This product is a very expensive way to cause a major reaction in a single use. It has a tacky skin feel and does not cover or tint the skin in any way. Pretty much a total loss in every way!
I know people find this to be tacky in feel, and I remember thinking that too, some years back, and then trying it again at a salon and finding it had changed. I've been using this for at least 2 years, in Aspen, and it really does work for me. I get very sheer, even coverage and a polished look, and most importantly, have been well protected from the sun. But when I did a huge cosmetic clean-out recently, I figured there had to be something newer and better, so I tried to find some other BB/tinted moisturizers. Now I really appreciate Inner Light. I can't use anything with chemical sunscreen, so don't have a lot of choices. Well, some made my skin so dry and flaky (ugly), one turned it orange (embarrassing), and the others had too much silicone in them, which makes my skin break out. I feel that this TM (apart from the fragrance) is a duplicate for Clinique's now discontinued Almost Makeup (same corporate owner), which was always my fallback as my favorites were discontinued or reformulated. I always liked it well enough, but didn't love it. Liking, not loving, is going to have to be good enough--I can't keep experimenting with this, my skin is unhappy! With Almost Makeup gone, Inner Light really is my best option. I bought a new tube of Aspen today. Even if it isn't the latest and greatest or loved by all, I would recommend you try the current formula for yourself if you are having trouble finding a TM with physical sunscreen that is kind to your skin.
I worked at an Aveda salon for 3 years and became really partial to this tinted moisturizer and the dual foundation pressed powder. Let me start by saying that I have extremely acne-prone skin. I've never had a tinted moisturizer or foundation that doesn't break me out, and this stuff doesn't! I love it! I think it has just the right amount of coverage for a TM. I apply this all over and then set with the dual foundation pressed powder, also from Aveda. I'll probably go back to using this, but I'm searching for something that has a longer wear (although it doesn't make me oily--sometimes I develop a slight sheen on more hectic days, if I perspire or if my skin is just oilier that day--it only has, for me, a wear time of about 5 hours before it starts to wear off and my blemishes and acne scars start to show through). Overall, I will repurchase if I don't find something with more coverage and a longer wear life. Finding ANY product that doesn't break me out is a godsend.
OMG , please DONT buy this. I used this one and this sent me to the emergency room. My face broke up into rashes and skin around my eyes were swollen. Doctor said its an allergic reaction to the chemicals in it. I thought Aveda is suppose to be all natural. They had to give me an injection of Benadryl and Prednisone. I knew it was from this bc I switched from La mer to this to just try it. This makes me afraid of any other Aveda products. I should send the company of what my face looks like now.
Really like this. I've got pretty sensitive dry-ish skin and have trouble finding foundations that don't have too much fragrance, aren't silicone heavy and don't look overly made-up. This has an impressively short ingredient list, blends well and provides just enough coverage without looking made up. I use concealer on any blemishes on top of this and I'm happy. I use Eve Lom's TLC cream underneath and this mattifies any shine from that. I also like that it's not overly fragranced, there is a slight chemical smell but it disappears as soon as you apply. Best of all, I've had no reaction or sensitivity to this and that is rare for something that delivers some sun protection. I got this during Debenham's sale so with 5 pounds off through Beauty Club points and 10% off for the event sale it was a bargain at 21 pounds.
EDIT: Changed my rating as there is something in this that broke me out eventually. Little white bumps as well as proper spots. Won't be purchasing again.
