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Tinted Moisturizer - Laura Mercier - Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

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rated 3 of 5 on 9/19/2007 7:28:00 PM More reviews by saikick

Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I bought the oil-free version in Sand.
Will I buy this product again? No.

For readers, I have acne-prone-combination skin that changes throughout the season. During summer I am very oily near the t-zone and slightly dry around my cheeks and mouth (can get dry-dry to the point where I get flakes, especially when I'm near an air-conditioned area). While during the winter, I can be insanely dry. I consider my skin extra sensitive because I can break out very easily.

I stopped by the nearest Holt Renfrew to give this product a shot because my friend had suggested to me that this product had gotten great reviews.

Well, it's not getting a good review from my perspective.

I have a slightly yellowish undertone to my skin, so none of the shades exactly "matched" my skin. Thus, either a) looked too white, or b) looked too orange. I have never had an issue with tinted moisturizers before because the coverage was supposed to be sheer anyways, so there weren't any problems with the colours. This one was horrible. The texture and the way it appeared on my skin was actually more like creamy foundation, which I was not looking for. On top of that, the SA was a complete noob, so she had no idea what she was talking about and had to be assited by 2 other male SA who had better knowledge about their line then her. I was pretty disappointed that she was trying to push a sale on to me without even knowing what she was talking about.

While I was ignoring the female SA, I asked the male SA about the product. He told me that many people tend to go for the "oil-free" version because let's face it; why do we want to add MORE oil on to our face? I was convinced too, that with my acne-prone skin that I shouldn't be going for "added oil product" but realized that it depended on the type of skin care you regularly use. For me, I use Spectro Jel (extra gentle) in the morning, Clinique's mild toner, then their DDMG, and finally ProActiv's sunscreen to protect my skin. And during night time, I follow ProActiv's line. All of the 3 steps that I have used are "oil-free." Apparently, this tricks my skin into thinking that there is no oil on my skin, thus produces MORE oil in turn.

I was convinced by his lecutre; So I bought the regular tinted moisturizer.

By FAR better than the oil-free crap.

Make sure you talk to an SA who has at least SOME knowledge about the product, as well as skin care in general. The male SA I talked to was extremely helpful and I think this regular TM will work well on my skin during the dryer season which is coming up.

3 lippies, because the packagaing is easy to use, but the price is insane ($55.00 CDN!) and it's more foundation than TM. I don't think I will buy this product again, depending on how my skin tolerates this product.

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rated 4 of 5 on 9/18/2007 3:51:00 AM More reviews by rebeccacahsai

Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Dark, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

Love it!

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 9/16/2007 1:30:00 PM More reviews by niseixtenshi

Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I love the packaging of this stuff...very sanitary! I was color matched by the LM counter at Nordies and I LOVEd the way it looked. It gave me that dewy look without being shiny. Super natural looking too. I got the foundation primer as well..and the combination is beautiful!

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rated 4 of 5 on 9/13/2007 8:33:00 PM More reviews by jassicabeans

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Green

I have the shade of nude and it matches my skin tone perfectly, and it's got nice coverage as well. The tude is convenient and easy to carry. I wish it could be cheaper it'd be my HGTM.

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 9/7/2007 12:51:00 PM More reviews by catnap

Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Other, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

This review is for the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free version in Fawn.

For reference, i have light-medium skin with yellow undertone (NC 25-30, Shiseido 020, DiorSkin PureLight 200) with oily skin that gets dry patches now and then. also seriously acne-prone.


I've been on a hunt for a great Tinted Moisturizer and after browsing through the Most Reviewed Tinted Moisturizers, i finally decided to test out the Tinted Moisturizers from Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown & Shiseido and here's the outcome.

The shade Fawn is excellent, blends effortlessly into the skin and looks amazing. Bobbi Brown's TM in light-to-medium also looks very very natural on me but Bobbi Brown's TM is more liquidy thus it absorbs into the skin (and pores) a little too well plus it's too shiny so it just leaves me looking greasy and dirty even though i just applied it 15 minutes ago. On the other hand, Laura Mercier TM's texture is thicker, doesn't blend as easily as the Bobbi Brown but once it's blended in, not only does it even out the skintone, it makes the surface of my skin noticeably *smoother* . usually, products that can make the skin smoother also makes it look MATTE/FLAT . However, this is not the case with Laura Mercier's TM because it also provides a subtle sheen that imitates the natural glow of healthy skin very well (comparable to DiorSkin Pure Light). Even though the price for LM's TM is as expensive as DiorSkin PureLight, its coverage is sheerer than that of DiorSkin, thus i prefer the TM over the DiorSkin PureLight foundation.

I've also test the Shiseido TM in Light and Medium. i found the Light to be too light/pale while Shiseido's Medium is noticably redder/ more pink than Laura Mercier's TM in Fawn (which is more suitable for people light-medium skin with yellow undertone).


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rated 1 of 5 top reviewer on 8/24/2007 4:42:00 AM More reviews by Faster

Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

I wanted to like this...but i dont, at all. I got Porcelian - it looked great and upon application it looked great & felt good, but straight away my skin soaked it up (i do not have very dry skin) this provided my skin with no moisture at all & was actually quite drying. As it dried it clumped around my nose (i had exfoliated beoforehand) & it be came chalky & flaky & horrible. This is a poor product for a High End brand. I will stick with my MAC F&B.

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rated 5 of 5 on 8/20/2007 7:46:00 PM More reviews by ram6373

Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Green

I never need to look for another concealer product again!! Words cannot express how much I love this stuff. Do not hesitate with this one!!!!

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rated 5 of 5 on 8/20/2007 1:24:00 PM More reviews by clearskies

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I bought this yesterday. I've been using this only for 2days right now. I've never really tried TMs before. I always had makeup(not heavy though) and I thought I might try a tinted moisturizer... well, it's summer and I needed something light. Anyway, I was hesitating to buy this of course b/c of the extremely high price. However, it turned out to be great. I don't think I'm getting any acnes with this(till now). I use just less than a dime size or maybe a peasize to spread it on my face, then I put my Nars loose powder. This works very well. My skin looks bright, as if I have no makeup and doesn't feel heavy at all. I think that this thing alone, without any powder, won't reduce oilyness. Seriously, anything that feels lightweight and acts like a lotion/cream can't work to fight the oils on yout T-zone or at least that's what I think. I used CG Age defying Sheer TM before for a while but didn't like it so much. It might've been more moisturing than LM's, but imo LM's is better at covering redness and discolorations. I'll update this later.

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rated 4 of 5 on 8/16/2007 4:15:00 PM More reviews by rthurow

Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

I was holding off on getting this product, despite the rave reviews, because I thought I could replicate the effect with cheaper products. I was doing fairly well, but finally broke down and went to Sephora, just to try it. After having it applied to my face with the Laura Mercier primer, I was hooked. It puts all others to shame.

This product gives me the coverage and longevity I need, without being too shiny or aging me. This is my new HG for face. I will definitely repurchase.

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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 8/15/2007 6:26:00 PM More reviews by sally2002

Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I got a sample of this from Sephora and I'm glad I did before buying. I found a good color match in Porcelain and was excited to try what I heard was a great tinted moisturizer. So...where's the moisturizer? This is really a sheer foundation, that dries really quickly and doesn't do a darn thing to moisturize my skin. I got oily by midday too. I give this high marks for matching my skintone and for not breaking me out or irritating my skin (which is hard to find sometimes), but the pricetag ($42!) and the fact that it wears off early in the day AND doesn't do any moisturizing at all made me knock this down a point. I'll keep to my L'Oreal True Match for a great sheer foundation for $10, thank you.

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