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Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 by NARS

Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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finish: demi-matte coverage: medium coverage
Variation: Alaska (light skin w/ golden undertones)

Top Reviews



this tinted moisturizer really looks radiant and for now i'm in love

- Sephora User

i was given a sample of this tinted moisturizer and i really enjoy it - i love the radiant finish alongside the good overall coverage and evened out skin tone, and my skin feels nicely moisturized and soft

- Spacenk User


redness relief

it provides really decent coverage for a tinted moisturiser and it's buildable, i applied one layer with my fingers then used a foundation brush on my red cheeks and acne scars and it really covers surprisingly well for a tinted moisturiser (though not full coverage, you would still need concealer for really pronounced scars/redness)

- Sephora User

my skin is definitely more even-looking and i am almost positive it has reduced my breakouts

- Sephora User

staying power


it lasts all day and i am absolutely in love with it

- Sephora User

it's quick, fast and easy to use if you're in a rush in the mornings but also provides the right amount of coverage and stays on all day

- Sephora User



it has light coverage that can be built to a medium coverage & is great if you don't want to look cakey and just want that natural glowy look

- Sephora User

however, i tried this and found it lightweight yet buildable and mosturizing

- Sephora User


blends well

goes on smooth and no patches

- Ulta User

it spreads/applies very easily, looks dewy and glowy in a natural way (but not too much), the color is flattering and i receive compliments on my skin

- Sephora User



oh my gosh , u can not believe how much i loveeeee this product , every body just telling me my skin is sooo smooth ,healthier and shiny when i'm applying this miracle product,it has a light coverage which i need it,do not think about the price guys just buy it u will love it

- Sephora User

i will tell you that this does not cover any large blemishes but still evens out redness and gives your skin a smooth and natural finish

- Sephora User



i'm at an age where most foundations and concealers just draw attention to my pores and fine lines so i love that this gently smooths everything out and makes me look like i've got great skin

- Spacenk User

it has a pleasant light fragrance that is not irritating and goes away within a minute or so and an extremely glowy finish

- Sephora User



-stays in place throughout the day (i prime with tatcha’s silk canva after my skincare routine, and then lock with boscia’s white charcoal mattifying setting spray and voila

- Sephora User

however, i get an almost airbrushed effect when i layer it over my bobbi brown mattifying primer in my t zone and over my clarins beauty flash balm under my eyes

- Spacenk User



i'm super dry

- Sephora User

i'm super dry

- Sephora User

color accuracy

doesn't oxidize

it provides me with the right amount of coverage to hide the redness, the color is a perfect match for me (finland - i'm a nc/nw 20 for reference), does not oxidize, makes my skin feel moisturized (i have very oily skin and this still works well

- Sephora User

you get great coverage, even with finger application, it doesn’t oxidize horribly, it stays allllll day if set, and it looks like skin

- Sephora User

pore minimizing

pore minimizing

this one by far is the best for my skin, it doesn't clog my pores like the others

- Sephora User

this moisturizer is exactly everything that i was looking for: super lightweight, not greasy, doesn't clog my pores, lasts throughout the day, perfect amount of coverage, no harmful ingredients, and no weird smell

- Sephora User



it lasted most the day under sweaty conditions, had a nice dry down time, and offered full coverage with a nice semi matte finish

- Sephora User

i have dry skin between my brows and slightly oily skin on my chin and this product handles them both flawlessly while giving my skin a semi matte, semi dewy look

- Sephora User


medium coverage

it gives you a light to medium to full coverage: depending on how you apply it

- Sephora User

smells great, great coverage (even if you're looking for a medium coverage) lightweight and it lasts all day

- Sephora User
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Sephora userJuly 11, 2012

