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Years of teenage and then adult acne have left me with a lot of discoloration, and even though my skin is now better than it ever was before, I tend to wear some kind of face base when I leave the house.
Back in the days I would go for full coverage, most likely looking like I was about to step on stage, but nowadays I prefer a light hand, putting concealer to good use.
Just give me a natural finish, added skincare benefits (when you reach a certain age, there is no time to waste) and sunscreen and I am all in.
Laura Merciers Tinted Moisturizer in Oil free is well loved among the beauty community, so of course I had to give it a go.
What Laura Mercier claims
“Gives skin a healthy no-makeup look (…) adding a healthy glow to the complexion (…) the lightweight formula provides ideal protection (…) with broad spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen (…) helps control oil breakthrough…”
One tube contains 50 ml (1.7 fl oz) of product and retails for 43 $ here or 48 € here.
The shade range is very good, featuring 15 different shades, suitable for very light to deep skin tones with different undertones.
The sunscreen is a physical one (Titanium Dioxide), which can flash back in photos.
The skincare goodness is glycerin (humectant) and Tocopherol (Vitamin E, an antioxidant), as well as jojoba esters (jojoba oil after the chemical process of hydrogenation).
There is no smell, it feels very lightweight and doesn’t oxidize on me.
A beautyblender (or similar makeup sponge) or your fingers work best for application.
Before: No face makeup, eyes including concealer done. Spot marks on the cheeks and chin.
|No face makeup except undereye concealer|
After: One layer of product, applied with a beauty blender. No powder, no concealer added.
|Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude, applied with a beauty blender|
In the end: After about six hours running errands, having my face touched by my daughters wet hands.
|Six hours later.|
Does it live up to its claims?
Yes, with some limitations.
I can’t stress enough that you will usually not get the full claimed sunscreen out of a Tinted Moisturizer or a foundation. To get the full SPF 20, you would need at least one tablespoon of product, and that is way more than you use.
Apart from that, it is lightweight, it adds glow without oily shine and it evens out my skin beautifully, as you can see in the pictures below.
The staying power is also quite impressive, it just faded slightly on my chin and cheeks, but I blame that on my daughters wet kisses more than the product.
Will I rebuy?
Yes, although I think I have to get rematched. “Nude”, suited for light skin with neutral to warm undertones, is a tad too dark for me during the winter months.
Who would I recommend it to?
Anyone with normal to combination or oily skin. I don’t think it would be rich enough for dry skin.
If you are worried about the price, keep in mind that you only need a tiny amount. My tube lasted me all through 2014.