I am on the fence with this, not that I don't love it, but I find that the MAC select tint SPF 15 gives more product for the money and similar results, but with a lower SPF. Ditto for Shiseido which is a smidge too dark. My compromise is I buy all three and mix depending on time of year. I do love this product, it's very light, doesn't make me shiny, doesn't make me sweaty. However, I do think the MAC and Shiseido are just as nice, but I am such a Laura fan I keep coming back for more. I just wish the price was a bit lower because I can go through a tube of this in a couple of months when I wear it every day. Luckily I usually wear a stronger sunscreen in the summer so I generally keep these for fall and winter. If price is an issue for you, there is always the MAC select tint which is similar in the amount of coverage it gives but this is by no means a bad product, I keep buying it knowing full well I can get four times the MAC for the same price. I do like to travel with the Laura tube though, I find the MAC leaks if it is stored on its side.
Good stuff, it just boils down to how much you want to pay.
skin type - dry/sensitive (combo/sens in summer)
This was my first crack at department store ($$) tms. I think the shade matched my skin quite well but the consistency was quite greasy on me, which is unusual. I felt like I needed to wash my face by noon - not typical for me, especially winter. Then I discovered B.B. tm and was much happier. However, I have never gotten the good shade match with that the way Laura Mercier's was. I would continue to search out another LM alternative for my foundation, though - I love the helpful staff and think it is a good line that produces many quality products.
I am an NW-NC25ish (cool-neutral olive with a rosy cast) and purchased this in sand. While the shade was wayyyy too dark I did like the texture and coverage. I may purchase in another color.
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My initial review was for the original. I now have the oil free version and nude is a perfect match for me. I think the oil free is a bit too dry for me right now as it kind of sticks to dry patches in a very unflattering way. May be perfect for the warmer months. It works much better over the LM foundation primer but I think the primer breaks me out :( On the plus side it doesn't make my look oily by the end of the day and actually stays put with or without the primer.
This is, by far, my absolute FAVORITE product!!! I've tried MAC foundations, Revlon Colorstay, everything for my face, but LM's tinted moisturizer is absolutely perfect for me! My skin is on the dry side, and I find that this product leaves my skin dewy and glowing all day long. It feels like I have nothing on, and makes my makeup look so much better. I use Sand (NC 35 when using MAC) and I LOVE IT!!!!
Love this stuff im fair so i us the lightest shade. covers great light wt cant even tell im wearing anything on my face. I did get some breakouts but what i thought was from this product so i switched to the oil free but the oil free is harder to blend and found out it wasnt this at all but the cleanser i was using. So as soon as im done with the oil free im coming back to this just love it. I put this on then use secret camo if needed then a translucent powder and flawless skin everyday. The reason why im waiting is its alittle on the pricey side, so not worth wasting.
It is sheer but evens out my face well. Not too heavy. I wish the spf was higher (it is spf 15). Like most tinted products, it is necessary to exfoliate before applying if you have flaky skin because it makes the flakes stand out more. I like that it is in a fairly maleable plastic tube because when I knock it off the counter it doesn't break like a glass or a harder plastic jar. It also lasts a long time, a little goes a long way. The cap twists on and I've never had an problems with it opening up.
I used this moisturiser for about six months. I liked the colour and the fact that it didn't feel like I was wearing foundation but still gave me good coverage. However it never seemed to sink into my skin properly and would actually drip off my face if it started raining or if I began to sweat! The last day I wore this was when I went with my boyfriend to an open air market. It begain to rain and it wasn't untill we got back to the car and I looked in the mirror that I could see the moisturiser running off my face. Definately not a good look! For the price of this mosituriser I expected a lot more. Will not buy again.
This is the most amazing tinted moisturizer! A definite HG!! I have this in FAWN and it blends in PERFECTLY with my asian skintone. It really evens out my skin and doesn't cause me to break out at all!! It feels GREAT on- like I have nothing on my face! I would definitely repurchase this again and again despite its hefty pricetag.
I heard and read great things about this product. I went to get it even knowing that it was a tinted moisturizer, which probably had no coverage and was definitely not worth the 40.00$ i spent on it. I got my color matched by a Laura Mercier sales rep. She was really eager on me getting it i was stuck between colors and i returned the product 3 times before just returning it and giving up. None of the colors matched up to my skin tone either being to light or to orange i was very disappointed because i was expecting great things. It did not break me out but good luck finding a color. and to my knowledge it does not cover that great. I can honestly say i chose MAC's tinted moisturizer over this.
I wish I loved this, because the color match (porcelain) is good, but it sends my skin straight into panic mode, leaving me an oily, broken out mess in no time flat. Possibly good for someone with slightly dry, not very sensitive skin.