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Laura Mercier Tinted Oil Free Moisturizer
Member Name: Suzela
Laura Mercier Tinted Oil Free Moisturizer
Date: 24/10/07, updated on 25/10/07 (2084 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to apply, lightweight, wonderful finish
Disadvantages: Very expensive
I have never been able to get used to wearing foundation - I don't like the feel of it and having very pale skin and naturally dark hair and very blue eyes (which is an awkward combination seemingly!) unless I had a colour blended for me I could never find a good enough colour match. So when I was getting married 5 years ago I wanted to wear something as a make up base that would give me the desired soft and dewy "bridal" look but without feeling like I had something caked onto my face. After much searching and make up trials at various make up counters I stumbled across the Laura Mercier counter in Harvey Nichols and was introduced to their tinted moisturiser range. The rest as they say is history! I haven't used anything else since.
I actually started out using their ordinary tinted moisturiser - I used it without issue for 6 months. But 3 months before the wedding the stress of the wedding and work must have kicked in as my skin type went from happy go lucky to sensitive (I had to change my whole skincare regime) and the ordinary product was leaving my face feeling greasy at the end of the day and uncomfortable. I went to see the Laura Mercier counter for advice and they suggested I switch to the oil free formulation and that was just the ticket. Both products claim to be suitable for all skin types but if you are prone to sensitive or oily skin or suffer from spots then the oil free formulation is for you.
The beauty of this product (and this goes for the ordinary tinted moisturiser as well) is that it is lightweight and sheer, easy to apply and because of its range of natural colours it is easy to choose and blend to your natural skin tone - you don't look like you have a coloured mask on! You can build up the colour if you so wish. Because it is sheer the first application is subtle (which is much better than applying a product and then trying to reduce the colour) and then you can apply more to get a stronger colour if desired.
It provides you with a silky, dewy finish which makes your skin look fresh and more radiant. I found in the past that tinted moisturisers made my face a little greasy and shiny towards the end of the working day or on an evening out but I could wear this product all day long. I'm not saying I've never had to dust a little powder over but I've never felt like that I have to wash it all off and then reapply it. It also keeps true to its colour (as does the ordinary one) which is something that has caused me problems with other tinted moisturisers. Often I would wear a product and no matter what colour it was when i first applied it, it had a definite hint of orange about it come the end of the day. With this tinted moisturiser the colour I applied is the colour I take off at the end of the day.
It has an SPF20 (both products do) which is very good compared to other tinted moisturisers on the market.
The Oil Free tinted moisturiser's oil free formula softens the skin and prevents oiliness but at the same time provides hydration to stop dryness. All very complicated sounding but my face does feel smooth, soft and looks more radiant without being greasy or dry so this must be what it is doing. But this is where the Oil free and ordinary formulations differ. The ordinary tinted moisturiser claims to hydrate and soften fine lines and have a "free radical scavenger" which seeks out skin damaging elements in the environment. I guess every product has to have its gimmick! I certainly don't lose sleep at night thinking that my product doesn't have this!
The ingredients are both long and full of rather long cosmetic industry terms but if you are interested go to www.lauramercier.com
The colour range is good - in all there are 7 shades which cover the whole spectrum of skin colour tones but in my experience not all stores stock the whole range.
The colours are:
porcelain for very fair skin tones
nude for fair to light skin tones
sand for light to medium skin tones
fawn for medium skin with pink tones
almond which is a rich brown for medium skin tones
tan for medium to dark skin tones
walnut for rich, deep skin tones
The product comes in a 40ml tube. The oil free formulation comes in a brown tube (so you don't get them mixes up the ordinary product comes in a in a fawn coloured tube) and has an oval shaped lid which is ideal when you are applying moisturiser and potions as your hands can be a little slippy. It looks modern and classy as you would expect from a premium product such as this.
Application is very simple. You can use a foundation brush but I use my fingers and then smooth and blend with a sponge. The product has a lovely silky texture - it isn't thick and creamy (same consistency as a good quality moisturising lotion) but it isn't runny and so when you apply it with your fingertips it doesn't drip. I use 3 small blobs (half a pea size) on my forehead and onneach cheek. A little goes a long way but your skin must be properly prepared (exfoliated, cleansed, toned and moisturised) or else your skin just soaks up the product. Although this is a tinted moisturiser they do recommend that you still use your normal moisturiser as well. Another tip (as recommended by the always helpful Laura Mercier counter staff) is to use the Laura Mercier primer on top of your moisturiser and before you apply the tinted moisturiser. I have not tried this and I am sure it works but to me it is just an added expense to what is already and expensive product.
And now I've gone and mentioned it - the only downfall to my otherwise wonderful product. Currently it is £32 for a 40ml tube (as is the ordinary one). It lasts 6 to 9 months if you use it pretty much every day and it seems to be as good on the last day of use as it does on the first (unlike other products I have tried in the past) but I must admit that if I didn't love the product as much as I do I wouldn't buy it. Once opened it does have a shelf life of 18 months so at least if you don't use it that often you don't have to worry too much about it going off. But luckily Laura Mercier staff are usually very accomodating and have a few samples that you can try before you commit this amount of money.
One thing I have not been able to ascertain either on their website or general googling is Laura Mercier's stance on animal testing. As a US company they are not required by US law to declare one way or the other if they use or are against animal testing. That doesn't mean that they do but if you have very strongly held views on this matter it would be worth asking the counter staff to eliminate any uncertainty.
Overall though this is a fabulous product that I would recommend to anyone who has problem skin or who just prefers oil free formulations (although I appreciate that it is not to everyone's budget tastes).
Adapted from my review on Ciao (same username)
Summary: It might be expensive but it feels great!