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I've been experimenting with different tinted moisturisers for the last few months, having found them great for the summer, when I like something light. Now that the summer is drawing to a close, my skin has decided to become INSANELY dry in order to retaliate no doubt having become quite tanned during a season spent mainly outdoors.
While I don't expect a tinted moisturiser to be quite intensive enough to deal with my dry skin issues, I figured it would be an extra boost in conjunction with a heavy-duty moisturiser, rather than using my regular mineral makeup. I must say, I have become quite used to the simplicity of using a tinted moisturiser, the lack of blending and fussing that it entails definitely fits in with my lazy girl's beauty regime.
Whilst browsing the beauty aisle of TK Maxx recently, I spotted this Stila tinted moisturiser, at just £4.99, as opposed to the £23 RRP stated on the sticker. Having done a little research online for this review, I've found out that it's actually pretty easy to pick up cheaply, from £5.95 at Cheap Smells. Having never tried out a Stila product, I was pretty excited to use this.
The product I'm reviewing as perhaps a tiny variation on the theme pictured above. Mine has SPF 30 rather than 15, and is the oil free version in a dark grey bottle. It is still, however, the sheer colour tinted moisturiser.
The packaging is very sturdy and will not spill at all, plus it's great for travelling. I'm pleased about this because my other tinted moisturisers have either a cheap plastic tube or a toothbrush/paint type tube, which looks cool but could easily be punctured in a bag. The product squeezes out of a really small hole, which means you can squeeze a tiny bit out at a time, ideal for my preferred "dot and blend" method of application. I do wonder how much will be left in this tube when I think it's "empty", and how I will get to it with such rigid packaging, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.
The range of shades is quite good in comparison with other tinted moisturisers. I chose "medium 02", and was surprised how dark I actually had to go. Although I currently have a tan, I consider myself normally quite pale, apparently not! The paler shades also include a yellowy one, which would be perfect for those with redness. The moisturiser blends in effortlessly without fuss (eg I could do it without a mirror), however I was surprised how pigmented it is, especially as it it claims to be sheer. I find that it tops up my tan slightly, while looking natural, although I'm not sure exactly how well it will work out when I get a bit paler.
The moisturiser has no scent, doesn't feel sticky, and doesn't make me feel as though I need to wash my hands afterwards, which is always nice!
Now, I did mention that my skin is really dry at the moment, and even though I use a different moisturiser beforehand, I do find that I'm not really able to apply this to the severely dry areas, as it clings to the flaky bits (sorry to sound gross!) and makes them darker than the rest of my face. I have found this from several foundations, so I won't hold it against it, but I will say that if your skin is dry, you shouldn't expect miracle moisturising qualities. I guess the key is to think of tinted moisturisers as an application method rather than something which will actually hydrate your skin. Also, the phrase "oil free" in my edition should have been a giveaway as to what skin type it would better suit.
After use my skin feels peachy and looks fresh, healthy and perhaps even somewhat illuminated. The absolute best part for me, though is that it does not irritate my skin at all. Both tinted moisturisers I have previously used have caused my face to be moderately itchy immediately after application, which causes me to scratch and probably make my face red all over again. It is very reassuring to find something that doesn't make my face flame up at first!
I'm still undecided as to whether I will repurchase this, even though I really like it so far, and the SPF 30 is a huge plus. The deciding factors will be whether I can still find it cheaply when I run out, how long it actually lasts in this packaging and whether I can make the tone work well for me for more than just the summer/early autumn. This is mainly because I've already tried, and really like, Boots' Natural Collection moisturisers, which at £1.99 are much simpler to pick up when I need a new shade.
I have very fair skin that is blemish free but normal foundations seem to be either too dark, too heavy or just look ridiculous. As I am lucky enough to have a 'normal' skin type and no real complaints i decided to try a tinted moisturiser and stubled across Stila, spf 30 oil free sheer colour tinted moisturiser in shade light 02. There was a lighter shade but it looked more of the colour of Nicola Robertson aka Girls Aloud, which is slightly too light for me.
I chose the oil free version of Stila's sheer colour tinted moisturiser as I have a full thick fringe which often leaves my forehad a little oily. Due to my pale skin I opted for spf 30 which is great for protecting my skin against harmless rays in this country and abroad.
Prices range for this product. I got mine half price from Debenhams website for around £6.50 but if you buy it from a Stila store or non sale it can go up to around £15 for a 50ml bottle.
It comes in a smart box, however i find the packaging wasteful. The moisturiser comes in a grey upright tube. The cap turns and comes off. The tube is thin enough so when you squeeze the bottle, loads of product doesn't pour out.
Tested on me!
When the product came out it looked thick enough so it wouldnt run but light enough so it didn't clog my skin. It does feel a little oily on application, even thought it is oil free, but it absorbs easily into the skin. The colour was a perfect match. It gave me a flawless healthy look and made my skin feel silky soft and smooth to the touch. My skin felt moisturised and soft and the colour made me look healthy and natural.
I think the price I got this for was very good value and I really liked the product. It made my skin look flawless but kept the natural look that I prefer. My skin felt well moisturised, silky soft and well protected all day. The colour shades come in a wide variety so I'm sure there is a shade to suit you.
I just got my Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturiser after ordering it in a sale from Brand Alley. The regular price for this moisturiser is about £20 and I got mine for only £4.95. I love a bargain, particularly on Stila products because the quality is always so good. This product was no exception.
The moisturiser comes in a very attractive gray tube that says Stila Sheer Colour on it. The tube is well designed and sits up nicely on the bathroom shelf. You squeeze a little bit of this tinted moisturiser out and it's easy to get the right amount out. I prefer this to a pump because there is never any left at the bottom that you can't get to.
