This is such a great foundation. It is sheer but you can layer for more of a medium coverage. I have fair skin and freckles and I really don't like covering up my freckles but I do need some "color" because I tend to get a little pale. This is best foundation that I've used for a nice, sheer coverage that is gentle on my skin and lasts all day. It is sheer so I've found that I do need to use a concealer for under my eye makeup for it to last. I love that it has an SPF15 and usually when I use sunblock or products with SPF, my skin will breakout but this has never broken me out or made my skin react adversely in any way. I've used this product daily for about 6 months now and I absolutely love it. It's a little pricey but such a great quality product that I would definitely purchase it again. For a tinted moisturizer, it's not streaky and blends into the skin really well and has a buildable texture that you could get medium coverage out of. I've also found that because I only use about a nickel-sized amount of product for my entire face, I'm still using the same tube that I bought about 6 months ago :)
I don't usually use tinted moisturisers, but received a sizeable sample of this in a gift set when replacing my Clinique 3-step - so I thought I would try it out!
After using this quite regularly over the past two months, I have to say that I like this product, but I don't love it.
What I liked:
• The coverage is quite nice - it evened out my skin well, although if I want to cover spots then I have to use a concealer as well.
• It goes on well and is easily blendable. I like how light it feels on my skin, especially next to my normal foundation (Estée Lauder's Double Wear).
• It was an excellent match for my skin colour. I have very pale skin and finding the correct shade is always a problem for me, but not with this!
• After it's just been applied, my skin looks dewy/glowy without looking greasy.
What I didn't like:
• I have oily skin and after a relatively short amount of time, the dewy-ness just fades to greasiness.
• The price of the full-size product.
Although there was a lot I liked, the effect over a longer period of time just wasn't good enough to make me want to spend over £20 on the full-sized version. The lightness of it on my skin has, however, prompted me to start looking into other tinted moisturisers, as well as BB creams, in the hopes of finding something which will suit my skin better!
This felt more like a foundation than a tinted moisturizer. That wouldn't have been a problem in itself, since I have lots of acne scars to conceal, but this oxidated really badly on me. Since it was heavier than your average TM, the oxidation really showed. I'm NW15, and Shade 01 was a good match (two lippies for that and the quality of the coverage).
As many people have pointed out already, a real problem with this tinted moisuriser is the limited shades. I got colour matched to #3 neutral and though it looked good for a while, it tends to oxidise, making me look salmon pink (I am Asian so it definitely does not suit those with a yellow undertone). It's also a bit too dark for my skin despite the 'sheer' coverage, but the one they had in #2 had run out apparently.
I also did not like the smell. I guess they didn't add any fragrance to it and kept it natural, but there was this typical plaster-y smell of lower end foundations/tinted moisturisers that I really don't like so it was quite annoying having to put it right next to my nose.
That aside, I will focus on some positive points. What I really liked about this was the glow it gave off, like a luminating glow you see on models, without looking oily. It is also good for use in winter, as it will moisturise your skin immediately and you will not need to put any primer on.
All in all, I think there are better products out there, like bobbi brown bb creams which have more range in their shades, offers higher SPF and sits lighter on the face. I find that this product will 'stick' to you skin for a few minutes before it dries and feels less sticky/heavy.
I have had no problems with this product. This is my first tinted moisturizer, and it worked out great. The only thing I don't like is that a little DOESN'T go a long way with this tinted moisturizer. Instead of the small amount of moisturizer needed with most other products, this one needs literally a whole blob. A dime-sized amount will NOT work. Another con is the price. It could be cheaper. I'd also recommend wearing a lotion/actual moisturizer underneath this tinted moisturizer. Other than those two or three things, though, I actually really like this product. It's very natural-looking and evens out the skin tone really well.
This was actually the first tinted moisturizer I've ever tried. The only other one I've tried is the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer, so I don't have much to compare to.
But, either way, this is a great product.
Its coverage is great--to be honest, it came to me as a shock. It has light-to-medium coverage, almost medium coverage, which is way more coverage than I expected. Apparently, according to the other reviews, this TM has too much coverage to be a TM, lol, but I would rather say that its coverage is a "pleasant surprise".
That said, it wears well over my primer. It doesn't contol oil that well (I have combination skin), but then again, it's a moisturizer, hence it's not really supposed to. But that's okay because that's nothing a light layer of translucent powder can't fix.
Its lasting power really isn't that great--I'd say 5 hours, maybe, with primer and a little powder--but I didn't expect it to either.
Shade 04 matches me pretty well. I'm NC35 in MAC btw.
It retails for $27, which is really cheap compared to all the $40-$60 price tags I'm used to paying for foundations.
Would I repurchase? No.
I had a big sample of this that I used for about two weeks and then I purchased it. I actually preferred the bottle of the sample to the full sized bottle. I do love this tinted moisturizer though. It doesn't break me out, provides coverage and is pretty cheap!
This isn't my HG, but it's pretty good and I will likely re-purchase unless I come across my HG in the meantime. I don't really consider it a true tinted moisturizer, more a light foundation. I can't imagine applying it the way I would a moisturizer - I just apply it as I do any other foundation. But as a light foundation it's quite nice. Gives me a quite natural finish, although not as dewy as I'd like personally - I still put a liquid illuminator on my cheekbones, cupid's bow, etc after the foundation to get a dewy look. As someone with dry skin, I usually wear this without a powder over top and it looks good. However, if you are wearing it over sunscreen, a powder is definitely needed or it will oxidize and start sliding off your face. Love the packaging - very neat and easy to use, with the only con being that I can't really tell how much is left in the bottle since it's opaque.
This product makes me breakout . It claims to be oil-free but it turns greasy after an hour.
I bought this because I tried it on in the store and it looked amazing on my skin. The shade 03 matched my skin perfectly and I was very happy. But I had to return it, because when I used it at home I saw that the color was too pink for me (I have a bit of redness in my skin I want to cover) and it was more a product to even out than cover and look natural at the same time. The consistency is creamy and blendable but still quite runny and is easy to put on nicely. This made me oily all over (I have dry skin) after about 5 hours of wear, even with a setting powder on top. It covers too little for me and the color is too pink to work, but if you have amazing skin that only needs a bit of evening out and a more pink color is right for you then this will be great.