The color was very flattering (porcelain) and SPF effective, but it accentuated every line and wrinkle. The texture is literally like sunscreen and the finish can be shiny if applied over a moisturizer, but I assume this is supposed to be used as the moisturizer. The staying power seems average to above average. I'm not planning to repurchase but would be interested in trying another product from this brand in the same color.
I actually purchased the oil free version by accident (my color is Porcelain), but figured since my skin tends to get oilier when I travel, I'll just throw it in my travel cosmetics bag. On a recent trip, when I really wanted to look my best, this was a total disaster. It left this weird shiny sheen on my face, and didn't cover ANYTHING. I used it several days in a row, and always the same result. Even using a ton of powder didn't help. I like the regular version, though it is not an HG. This one already went into the circular file.
I've recently been eschewing any sort of heavy liquid foundations. I've come to the conclusion that my oily skin doesn't like them and I've stopped fighting to try and make them work. I've also been wanting something that will allow me to cut down on steps while getting ready in the morning as I'm always running late. Of course, you still want something that gives good coverage. I'd been wanting to try this product for a very long time but the price always detered me. I decided that a tinted moisturizer was the way to go and the name that everyone seems to swear by is Laura Mercier. As I stated, I have quite oily skin so I opted for the oil-free version of this. While it doesn't last all day, the ease of use and the coverage still make it a stand-out product for me. You don't need a ton of product for good coverage and, immediately after application, the finish is so gorgeous. Due to the fact that you need so little, the price ends up not stinging quite a bit. I'm about a month in and can't tell a difference in the feel of the packaging. I am NW20 and wear this in the color Nude.
Several friends with skin similar to mine recommended this product as a good summer alternative to face full of heavy makeup. I live in the South where humidity is a beast and even the toughest of makeups will fail.
I had used it for a few weeks and really enjoyed the coverage and feel of this product and how nice my skin felt. It controlled oil as well as I could have hoped given that my face is the Exxon Valdez. The true test came when my office building had to be evacuated due to a bomb threat. Three hours in the Mississippi heat. I was sweating buckets. Surely my carefully applied face was RUINED.
When I finally got to my car, I looked in the mirror. My eyeshadow was a wreck but my skin looked flawless. I looked closer and my tinted moisturizer hadn't BUDGED. When I went to the movies later, all I had to do was change out of my sweaty clothes, reapply my deodorant and freshen up my powder and I was good to go. And the SPF in this is wonderful because while my fish-belly pale face should have toasted up nice and crispy in the sun, there wasn't a hint of burn anywhere. Not even freckling.
I'm convinced the secret ingredient in this stuff is unicorn tears.
I don't like this.
This feels heavier than my regular foundations! The coverage is light-medium. Definitely more than you'd expect from a tinted moisturizer. It's thick, so you really can only use your fingers or a sponge- no brushes- to apply. And it's got this very shiny finish. It's not even dewy anymore, it's just SHINY.
I tried applying pressed powder but can look cakey very easily. The lasting power isn't so great either. I do find that my blush lasts longer with this moisturizer. And it's got SPF. So it gets two lippies.
This product is over-hyped. I will not repurchase.
I have dehydrated (different from dry) and oily skin. I really wanted to like this product, but it made me break out. It feels light on skin and dries quickly so you don't have to wait long to apply the rest of your makeup. However, it oxidizes and made my skin feel rough/harsh after. I have tried it with and without setting powder foundation and still...very coarse. A couple hours later, it made my face extremely oily and shiny. Then, I would break out from it. It also is light coverage, so it doesn't conceal my acne scars.
After using up 3 little sample tubs of this tinted moisturizer, I finally took the plunge and purchased the full size for a little birthday treat. My all time favorite base! It leaves a natural finish and lasts really well on my skin. It covers redness well on my skin, but doesn't cover blemishes. I didn't expect it to anyways, that's what concealer is for! I top it with a powder and it lasts beautifully on my skin. Since I only just bought the full size, I can't say much on the packaging, but how bad can a squeeze tube be? (Then again...the tester at Sephora looked pretty worse for wear) Anyways, I adore this tinted moisturizer, a staple in my makeup bag!
This product worked VERY well on my acne-prone skin and combined with maybelline's Dream matte powder looked completely natural! I would not recommend to those with very bad broken out skin since this does have light coverage. I used a bobbi brown concealer over my acne scars and then layered it with the moisturizer again so it doesnt peel. I only blot my face about once during the school day! ^_^ Yes this product is pricey but it lasts forever and is worth the buy!
I do like this product to a certain extent and although it claims to be oil-free, it does have a little sheen to it to create a dewy finish. I've never been the sort who likes the dewy look but have recently grown to like it quite a bit. I've tired applying this product with my fingertips but it doesn't give a good coverage as opposed to using a stippling brush.
I feel that with this amount of money, the product could have turned out a lot better in terms of the finish and the texture to the product.
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I switched to the oil-free tinted moisturizer even though I have dry skin. I thought since I moved to Texas and the hot weather, the oil-free will help out. The oil-free is just not hydrating enough for my dry skin. It is harder to apply than the original formula but it has slightly more coverage. However, I am not liking the finish on my dry skin. My skin looks dry even with a moisturizer underneath. It lasted about 4-5 hours in Texas. This depends on the weather. The hotter it is, the shorter the time wear even with a primer underneath. When it wore off my skin, it looks patchy. I'm not sure what's the cause of that. I never had that problem with the original or illuminating version. I won't be repurchasing the oil-free but I will be repurchasing the illuminating formula.