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I am a girl who loves her foundation, but sometimes my foundation doesn't show the same love back. Either it oxidizes and ends up looking orange on me, or feels like I have smothered myself in concrete because it just feels so heavy on my skin, thus also usually breaking me out.
In my quest for a make-up base that didn't feel heavy and suited my rather pale skin, I decided to give the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer a try, as I had heard *many* a good thing from make-up artists and beauty bloggers alike. The nearest counter to me was 2 hours away in Meadowhall, Sheffield so when I went last September, the LM counter in House of Fraser was one of the first places I went to.
Before I even get into the product, I must comment on the make-up counter service I received at Laura Mercier. Usually, I leave make-up counters disheartened having been sold something *way too dark* for my pale skin, having been told by the assistant it looks perfect and gorgeous and "just the right shade"... when it is miles from it. This in turn has made me very weary when buying foundation, and I have to go to the counter instead of buying online, and be absolutely sure it is the right shade. Not only was the assistant genuinely lovely and even asked what course I was doing at uni, she really seemed to know what she was doing and even applied a LM primer first. It was one of the few make-up counter experiences I have had whereby I didn't feel pressured into buying the product. The shade I ended up buying was "Porcelain" which is LM's lightest shade out of the 10 shades that are available.
The Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer comes in two varieties, the oil inclusive version which is pictured and the one I had tried on me, and the oil-free version. I ended up buying the oil-free version as research tells me that products contain oil can cause breakouts. The oil free version is in a purple tube instead of the grey one pictured, and is currently priced at £33 for 50ml.
To many, £33 may seem incredible extortionate, and I have to be honest if it was any more than that I could not have afforded it. However, the fact it is a high quality product from an esteemed brand, and has had such rave reviews across the board really made my mind up... not to mention the counter service. The size of the tube you get for your money - 50ml, also does go a really long way... 11 months in of using this almost on a daily basis, and there is still a fair bit left in the tube.
So, what makes this product worth the fuss you may be asking? Well, it's not a heavy foundation.. yet gives good, buildable coverage. Equally, you can apply it just where you need it for example I like it on my chin where I have quite a bit of redness and the odd breakout. It's a product that suits how you want to use it, and generally stays put throughout the entire day.
I apply it after moisturizer, and sometimes a primer first depending on how long I want it to last/if I want a more flawless finish. Although it is a moisturizer itself, I will always apply my Nivea moisturizer without fail before any make-up base, just to give my skin a good drink. I also find that a moisturizer helps the base to go on smoother, whether it's a foundation or a tinted moisturizer you happen to apply. This particular product also contains an SPF of 20, so is also helping to protect the skin which can only be a good thing!
As for it's consistency, it really does depend how you apply it. I used to apply the product with my hands and blend it in, as it says to on the side of the tube. However, I now use a Real Techniques Stippling brush to buff it into the skin, and find it gives a lovely finish in which a little product goes along way. I have found that no matter how you apply it, it is difficult to apply badly because of the way it blends so easily... something which is great for me as I'm not the most confident when it comes to applying foundation evenly.
The finish it leaves after application is quite natural. It enhances your natural features without caking you in a thick layer of make-up, and feels much more comfortable to wear throughout the day. I still find I need a touch of concealer, however this does blend nicely over the top of the tinted moisturizer. I also find that it does provide a good base for my blusher, just the same as a foundation would yet on a much more natural level.
The packaging is also one of my favourites of any make-up base I have ever bought. It's a squeezy tube, in a deep purple/aubergine colour which appears slightly sparkly. It also has a really secure lid, that is just as easy to get off yet won't fall off in your bag. There is also nothing worse than foundations in glass bottles, because a good amount of the product ends up going to waste. With the LM tinted moisturizer packaging, you can really squeeze every last drop out and not see your money go down the drain.
All in all, I count the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer as one of the best beauty buys I have ever purchased. It goes on beautifully, doesn't irritate my skin or clog my pores, can be used in any amount, blends nicely and even has sensible yet equally sleek packaging. It also doesn't make me look orange which is a major plus when you are as pale as I am. Granted, it is certainly not cheap however given the quality and how long it lasts, you begin to see how the price spreads quite well as a little goes a long way. The Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer is certainly a product I will be re-buying when it's all gone, and I couldn't recommend it enough.
