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NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 Terre-Neuve & Finland Review

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer – Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in Terre Neuve and Finland - Review, Swatches & Comparison

Last year at the Nordstrom Spring Trendshow, I got a makeover done and the talented makeup artist that Judi and I saw matched me up with NARS Finland in their tinted moisturizer. Recently NARS released the shade Terre Neuve, and the mua at Sephora insisted that if I wore NARS Siberia, I must have Terre Neuve. So I picked it up and figured I’d compare it to Finland. I happen to love NARS Finland, even if it is a tad darker than I like. It’s perfect for days when I am in a rush and I just wanted a tinted moisturizer.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer – Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in Terre Neuve and Finland - Review, Swatches & Comparison

The Website Says
Your skin – almost bare, but better. This advanced, oil-free formula provides a translucent veil of color and sun protection while helping to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots in just four weeks. Infused with lush, naturally derived botanicals and ingredients to immediately help thirsty skin feel hydrated. Kopara from French Polynesia and mineral rich seawater revive and re-mineralize skin for a softer, smoother, and brighter natural glow. Skin is transported. It has been proven to help reduce the appearance of discoloration and dark spots caused by hyper pigmentation for a clearer and brighter complexion in just four weeks. Oil-free and luxurious, it obscures the appearance of lines, wrinkles, pores and other imperfections. SPF 30 adds a translucent veil of protection.

  • * Advanced sun protection
  • * Hydrates and helps reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots for a brighter natural glow
  • * Oil-free. Dermatologist tested. Non-comedogenic. Synthetic fragrance free.

Consumer Testing Results:

  • * 84% felt their skin was more radiant and luminous
  • * 81% felt the product smoothed out the surface of their skin
  • * 81% felt the product gave them immediate hydration

Artist Tips

  • * For subtle coverage, use the tinted moisturizer in place of foundation. Blend it along cheekbones, then swipe a bit down the nose and along the top of the forehead. This will even tone while keeping things light and sheer. –Janice Daoud, National Makeup Stylist
  • * For an extra glow blend a pea-size amount with equal amount of Copacabana Illuminator and smooth over entire face. –Raquel Grijalva, National Makeup Stylist

Key Ingredients

  • * Kopara: Hydrate and retexturize; Kopara are natural polysaccharides found in a unique ecosystem at the rim of the French Polynesian atoll, Moorea, known as the “Magical Island.” Two of these sustainably sourced polysaccharides have been found to have a synergistic effect to improve the condition of the skin. They encourage natural skin cell renewal while simultaneously hydrating the skin for a smoother, softer, healthier looking complexion.
  • * Ascorbyl Glucoside: Brightens and protects the skin.
  • * Mineral-Rich Seawater: Revitalizes and remineralizes the skin, keeping it fresh and energized. It is rich in calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron, manganese, selenium, and zinc.

Water, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Glycerin, Nylon-12, Cyclomethicone, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Stearic Acid Phenoxyethanol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Fragrance, Dimethicone/Vinyl, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trisodium, Edta, Aluminum Distearate, Talc, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Polysilicone-2, Vibrio Alginolyticus Ferment Filtrate, Tocopherol, Alteromonas Ferment Filtrate, Maris Sal (Sea Salt), Hydrogen Dimethicone, Bht, Algae (Algae Extract), Sodium Metabisulfite, Curcuma Longa [Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract], Potassium Sorbate, Geraniol, Limonene, Citral, Linalool [+/- (May Contain): Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides)].

Price & Availability
$42 for 1.9 oz from, a NARS counter, Sephora, or

Honestly the colors are very, very similar.

Wearing NARS Terre Neuve on one half of my faceHere I applied Terre-Neuve to one half of my face and left the other half naked.

Wearing NARS Terre Neuve, no flash no edding.
Wearing NARS Terre-Neuve, no flash.

This shows my face with all its flaws. No flash was used in this image above. You can see all my skin imperfections. As a tinted moisturizer, I feel like NARS Pure Radiant does what i want it to do, and it covers more than some ‘BB Creams’ I’ve tried.

People are constantly telling me I’m too picky or not picky enough when it comes to foundation. My biggest complaint has always been that most products are too dark. For these tinted moisturizers I find that I can wear both. I do feel like Finland can be a bit too dark, but I feel like Terre Neuve can be a bit too pink. However, I feel like both provide me with the perfect amount of coverage for when I don’t want a lot of makeup on.

My absolute favorite combination right now is when I’m wearing the tinted moisturizer and using the Light Reflectinng Loose Setting Powder on top. I feel like I look absolutely perfect that way!

I’ve found this product invaluable when I’ve been traveling and I have to get up at some ungodly hour to catch a plane. I can wake up, wash my face, and then put this on my face and call it done, or I can take a few minutes and fill in my brows and add mascara. Either way, this tinted moisturizer provides me with enough coverage that I look good and can go on about my way.

I’ve worn this with and without using moisturizer beforehand and I feel it wears equally well for me in either case, though clearly if I’m in a rush I’m using this as a multi-tasking moisturizer, spf, and foundation type product in one. When I use the Supergood SPF 50 I feel like that product almost acts as a primer for it.

