Monday, 19 August 2013
I've seen the light - Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
Yup, I've seen the light. I'm a tinted moisturiser convert. See recently my foundations have felt too heavy. Maybe it's the heat or just a summer thing, but I started feeling like I wanted something lighter. I'm over the BB craze and can't be bothered with the CC thing, so naturally I looked to tinted moisturisers. And none have earned their stripes like Laura Mercier's.
The product is fairly thick and creamy, like a rich moisturising cream, yet it's super light weight. Like a moisturiser it glides on and melts into the skin giving instant hydration. Now this is not a mask! The coverage is pretty sheer and if you're new to tinted moisturisers it can take some getting used to. It gives just enough coverage to disguise dark circles and discoloration but it won't block out your skin. My skin looks plumped, hydrated and dewy with a natural glow that lasts all day. No makeup makeup, achieved!
I apply with my fingers for a soft natural look and if needed, buff with a stippling brush - probably more through habbit than anything else because this melts in by itself. I've tried wearing it alone on bare skin, over moisturiser and over primer. All work well. Personally I need a bit more moisture around my mouth and nose so I pat some moisturiser on those areas first then apply the tinted moisturiser. Although sheer, the coverage is buildable. I apply a little extra around my nose and cheeks where I need a bit more coverage and it helps to even out my skintone. There's ten shades available in the UK, I matched closest to sand. I personally think it's a little on the light side right now, but once my summer glow fades (and it's starting to) it should be perfect. I guess the one drawback would be the price. At £33 it's more expensive than most of my foundations, but it's a 50ml tube. Most foundations are 30ml so you're getting more bang for your buck. FYI, I'm not turning my back on foundations, just reserving them for evenings, occasions and bad break out days.
Over the years this tinted moisturiser has earned cult beauty status and now I know why. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser £33 here. Also available in Oil Free and Illuminating all with SPF30.