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September 10, 2011

Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturiser Range

For a long time I've been looking for a tinted moisturiser that ticks all the 'must have' boxes. I wanted a fairly high coverage tinted moisturiser (light to medium, I needed realistic expectations) that would even out my skin tone without making me look like a grease ball by midday. 

After spending far too long researching the best ones on the market, I bought MAC's Studio Moisture Tint. I chose this to be my starting point as it received fairly good reviews online (most were neutral to positive and you can't please everyone!) and I was sick of waiting.. Regardless, I did not like this product at all. There's only 5 colours available in the range which, to be honest, doesn't fill me with too much confidence. Yes yes, I know tinted moisturisers are sheer and all, but I still want choices! Although I was colour matched in store, I found the colour was all wrong for me. After my first failed attempt, I was a little disheartened (MAC is always a bit of a safety blanket for me) I decided that the right product was out there and I WAS going to find it!

If you research tinted moisturisers online, one thing becomes blatantly obvious - Laura Mercier is the way to go. Everything led me there! I began researching Laura Mercier's tinted moisturisers (there's 3 in all) and found the colour selection to be a lot more promising!

On a recent trip to Myer I decided to see what all the hype was about and ask for a sample of the Laura Mercier TM. The saleswoman gave me sachet of the original Tinted Moisturiser in Nude. The colour seemed to be almost a perfect match for my skin tone but I was still curious. The next time I was in the area I visited the Laura Mercier counter at David Jones. The woman was extremely accommodating and gave me two generous samples - Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser in Nude and Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser in Bare Radiance. 

Laura Mercier has three tinted moisturiser in her make up collection with each serving a different purpose. I've tried all three in sample form, as I wanted to try each out myself before choosing which was best for me, and I definitely have a favourite. 
Original Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20
$78.00 AUD from MYER or David Jones stores
I found the original Tinted Moisturiser to be exactly what I was looking for. That is, until I discovered its Oil-Free sister. This product has awesome coverage, especially for a tinted moisturiser, and it can be built up to medium coverage if required. It has a fairly runny consistency and is easily blended to prevent those terrible lines. This product caused me no irritation.

The only downside is to this product was my skin. The original formula was all wrong for my skin type. It melted off my skin within hours. 

Thing is, regardless of the skin factor, I loved this product so much that I was determined to try the oil-free version. 
Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20
$78.00 AUD from MYER or David Jones stores
I hated this product. I'm sure it's good for some skin types but, for me, it's ALL wrong. It didn't provide me with a natural glow. Instead I looked like I fell into a bowl of glitter. I looked like a disco ball.

Illumating Tinted Moisturiser to the left, Oil-Free tinted moisturiser to the right
** The Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser is no where near as dark in real life
Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20
$78.00 AUD from MYER or David Jones stores
For me, the winner is definitely the Oil Free version in Nude. The pigmentation, just like its normal counterpart, is exactly what I was looking for from a tinted moisturiser - I definitely wanted good coverage. Not only is the initial coverage pretty excellent, it can be built up further (light to medium coverage) if desired. I found this product worked even better when combined with a mattifying primer and/or moisturiser and when set with a pressed or loose powder. This product was perfect for my combination/oily skin. Towards the end of the day my face developed a slight sheen but that was easily rectified with a pressed powder. 

I loved this product so much that I've ordered it in full size (all tinted moisturisers in full size are 40mL tubes) and I CAN'T WAIT for it to arrive.
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Would I recommend these products? Definitely! If you have oily skin check out the Oil-Free TM. If you have normal/dry skin, check out both the Original TM and the Illuminating TM. Why not grab a sample of all, or some, of these products from David Jones? What's the worst that could happen?

Generally I would never say a make up product was worth $78.00, but this here's amazing. I know it's a lot of money so I'm on the lookout for a more reasonably priced dupe. It's a lot of money so check online. 

**According to the FAQ page on the Laura Mercier website, they don't test on animals.

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  1. Awesome revieww! I think i will pick up a sample of it!

    Amy @ Following The Reader

  2. I have used Dove for 16 years and it's about $8-9 a tube and works really well. Have you ever tried it?

  3. Do you know if there are any tinted moisturisers in SPF 30?

  4. I have tried the Dove TM, yes. I just found that the colour wasn't best suited to my skin tone and I didn't receive the coverage I was hoping for. With the being said, I know someone who swears by their TM (in fact, you may know her) so I guess it's all up to personal preferences.

  5. Hello Anonymous #2. I've only ever tried out three tinted moisturisers and all of them have had a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15.
    However, with that being said, I've done some research and found a few that might work for you.

    The Face of Australia (purchase from Big W, Priceline and/or Kmart) has an SPF 30 tinted moisturiser avaiable in three shades. Check out the review @ http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=95292/Face_of_Australia/0/Tinted_Moisturizer
    That was the only SPF 30 product I was able to find.

    The Cancer Council has a tinted moisturiser with an SPF of 25. This product can be bought online at http://www.cancerwa.asn.au/products/product-view/588

    Stila also has a TM with the SPF of 20.


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