The Battle of the Tinted Moisturizer: Nars or Laura Mercier

While in the market for a tinted moisturizer, I dropped by my local Sephora and picked up the two customer faves. I alternated between the two this week and have made a fairly easy choice based upon my personal needs. How did they measure up?

First up:

 NARS Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz (medium with neutral yellow)

Nars tinted moisturizer is a lightweight formula with a Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and comes in 9 shades. It also makes claims on the skin care front proving to “reduce the appearance of discoloration and dark spots caused by hyper pigmentation for clearer and brighter skin in just four weeks”. I used this product for three days so I cannot determine whether or not it had brightened the appearance of my skin. Nars tinted moisturizer provided lots of moisture and had more coverage than other tinted moisturizers I have tried in the past, which I loved. The coverage was excellent, blended easily and felt lightweight on my skin. It definitely left my skin radiant, not greasy. Get it here.

 Wearing NARS Tinted Moisturizer in ST. Moritz (also under-eye concealer, mascara, and lip balm only)

Next up:

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Sand (for light to medium skin tones)

Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer has an SPF of 20. It is a “sheer, lightweight formula with a hint of color you can use in the place of your foundation for a natural finish and healthy, glowing complexion.” It comes in a wide range of 10 shades and 3 different formulas, including an oil free version and an illuminating version. Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer was lighter in coverage than Nars TM. It was lightweight and blended beautifully. The product was very moisturizing and created a dewy look, which needed to be topped off with setting powder. Get it here.

Wearing Laura Mercier Tinted moisturizer in Sand (also under-eye concealer, mascara, and lip balm only)

Both Tinted Moisturizer’s were excellent and I would recommend them both depending on what your needs are. Both contain an SPF and felt weightless, while leaving my skin feeling well hydrated. Hands down, for the coverage and radiant effect, Nars did it for me.

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14 thoughts on “The Battle of the Tinted Moisturizer: Nars or Laura Mercier

  1. I’ve been using the Nars tinted moisturizer in Alaska for about a month and absolutely love it. I’ve also used the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer but it just wasn’t for me, not enough coverage. You look like you have such beautiful skin you don’t need any coverage!

  2. I used Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer a while back and found it left me looking rather greasy than glowy, but I have since been curious about the oil-free version. I may just try it. They both look lovely on you – you have wonderful skin!

  3. I’m going on vacation in late May for my birthday and you know what that means? VACAY MAKEUP! I think only serious beauty junkies think this way, lol! Anywho, I’ve zeroed in on the NARS PRTM to take with me b/c it seems to offer more coverage than other TM’s and it’s in a plastic tube which is bomb for travel! I’m an NW20 in MAC liquid makeup so I’m thinking one of the lighter NARS TM’s should work for me. I’m going to Sephora this weekend and I’m pumped! Thank you so much for this awesome review/comparison, Taylor! You are so beautiful, and I love your detailed reviews and pics. Have a lovely Friday! 🙂

    1. Hi Kristen,
      Thank you so much! I really appreciate it! I love the NARS TM! I hope it works well for you. The Dior BB Creme is also wonderful for easy vacation makeup with more coverage. I hope you have a wonderful time!

      1. Thanks, Taylor! 🙂 My local Sephora was out of my shade, so I ordered it from the NARS site this morning. Squee! There’s something extra exciting about getting makeup mail! Hope you are having a lovely Monday and aren’t getting clowned for April Fool’s Day!

  4. I’m a HUGE Nars girl and I too think their TM is the best of the best! I knew you’d agree and came in to read this post expecting to hear good news!

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