Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer new shades: our honest review

Ellie Davis
·3-min read

As our social calendars are refilling once again, it’s time to dust off your makeup bag.

If your once beloved products are looking past their sell by date - we have good news. NARS has relaunched its iconic tinted moisturiser, which is now available in 16 shades for a more inclusive selection than ever.

A hybrid between foundation and moisturiser, the multitasking product is ideal for creating the coveted ‘skinmalism’ natural makeup look. It packs your skin with hydration, while treating it to a fresh-from-holiday glow.


NARS’ Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer has long been a favourite among those in the know with its buildable, oil-free formula. It has SPF30 and contains the powerhouse combination of antioxidant-rich vitamin C to protect your skin against environmental aggressors and leave a radiant finish as well as French Polynesian Kopara to nourish and refine your complexion.

“I am crazy about healthy beautiful skin!”, explains François Nars, NARS Founder & Creative Director. “I love the weightless texture, rich pigment, and the glow that this product gives to any and every complexion. It is wonderful for all skin types and has a sheerness that allows for your skin’s unique qualities to shine through. It’s also totally effortless.”

The ES Best Shopping team took four shades of the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser for a spin - here’s what we thought.

Ellie Davis Acting Shopping Editor

Shades: Light 3 Groenland (for light skin with peach undertones) & Light 2 Alaska (for light skins with golden undertones)

After nearing a year of not wearing makeup, this tinted moisturiser from NARS acted as the perfect stepping stone I needed after the restrictions eased.

I must admit, I feel a bit rusty on the makeup front but this product was a breeze, giving my skin the hydration it desperately needs while coating it with good, buildable coverage and a luminous glow. It is more pigmented than some of the other tinted moisturisers on the market, which was a welcomed treat to my very pale lockdown complexion.

I went for two different shades; Alaska and Groenland - the former to suit my aforementioned Vitamin D-deficient skin and the other after a good tanning session courtesy of James Reed. I applied the product with a damp Beauty Blender and it went on a treat, spreading seamlessly over my skin. Foolproof.


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Abha Shah, Digital Shopping Writer

Shades: Med-Deep 1 Santiago (For mediumdeep skin with subtle golden undertones) and Med-Deep 2 Marrakesh (For medium-deep skin with olive undertones)

I’ve always thought the point of makeup is being able to see it. Why bother otherwise? At least, Ihad thought that until the pandemic put my makeup kit on furlough. For the best really, my skin needed the break. Now we’ve been given the green light to venture out into the world, it feels strange to apply the full face I used to do on autopilot in the mornings.

The arrival of NARS’s new tinted moisturiser feels timely. Available in 16 shades, there were a few options for my Indian skin. I plumped for Santiago, which suits medium deep skin with subtle golden undertones, and Marrakesh, made for medium-deep skin with olive undertones. Squeezing the tube, I was at first dubious over NARS description of this product as a moisturiser - it very much looks like foundation. But I soon found it’s far thinner, leaving my pores ‘dressed’ but feeling as though they could ‘breathe’.

The first ‘coat’, while still allowing stubborn acne scars to show through, balanced the medley of tones across my face well. Not a full makeover but rather, a gentle fine-tuning. The Tinted Moisturiser is easily buildable if you want to strengthen your base, but it also pairs well with concealer and bronzer, offering a mildly polished look that feels comfortable as I prepare for the great re-emergence. I’d happily wear this to the office, and save the stronger stuff for a big night out.

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