If you handed me a tinted moisturiser in one hand and a foundation in the other I would take the foundation without thinking twice as I love the coverage and protection it gives my skin. However coming into the summer I wanted something lighter and more natural looking as I don't want to look too made up or cakey whilst the sun is shining down and highlighting it! I searched around for the perfect one - but as with most make up stuffs there are too many to choose from with each individual claiming to do this and that for my skin. I tried a low end tinted moisturiser but it came out orange and almost stained my skin so I looked like I had an unhealthy appetite for carrots. I then decided I should probably spend a little more and buy a slightly higher end one so that my skin would have the total benefits from it.
That is where I found the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser with SPF 20 - something I absolutely love and made me want to buy and try. This particular tinted moisturiser is the No. 1 selling Tinted Moisturizer based on the NPD Group sales and also a beauty award winner, so it must be doing something right I thought to myself! Laura Mercier claims that this product has a lightweight formula that softens skin to reduce fine lines and dryness while adding a healthy glow to your complexion resulting in a natural, dewy finish. It not only looks good on your skin but it does good as it has a multitude of goodness packed into it especially the SPF20, UVA and UVB sunscreen protection to protect your skin from the sins ageing and harmful rays. There is also an antioxidant vitamin complex that protects skin from the most 'aggressive effects of the environment' such as pollution and day to day grime. This tinted moisturiser is perfect and suitable for all skin types and 'extremely long wearing!'
Usually when I review products I talk through each shade individually but with this foundation I feel I will be here all day as there are a whopping 12 shades to choose from - a very strong advantage in my opinion as I guarantee there will be something for everyone. I have tried to group them into the different skin tones however if you are still unsure which shade will suit you best then I would go to your nearest Laura Mercier counter and ask them to match you.
Porcelain, Blush and Nude - These three shades are the lightest in the range and are perfect for fair complexions. Depending on how fair you are - if you are very pale like me then Porcelain would suit you the best as it does not have any pink or orange tones in it but does give some colour to the skin. If you are pale but have pink undertones then I would suggest Blush as it gives the skin a warm glow without appearing too over the top or too dark. And if you have fair skin that is bordering on medium (or if you wear fake tan) then Nude would be the best for you as it has a very soft beige hint to it - but again nothing too much or too full on.
Bisque, Sand and Fawn - These shades are what I would categorise as the Medium shades that would be perfect for mid to dark skin tones. Bisque is a very golden creamy colour that accentuates a golden glowing tan and would look lovely for the summer. Sand is a slightly darker and more bronzed tinted shade that would suit you if you have a darker complexion. And Fawn is a light bronzed tan colour that gives your complexion a healthy glow.
Almond, Tawny and Caramel - These three shades will suit you if you have darker skin than the medium shades. Almond is a bronzed shade that has a lot of golden undertones to give a lighter shade. Tawny is slightly darker, but not much I think a mix if the two would give a perfect shade altogether. And Caramel is more of a honey brown colour - I'd love to be able to pull off these shades as they are so gorgeous!
Tan, Walnut and Mocha - These are the darkest shades of the range with Tan being the lightest dark shade and Mocha being the darkest. With tinted moisturisers you have to remember that it will not have the coverage and the build up as a foundation so be sure to pick the right shade for you as if its too light, it will be harder to build it up.
I chose the lightest shade Porcelain and love the shade and how it matched my skin - this is quite an expensive product so please make sure you do not waste your money by buying the wrong shade as with make up there will be no refunds or exchanges due to hygiene reasons.
The packaging is very sleek, simply and stylish with a plastic tube bottle coloured in a pearly goldy pink hue with a screw cap lid at the bottom - like most moisturiser bottles that are available. Along the middle in horizontal spaced out lettering is 'Lauren Mercier' and on the back are the ingredients and a little bit about the product. To access you simply unscrew the lid and squeeze a little out from the tube. I like to apply mine with a brush as I find it buffs into my skin easier, however you can also use your fingers or a sponge - it is entirely down to your preference.
I apply this after I have primed my skin as I always try to fill in my pores before I put any sort of foundation or tinted moisturiser onto my face - however this is not a necessary step and I have worn it without and it works just as well - it's just me being picky! I usually use about a 5 pence piece amount and that is more than enough! I start by working it into my T-Zone and then onto my cheeks. On the skin it feels incredibly smooth and blends in SO easily I don't have to do much work! The shade matches my skin perfectly and I really love the results. As it is a tinted moisturiser I was not expecting full coverage however I would not say it was too light either - sort of a light to medium but if you build it up a little then you can achieve a better coverage. It lasts for ages with just a dusting of powder over the top and does not look cakey or like I am wearing make up at all! I LOVE it! It is just like you are wearing a second and better skin - not make up!
