Good news: I was able to wear NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer for 5 days last week. Yay!
But I feel like I cheated because it merely replaced my sunblock. NARS tinted moisturizer has SPF 30 PA+++.
I wore it alone on Day 1–bad idea. I have a sample tube in the shade Finland and it was way too light for me. On the NARS’ website, Finland is listed as the lightest shade. I went through my day looking ghostly.
For the remaining 4 days, I set the tinted moisturizer with MAC Studio Fix Powder in C40. And in 2 of those 4 days, I used an Hourglass primer underneath.
FIRST IMPRESSION ON NARS RADIANT TINTED MOISTURIZER
Many of us oily folk might find that this gets greasy too soon. But compared to the bb creams I’ve tried, this tinted moisturizer is infinitely better. It can give me the promises of a bb cream–a little coverage, moisture, and sun protection–without looking grey.
When I used it on its own, in an air-conditioned environment, I was already shiny by the second hour. I think Finland, being several shades too light, made the shine look worse than it actually was. I have a feeling that if I used St. Moritz, the shine would still be within my standard of acceptable. Thankfully, it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy, unless I literally feel my face with my fingers. It also didn’t look like it’s sitting on top of my skin, which was surprising because I used the wrong shade.
This product causes flashback in photos (esp with phone camera flash). I don’t believe that just because something has SPF, it will automatically result in a flashback scenario. But I watch out for these two ingredients if I know I am going to be photographed: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. NARS tinted moisturizer has titanium dioxide way up in the ingredients list. But the likelihood of me getting photographed in my day-to-day activities is close to zero per cent. And, people rarely use flash these days. For an everyday product, the flashback thing shouldn’t be an issue.
I can imagine myself purchasing this in the future. Hopefully, not soon.
I wore Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer on its own for an additional day when I hung out these ladies last weekend:
Elaine was very interested in purchasing KA SSE. But she asked if she could see it on me first and I was glad to oblige. I think I convinced her to get one.
Putting on foundation (or any other face base) made it almost impossible for me not to put on color. I found myself wearing blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow more.
If I can’t fix my life to have time to put on makeup, maybe makeup can give me the push.
To know what this challenge is all about, read this: 20 Days of Foundation Challenge.