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".
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.
- 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!