Pure Radiant Awesomeness

This is the best beauty find of the year for me, hands down. I can see myself using this for many years to come. I am half Korean, half German-American with a light-to-medium, yellow-under-toned complexion; I wear the shade 'Alaska' and it blends into my skin tone perfectly. I love the texture/consistency of this product––not runny, yet not too thick––it's just right. Broad spectrum SPF 30 is great. Coverage is on the sheer side of medium; again, just right, and exactly what you'd want from a tinted moisturizer. You don't feel this on your skin at all; it's weightless. If you have combination or oily skin, you'd probably want to powder your T-zone to reduce shine, but I happen to think the finish of this on its own is a thing of beauty. It looks totally natural, like a second skin, but better. It leaves a perfect satin finish. Packaging is fantastic, classic NARS: clean/hygienic, travel-friendly, not messy, simple and sleek-looking. There is a mild-moderate citrusy scent (which I personally don't mind and even find to be rather pleasant), but once applied, I can no longer smell it. I used up 2 generous sample pots of this (daily, over the course of a month and a half) before I finally went ahead and purchased the full-sized tube. For reference, my skin type is combination, sensitive/reactive (prone to cosmetic irritation and/ore breakouts); this tinted moisturizer hasn't caused any skin issues for me whatsoever. In fact, the opposite is true: thanks to this product, I'm able to enhance my complexion and still manage to look like I'm not wearing anything on my face. I will admit that I have great skin to begin with (I take immaculate care of it and protect every day w/a high SPF), but the NARS tinted moisturizer just bumps the appearance up a notch and makes me look like I have absolutely flawless skin, which obviously makes me ecstatic. I couldn't be more satisfied with this product. Highly recommend. <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__expand-link pd-reviews__translate-span" data-hide="-6297939139830016244-full" data-show="-6297939139830016244-short" jsaction="pdui.tvc">« less</span>

- Sephora
Nordstrom userFebruary 15, 2012

Love this tinted moisturizer!

Being a fan of NARS products, I was extremely excited for the launch of this product, so as soon as it was available at Nordstrom, I rushed to purchase it! I've used it for about two weeks now, and am very pleased with the tinted moisturizer.-At first, I was a bit concerned about the shade selection for my NC30/NARS Sheer Glow Punjab/Make Up For Ever HD 120 skintone. After swatching, I knew Finland (the first shade) would be too light, and St. Moritz (third shade) would be too dark. I was hesitant about Alaska since it is classified as a "Light 2" shade, but my normal foundation shade, Nars Punjab, is classified as "Medium 1." However, Alaska has proven to be a great match for my light-medium yellow-toned skintone.-The coverage and texture have been excellent for a tinted moisturizer. I've tried a number of tinted moisturizers, including Laura Mercier's and Smashbox's. While I loved the convenience and low-maintenance factors of those tinted moisturizers, I wasn't a fan of their sheer coverage or how after a number of hours, the TM would feel slightly gummy and look shiny on my oily skin. With NARS, the coverage has been just as good as what I'd get with their Sheer Glow Foundation (which, to those who aren't familiar with Sheer Glow, isn't really sheer), but the TM looks more natural (doesn't settle into pores or lines) and feels absolutely fantastic, like second skin! Depending on how much you choose, I would classify the coverage as light-medium, and it can certainly be built to medium without looking unnatural.-The lasting power of this tinted moisturizer has been impressive too. Besides its lightweight and comfortable texture, its staying power on my oily skin has been excellent. After a long workday, the tinted moisturizer is still intact.-No breakouts on my acne-prone skin after a few weeks of using this.I am very happy with this tinted moisturizer and am so glad to have switched from using foundation to this product. Sometimes, my skin will feel heavy after using foundation, and it takes more work -- I have to be careful to fully blend in the foundation. WIth this tinted moisturizer, I love how I only have to use one product (rather than a separate sunscreen and primer), and it feels and looks seamless on the skin. I highly recommend this product! « less

- Nordstrom
sephora userFebruary 03, 2016


Firstly, I've never written a bad review, ever. Usually I just return/throw out and am on my way. I love sheer glow and thought this would be similar and I would love it. Unfortunately this is everything I hate in one product. It has no color correction (I was expecting it to have no coverage, and it doesn't), made me break out, was itchy, and is SO greasy and shiny. Even after I first put it on, before it starts slipping off my face, it looks shiny as if it were oily and I'd been wearing it for 10 hours. Believe me, I'm all for luminous and dewy, I hate matte--but this is straight up greasy. Nothing "radiant" about it. And I have dry skin! So confusing. Everyone else seems to love it, but I can't imagine how. Honestly this is worse than any drugstore tinted moisturizer I've ever tried. This is honestly garbage, I gave it a week with a different method and combo of other products each day but I'm never putting this on my face again! I would return it, but I always feel guilty doing returns, although I hate to throw $43 in the trash can. Please get a sample before buying, I wish I hadn't just believed the inexplicably good reviews.

