Thursday, September 29, 2011

First Impressions + partial review: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer!

Some of you maybe remembered, last week I stopped in at Sephora on the search for a tinted moisturizer. I've never used one prior, but my curiosity got the best of me, and I picked up a sample of Laura Mercier's Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer. (original post here)

Laura Mercier makes two formulations of the tinted moisturizers, one containing oil and one that is oil free. Both formulations have the same shade range and same SPF (20). I wasn't sure which one to choose, but when I told the Sephora Sales Associate that I have sensitive/prone to breakouts skin, she recommended I try the oil free version. I was matched to the shade "Sand".

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
Oil Free Formula - This lightweight foundation that can be reapplied as necessary, offers sun protection for sensitive or acne prone skin, oil control, and provides hydration to prevent dryness.

Regular Formula - Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is a sheer, lightweight formula with a hint of color you can use in place of foundation for a natural finish and a healthy glowing complexion. It contains a SPF 20 for the ultimate in anti-aging prevention.

(The oil free formula is described as a foundation, and the regular formula rather calls it a "formula" that can be used in place of a foundation. I'm guessing because the regular version acts as more of a moisturizer with a tint and with the oil free version, it's more of a "tint" that doesn't give off added moisture.)

Aside from the tinted moisturizer, I was given a sample of the oil free primer. Every time I've used the tinted moisturizer, I've always used the primer beforehand. The first time using this, I attempted to apply the tinted moisturizer with my fingers. That doesn't work too well. I was really surprised that the texture is rather thick and doesn't spread evenly. I resorted to using my Sigma F80 Flat Top Foundation brush, and it worked out much better. So I basically apply it the same way I would any foundation. Dot it all over my face and blend with my brush. Because it's sheer, I'll use a little more product than I'd normally wear with a heavier foundation. The tube is 1.7 oz, compared to most foundations weighing in at 1 oz, so you can afford to use a little more. On my normal skin, (not oily or dry, a little shine in the t-zone) the finish is a satin - light dewy (not greasy) finish. Most of the reviews I've read for this said it has a very dewy, even an oily finish. I didn't experience that. I do have to set with powder though, because it seems to highlight the pores on my cheeks and add shine to my nose and chin. It instantly transforms when I apply my Guerlain Meteorites (my setting powder) and buff it into my skin with a kabuki. The finish is absolutely gorgeous. It looks incredibly natural and completely undetectable on my face. It looks like I may of using a dusting of a very fine milled powder, but that's all. It lasts well through an 8 hour day with little fading by the time I wash my face.

KEY POINTS
- This works really well with the oil-free primer. An oil-free primer or moisturizer would be the best choice as a base to keep the foundation from slipping. 
- Because the formula/texture isn't very emollient, it's a must priming or moisturizing the skin beforehand in order for the foundation to smooth out well - Especially for those with dry skin.
- The coverage is light. It will even out the complexion and add color to your skin. It is buildable, but blemishes will need an extra concealer if you want them completely covered. 
- Should be set with a dusting of setting powder.

Here's a little comparison for color reference. Sand may look really dark (even darker than MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC40! But, less yellow) when swatched, but it sheers out nicely. It's a good match for skintones from NC30-NC40. I usually stick around NC25-30 these days and oddly, it looks better when I don't use self tanner on my face. When I have self tanner on and use the tinted moisturizer, my face looks too dark. Strange?

I snapped a couple of photos last week wearing it, I was probably around NC25-30. (wow, i look pale!) I didn't wear any bronzer or blush, just MAC's Magically Cool Liquid Powder in Honey Rose on my cheeks for a little bit of a peachy glow.


Although I do like it, I'd like to test out the regular formula (as many prefer it over the oil free) and go from there. I may pick up another shade of the oil free because I think Sand looks a little orange at times, or try Bobbi Brown as I know she specializes in yellow toned foundations.

Hope you're all having an awesome day!