This is quite an expensive product at roughly £20 - £25 depending on where you buy, but a little really does go a long way and it lasts for ages! I purchased mine online however you can buy from all Laura Mercier counters and online outlets! Don't smother your skin in make up when you can smother it in goodness instead!
I was given this by a friend who said it didn't look right on her skin and thought it might look better on mine. It was very generous, considering how much she'd paid for it but pretty good for me because I've lately been looking for a light foundation and good moisturizer, which is pretty hard as I have greasy and very pale skin. The shade is called 'Porcelain' which is the lightest.
So the next morning I did my usual skincare routine and applied this before putting on my makeup. It helped even my skin tone out and gave me a bright, glowy look! I was so amazed because it didn't look overly coloured and didn't feel heavy at all, my face also felt very soft. I only used concealer and powder on top of this and bit of Benetint cheek stainer. I've read on here that you should apply your usual moisturizer and a primer before using this tinted moisturizer as it stays better but I found it to work perfectly fine without for me.
Through out the day I regularly checked my face to see if it had changed because I was sure I would end up greasy half way through with weird patches, especially as it's been that horrible muggy weather lately that makes my face melt! However I was fully surprised to find my face stayed exactly how I had left it in the morning, looking bright and awake (I got so excited by this because I usually swear by a matte look because everything makes my face greasy!), even up until I took it off! I did top up my t zone with powder a few times though, half because it's a paranoid habit I have and half because my nose will never not get a slight shine it seems!
I also love that this moisturizer is SPF 20 for an added bonus and you can't smell a hint of that nasty sun lotion smell like you can in many others which really puts me off using them.
I know there is an Oil Free version of this which I thought would be better suited to me as I have oily skin but I found this regular one to work very well although I would still be interested to try out the oil free one.
The only problem I have found is that I find it difficult to judge how much to squeeze out meaning I end up wasting some. I'm also not a great fan of the packaging as it looks boring cheap but the product works so well I don't mind too much plus it's a great size that fits in my makeup bag easily.
Obviously mine has been used a bit before me and I'm not sure how long it's going to last me because I really will be using it everyday but I think as soon I run out I will definitely purchase another bottle. It is very expensive but I think as it works as a moisturizer, foundation alternative, sun protection AND doesn't make you shiny it will be cheaper in the long run.
I've always heard good things about Laura Mercier tinted moisturisers, in the blogging world, they are critically acclaimed to be one of the best tinted moisturisers in the world. Laura mercier is a makeup brand, which produces high quality skin-care, with many of its products winning beauty awards throughout the years.
When i first went to the Laura Mercier counter, i started talking to a lovely lady who matched the right shade to my skin tone and then proceeded to show me how to use it. It's not really a tinted moisturiser, but more of a lightweight foundation. You are meant to apply moisturiser first, then a primer and then use the LM tinted moisturizer.
It comes in ten shades, all of which are yellow based. Yellow based products are great because they really really suit my skintone, anything pink based makes me look like a tomato. It comes in light grey tube, and you get the added benefit of an SPF 20 included in the product.
To use it, you just put some on the back of your hand and use your fingers to blend it into your skin. I tried using a brush, but it ended up streaky and i needed to blend it in with my fingers anyway. If you blend it in right it can look great, and tbh it doesn't need the best technique in the world to make it look great. It isn't flawless coverage, but it is good enough for every day use. Over time, i didn't find i got any breakouts or any problems from the addition of a new product to my routine.
I don't think i'll really be re-buying this product again. It is very expensive, £33 to be exact and that is a heck of a lot of money for me. Also, i don't like the fact that to make it last more than about 4 hours, i need to use a primer, a moisturiser and a setting powder. This to me defeats the point of a tinted moisturiser, that is supposed to reduce the number of products you need and not increase it.
I very rarely wear foundation as I am pale skinned and don't have the need for much coverage. However I do not like to go bare faced either and so usually use some sort of tinted moisturiser to even out my skin tone and freshen me up. The product I usually use had changed in formulation which meant I was on the look out for something new.
I learned a long time ago that if you want good quality products, then its usually best to consider high end brands so I headed off to the make up counters at John Lewis.