This tinted moisturiser is much thicker than most and I would say feels more like a foundation that also moisturises, if that makes sense. It is easy to spread on your face and feels light and weightless when it's on, like you're not wearing any foundation. The moisturiser is thick enough to cover minor imperfections, just like a foundation, but it imparts a nice glow and keeps my skin moisturised, like a moisturiser. I would say it is somewhere between the two.
This product contains spf 15 which is great as it protects your skin from the sun. I don't like wearing a separate sunscreen as they always feel too thick on my face, so I like to make sure that either my daily face cream or my foundation contains spf.
It's very unfortunate, but I believe the reason for Brand Alley's Stila sale is that Stila is going to stop selling their products in the UK. Therefore if you do find this available, stock up fast as it won't last long. After that you're stuck ordering from the States, or getting a kind friend to bring you some back from a trip to avoid paying postage. But however you get your hands on Stila, do so, and this product is a good one to try.
As a girl with good clear skin (most of the time!) and no wrinkles I hate wearing foundation. To me it seems pointless using it if all you have is a slightly uneven skin tone its thick, either too dry/too wet, feels horrible and unnatural, and often creates horrible spots on my face due to my skin being unable to breathe. So
when I discovered tinted moisturisers I decided that was the way forward. Up until now Id been using Shiseidos tinted moisturiser from their The Skincare range but having run out I scouted round strawberrynet.com where I bought it only to find they dont sell my shade any more :( Stilas equivalent seemed a sensible choice given that Im short of money and it also won first prize in The 21st Century Beauty Bible in the tinted moisturiser category.
SHEER COLOR TINTED MOISTURISER SPF15
The only thing I own from Stila is a really cute looking lip gloss pen. Seeing as lip glosses are not as hit-and-miss as skin care products I really had no idea what to expect when I bought this. It was difficult choosing a suitable shade as there were 3 listed on strawberrynet and colours can vary on your screen depending on your settings but they all looked sort of suitable. Obviously youd skip this problem if buying from a shop and would be able to choose from their full range of 10 shades. It looks like theres a shade to cover most skin tones, except black skins. I opted for Dark because I have an olive skin and itd also give me a little bit of leeway for when I have a tan in the summer or have applied fake tan to my face. Whilst this is not advisable for foundations because youll look odd if your shades not bang on, I find that with tinted moisturisers I can afford to go slightly darker because its sheer and I also apply it thinly.
The product comes in a minimalist but uber cool brown cardboard box. Im all for reducing packaging on products, but hey, at least its easily recyclable! Inside is the angular good looking 50ml silver plastic tube. Unfortunately from the squeezing-out-the-last-bit point of view its not as bendy as my Shiseido product, but I guess thats not a problem as it designed to stand on its lid to drain the last bits to the top when its running low.
APPLICATION & APPEARANCE
If youre used to applying foundation this will be so easy youll wonder why you ever bothered making so much effort! Squeeze it out and its barely more difficult than applying a normal moisturising cream just smooth it onto your cheeks and forehead and anywhere else you have an uneven complexion. The great thing about tinted moisturiser is that you dont need to do any blending or checking for the tide mark near your neck because if youve chosen a sensible shade and applied it sparingly, there wont be one. It also stops you looking like youre wearing a perfect looking mask of skin as the look is natural and just slightly dewy (NOT greasy, thankfully!) As for my skin type, I have a normal skin which can get slightly slick on my forehead at times. I wouldnt say this makes it worse but I should mention that I think this product has a slightly moister look than the Shiseido product Im used to as that was demi-matte (?!) which I guess means more matte than moist. It would probably be bad for people with a genuine tendency towards oily/greasy skin.
Theres not much to say about wearing it because its weightless so it just feels the same as wearing a light moisturiser (nowhere near as heavy as wearing a rich cream). Its slightly more moisturising than the Shiseido product so I dont normally apply anything underneath it. It doesnt have a particular appearance when Im wearing it because its sheer and all it does it even out my skin tone and make me look like Ive got healthy looking, slightly moist, bare skin.
SO AFTER ALL THAT, WHAT DO I RECKON?
Compared side by side theres not much between the two products Im used to using. Its easy to apply products over both of them, as they both work well alongside my favourites: gel blusher (Origins Pinch Your Cheeks, love it!) and BeneFits High Beam highlighter on my cheekbones. The main difference is the thickness Stilas product is far thicker so I find it more difficult to apply as thin a layer as with Shiseidos. Then again, the thickness of Stilas product means I dont have to apply anything moisturising/serum wise underneath so I guess it just depends what suits you best. They are both SPF15, though I wouldnt rely on either as a main sun protection if I intended to be in the sun all day and would layer something else on top. Im sure its good enough for every day wear if youre going inside and outside all day though.
The most important thing to me is that its not given me any spots or adverse things happening to my skin. I seem to get spots from anything with petrolatum/mineral oil contained within them, so I was glad this didnt make me break out in spots and its a massive plus point for me buying it again if I cant get my usual product.
The 50ml tube normally costs £20 in the shops, and is available from upmarket cosmetics stores such as Sephora and Space NK. I managed to bag my tube from strawberrynet.com for £7.60 as it was reduced, then half price because its a best selling product and they had an offer on, then I got my 5% loyalty bonus on top of that!
If both products were at full price Id have to opt for Shiseido again (£22) as that would last longer given that I apply less, but with a price difference of £14.40 when buying this one online Id be happy to repurchase at this reduced price or anything up to about £12.
Thanks for reading :)
Packed with sun protection and just enough color to even skin tone, sheer color doesn't conceal / The light, hydrating formula is ideal / Application is a cinch and the coverage is long lasting, leaving you with a perfect finish every time /