27 comments:

  1. omg trust me ur not pale!! I'm naturally NC20...!! when I'm tanned (I feel really tanned ) I'm NW25! lol! =( boo me! even with self tanner I'm around NW25! lol

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  2. You look great and I will use it with a primer bc I skipped that step and it madem y oily skin look oilier and did not last.

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  3. I prefer the regular version. I feel like the oil free one is very heavy in a sense that it just kinda sits on my face. Its just too thick compared to the regular version. And the primer unfortunately broke me out :-( I wish LM staretd doing more shades, because i have to mix the sand and the one shade lighter to get ok color and i think i have pretty comon MAC NC30 skin tone.

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  4. You look gorgeous!! I don't think you look pale at all. I agree with Plumfoolery, for some reason the regular feels lighter weight and the oil free made me look greasy...really weird!

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  5. Ive been wanting to try this forever! thanks so much for your review! :) x

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  6. now you've got me wanting to try out a tinted moisturizer! not sure which one though.

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  7. i really like this on you. it makes your skin look really fresh and not overwhelmed with products. i have been wanting to check out good tinted moisturizers...ive heard this is the best. i will have to try it out once i finish all my current foundation :)

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  8. I like this product but I find it dosn't all day,and I've never had this problem with any other product.

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  9. ahhh i wish i could get away with only a tinted moisturiser :)

    remember seeing this video on youtube by gossmakeup where he said a tinted moisturiser is a complete waste of money when you can do it yourself with a good foundation and moisturiser. makes sense i suppose. you should try :)

    however ive heard chantecailles 'just skin' tinter moisturiser is suppose to be THE tinted moisturiser but the price is hurtful.

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  10. I have the oil free version in the shade 'sand' too and it feels a little orange toned to me too, I also am yet to try the regular version as I can't quite make up my mind on the oil free formula! U look hot as always! :) xx

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  11. DermaQuest makes an amazing tinted moisturizer :-)

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  12. I have this tinted moisturizer but in the gray bottle and I was not really impressed. It smeared off even after powder.

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  13. Love your blog, you're so beautiful!

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  14. I just can't get over how amazing your skin looks. It's so natural and radiant. BTW I'd kill for your hair.

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  15. I've used Laura Mercier's TM before and it did give me a bit of a shiny look. I think I'll try it out again to see if the regular version works better :) Thanks for the review, you're gorgeous!

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  16. Beautifffuuul !!
    xoxo Krys

    http://krystaalacy.blogspot.com/

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  17. looks great on you! LM oil free is my holy grail fdtn, i love it so much! i actually prefer it to the regular version---i found the oil free version to have much better coverage!

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  18. This is a great review! I've been hearing so many things about this and wanted to try it out, but I think I might pass and stick with something else! Thanks for sharing! I am loving your blog!! :)

    http://sweetandsassy-sherry.blogspot.com/

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  19. I love this stuff and at one point it was my HG tm BUT unfortunately I had a horrific allergic reaction to it (the oil free version) Im not sure why but it may be down to too much silicone or something. Either way.. be careful hon as the same has happened to a few other people I know! xxxx

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  20. Hi, i got one in the color "Sand" as well and I do feel that it looks
    a tad orange at times. Did you end up getting it in another shade?
    If so, which one is it?
    thanks! :)

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  21. SAND IS WAY DARK FOR YOU COMPLEION I LOVE IT AND AT FIRST I HAVE TROUBLE FINDING MY RIGHT SHADE THEY COME UP WITH SOME NEW COLORS NOT THAT LONG TIME AGO AND BISQUE FITS ME MUCH BETTER. HOPE IT HELPS.

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    1. Thank you! I'm going to take a look at Bisque the next time I'm at Sephora!

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  22. Hi, can you tell me what lipstick are you wearing??? I really love it! It looks so beautiful on you! ^^

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  23. HI! Can you tell me what lipstick are you wearing in this picture? thankssssss!!

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