NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser vs Dr Jart+ Platinum Beauty Balm Cream

I was going to write a review of NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30/PA+++. But as it’s not a brand new product I thought it might not be more interesting to compare it with Dr Jart Platinum BB cream.

I’m sure by now everyone is quite familiar with the difference between tinted moisturisers (makeup + moisturiser), BB creams (moisturiser + serum + makeup), and foundations (makeup). I fist discovered BB creams when I was living in Japan. However a lot of BB creams available in Japan were not suitable for my European skin. Nowadays you can get BB creams everywhere. While saving time by applying one multifunctional product instead of 5 different ones will always be something I’m interested in, I’m not convinced that BB creams should replace serums or facial moisturisers. Just as you wouldn’t stop wearing underwear just cause you got a spanking new coat ;). Still these kind of products have the advantage of looking very natural on the skin and I appreciate that.

I try to use tinted moisturisers or BB creams as much as possible. I don’t like the cakey look you get with most foundations. Sure, there are some, referred to as second skin foundations, which are much lighter and look more natural. Still, after a couple of hours and with my oily skin they crease, settle into my pores and generally look too heavy. I think my skin just doesn’t respond well to foundations and I find it really hard to find a good one. As a result I have been looking for a medium cover BB cream or tinted moisturiser for oily skin. I still haven’t found a perfect one.

Here is how my skin looks without any products (scary, I know)


I’ve been using NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in the shade Alaska since May and am very happy with it. This product gives a very light coverage. It’s advertised as ‘sheer and translucent’ or a ‘translucent veil of colour’. It gives a very warm, light yellow tint. It doesn’t cover my freckles or imperfections but it gives my skin this ‘sun-kissed’ glow. After applying the product my skin still looks very pale but more yellow than white. This might sound a bit strange but it looks good. NARS Tinted Moisturiser is particularly good for oily skin as it’s an oil-free product. It has a full spectrum of SPF filters. You only need a pea-sized amount to cover your entire face. You can build up the coverage to some extend but it’s still very sheer. On the plus, side it very light and goes on nicely. It’s easy to blend.

This product is a step towards BB cream. It is suppose to help to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots in just four weeks. It has many beneficial ingredients that should help the skin stay hydrated and healthy. I can’t really say that I’ve noticed any results but this might be because I have been wearing it over MAC Prep and Prime Face Protector SPF50. This is a silicon based primer so the active ingredients of the tinted moisturiser were not able to penetrate my skin.

NARS Tinted Moisturiser


NARS tinted moisturiser


Dr Jart

Dr Jart is a Korean specialised skincare brand designed by a dermatologist and based on dermatological research as well as Korean natural medicine and diet. I particularly like their slogan ‘Doctor makes a difference’ (little PhD joke). Their BB creams are quite famous. I use Platinum BB cream with SPF 45/PA+++. I tried a couple of Dr Jart BB creams. Surprisingly this one works better on my skin than the water infused one which was designed especially to control oil production. Platinum BB cream is ideal for skin with first signs of aging and is rich in antioxidants and berry extracts to help prevent wrinkles. It is advertised as having high coverage and a light application. It comes in only one shade and it’s very pale. It has a ‘whitening’ effect. This is quite typical for Asian make up as, especially in Japan, girls dream of having whiter skin. After applying this product my skin looks really washed out but after I blend it in and set with powder it looks more natural.

Dr Jart BB Cream

Dr Jart BB Cream

Dr Jart BB Cream

Dr Jart BB Cream



Both of them give a very natural look and are not heavy so they don’t cover imperfections. Dr Jart gives somewhat more coverage. It looks more like a foundation.


Dr Jart whitens out my skin. I think if it had a different shade it would be a clear winner. NARS is available in 9 shades. The one I have is the lightest yet still looks quite dark on my skin. And very, very yellow. Both products look almost unnatural at first but once blended they look more subtle. It just depends whether you’re looking for a more perfect, put together porcelain look or a holiday glow.

Oil-control and finish

Dr Jart has a more matte finish while NARS has a more dewy finish. They both do not offer much in terms of oil control. I have to use powder and touch-up my makeup often.

Staying power

They are both pretty good. I do set both of them with a setting spray and a powder. As both products require frequent touch-ups, towards the end of the day my skin looks a bit powdery. NARS tends to look more natural but this is offset by lower coverage.

Skincare benefits

As Dr Jart is primarily a skin care company I am more likely to believe in the beneficial properties of their product. Saying that, as I use both products over a primer it doesn’t really make that much of a difference.


NARS costs £27 for 50 ml. Dr Jart is £22 for 50 ml.

Final ruling

Both products are good. Both are amongst the best tinted moisturisers/BB creams I’ve seen so far. I’ve been using NARS for many months and am very happy with it. I think it’s a great product for spring and summer when the skin looks good without much help. At the moment however, my skin is transitioning into winter skin. It’s getting dryer, there is redness around the chin and nose and I feel like in a couple of weeks l will need more coverage. I’m determined to stay away from foundations this year and focus on brightening skincare and self tanning. I think I will stick with Dr Jart and come back to NARS in the spring. In the end both of these products are worth trying.


Since posting this last week I have been using NARS tinted moisturiser straight after my morning serum. No moisturiser, no primer. It works really well and looks super natural. I haven’t tried the same with Dr Jart yet. But my general advice would be to use try each product both ways and see what works best.

Coming up next week:

Monday: A Lush Halloween

Thursday: The Battle of Concealers – evidence from 10+ years of trials


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