- sephora
Sephora userMarch 1, 2012


Skin type: oily t-zone/mostly normal everywhere else, acne-prone but mostly clear skin, yellow undertone (Bare Mineral Light, Lancome Miracle Teint 7W) Thank you NARS! This product is a time saver! With a fairly high UVA/UVB protection of SPF30 Pa+++, I've been able to compress my sunscreen and light coverage foundation steps. If you want to use a higher spf, this will layer perfectly fine on top. The consistency and wear is similar to a very light cream and is easiest to apply with fingers. If you get oily in the T-zone like me, dusting a bit of powder over the T-zone seems to work or use a oil control primer underneath. I love how the finish is fresh and natural. It's my skin but better! Be aware that the product is a bit -cone heavy. Thankfully, I did not break out with use. There is a slight citrusy scent noticeable only during application. Color: I could never get a color match with Laura Mercier's TM (nude was too ashy/pale and next color up was too dark) so it was great that the 2nd lightest (Alaska) matched perfectly. Coverage is light and evened out the redness from my skin. If you need heavier coverage, this is not for you. The TM is slightly buildable, but a concealer will be needed for darker blemishes. Color oxidation is minimal. Wear time: When I had a small flaky patch of skin, the TM did catch during application and settled a tiny bit. I used a smaller brush to blend it out. Generally, the TM lasted a full work day. I blotted occasionally, but I never hit the "shining oil spill red alert" stage. At the extreme, I was just dewy, and that's a big pro for me as products claiming "radiance" and "skin lit from within" tend to cross into OPEC nation very quickly for my oily T. If you blot a lot, you may need to touch up a bit. Also, I did not find the TM sinking into my pores or caking at the end of the day. Moisture/Hyperpigmentation reduction: While I use the Boscia Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel underneath because it's still dry and cold, my skin did not feel as dehydrated at the end of the day compared to when I was using my sunscreen & water-based foundation regimen. I can't really comment about the hyperpigmentation reductions as the Boscia moisturizer also has the same effect. Cost: $42, Reasonable considering you're getting a decently rated sunscreen, light moisturizer, and light coverage "foundation" in one. <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__expand-link pd-reviews__translate-span" data-hide="-348921184844553552-full" data-show="-348921184844553552-short" jsaction="pdui.tvc">« less</span>

- Sephora
Sephora userOctober 17, 2013

Skeptic Turned Believer

I know this is marketed as a tinted moisturizer but when I think of a tinted moisturizer I think of barely there coverage that does nothing for evening out my complexion. This product has blown me away.I went to the Sephora store and got my Color IQ (I am 2Y05) as I have been searching for a perfect color match and had just about given up. I was matched with many products but I wanted something that did not contain parabens and therefore my options dwindled down to only a few choices with most of them being tinted moisturizers. I have to say I haven't tried a lot of tinted moisturizers but the ones I have (ex. Laura Mericer) were not even worth paying $5 for. So when the sales associate shows me the list I became a bit disappointed in the selection but decided to have her give me some samples...it was worth a shot.I got the Hourglass and Nars samples and took them home to test out. I tried the Hourglass one first and used it for about 4 days...it wasn't bad but I wasn't impressed at all, especially considering the price. I didn't hold out much hope for the Nars at this point but gave it a go anyway. I was so completely surprised at the color match and coverage of this product...I couldn't stop staring at my reflection and I couldn't help but thinking my skin looked beautiful and radiant (notice I said skin and not makeup). I wanted some coverage but not so much that it looked like I was wearing a full face of makeup. I have freckles and still wanted them to show through a bit but also wanted to just even out my skintone.This product provides light to medium coverage but with the feeling of a lightweight moisturizer. I love that this product does not have parabens or fragrance AND it has SPF 30! I wear SPF 30 everyday on my face and was previously using Alba Botanicals SPF 30 and then Bare Minerals over that for coverage...oh and a primer under all of that to keep everything from sliding off. I have now eliminated 2 steps from my daily regimine! I do not use a primer (except on my eyelids) and I find that Nars stays put and lasts an entire day...maybe diminishing somewhat by the end of the day but nothing like my Bare Minerals would do. It gives me the dewy complexion I was looking for without looking like an oil slick at the end of the day (I have t-zone oiliness).I apply this with the Sephora Collection Pro Flawless Airbrush #56 (best foundation brush ever) and it gives me a flawless buffed finish. I use a pea sized amount and apply it all over my face and down past my jawline onto my neck for a seemless look.i have finally found a product that makes my skin look great and has non-harmful ingredients! « less

- Sephora


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