NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer: Seychelles…

…is too red for me. 😦 Looks like I’m going to have to go with Malaga anyway. When NARS International MUA Uzo did my makeup, she showed me how I tend to reach for ‘redder’ foundations as I correct ‘down’ — especially when I feel like I’m in between shades. She’s made me more conscious of paying attention to foundations that pull more ‘yellow’ on me. So I knew, as soon as I saw Seychelles against my skin, that it was wrong.

The tube is a decent size… about an ounce. And the product is very loose, so you don’t need much to cover a large area. I learned, when I popped the top, that you need to be careful not to prematurely squeeze because the product will come rushing out. It’s secured with a seal (to prevent it from popping open during shipment), but you’ll need to be cognizant that the top is always securely shut when you’re not using it because I can see this product getting everywhere.

That’s a really little dot (I’m zoomed in). You’d be surprised how much that little bit covered on the inside of my arm (which is closest to the color of my face). Now, as you can see, the color is very warm… and too red for me.

I’m actually glad that there’s such a disparity in color in this case, because you can really see the coverage of this tinted moisturizer. It’s a solid medium coverage… .like a lot of foundations. It’s also not really ‘oily’ so I can see this working on a wide range of skin tones (even my oily skin). I also don’t think that dry skin girls have much to worry about, because this formula seems very balanced.

That’s the full swatch. So yeah… this color is not for me. But the formula definitely is. I’ve already contacted NARS about returning it. When I get Malaga (fingers crossed that it’ll work for me), I’ll (once again) swatch it all to be damned, and let you guys know what I think!

*In case some of you are wondering why I haven’t tested these in person, they don’t appear to be available at any of my local retail outlets. I’ve found them online, but haven’t physically seen them at a counter or in a store yet.*

NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer

I’ve hesitated to put up a post about this product, because until yesterday, it hadn’t hit the official website. It hit Nordstrom’s website a couple of weeks ago. But I wanted to see what NARS was going to do independently before making a decision about it.

Because shopping online for foundations/tinted moisturizers can often be a costly (and wasteful) experience, I refused to ‘guess’ at my color  until enough people had purchased, tested, and swatched this item. I started digging around for photos at New York Fashion Week… and found this from Phillip Lim:

 All of the models looked flawless, but not ‘done’. I understand that this tinted moisturizer has a nice medium coverage, not unlike the Laura Mercier version (my dislike of that product’s ‘smell’ has been well documented). So, I finally dug into the old wallet and ordered it ‘Seychelles.’ That one is the closest to my natural coloring. The color before it (Malaga) is too pink, and the one after it (Martinique) is too red.

My product gets here some time next week. When it does, I’ll be sure to swatch it all to be damned, and tell you guys what I think. Ciao for now!