not doing so good these days. Truth time? I haven’t been eating as well as I should — my migraine meds give me zero appetite — so I sometimes eat things like Snickers or Baked Lays for dinner. Also I’ve started a new birth control pill (wishful thinking?). So I broke out in this weird, fine rash, and my skin’s been kinda sickly-sallow. I’ve been totally overbooked with meetings and Bobina things for the past couple weeks, so I was desperate for something to quickly give me perfect, radiant, Kerry Washington -in-Scandal skin. I zeroed in on Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer ($42), which the fab brand launched this spring. I’d been hearing raves about this product for months, and yet I’d always been kinda wedded to Laura Mercier. But new year, new me, new tinted moisturizer. GIRLS. Please look at what this stuff did to my troubled skin:

Only Nars Tinted Moisturizer, mascara and Vaseline. Nada mas. My skin's never looked better.

Granted, I took this with my iPhone in my poorly lit bathroom, but look at how glowy and smooth my skin looks! And EVEN! You don’t see a trace of the icky brown spots my rash left behind. Plus, I can barely even feel that it’s there, which is genius. My shade is Annapurna, but there are hues that run the brown skin gamut…and thank god, because most tinted moisturizers don’t. It’s also spiked with SPF 30 and various uber-moisturizing, skin-nurturing botanicals — hence the luminosity. This might be my favorite product of the season.



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  1. Cherice
    May 3, 2012 4:55 pm 

    I just bought this the other day (Yea, Martinique!!) too and I agree with you about how awesome it is. I’ve been sick lately too and it gave me the pick me up for my skin that I desperately needed. I also picked up their concealer to to hide my dark circles and it works like a charm!

  2. YThomas
    May 3, 2012 5:21 pm 

    I will have to get this. I am just getting into buying quality products after having success using Laura Mercier Tinted Mosturizer. I just ran out of the LM mosturizer so I will try this one next. I am literally building my makeup stash from scratch and need the best of the basics so this blog and all the recommendations have been my guide!

  3. May 5, 2012 12:09 am 

    I use this everyday in Polynesia. #love

  4. Mimi
    May 5, 2012 5:51 pm 

    Here’s a dumb question. How do you apply tinted moisturizer? Do you apply it like regular face lotion with your hands and just rub it all in or do you use a sponge? I was using lancome for a while but it got so messy and I was wondering if I was doing it wrong? Please help!

  5. Chasidy
    May 11, 2012 3:01 pm 

    I have severe oily skin. Will a tinted moisturizer help or harm my skin because of its oiliness?

  6. ERICA
    April 11, 2013 2:03 am 

    I’m of a medium skin tone as yourself and I kept seeing women with darker skin tones mention using this shade. I was beginning to wonder if I was using a wrong shade until I saw your blog.

  7. November 26, 2015 10:00 am 

    Hi Linda! Thank you for your wishes. I plan on doing a preopr post about once things settle a bit 🙂 I didn’t even know about Blogfest, shame on me..! It sounds like such a fun opportunity. Are you planning to go?