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    NARS 'Pure Radiant' Tinted Moisturizer

    I was thinking we can continue talk about tinted moisturizers in a separate thread.

    Katred let us know how do you like it. I will try the sample tomorrow.
    I think alaska will be too dark for you
    i will try to post swatches both alaska and finland on nc20 skin

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    Canadian ladies, the tinted moisturizer is now also available at the Bay. I'm NC30 and was colour matched to Alaska. Many products with sunscreen cause me to break out in a puffy, itchy, red rash and I've had this on along my jawline for a few hours now and so far no reaction! I'm thrilled because this is much more lightweight than the other sun protection products I've been using!

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    My arm is NC15 now. My face is a little darker and more yellow and i would say NC20 and finland blends in really good. ALaska is too dark, maybe it would be good for summer time

    here is finland blended on my arm (still little too dark for nc15)


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    So, basically, those of us lighter than NC/NW15 will have to look elsewhere for a tinted moisturizer, if we (in general) wanted to try the NARS one. Sigh.
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    I would write them an email saying that they need to make lighter shades

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    Okey dokey. I tried my sample of Alaska and it's definitely waaaaayyyy too dark for my skin. I'm normally a Siberia/ Mont Blanc girl (Mac NC/ NW 15). I'd say that Alaska would be a decent match to someone in the Mac 25-30 range (NC or NW). I found some of the moisturisers in store and swatched Finland on my hand, but it was a bit hard to tell whether it worked or not. It was definitely lighter than Alaska by quite a bit, but I thought it still ran a little dark on me. Maybe like a Mac shade 20 or Nars Deauville.

    If I could find a colour that matched my skin, I'd definitely buy this. When I first put it on, I thought that the texture felt a little greasy, but it settles to a very nice satiny finish in no time. The coverage is a little more than I've seen from most tinted moisturisers, but it's still what I'd call a lighter coverage foundation. The lasting time is good- it hung around for several hours on me and continued to make my skin look even and healthy.

    I really liked the healthy glow that it gave me. It didn't look overdone, but there was a definite radiance to my skin that I don't normally get with regular foundation. I used it on its own, but in the future, I'd definitely opt for some concealer under the eyes. Here's a pic of me wearing it:



    I think that you can get a sense of the "glow" I was referring to. It's definitely very natural while providing a nice, even colour to the face.

    It's definitely a nice product, they just need to get the colours figured out.
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    katred i think you should try finland!

    i will wear it today can't wait to see how it holds and looks after couple of hours. i love how smooth the texture is, nice scent -not to strong, blends in easily

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monsy View Post
    I would write them an email saying that they need to make lighter shades
    Winthrop44 said in the NARS Spring 2012 thread that she asked them, and they said Finland is the lightest shade they can achieve with the formulation.


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    I don't believe them. Every company has less colors when the product is launched and then depending on the sales they add more. (Look at the smashbox and benefit)


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    Since it's probably helpful for those who don't want to read all of the Spring 2012 again to find the picture, here is the promotional picture with the shades.



    (1) Finland - Lightest with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
    (2) Alaska - Light with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
    (3) St. Moritz - Medium with a neutral yellow undertone
    (4) Annapurna - Medium with a neutral peachy undertone
    (5) Cuba - Medium with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
    (6) Malaga - Medium dark with warm caramel undertones
    (7) Seychelles - Medium dark with golden olive undertones
    (8) Martinique - Medium dark with warm red undertones
    (9) Polynesia - Dark with warm chocolate undertones




    Quote Originally Posted by Monsy View Post
    I don't believe them. Every company has less colors when the product is launched and then depending on the sales they add more. (Look at the smashbox and benefit)
    I don't know much about what the other brands have to offer, so thank you for the information. I'll send them an email too, then!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Monsy View Post
    I don't believe them. Every company has less colors when the product is launched and then depending on the sales they add more. (Look at the smashbox and benefit)
    I hope you're right. I'm not sure why they would have given me that particular answer if it wasn't true though. I've written to many companies over the years asking for lighter shades and that one was a new one on me. lol Usually I get a blurb about them already offering shades that accomodate the great majority of people. In any case it couldn't hurt for everyone who can't find a match to e-mail to ask for additional shades.

    Looking forward to your take on Finland Kate!

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    I've sent them an email.
    From what I've read (and what I know), there is definitely a market for a lighter shade.

    Katred, it does give you a nice glow!

