Friday, March 16, 2012

NARS Tinted Moisturizer Review

When word of this hit the internet that NARS was FINALLY releasing a Tinted Moisturizer to the make up market well "Ecstatic" is a word that can adequately describe how I felt on this long awaited launch

I've used this for about 3 weeks now and have finally come to an opinion. I have read the upcoming growing amount of *glowing* reviews for this product but honestly, initially it was not love.

( Trust me, I was the MOST surprised at this realization)

Texture:
The texture of this is thicker than Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer. It's spreadable and bendable.

Coverage:
The coverage of this Tinted Moisturizer is also higher than Laura Mercier's in my opinion. I know many people love LM's TM because of it's higher coverage in comparison to other TM's on the market, well this beat it.

Moisturization:
Thumbs up for my combo skin. I normally have combo skin, that is normal in winter, and oily as heck in the summer but I have 1 dry spot on my face. The area between my nose and my upper lip is dry (randomly)

Whatever foundations I would apply with powder by 6 hours time the area looked like it was dry, separating, and you can detect the powder easily

With this Tinted MOISTURIZER the 1 patch of my face stays looking hydrated and just normal! the whole day. This factor I love.

Finish:
The TM has a beautifully glowy finish. Not dewy. Glowy. If you have normal to dry skin I really would not powder because to me it looks like the optimal finish. If you have combo to oily skin, I would apply a sheer dusting of powder because that glow will resurface later, but over 8+ hours, it really does look glowy again, and I only blot around he nose. The rest of the face and T zone has a very nice and healthy sheen which I enjoy - but this is a personal preference

You can see the glow here, swatched on the middle portion of my hand
(The color is a bit dark for me at the moment)

Lasting Power:
This lasts over 8 hours on me which is what I expect from a Tinted Moisturizer, and I can confirm by hour 10-12 it doesn't look too shabby. It's not as good as the first 8 but definitely no need to really touch up

So everything so far sounds good, sounds like NARS! So why didn't I love it??

APPLICATION
I initially applied this with my hands. I would apply a few dots around my face and quickly pat with my fingers all over the face to spread and add a "HD" effect. The coverage was too high for me. This provided a full medium coverage on me, which I don't like. This was my only real flaw and again this is complete preference, but I usually buy tinted moisturizers to not look like I am wearing make up, and look incredibly natural. When applied with my hands I honestly think the coverage is medium and once lightly powdered I looked like I was wearing something.

Applied with the hands you can see the higher coverage as the spreading marks on my hands are visable
(center of the hand)

Keep on trucking! I wasn't going to give up on this just yet! I have tried a few brushes with this and have settled that the Sephora Platinum Airbrush 55 as my method of choice.

The HD air brush from Sephora provides a more sheer application that looks more skin like, just as glowy, and makes my skin still feel comfortable and breathable!

I also loved the finish with the beauty blender! A touch more sheer then the brush, but still so lovely!

I knew NARS wouldn't let me down!

Amount and Price:
The TM comes in 1.9 Fl Oz which is standard for a TM, but since this one provides such a higher level of coverage than others I have tried on the market I do find myself needing less product and believe this will last in the long run.

Size reference

The price is $42 in the US, which is LM's price category, aka foundation category, but again, the coverage is quite high for a TM, you do not require as much product.

Shades:
This comes in 9 shades, which is reasonable for a tinted moisturizer range. They don't have to be an exact match because they are supposedly "sheer" but they do have a nice light option and one for deeper skin tones which I can appreciate

I have the shade Alaska (shade 2) and it's a tiny bit too dark for me at the moment but 70% of the year it should be fine. I am an NC 25 most of the year.

Packaging:
I like the packaging! Tube design. Not glass, light, and easy to travel with. It's a snap top but it's a very secure snap! And the finish of the packaging doesn't leave as many finger prints as normal NARS items, so it doesn't look grubby after the first use.



Extras:
NARS has added bit's of extra skin care loving properties to this product including sun protection in the form of PA plus plus! It also is stated to have properties to help improve discoloration over time with regular use. Sounds good to me!

Repurchase:
The beautiful finish, the adaptable coverage, the promise of improving skin over time with proper sun protection, along with the convenient tube design! This is not my HG base but this is the best tinted moisturizer I ever tried, and I would repurchase!

42 comments:

  1. Interesting! Would you say that the "glowing" effect is like Revlon Photoready or MUFE HD foundation? I have oily skin and those types of products tend to make me look oilier.

    Thanks for the review! Very helpful! I'm on the market for a new tinted moisturizer!

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  2. Yay! So happy to read your review on this. I can't wait to buy it! :)

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  3. thanks for reading!!!!! i hope u like it!

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  4. def more glowy than MUFE HD! Photo ready i did like the finish...if you are worried about being overly oily I would suggest a powder, as I only apply a sheer dusting to try to keep the finish but with powder i dont think it would be shiny at all, if you are nervous, I would recc a sample

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  5. Love the review. Can you add a picture of you wearing just the tinted moisturizer?

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  6. here is a great post from another blogger I love who shows how the NARS TM looks on the face! :)
    http://www.beauty-reflections.com/2012/03/major-makeup-life-decision-thanks-to.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BeautyReflections+%28Beauty+Reflections%29

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  7. Nice! I've been waiting for your review on this :) I've not tried LM's TM yet but glowy is a triggering word for me to get the Nars TM! LOL :) Interesting that sea salt is one of the last ingredients!

