Review: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

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Disclaimer: This review is coming from the perspective of someone with the following skin type: combination/oily, not sensitive, not prone to breakouts

Product Details/Claims:

  • 1.9 oz in the standard size ($42)
  • 0.58 oz in the travel size ($16)
  • Paraben and sulfate free
  • Lightweight tinted moisturizer that visibly evens skin tone



  • Contains SPF 30
  • Comes in a variety of undertones
  • Easy to apply / user-friendly packaging
  • Provides a natural finish
  • A little goes a long way


  • Has a sunscreen scent
  • Requires more touch ups throughout the day
  • Oxidized to an orange hue as the day passed
  • Caused a minor breakout
  • Doesn’t appear to last all day*

Review in a Nutshell: “Ho-hum.”

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Overall Thoughts:

This product was difficult review because it seems to be a decent tinted moisturizer, just not for me. In fact, I loved it when I first tried it in Sephora. After the newness wore off, my true feelings started to grow. I’ve gone back and forth with using this product for two to three months now, each time hoping to love it. (Sometimes when you give a product a break, it works better the second time around.) In my opinion, this was just an okay tinted moisturizer.

I have higher expectations when it comes to high-end makeup, and I found this to have a lackluster result. Yes, it’s a sheer coverage tinted moisturizer so I didn’t expect a flawless face, but I find it to be overpriced since I have had very similar results with a water-based drugstore foundation a few years ago. I deducted a star due to the reaction my skin had, as I’m almost positive this product caused a minor breakout on my skin since I haven’t had any new changes to my face routine. Also, I find that I have to blot much more often when I wear this moisturizer as opposed to a different face product, even when setting it with a powder. Lastly, the moisturizer turned a bit warm/orange over time, which I didn’t care for.

As for application, I find this works best when applied with your fingertips as opposed to with a beauty blender.

Final Thoughts

Would I repurchase? No

Rating: 2 / 5

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*All day being the standard 8-12 hour range

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