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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF20
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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF20
Advantages: Gives you everything you'd want from a base, yet isn't heavy like a foundation.
Disadvantages: Perhaps Price, LM counters are not in every town/city...
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.
Summary: A base you really must try for yourself!