Today I have an awesome guest post for you from Alex, who blogs over at www.iheartbeauty.net where she writes mainly about beauty but also fashion, books and art. She describes her blog as beauty and beyond from a (slightly) older women but hopes it appeals to all ages. Alex lives in Notting Hill and when she’s not blogging she’s looking after her young daughter. She can be reached via twitter @AlexHeartBeauty
Nars Tinted Moisturiser Review
Women who have a love for beauty products usually have a particular area which they are more interested in than others. For some it’s eyeshadows or lipsticks but for me it’s face products that contain protection from UVA and UVB rays. This has been my specialist subject for a long time now and I think my skin has benefitted. Using such products daily is one of the best ways to slow down the ageing process.
It wasn’t so long ago that if you wanted a base that had good broad spectrum protection you had to accept that your face would look a bit greasy and have a white undercast. Thankfully this isn’t the case any more and the NARS Tinted Moisturiser is a great example of a product that looks good and protects at the same time.
After a bad experience with the Clinique CC Cream where I initially liked it but rapidly went off it, I wanted to wait awhile before reviewing the NARS product. However, I’ve now been using it for about 2 months and I’m pleased to report that my positive first impression has lasted.
I think the best think about it is how easy and quick it is to apply and blend which makes it perfect for days when time is short. It’s described as giving a ‘translucent veil of colour’ but to make sure I get the sun protection benefits I use a fair amount and would say when used this way the coverage is medium. The end look is slightly dewy but not overly so. There are 11 shades varying from pale to dark so people with a wide range of skin tones should hopefully be able to find a shade that’s good for them.
The ratings of SPF 30 and PA+++ means it offers good sun protection from both UVA and UVB rays if used sufficiently. To learn more about what sun ratings to look out for and what they mean you can check out my post on the subject here.
Because I’m extra cautious, I use a bit of moisturiser with broad section protection first but on cloudy days it should be fine to use on it’s own or over serum as it is a hydrating product.
It also claims to reduce the appearance of discolouration and dark spots in 4 weeks but as I haven’t used it for 4 weeks solidly and discolouration isn’t a problem for me I can’t comment on this. Also, my priorities for a base are sun protection and a good finish and I feel rather ambivalent towards the recent trend to include skincare benefits.
It has a nice citrusy smell and the ingredients list does include Limonene which is a scent that naturally occurs in the rind of citrus fruit and Citral which has a lemony scent and found in the oils of lemongrass, lemons and oranges. It is oil-free, paraben-free and non-comedogenic. However, Talc is included in the ingredients list which I know some people like to avoid.
To sum up, I really like this product and I think the biggest endorsement I can give is to say that I will definitely be repurchasing.
Nars Tinted Moisturiser is £28 for 50ml and is available here – link.
This seems to tick a lot of boxes, oil free, paraben free, fragrance free (?) and it looks really lovely on your skin too. I’ve been looking for something just like this for a while now, I thought I’d found ‘the one’ with Omorovicza’s bb cream, but in reality it looked really poor on me. Definitely going to test this when I’m next at a Nars counter.
If you’re a BB fan, have you tried the Dr Jart+ range at Boots? There’s some really fab ones that offer varying levels of coverage. Or the Ginvera Green Tea one? I haven’t tried the Nars one (it was a guest post) so I can’t compare xx