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    I got a sample yesterday and was matched to Alaska which seems a decent match. I need to wear it out some more before I give a review but so far so good. I wear Nars Sheer Glow in Santa Fe, and MAS studio fix in NW25 (though that one is a bit dark on me)
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    I know that Smashbox and Benefit would ask MUA/SA on their opininion what shades they should add , what other shades sell really good from other brands etc... So hopefully NARS would do the same if they realize they are losing sales for not having light enough shades. Losing sales= losing money no company likes that

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    I got a sample today of Seychelles - Medium dark with golden olive undertones. On my hand it was a great match the other two colors were either too red or too dark. I love the feel of this on my skin, It's lightweight like a moisturizer should be. Currently I use Laura Mercier for a Tinted Moisturizer and I think for a TM its very heavy feeling. More akin to an actual foundation. I'll update the thread when I actually use the product and give it a real world test.
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    Here are Finland and Sheer glow Gobi.

    My arm and neck are NC10.
    And my face is NC10~15 (very little yellower than my arm), so I mix Sheer glow Siberai and Gobi as usual which is perfect match for my face.

    As you can see, Finland is quite darker than Gobi. Maybe much yellower and pinker and it reminds me of Sheer glow "Deauville".
    Since it's quite dark for me, I have to mix with Sheer glow Siberia.


    The formula and light coverage are awesome.
    But the shade? I'm really really disappointed and little angry because I feel I wasted money on it.


    They "must" make some lighter shade than Finland. (Maybe light 0?)
    I mean the lightest shade should be as quite similar as Sheer glow Gobi "AT LEAST" even if they want to achieve with the formulation!!!


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    Thank you for the swatches, AquaMarine1543.
    I agree that they must make a lighter shade. As of right now, they've alienated a portion of their customers (those wearing Siberia, Mont-Blanc, and Gobi) for the Tinted Moisturizers. That's not a smart move. That certainly doesn't encourage loyalty towards the brand imho. I've always loved NARS for its inclusion of as many skintones as possible for their complexion products, so I can't understand how their lightest shade is just not suitable for a part of their customers.
    You should write them an email! Maybe if a significant enough portion of customers complain about that, they'd try to make a lighter shade.
    Can you return the product?

    Monsy, that's very interesting, and it does make a lot of sense. Who else than those in close contact with customers everyday know better about what's expected and desired by those who bring money to the brand. :P I wish NARS would do that. I feel excluded from a brand that I've been fiercely loyal to since I started using make-up (about a decade ago), and it saddens me.

    On the other hand, the formulation seems awesome, and it does look like a really nice product.

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    This website has swatches of the tinted moisturizers.

    http://www.lvmakeup.com/2012/02/nars...isturizer.html


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    I will buy it today. I like it a lot. Very creamy, covers more than other tinted moisturizers i've tried, blends nicely, gives nice smooth finish, not too glowy, but it takes little longer to dry, feels lightweight on skin, stays nicely during the day. I wore it with a little bit of nars loose powder on top.

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    I'm so sad that upon a second trial of this moisturizer, my skin reacted badly to the sunscreen in it. My skin became prickly, itchy red, and slightly swollen. It's not the worst reaction I've had to a sunscreen product but my skin will take a while to recover. If you're allergic or sensitive to chemical sunscreens, I recommend trying this, at least twice, on a very small spot before applying all over the face. I'm so disappointed that this didn't work out because this had potential to be HG for me.

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    Ya it definitely doesn't look like there are many fair shades. I've been lucky that pretty much all brands have my shade as I fall in light medium range. It's just interesting that the Nars TM has more dark shades than even medium or light medium. There's one light shade, one light-medium, one medium and then everything else is tan or darker....would say I've never seen that before.
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    Sojourner try both Alaska and St moritz.

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    Hi gals (and guys), I am new to the site, but wanted to share my opinion on the new Nars TM. I am a NC4 oily skin gal, I so far I have enjoyed it. I was a past user of the Laura Mercier TM and found it a tad bit too slick/sticky for my skin. I have found that the NARS TM settles onto my skin a lot quicker. But I do set it with loose powder. As far as color match, the MUA originally matched me with St. Moritz and suggested I set it with a darker powder. I tried that for awhile but still found the color to be too pale. So I went back and out asked for a sample of Annapurna (which was too dark by itself) to mix with the St. MorItz. I found that the blended color was a much better for my warm toned skin. I ended up buying a full size of Annapurna to mix with the St. Moritz (expensive yes, I know ). Long story short. I am very happy with the coverage, finish, and (finally) the color. I will hold judgement on its claim to lighten discolorations until I have used it for about a month.

