Tinted moisturizers are a kind of product that I tend to have a love-hate relationship with. While I prefer full-coverage foundations, I’m starting to appreciate products that give me a natural finish as the years go by. The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is one of the most talked-about products of its kind, so, naturally, I had to test it.
What Does It Offer?
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer gives you a barely-there makeup look while providing a hint of color for your face. It’s supposed to give your face a natural but effective look while also nourishing your skin.
This is the updated version of the old Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. Unlike the previous version that came with SPF 20, this one has SPF 30, offering additional protection. It also comes with a slightly changed formula and a very-much changed packaging. However, the most significant difference is the shade range, and now you can get the product in 20 instead of 15 shades.
What Is the Product Like?
As always, the first thing you notice about a product is its packaging. For a product of such a price range (an averagely-sized tube costs a bit over $40), Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer comes in pretty basic packaging. However, I have to notice that I appreciate the shade being visible on the tube itself. This is a nice feature that can make choosing the shade much more convenient.
When we’re at a shade range, I have to criticize Laura Mercier on this one. While the product is rather sheer, so the exact match isn’t essential, it would still be better to have a wider range of deeper tones. Still, for my pale self, I didn’t have any problems finding a color for me. I just went for the lightest one, and it worked just fine on my arm.
The product is creamy and silky to the touch. You can feel it practically melting into your skin. It’s very sheer, so any freckles or beauty marks can still be seen. While this is cute, I wouldn’t recommend using this product if you have any more significant flaws on your skin, as it won’t cover it. Still, the product is buildable, so you can achieve low coverage where you need it. For example, it does a great job covering your dark circles. Still, if you need to hide something, I would recommend wearing a light concealer with it. This will give you a flawless, natural look.
When it comes to appearance, this really does look nice on the skin. While it feels like you’ve only put moisturizer on, it does give your face a dewy, radiant glow. Also, your skin feels hydrated, and you don’t get that sticky feeling that most foundations leave you with. Even after removing it, your face will be soft and fresh.
The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is long-lasting, that’s for sure. I wore it for an entire day, and my face still looked fresh, with a hint of tint. Of course, this is easy when you have light coverage, but I was always impressed with how everything held together. There are no visible creasing or sweat stains, no matter how hot the day is.
Also, SPF 30 is pretty enough to provide you the sun protection you need throughout most of the day. This isn’t a replacement for sunscreen, so don’t think about going sunbathing while wearing only Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. Still, if you have sensitive skin, you can walk outside during the day without additional protection. At the same time, despite this product containing SPF, there aren’t any flashbacks on photos.
As expected from such a luxurious brand, the ingredient list contains many high-quality ingredients. It contains tamarind seeds, which are an excellent choice for hydration that can last all day long. It is enriched with Vitamins E and C – and who doesn’t love vitamins?
However, it does contain a few ingredients that can trigger fungal acne, such as Magnesium Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, and PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate. It isn’t paraben-free, but it doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients, as far as I can tell. In contrast, it does have plenty of ingredients that have proven benefits on the skin.
Is It Vegan And Cruelty-Free?
Laura Mercier is a brand that is a bit in the grey area of the cruelty-free spectrum, although we can consider it to be cruelty-free. While it isn’t certified and owned by a parent company that tests on animals, Laura Mercier doesn’t test its products, ingredients, or formulations on animals. It also doesn’t ship its products to countries where animal testing is mandatory by law for imported products. Because of this, we can consider all of its products cruelty-free, as well.
However, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is not a vegan product as it does contain several animal by-products and animal-derived ingredients.
Before And After
While the shade range is okay, I would still add a few more options for the darker-skinned people.
The product provides a light coverage, but it still looks nice on the skin. It won’t cover any of your freckles or beauty marks, but it will give your skin an improved look.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer gives your skin a nice and dewy look. At the same time, you’ll look like you don’t have any products on your skin.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is a great option for anyone wanting to have a natural, dewy finish on their face and hydrated skin, without that sticky feeling that most foundations have. While it won’t cover some of the stronger imperfections you might have (and I am not sure if I would recommend it if you have acne problems), it is a great substitute for most light-coverage foundations. It looks great and has an SPF 30, so it is a good idea to wear it during summer days.
The biggest flaw is the relatively bad shade range and that the product isn’t suitable for vegans. Other than that, I would whole-heartedly recommend buying this product