I really appreciate the fact that it’s SPF 30. With my rosacea, I’m all about the high SPF. I also like that this doesn’t break me out or irritate my skin or my eyes. I like the way the product feels and dries down on my skin. It doesn’t really seem to have much of a scent to me. It doesn’t get tight or cakey, in my opinion. I feel like it does a good job at hiding most imperfections and blurring other ones. It doesn’t feel heavy. It seems to have more of a skin-like quality than a mask-like quality. To me, this is all indicative of a great tinted moisturizer.

Would I purchase again?
Absolutely! I purchased both of these. Once I’ve finished them both up I’ll certainly purchase another. I do feel like, since it’s 1.9 oz, that it’s not bad for the price because most regular foundations can be $30-$40 for 1 oz.

I really need to try the tip of mixing in one of the tinted moisturizers with Copacabana! I also need to try mixing the shades together to see what I think.

What do you think of the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 Terre-Neuve & Finland? Have you tried either?

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  • I’m hunting swatches of Terre-Neuve right now bc it is the lightest shade in the range of the new Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Thank you so much for the face swatches!!! .< ARGHHH I would literally be ordering the new Velvet Matte Skin Tint RIGHT NOW if it was offered in Chantilly! Chantilly is perfection. It needs to be offered in more than just the concealer.

  • I’m glad I found this review as I’ve been wanting to try this. I usually don’t like BB’s or Tinted Moisturizers but this one looks perfect. I really love my Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation, and this is something that I can use to add SPF and coverage. I wasn’t sure which shade to buy but now I see that either Finland or Terre Neuve will work!

  • I just bought Finland and it doesn’t say anything about SPF anywhere on the packaging! Do you know if they changed the formula?

    • katiechasm Not that I’m aware of. You can see on the bottom of both of my tubes that they say SPF 30. It also says SPF 30 on the website.

      • Phyrra katiechasm I see that – mine just says ‘Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer’ in English and French. Nothing about SPF on the tube or the box. Maybe I got an old one? I am kind of disappointed as the spf was a big selling point for me.

        • katiechasm Phyrra I would send NARS Customer Service an email. Tell them where you bought it from. I bought 1 tube last year and 1 tube this year, and you can see the differences in the packaging. I bought 1 from Nordstrom’s NARS counter, and one from Sephora. I know that neither of mine are counterfit for that reason.

        • Phyrra katiechasm I bought it at a Sephora store (not online) so I would be surprised if it was counterfeit, but I will e-mail them to ask. Thanks for the response.

        • katiechasm Phyrra Based on your “English and French” comment, might I guess you’re from Canada? If so, keep in mind that companies can’t ascribe any SPF unless they’ve been verified by Canadian standards (or maybe it’s a separate organization, I’m not 100% sure) to have it. This is the same reason the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer doesn’t say it has SPF up here.

  • Ooh. I might have to try Terre-Neuve. The last time I went BB/tinted moisturizer hunting I found Finland too yellow for me, so maybe Terre-Neuve will work better. I ended up with Smashbox Camera Ready BB in Fair instead, which was pretty close to my skin tone, in case anyone was curious. I’ll try to report back about Terre-Neuve 😉

  • I think they both look good on you, especially with the light reflecting loose setting powder on top (beautiful!).  I recently bought this in Alaska and it’s a teensy touch, a fairy touch if you will, too dark for me, but I too sometimes like it for adding a hint of warmth to my light face!  I have an Illamasqua Skin Base that falls into this category.  I thought it was just too dark until I started looking through pictures I’d taken when I was wearing it and thinking I looked borderline light-medium!  Whoa!  😉  I love this tinted moisturizer.  My skin leans a bit oily and this stuff is awesome!  I put my head in my hands the other day at 4 p.m. and my skin was dry!  Usually it’s oilsville by then!

  • I think if Terre Nueve is too pink for you it’ll be absolutely perfect for me. I’ll have to check this out the next time I’m at Sephora! I also think it looks better on you than Finland does in these pictures; I can’t put my finger on why, though.

    • blueraccoon I like them both, truly. I need to remember to swatch them both on my jaw, then take pictures outside in direct sun. I do think that Finland is a tad dark, Terre Neuve a tad pink, but I bet mixed together they’d be perfect. And if I am doing ‘no makeup’ this is the product I reach for to put on before I go out.

  • What great timing…I went looking for NARS Siberia this morning after reading your light foundation posts recently, and the SA put me in Terre-Neuve. And I pretty much agree with everything you wrote about it! I will probably go back and buy it. Maybe also get a sample of Finland while I’m there. 🙂

  • I love tinted moisturizers when the shade is just the tiniest bit too dark.  The darker tone gives me a super healthy appearance even when the coverage isn’t there!

  • I like the Terre-Neuve shade on you better than Finland that looks too dark. While the T-N looks good on its own, the setting powder takes down the shine. I’m kind of amazed at the coverage that you got from these tinted moisturizers. I’ll have to try some from the tester next time I’m in a store as they seldom give me enough coverage.

    • neversaydiebeauty I apply it more the way I would apply a moisturizer. I’m not sparing with it, so I apply it, rub it in, then use a brush to blend it.

      • Phyrra neversaydiebeauty Thank you for the great tip. I should try applying it as you suggest by really rubbing it in and using a brush. With BB cream & tinted moisturizer, I just smooth them on like moisturizer. Hopefully, the brush will be the key!

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