Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 Sunscreen/PA+++
NOTE: As of November 2015, we were informed by our readers that there has been a reformulation of this product. We appreciate your patience while we take the time to thoroughly update this review!
The NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 contains an in-part titanium dioxide sunscreen that provides sufficient UVA protection from the sun's most aging rays (see More Info to find out what the "PA+++" part of the product name signifies). The lightweight yet creamy liquid texture glides over skin and delivers a sheer finish that looks slightly dewy, but dries down to a soft matte finish and is workable for most skin types.
This does contain a small amount of fragrance; the amount present here shouldn't be an issue for most, but we note it as those who have very sensitive skin should proceed with caution.
Like many of NARS foundations, the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 has a beautifully natural, skin-like quality to it that won't look at all made up. This provides light coverage, so if you have any discolorations or post-breakout red marks, you'll almost certainly want to touch up with a concealer afterwards. The colors range from fair to deep, and most are excellent. We should note that some of the deeper shades have a slight orange undertone, so we would recommend testing these first to ensure a good match (and check the results in natural light).
- Its best shades provide sheer, "real-skin" coverage.
- Lightweight yet creamy liquid texture glides over skin.
- Delivers sheer, slightly dewy finish with a soft matte feel.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Slight amount of fragrance.
PA followed by plus signs (PA+++, for example) is a designation used in Japan to rate the UVA protection of a sunscreen. PA+ indicates “some” UVA protection, whereas PA+++ indicates the highest level of UVA protection. Some regulatory experts argue that this type of test isn't reliable because it looks only at UVA radiation, while natural sunlight is a mix of UVA and UVB, each of which damages skin, although in different ways.
The PA rating standard is not accepted or used in other countries, but because NARS is sold in Japan, some of their products have begun to include it on the labeling. The concept is interesting, but, ultimately, the SPF rating and the active ingredients matter far more because the method of assessing UVA protection is not widely accepted, primarily because it is difficult to get scientists to agree on what tests to use and what the results mean.
Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.
Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining attention with vibrant, deeply pigmented colors, sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqu shade names.
As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengthsit reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If youre a fan of bold colors, youll find them here, and the brand offers consistently impressive foundations and concealers. NARS consistently impresses when it comes to offering a wide range of shades to suit nearly any skin tone.
Where NARS often falls short is in the amount of fragrance added to many of their skincare formulas. In some cases, the amount and specific fragrance ingredients chosen outweigh the potential benefits, so be sure to double check their review before buying. Overall, NARS offers a lot to love, and if you dont mind splurging a bit (as their prices can be on the spendy side) there are quite a few makeup picks that come with our highest recommendations.
Strengths: Superior foundations and foundation shade options; excellent blushes; splurge-worthy lipsticks; beautiful bronzers and consistently impressive color products.
Weaknesses: Can be expensive; a few skincare formulas contain high amounts of fragrance.
For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.
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