Let me start off by saying this is not a review of the oil free version, this a review of the original Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20. I’ve noticed a trend where people confuse the two products.
Laura Mercier is a makeup artist who created her own makeup line many years ago, promising a perfect makeup natural looking finish. Many of her products are great, if you know how to use them. While others are overpriced, and aren’t good for the average person, aka non-professional. Sadly, most of her foundation and primer products cause acne and clogged pores, even though they do, initially, give a good finish.
While I want to love the entire Laura Mercier line, I can’t, as many of her products are bad for sensitive acne prone skin, this product is included in that list of bad, and has been a no go for me every single time I’ve gone back to try it since 2005. Over a period of 8 years, a person’s skin changes a lot. There has never been a time when Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer worked for me or anyone that I applied it to.
With all the rave reviews and great PR, I’ve often found myself re-trying LM’s Tinted Moisturizer again to see what I am missing. Every single time I find all the bad that if forgot. For the price of $43 for 2 oz., it should be spectacular, but it’s not.
I’ll get right to it.
1) SPF 20. Though not sure it will really help as the amount used for a tinted moisturizer is minimal.
2) If you have perfect skin, you wont have problems. However, most people don’t.
1) This product is not good for oily, oily/Normal, oily/dry, acne prone, dry skin, or sensitive skin or any combination of the before stated. If you live in a cold climate, this product wont provide enough moisturizer.
2) It has little to no coverage. You will have to use concealer and setting powder, possibly even a foundation over it.
3) Leaves skin greasy within one hour, yet doesn’t quite hydrate.
4) Slides around the face, and in our Southern California heat, that is a big NO!
5) Doesn’t play well with other products. This is important since as we age our product arsenal gets larger and larger.
6) There is no coverage but it will probably oxidize on your face, thus giving you orange unwanted coverage.
7) 20 min. after applying it I turn into the grease monster. Unfortunately no matter what season it is, it always does this to me, even in the winter dry months.
There are a lot of good reviews and PR for this product, along with the entire Laura Mercier line. The thing is, that doesn’t mean it is for everyone. Do yourself a favor, if you decide to research this product, skip to all the lower numbered reviews, and listen to them. As always, if you must try it, make sure you can return it. Unfortunately, with many makeup lines it’s all about packaging, PR, a promise of a dream and hype. While Laura Mercier has some great products, this isn’t one of them no matter how much the magazines try to push it.
I give it 2 stars because if you have perfect skin it can work for you, and it does work for some people, BUT it’s no miracle product and not worth the price.