I had a good look around and was enticed by the Laura Mercier counter as it had so many pretty things on there! I have always heard great things about Laura Mercier and this product in particular. In case you aren't familiar with the brand Laura Mercier is a professional make up artist who created her own brand of skincare and make-up with the aim of creating a brand that suited all skin tones and catered to women's needs. This particular product, the tinted moisturiser, is one of the original and best tinted moisturisers, repeatedly named in magazine best of awards.
On this occasion I decided to chat to a make up assistant about the suitability of this product for my skin, she did a full application and allowed me to look at it outside in the natural light to help me see how it sat on my skin. What I liked was that it didn't settle on the fine hairs on my face, like some similar products can. It was easily absorbed into the skin and gave an even appearance without adding too much colour. I really liked how it looked and it had a really pleasant soft smell that didn't linger.
The product is available is 10 shades! That is an incredible range, so I'm almost positive that there will be colour their that suits everyone. i use the palest shade of porcelain. This product also comes in an oil free version perfect for those with oily skin.
Another benefit of this product is that it has an SPF of 20, which is perfect for protecting your skin from the everyday wear and tear of the sun.
Lets look a little more closely......
Price: The only negative of this product is its price. It is a very expensive £33 but I firmly believe that you get what you pay for and in my eyes this is well worth it.
Packaging: This comes in a white/beige tube with elegant lettering in aubergine. I think Laura Merciers packaging in general is simplistic and elegant. This is no exception. There is no additional packaging on the product which means less waste.
Application: When I tried this at home, I was impressed. it is easily absorbed into the skin and glides across the face blending well, so leaves no tide marks. I applied this with my fingers but have tried with a foundation brush to and find this works just as well. What I will say is don't be fooled into thinking that this is a dual product. You will still have to moisturise your skin prior to using this product. I know it claims to be a tinted moisturiser, but I just take that to be the cosmetic name for a very sheer foundation, it is moisturising but not enough.
Performance: This is a great product, skin tone is evened out and there is enough of a tint to give a nice colour to my skin. This product has very little coverage and so does not hide blemishes etc. I didn't expect it to, but I think its worth mentioning just in case anyone is wondering. This product lasts a full day and I have had no issue with it melting off in hot weather etc. I apply in the morning and it still looks great in the early evening.
Overall I think this product is fantastic and deserves the attention it receives. Like other Laura Mercier products, it is clear a lot of effort goes into making these what they are - strong performing products.
I was on the lookout for something a bit lighter than a full foundation for those days when I don't want to wear heavy make up yet feel my skin needs something to make it look more bearable!
I have found 'tinted moisturisers' have fallen out of vogue in the last few years and few brands, especially higher end brands, do one. Due to past experiences of looking like a flaky oopma loompa I have learnt cheap foundations are often not worth it so I was willing to spend a bit more. This is not a cheap product but it is high quality.
I bought mine in John Lewis from the Laura Mercier counter, at the RRP of £33 which is more than I'd normally spend but as I'd read good reviews of this product I though I'd splash out! The woman on the counter was very helpful and tried a few shades on me and I settled on 'porcelain' which is a very good match which I am very happy with. I've tried Laura Mercier Mineral foundation before and found it too dark for my rather British complexion but this shade is just right, no bizarre orange-y glow and visible tide marks; just better looking skin than nature blessed me with.
The product itself is easy to apply (I just dot it on and blend with my fingers) and it gives a natural look, it offers a light coverage so it won't cover any big blemishes or imperfections but it will give you a healthy looking 'glow' and even things out a bit, which is especially nice during winter when I find my skin tends to look dull. I have suffered no breakouts when using this which I have often suffered from when wearing heavier foundations. The product is easy to remove, it washes off fine with regular cleanser and I don't find I have to wash my face about 5 times to get rid of it all as I have done with other brands. When on it doesn't feel heavy or cakey at all, it doesn't just look 'no make up' it feels like 'no make up' too.
It was recommended that I use a regular moisturiser underneath as while this product is moisturising it is not quite moisturising enough to use alone (though those with better skin may find they can just slap it on).
I'd say this is more of an enhancement product than a concealing one, it adds an extra something to skin that just needs a little pepping up. It gives a very natural finish, it really does give a 'no make up' look (though you can layer powder over the top for a more matte look). It has SPF20 which is excellent for those of us who require the palest shade!
