Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free, Review
Aperols, orange sunsets and flawless skin
Friends to the blog know just how much I adore Laura Mercier, which makes this post that extra bit exciting. Today we will be finally chatting about the brand’s reintroduced Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free! It has been a cult-favorite for many years now, so let’s see what’s new.
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My Skin: dry/sensitive; light-neutral complexion
About the Product
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free Natural Skin Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 20 (47 USD; Made in Italy) – is described as a demi-matte, light-coverage tinted moisturizer with a soft-focus, pore-blurring effect. Acts like makeup, skincare and sunscreen in one.
Packaging: unlike the original Tinted Moisturizer (review here), the oil-free version comes in a sleek matte black tube without a see-through bottom (instead it is a shade-matching sticker). You get 50 ml/ 1.7 fl.oz. of liquid in both, however, tubes do differ slightly in height and width. I guess that is because the original Tinted Moisturizer is made in the USA, not Italy (different manufacturers).
Formula: as it turns out, the very much-loved formula has remained the same. It is infused with Licorice Root Extract, Vitamin E, Jojoba Esters, Squalane and Glycerin. You also get some oil-absorbing powders in the mix, which give Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free that nice, skin-like appearance. An added bonus is SPF 20. This is, however, not an invitation to skip out on your actual sunscreen (but still is a nice thing to have).
Texture: creamy, moussy consistency.
Scent: light, skincare-esque scent. Fragrance is not listed as an ingredient.
Finish: seamless, skin-like finish with a healthy sheen. Does not look cakey, dry or powdery matte.
Application: products like Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free are best applied with fingers, although sponges and brushes can be used too. I find that the warmth of your fingertips melts the product in a way that it glides on and spreads out evenly over the skin, giving it that perfected, stripes-free look. Although you can build it up to more of a light-medium coverage, with SPF makeup bases, it is preferable to stick to the “less is more” rule in order to avoid pilling. Also, this formula has a bit more coverage and that soft skin-smoothing effect compared to the brand’s original Tinted Moisturizer.
This formula does blur the look of my pores (especially on the nose) beautifully, practically making them disappear. Did not accentuate dryness or texture. It also diminishes the look of redness, making it less obvious. You can still see hyper-pigmentation or any active breakouts peek through, however, you can easily hide them with a concealer. I personally find the brand’s Secret Camouflage Duo (the “correct” side) or Secret Camouflage (compact) to be the perfect Bonnie to this Clyde.
NOTE: do not skip out on your usual skincare/sunscreen when wearing this product