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  8. you have been waiting for my review?? lol THANK YOU
    the LM TM normal was too rich for my skin, and the oil free broke me out!! arghh its ok bc now i have NARS

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  9. This sounds amazing! I must have similar skin to yours (except mine's more oily and acned, probably) because I've loved several skincare products you recommended. I have a strong feeling I'd love this :) Thank you for the review!

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  10. ahh mine gets oily soon! i can feel it coming everyday more shine is approaching!! and acne i have fixed thankfully unfortunetly it was with the help of science and anti biotics :(

    I have noticed this looks better on me the days i spray fix plus prior primer bc we have combo oily skin, extra hydration keeps the face balanced, and the moisturizer part of this seems to also not make the face go wild but have anice glow, i hope if you try this, you have success!!

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  11. that sounds great , very nice review i can't wait to try it !

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  12. AH, Longing for this.... I loved your review of all the different application methods; I think the difference in people's reviews does have a lot to do with this. I also agree with Sarah, I think I have similar-ish skin so your skin-related reviews are always helpful :)

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  13. yes! have u succumbed and purchased? or gotten a sample? Your reviews are always AMAZING btw!

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  14. Glowy finish sounds awesome!! I really should get myself some NARS products!

    www.closetvoyage.com

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  15. Thanks for the review hun, it sounds great! I always love NARS products and I really wish that I could use tinted moisturiser but my skin has been misbehaving so much, I don't think it'll provide me with enough coverage :(

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  16. This sounds brilliant! I do love my MAC Studio Moisture Tint because of the high coverage for a TM - I'll have to check this out! :)

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  17. i think many of their products are great including their lipsticks, shadows, blushes, and bronzers!! i would skip the glosses, mascaras, and liners

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  18. awwww that's a shame, do you need full cover? when my skin was poor i never used anything but concealer to hide the redness, i didnt want to bother it more, gluck with your skin!!!! i know how it feels to have spots!!!!!

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  19. ah i have tried that product and it was nice, but i only used it once bc MAC tends to break me out, this one in comparison has more coverage

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  20. oh thanks for the tip! What's wrong with these?

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  21. the glosses tend to expire quickly and smell badly to show it, the pen liners are not too pigmented, and i heard the mascara is not too good, but i have never tried the mascara! the foundation sheer glow is not bad but i prefer the TM bc i am not a big foundation lover

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  22. Hi Yu, what's the deal with Mac Studio Moisture tint, is it good for oily skin? :(

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  23. This sounds great! I like TMs more than foundations because at the moment I don't think I need that much coverage, but still some, so I definitely want to give this a go!

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  24. LOVE this stuff! My new fave for sure!

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  25. Well I used to have combo skin, and I found it very good! It has a very natural finish, but it wasn't greasy or shiny in any way shape or form :)

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  26. Oh really?! Ooo sounds appealing! Thanks for that :D

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  27. this one is a nice option bc it has great coverage for bad days and sheer coverage for those who like it light

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  28. *high five* I linked your post in one of my comments as a fab FOTD and blog reference :)

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  29. I have yet to write my review but I have to say I completely agree with the fact that this wasn't "love at first sight" for you. When I first started using mine I was really unsure of it, but I do think that was because I was using my fingers which just doesn't seem to work for me. With the beauty blender it's totally a match made in heaven!

    ♥ Jessica

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  30. I swatched this at Sephora today and I'm kicking myself right now for not asking for a sample! I was kind of surprised at how bad the color range is though...I think my match would've been Finland, the lightest shade, and I'm only an NC20-23! What are people supposed to use that are lighter than me? Odd. Tempted to buy it now even though I still have my Chantecaille :) Bad!

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  31. I jumped of joy when I didn't see "Avobenzone" in the ingredients!! XD I can't use the majority of TM/moisturizer with avobenzone because I get eczema from it :( Getting a sample of this for sureeee! :D

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  32. This sounds good! It makes me sad that there's a bit of dimethicone in there though :( A lot of highly raved about foundations/TMs have a lot of it so maybe I'll give them a go despite not really liking silicones in my face products. Do you think it has that silicony feel at all on your skin?

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  33. Just started following you! I've been on the fence on getting this, especially because I still have a ton of the Laura Mercier TM, the flip cap looks so appealing!

    Btw, where did you get your phone case from? I LOVE it!!

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  34. agreed!! I actually did not try a beauty blender until I saw it in your post with the TM and i thought... o yeah I was going to try that..let me do it now!! it was FAR better! brush and BB!!! no fingers, glad we both found a way to make it work!! :D

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  35. The range i thought was not horrific but I am ALSO FINLAND!!! at the moment!! isnt it SAD to say "Alaska" is too dark for me?? There is nothing wrong with being pale, but that sentence just founds sad! do you see the swatch on my hand, when i was writing the review i looked and thought...I dont rem swatching a peach blush?? I looked around for a while and realized how dark it was ><

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  36. I hate silicone products, that's why I use LM Foundation primer as it is water based, and this TM did not feel siliconey to me, but i would request a sample!

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  37. thanks for following!!! I also have the LM TM but it broke me out :( the cap on this product is very secure!! no problems of leakage so long as it is done correctly! I bought it in HK! I think the character's name is "Chocolate Rain"

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  38. THANK YOU for this thorough review Julie!! I couldn't bring my self to get it in HK so I'll probably pick one up in the UK. Thanks to your review, I'll probably avoid Alaska since it'll probably be too dark on me. This was a really helpful review!

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