I will definitely be buying this again, I can see it becoming a staple of my make up kit.
Having used BareMinerals for over 1/2 a year, after a trip to America (NewYork) I discovered the beautiful and awesomeness of Laura Mercier. I dont know why it hadnt caught my attention when I was in Lodnon? possibly because I always walk by it in Selfidges thinking its a mothers brand?aimed at more mature women?As I've always been against strong foundations-i always tend to stay away from Bobby brown
But I was so wrong not have discovered Laura Mercier earlier- I absolutely was blown away by it when the Sales test tried it on me. I love the naturalness it gave my and the way that it perfected my skin was just flawless!
The Tinted Moisturiser was perfect, not heavy like typical foundation-it did feel literally weightless and smooth-it perfected all my imperfectness, but of course we all know even tinted moisturiser can we just as damaging as Foundations so Primer/Base is defiantly needed before hand!
I do give this this product a 10/10 because it suits all my needs, the coverage was perfect for my skin-but the downfall can be when your spots are red and fresh, it may not cover it as its quite watery. So other products like concealer or proper foundation would have to come in.
This product is great and natural enough to use everyday-you can or dont have to apply so many layers -and of course evening you just apply more for more dramatic looks and coverage.
The best thing to do is, go to your local store that stocks Laura Mercier and ask the sales to match you the shade, and tell them you will come back later in a few hours. Because within these few hours you can tell weather your skin accepts this foundation/reacts your to this foundation well or not-Because after all UK prices varies from £29-to a good £35!
For me, I was sure because like always I tend to try the product and go shopping then eat and i go and check myself face after all that-normally my skin would flake with moisturisers because i have fairly oily/dry skin in the winter-so it flakes and turns all powdery but this is very hydrating and it sat very naturally well on my skin!
I know at the moment House of Fraser is doing a buy £60 you get a £5 off on there beauty products, but I dont know how much that would help on the discounts.
As someone who really hates the feeling of a heavy foundation, I thought I would give tinted moisturiser a try. I must have tried at least a dozen testers from most of the major brands, but none of them were nearly as good as Laura Mercier.
As it is expensive , it is worth getting a tester of the product before you buy. Initially, I tried to get a tester from the Laura Mercier website, but none seemed to be available. A friendly assistant at Harvey Nics did give me tester pots of the hydrating and the oil-free versions; although neither of these suited my skin and I ended up getting the original formula, it is good to know that as well as a variety of shades, there are also options for different skin types.
Something the assistant recommended to me was to mix a little of you own face moisturiser with the product to make it go further. I did try that, but just be wary that the coverage is obviously diluted quite a bit.
My only criticism is that you have to be careful not to squeeze the tube too much or the product comes flying out and ends up all over your fingers!
All in all a great product.
During the summer months I find that foundations can be too heavy on my skin and I much prefer something lighter. On my sister's recommendation I decided to try out the Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser. This product retails at £32 from the Laura Mercier counters, so it's definitely an expensive product!
The tinted moisturiser comes in a large variety of shades, so if you visit the Laura Mercier counter they will colour match you for the right shade, in my case porcelain. This is the first advantage I think this product has, because many tinted moisturisers do not come in such an extensive range of shades, therefore they are not always suited to everyone's skin tone. When the make up artist applied the product he did so using a foundation brush, you can use your fingers, however I find that you tend to get better coverage if you use a brush. Something like the Mac 187 would be perfect for this, or just your regular foundation brush.
Once applied the product really evens out my skin tone and gives a nice coverage. If you have areas which need more coverage then you can add a dab of your regular foundation in these areas. By using the tinted moisturiser I find that my skin feels so much lighter which is nicer in the hotter weather. The product leaves your skin with a dewy finish which I really like! It lasts a long time, usually 6+ hours for me at least. The product also really moisturises my face during the day, so that when I remove it at night my face is soft. It is important to note however that this is not intended to replace your everyday moisturiser, it should be used as well as you normal moisturiser.
The product comes in a tube with a screw top lid, you can then squeeze the tube to get some product out, a little goes a long way!! This moisturiser also has spf of 20 which is good as I often forget to put sun block on my face! In total the tube holds 1.5 fl oz of product.
Although this has a hefty price tag, I am finding it is lasting really well and is in my opinion well worth the investment. I am therefore giving this product a 5/5. Well done Laura Mercier!!