I think that we can all agree that it’s hard to keep your skin in a tip-top shape when you’re sick (hello patchy skin, dry nostrils!)—and on top of that, wearing a heavy foundation doesn’t make things any better, it only further emphasizes slightly unflattering condition of your skin. Which really sucks. That said, I decided to opt for something lightweight and moisturizing for my complexion instead. Thank goodness tinted moisturizers exist!

As far as I can remember, the first tinted moisturizer I’ve ever tried— and fell in love with— was by Laura Mercier. This time around, however, I thought I’d look into something that gives slightly more coverage, so I opted for Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. I heard so many great things about this product from my friend, Ellya (a writer behind the amazing blog Spring 93). Now I can see why.

I love, love the feel and coverage this tinted moisturizer gives. It’s got an amazingly lightweight texture as you’d expect, but it covers well enough to even out my redness and some minor discolorations. The oil-free formula glides on smoothly, leaving a natural soft-matte finish that lets your skin’s natural shine peek through. Skin not only looks, but also feels moisturized and refreshed all day. It’s amazing! Plus, it’s got a broad-spectrum SPF 30 that protects the skin from harmful sun rays.

On my dehydrated skin it wears well throughout the day without emphasizing any dry patches or pores, and there’s a good selection of shades, ranging from Finland (very light) to Polynesia (medium-dark). Alaska (a light shade with equal parts yellow and pink undertones) matches my skin tone perfectly, which I’m so happy about— and, last but not least, it doesn’t oxidize during the day.

My favorite way to apply is using my fingers (just like I would apply any other moisturizer) which usually takes just a few seconds; then all I need to do is apply a balm on my lips and a touch of black mascara—and I’m good to go. Simple and easy.

Although it’s a bit on the pricey side ($43 for 1.9 oz!), this tinted moisturizer is totally worth at least a try.
What's your favorite tinted moisturizer?