This moisturizer has a silky, somewhat thick texture but its formula is incredibly basic (NARS may be a master at makeup, but his pricey skin care is not in the same league). This will help normal to dry skin look and feel better, but there are many other, less expensive moisturizers that go much further to improve skin via proven beneficial ingredients.
Although this contains some intriguing plant and vitamin ingredients, they won’t hold up for long due to jar packaging. The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Note that the claim of this containing a Light Reflecting Complex has to do with the mica and iron oxides this contains. The tiny amount of light-reflecting ingredients this contains add a slight glow-y shine to skin, but this benefit is found from countless products, not to mention that any product that smoothes skin helps it reflect light better—no special complex needed!
Replenishes skin with 24-hour intense hydration and restores luminosity that naturally diminishes over time. Enriched with Beech Bud Extract to boost collagen production* and potent anti-oxidants to combat free radical damage. Contains the NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex™ designed to restore skin’s youthful radiance and reflect light like a prism.
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Triethylhexanoin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Stearyl Alcohol, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, PEG-32, PEG-6, Linseed Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Cocos Nucifera [Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil], Elaeis Guineensis [Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil], Phenoxyethanol, Parfum (Fragrance), Elaeis Guineensis [Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil], Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, PEG-25 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Maris Aqua (Sea Water), Trisodium EDTA, Carbomer, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Gardenia Tahitensis (Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract), Algae (Algae Extract), Sophora Japonica (Sophora Japonica Root Extract), Barium Sulfate, Thymus Serpillum (Thymus Serpillum Extract), Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Tocopherol, Fagus Sylvatica (Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract), Plankton Extract, Alumina, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides)
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 risqué shade names.
As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengths—it reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If you’re a fan of bold colors, you’ll 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 don’t 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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