When I think about all of the bases I love, and reach for on a daily basis, there’s one that always rises to the top of the heap. My go-to base for any occasion. So it’s pretty silly that I’d never devoted a post in my Foundation Files series to it. No matter how many glowy, lightweight bases I try, I always come back to the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser.
The TM comes in an ever-practical black tube. Compact and sturdy enough to travel with while still remaining stylish, as with all NARS packaging.
I like to use a large fluffy foundation brush (such as the Models Prefer Professional Airbrush Brush) to apply this all over the face – it’s super quick and effective this way and means that I’m never using too much product.Sometimes I like to buff it in around my t-zone a little more with a denser brush to really ensure it looks like skin. This tube has lasted me a long time because I really only need a tiny bit of product each time I use it. I find beauty sponges tend to soak up too much of the product to be effective when applying.
As you can expect with most tinted moisturiser formulas, the NARS TM provides a whole lot of glow to the complexion, without looking tacky or wet on the skin, once it’s been blended in. I find it’s quite natural but radiant (as the name would suggest), particularly after it’s had a little while to adjust on your skin. Set down with powder, the glow remains but the skin looks a little more satin-y.
Another huge part of why I love this foundation is it provides me with pretty much my ideal coverage. It evens my skin tone but my freckles are still mostly visible – for me, this is the ultimate my-skin-but-better base. I’d describe the coverage as fairly light but it can be easily and comfortably built to a medium coverage with a little more product or with a denser brush.
The NARS TM is one of those bases that looks a little better after a couple of hours on the skin, I’m always a little surprised when I arrive home with my skin still looking flawless because I always assume that a lightweight formula means less staying power. Without setting it down with powder, it can transfer and fade, but I prefer the finish with a light dusting of powder over the top so it works perfectly for me. The satin finish that I get after setting it down with powder works better for my skin type and definitely means that it lasts a little better on my skin. It does tend to fade a little throughout the day on my t-zone, mostly on my chin, if I touch my face too much.
Terre-Neuve is pretty much the shade I use to match all other foundations – one of the first bases that actually went light enough for my pale skin. It’s quite a yellow-toned shade, as is the case with most of the NARS range. In the winter months, I add a drop or two of The Body Shop’s Lightening Drops, to lighten it up but in the summer, it’s perfect.
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in Terre-Neuve 0
If you have dry skin, the finish of this TM will be perfect for you. It’s hydrating and comfortable to wear and I’ve never had a problem with it picking up on drier patches of skin. I’d still recommend dusting it with a little powder to stop it transferring too much, however.
If you have oily skin, it could be worth being wary of this one. It works for my combination/oily t-zone quite well, when set down with powder, but those who really need something to control the oil probably won’t fall in love as I have.
Although I’ve tried the newer release, the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint, and enjoy that one quite a lot, I still return to this one when I need some quick and easy coverage. The finish is more my style but oilier skin girls might have more luck with the Velvet Matte offering. It’s a pricey base but I can already tell you that I’ll be repurchasing this the second my current tube runs out.
Have you tried the NARS Tinted Moisturiser?
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