Laura Mercier, like Bobbi Brown, is one of those brands that to me has a seriously impressive range of base products (foundations, concealer, powder). Laura M’s tinted moisturisers and concealer palette are probably the most well known and I remember making an investment in the palette years and years ago (I never finished it, I actually lost it before I had the chance but it would’ve lasted FOR-EVER).
Now – Laura Mercier has a normal tinted moisturiser, an oil free one (which I tried once and didn’t suit my skin), a compact timed moisturiser (which I must try one day) and this illuminating version:
I keep meaning to find a good tinted moisturiser especially as day to day I wear no make up since I am in the house with Baby C. However – I don’t want to scare the postman, so something extremely low effort is required for daily use!
I find a lot of tinted moisturisers are a bit too greasy or offer absolutely zero coverage…
Truth be known, I do prefer a medium coverage – I just love my creamy bases that cover up my redness in one swipe but hey, this is something different.
A lightweight, buildable sheer foundation formula that delivers a youthful, radiant finish, while protecting skin from the damaging rays of the sun with broad spectrum SPF 20 UVA/UVB sunscreen protection.
All of the Mercier tinted moisturisers come in these long tubes apart from the compact, of course. The brand in general is not a flash packaging kind of brand, it’s more of a subtle ‘I’m good so I don’t need pretty packaging’ range.
The thing about it being a tinted moisturiser is that sometimes I want to be able to apply it without using anything else but my sensitive skin does react easily. I have used some that have left hives on my cheeks, or go patchy because my skin has dry patches.
The Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser I have to say, has a pretty good texture – it’s rich without being too thick and doesn’t go cakey or stick to dry spots. I have used it with nothing else on and it holds up well. I would say it’s slightly oily so suits my dry skin, but if you have oily skin, you most definitely want to look at their other formulas.
I have Warm Radiance – there are 5 shades in total, and they’re easy to match since they go by tones (light, medium, dark), certainly easier than the other two types of tinted moisturiser (I am a Sand in the normal formula but Sand in the oil free is way to dark! So it can be confusing).
Please do excuse my skin – I have a rash at the moment, I think it’s post natal sensitivity! I have a lot of redness at the moment. As you can see the moisturiser works pretty well at covering some of the red and general blemishes, giving a more even tone. However, it will not cover all your redness, or bigger blemishes or things like dark spots – you will need concealer for that.
The finish is very very very dewy and glowy – it is an illuminating product after all so it will give you that glow look. You can’t powder it! Once you powder it, it’s gone. This is not for everyone because it is quite a full on dewy look and if I had oily skin I imagine it’s annoying to have the shine on top of shine. This is definitely a casual every day use type of product – it does just enough if you already have decent skin to make yourself more presentable. It is not something I would use if I wanted a 100% flawless finish, or if I wanted something for photography as it’s too illuminating but for a fresh, everyday look, it’s great!
The tinted moisturiser costs £33 so it’s fairly expensive, but if it’s your only base, why not!? It’s on sale on SpaceNK and various other stores.