Update: The First 5 Days of the 20 Days of Foundation Challenge

Good news: I was able to wear NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer for 5 days last week. Yay!

Nars Tinted Moisturizer

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.


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.

Nars Tinted Moisturizer (2)
NARS Tinted Moisturizer – Finland | Blended on the back of my hand

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:

From L-R: Elaine, Becs, Bea, Me, Pat, and Tellie
Tell(ie) me what you first saw in this picture.

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.



  1. […] pleased with this so far, and I am seriously considering buying full (which is around Php2k++). Rae has posted a review of her […]


  2. I was given Finland as GWP and I kept asking to be matched closer, kasi feeling ko rin ang light niya sakin. Ayaw makinig ng SA as she was sure it was the perfect shade for me. Naghinala ako na mali pa rin and true enough, medyo ghostly nga when I put it on..

    Naka super red lips kasi ako that day and looked so white. Huhuhu. Pero I still love it kasi ang ganda ng texture niya at buti na lang medyo maputi rin ako so the shade difference is not that bad.


  3. I LOVE the NARS TM. I have Alaska and I’m thinking it’s too light. St. Moritz is too yellow, but the shade I’m after is Groenland, which they don’t even sell here. D:


    1. I’m probably St. Moritz. I remember your shade in sheer glow is Punjab and I needed something yellower than that so I opted for Stromboli. Bea (Dalaga Project) uses St. Moritz too. Anyway, I don’t get NARS stocking choices. Last week I found out that they had no more sheer glow in stock in makati, in edsa shang they only have Montblanc. Hope you get a hold of Groenland. I like how this tinted moisturizer can actually moisturize.


  4. I find Finland too light for me as well, it makes my face look disconnected from my neck! I’m probably a shade or two darker than Finland. I am pleased with it though! My skin agrees with it.


    1. If it was too light for you, imagine how it looked on me 😛 hahaha. I like it though. 😀


  5. Girl, sobrang sold ako sa Kevyn Aucoin SSA! Thank you for the rec and samples and also for wearing it so I can see hehe! ^_^


    1. Yay! I hope you get the right shade


  6. I got the wrong shade of Revlon ColorStay foundation a few months back (way too light for me), and I haven’t touched it since I don’t know how to make it wearable. I plan on giving it to someone else, then I realized I have the fairest skin color among my friends. 😦

    So, does setting it with tinted powder do the trick?


    1. It does for me, IF I apply it heavily. Whether that would be an acceptable method depends on your skin type. I have combination to normal skin and when I apply the powder, I like to do so with a damp beauty blender. It Makes the powder look more seamless with the skin texture and not cakey like you would think. I think this could work with any damp sponge though I haven’t tried it myself. If I still look too cakey or powdery, I like to mist a little MUFE Mist + Fix spray to get rid of the overly powdery look and some liquid highlighter or luminizer to add luminosity.


      1. Sounds like it takes a lot of work to me, but thanks for your reply! Now I settle for BB cream because it’s low maintenance. I just sweep translucent powder on it then I’m good to go.


      2. Really appreciate your helpful comments.


    2. It seems to be working so far for me. When I tried to make bb creams work, I set it with ben nye banana luxury powder in yellow. It was able to cancel out the grey. But my skin tone is quite yellow so it’s ok. Sometimes in the months that I don’t go outdoors, I apply bronzer at the perimeter of my face to darken it up a little, so the center part if my face looks highlighted.

      On colorstay, if you can find someone to give/sell it to, I suggest you give it away. Sometimes, making things work takes out the fun in applying make up for me.


      1. I’m actually leaning towards giving it away, but to whom? I have yet to decide. Anyway, would you know if L’Oreal True Match is any better?


        1. I know they have 2 variants, Le Teint and Super-blendable. I didn’t like Le Teint because it emphasized my not-so fine skin texture. I’ve only sampled Super-blendable but I think I like it more because it seems more like a tinted moisturizer, and, I have a match 😛


        2. Yes, I was referring to the Super-blendable variant. I sampled one at the mall, and I liked its runny consistency, but makes for a flawless, matte finish. I have combination/oily skin, so products that are water-based work best for me. Thanks!


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