August 21, 2010


Tinted Moisturizer

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is a sheer, lightweight formula with a hint of
color you can use in place of foundation for a natural finish and a healthy
glowing complexion. It contains a SPF 20 for the ultimate in anti-aging

Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Illuminating

A moisturizer with a hint of shimmering color.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating is a lightweight, buildable sheer
foundation formula that delivers a youthful, radiant finish.
Protecting skin from the damaging rays of the sun with SPF 20 protection, this skin-friendly formula contains a unique Dewy Complex that is proven to keep the skin
moisturized and better equipped to combat external aggressors and irritants.
Layer with other foundations for a custom blend and radiant finish. It's

Tinted Moisturizer is one of those products that either you love or hate. People who prefer heavy coverage, usually stay away from Tinted Moisturizers.

These are just like their name. TINTED MOISTURIZER! Duh! No Brainer…

Laura Mercier’s range of Tinted Moisturizers are most talked about. They come in 3 types.

1. Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
2. Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 -- Oil Free
3. Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 -- Illuminating

This can be a bit confusing, as the tube of primers and moisturizers all appear same. More Choice..More Confusion!
I chose the regular version.

Now, personally for me, my main issue with my facial skin is the uneven skin tone. I don’t have major acne marks or things like that to hide, but my chin is little darker than the rest of my face. My cheeks are pretty light. I tend to tan uneven and all I need is something to make my skintone appear even.
Foundations tend to give heavier coverage and I don’t like the all over feel of it. I prefer to restrict the use of foundations for special occasion.

Laura Mercier Tinted moisturizer is more of a sheer foundation. It does provides very sheer coverage, which is enough to make my skin appear even.
The product spreads easily and blends well. I use it by doting the product all over the face and then blend it with Sonia Kashuk’s Blending Sponge, which is damp. Sometimes I use my fingers too.
These have an SPF of 20, which is awesome for everyday use.

It does not appears patchy and lasts whole day. It has SPF, so by end of the day, the my face becomes bit sticky, but that ok. Its end of the day. The best thing is, the brand has good color selection. The MA at Laura Mercier Color matched me to shade Caramel, which appears very dark in tube. She said, its tinted moisturizer, so it will spread and blend sheer. It is a perfect match for summer, though I feel maybe in winter, I might need a shade lighter.


This is another of their Moisturizer, that has Illuminating Property. These come in 4shades and I have 2 shades, both as part of samples the MA gave me.

These too like the original version, spreads and blends well. They leave a lovely Luminous sheen. The sheen is not OTT glittery. It gives me a dewy look, but I am pretty positive, it will make oily skin people look more greasy. Also the SPF part makes the whole product a tiny bit sticky.
The MA told me, that the Illuminating part aka fine shimmers may reflect light and make me appear lighter if photographed. This did make sense because, even the color golden radiance which is so dark appears light on skin. The difference was noticeable. Even though the color matched me, it made me look Dirty. I would prefer the Original formula.

These come in Convenient, slim, easy to carry, lightweight squeeze tube, but it sometimes dispenses a lot more product than needed. Shaking the tube before use is advisable. Also setting the face with Loose Powder or setting powder is a must. I use MAC Mineralize Skin finish Natural to set the Moisturizer.

Cost wise its expensive. I mean $42 for something that I use everyday. …. I need to find dupes!!

A good product, if you are looking for light coverage and daily use.


  1. I have heard so many good things about this product. Need to check it out for sure :)

  2. @Get Gawjus!: Its a nice product, but I think its over priced. Try Sample first IMO...

  3. I really like that this product has SPF in it and that it gives a sheer application. However, I also feel that it's very expensive!

  4. I enjoy using this tinted moisturizer too(original version). Laura Mercier is a good brand in general. Just curious, what brush do you use to apply the Mineralize Skinfinish? Thanks.

  5. Yay for LM Tinted Moisturizer. I do agree the price is a bit outrageous but I have yet to find a similar product that does the job well. If and when you do find a dupe for a lower price, do let me know. I'd be all over it!

  6. @mixandmatchmakeup @Kristie: So we all need to go on a dupe hunt for this product!

    @Artemis: I use 181 SE (or any kabuki brush) for applying MSF (Natural). This gives a Heavier coverage. If I need lighter coverage or if my skin is behaving Dry, I use a Fluffy Powder Brush. Mine is from Essence of Beauty (CVS).

  7. Great review!
    The LMTM was on my wishlist too for this summer (the oil-free one), but I had just purchased a Bourjois foundation around June, so I couldn't justify its price, since I was only gonna use it for a few weeks in the summer... still wanna try it out though... oh well, maybe next year!


  8. I have heard so much hype over this TM. It looks good from the swatches, but since it is so expensive I guess I'll just stick with my Ponds TM

  9. I just received a free sample of this stuff...I'll be sure to try it now that I read your review. :-)



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