I was looking for a great "BB Cream" (moisture & sunscreen & tint all in one), and chose this one for 3 reasons: 1.) it has no chemical fragrance 2.) the active suncreen ingredient is known to be very effective, non-irritating, and natural. 3.) Paula Begoin put this makeup on her Beautypedia list of "best makeups available, with suncreen." She gave it a rave review on every count, and it's hard to get a rave review from Paula! SO I really wanted to love this product, but I can't say I even "like" it. The packaging is perfect, but the product... meh. On the plus side, I will say it is non-irritating and doesn't make my eyes water. And the shade "Aspen" is a very decent match to my very fair slightly golden skin tone. I also like the feel... glides on light and easy, and the very slightly "tacky" feel does not bother me. The finish, though, is just plain odd and pointless. Yes, there is somewhat of a "healthy glow" if you stretch your imagination, but in my opinion the glow is nullified by the very problematic "finish" of this product on the surface of the skin! The tint does not stay "even" across the face... at only 15 minutes after putting it on (over washed, toned, and bare skin) I noticed that the color appeared a bit "mottled" already... that is inexcusable in a high-end product, especially given that my skin is not that oily. The product does not look natural on the skin... if you look closely, you can see it sitting on top of the skin. It also accentuated my flaws, such as shallow scars, fine lines, enlarged pores... now TRUE, many makeups (even the good ones) DO accentuate those particular flaws, but "in exchange" for that, they COVER discoloration, and make your skin look even toned. This Aveda product does not do that.... it did not "even out" my skin-tone very much at all. I can already hear people saying "but it's not a foundation!... it's not supposed to cover anything." Ok... I get that... but it IS supposed to provide a sheer "evening" effect, no?... and I'm saying that it doesn't do that very well... so unless you have nearly PERFECT skin to begin with, I'm betting this will not be "enough" evening-out for you. You'd be better off just mixing a dab of your normal foundation with any facial sunscreen that agrees with you, if what you want a super-sheer application that actually proves some evening-out. In all fairness, I think the main reason I don't like this product is because I am discovering that "BB Creams" are just not the "thing" for me. I WANT to like them, because they appeal to my "minimalist" philosophy. But it seems to me that with all of these "lightly tinted" face products, you get all of the drawbacks of wearing makeup, with no actual coverage!
I'm going back to my Clinique "Even Better" makeup... I appreciate it so much more now!
I bought this for the non chemical sunscreen (titanium dioxide) since I am sensitive to various chemical ones. Being it was tinted was a bonus. Unfortunately, I am sensitive to something else in it because my face has more red spots and bumps on it than ever after wearing it for only a week. Besides that, I don't think it is very moisturizing either. Overall a fail. Will probably throw out or give away since I doubt I will be able to return it :(
At first I was really excited how nice it made my skin look. I have sensitive skin and it didn't leave me with any discomfort! Jojoba oil is one of the ingredients, and I know a lot of people swear by its effectiveness against acne and for moisture. (For myself, I hadn't had so much luck, but I digress...) SO I was really liking it, and dusting an acne controlling powder on top. I did have transfer on my hands, but so long as I don't touch my face right? ... I had breakouts, but I figured it was just stress and changing my cleansing routine... then I run out of this. No more makeup. And my face clears up! Then I go out one night and wear this again after two-three weeks of clear skin. Breakout! And its the kind where you not only have pimples, but you have these red patches around some of them. This product is bad news on normal to oily skin!
OH! and one last thing, I got major gunk buildup on my brush from this! Can't be good for your skin!
This stuff is one of the worst products I've ever used. It left my skin very angry after using just one time - yesterday!
Two days ago, my skin was clear, calm and glowing with no irritation. Today, I woke up and my face is covered, I mean COVERED in red dots that look like razor burn mixed with small white pimples all over my face.
I'm no stranger to irritation as my skin is combination dry, sensitive and prone to breakouts if it doesn't agree with a product but this is excessive. Finding products that work for my skin has been a real feat and I finally found a good skin care regime that works to calm my skin and now one day of this stuff messed it all up. The worst part is that I didn't even like the coverage as it had a tacky feel all day and a white cast to it. So disappointed - in the trash it goes.
-Has significantly more coverage and is longer wearing than other tinted moisturizers I have tried, blends well
-has great staying power on my skin (have not tried it in very humid weather or temperatures above 90 degrees)
-actually lives up to it's moisturizing claims
-wears well with blush, bronzer, highlighters
-luminous finish without looking tacky or too dewey
-matches my fair skin with slight yellow undertones (Aspen)
-washes off easily
- pretty much has to be worn alone. Aside from a light dusting of powder or sparse use of liquid concealer, cannot be worn well with a stronger SPF or moisturizer under it and still wear well. Also does not work as a base for a heavier coverage foundation
-not transfer resistant
-limited shades, probably only good for dry and very dry skin.
*if you find the consistency very gluey or tacky, you may have gotten an old tube. This happened to me once, they replaced it no problem.