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    Hi gals (and guys), I am new to the site, but wanted to share my opinion on the new Nars TM. I am a NC4 oily skin gal, I so far I have enjoyed it. I was a past user of the Laura Mercier TM and found it a tad bit too slick/sticky for my skin. I have found that the NARS TM settles onto my skin a lot quicker. But I do set it with loose powder. As far as color match, the MUA originally matched me with St. Moritz and suggested I set it with a darker powder. I tried that for awhile but still found the color to be too pale. So I went back and out asked for a sample of Annapurna (which was too dark by itself) to mix with the St. MorItz. I found that the blended color was a much better for my warm toned skin. I ended up buying a full size of Annapurna to mix with the St. Moritz (expensive yes, I know ). Long story short. I am very happy with the coverage, finish, and (finally) the color. I will hold judgement on its claim to lighten discolorations until I have used it for about a month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katred View Post
    Okey dokey. I tried my sample of Alaska and it's definitely waaaaayyyy too dark for my skin. I'm normally a Siberia/ Mont Blanc girl (Mac NC/ NW 15). I'd say that Alaska would be a decent match to someone in the Mac 25-30 range (NC or NW). I found some of the moisturisers in store and swatched Finland on my hand, but it was a bit hard to tell whether it worked or not. It was definitely lighter than Alaska by quite a bit, but I thought it still ran a little dark on me. Maybe like a Mac shade 20 or Nars Deauville.

    If I could find a colour that matched my skin, I'd definitely buy this. When I first put it on, I thought that the texture felt a little greasy, but it settles to a very nice satiny finish in no time. The coverage is a little more than I've seen from most tinted moisturisers, but it's still what I'd call a lighter coverage foundation. The lasting time is good- it hung around for several hours on me and continued to make my skin look even and healthy.

    I really liked the healthy glow that it gave me. It didn't look overdone, but there was a definite radiance to my skin that I don't normally get with regular foundation. I used it on its own, but in the future, I'd definitely opt for some concealer under the eyes. Here's a pic of me wearing it:



    I think that you can get a sense of the "glow" I was referring to. It's definitely very natural while providing a nice, even colour to the face.

    It's definitely a nice product, they just need to get the colours figured out.
    it does look like a really nice glow...actually it looks extremely close (at least to my eye)...so hopefully the next lighter will work for you!

    i just passed by the nars counter tonight and ended up picking up this foundation, as well as luster blush. they were having some kind of event, and although i felt like i had spent a pretty penny , i was watching these ladies buying like 5,6 items at a time and i was wondering if they knew something i didn't!


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    Quote Originally Posted by aradhana View Post
    it does look like a really nice glow...actually it looks extremely close (at least to my eye)...so hopefully the next lighter will work for you!
    i just passed by the nars counter tonight and ended up picking up this foundation, as well as luster blush. they were having some kind of event, and although i felt like i had spent a pretty penny , i was watching these ladies buying like 5,6 items at a time and i was wondering if they knew something i didn't!

    The difference in colour is definitely more evident in person. I think that the coverage blends enough with my skin tone that the lighter shade will be fine. I'm going to give it a try, because I really like the formula.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katred View Post
    The difference in colour is definitely more evident in person. I think that the coverage blends enough with my skin tone that the lighter shade will be fine. I'm going to give it a try, because I really like the formula.
    so i gave TM a test drive today...I'm not quite ready to pass my final judgement, but it does feel very nice. I prefer it slightly to my matchmaster, because it doesn't give my nose a flaky look. i was in a really big hurry with my makeup this morning though, so i don't feel like i can properly assess the finish and colour...


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    Quote Originally Posted by DILLIGAF View Post
    I got a sample today of Seychelles - Medium dark with golden olive undertones. On my hand it was a great match the other two colors were either too red or too dark. I love the feel of this on my skin, It's lightweight like a moisturizer should be. Currently I use Laura Mercier for a Tinted Moisturizer and I think for a TM its very heavy feeling. More akin to an actual foundation. I'll update the thread when I actually use the product and give it a real world test.
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    Loooooooooooooooooove this stuff! Got my proper color (Malaga) and I absolutely love it. Definitely gives my skin a 'glow' without making it look oily.
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