Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 ~

Review + Comparison: Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

After trying both Lancome Teint Miracle and Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, I have decided that liquid foundation is just not for me. Liquids tend to settle into the skin, and give a more "done-up" look. I also find that they are not hydrating enough for my dry cheeks. So I've finally returned to my ever faithful brand - Laura Mercier!

First, I will review Laura Mercier's Oil-Free TM. Then, I will compare it to the regular TM.

Product:  $42 for 1.7 fl oz/50ml, squeeze tube.  Active Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate. Water (Aqua), Disiloxane, PEG -30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol, Boron Nitride, Jojoba Esters, Magnesium Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Squalane, Laryl PCA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl Hydroxyhydrocinnammate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearrate, Disodium Edta, PPG-15, Stearyl Ether, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. (May Contain) +/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Iron Oxide (CI 77499).

Shades:  5/5  I am using Porcelain, which is the lightest shade.  It would work for NC15-20.  It is a bit yellow-toned.

Sorry, the lighting on these isn't very good. No flash.

Coverage:  4/5  Coverage is better than most tinted moisturizers out there, but not as good as foundation of course.

Lasting Power:  4/5  Lasts a good 10 hours, no oxidation.  I do have to blot every few hours, but I get oily/shiny even if I am bare-faced. :(

Finish:  5/5  This is the most important aspect of base makeup for me, and Laura Mercier doesn't disappoint. It's your-skin-but-better! If you have dry flakes/acne scarring/pores, this will smooth over those imperfections.  Still, if you have dry skin, hydrate well before applying.

Overall:  5/5  Another fantastic product from LM!


Oil-Free or Regular?  I prefer Oil-Free, because it has a little better oil-control, stays fresher longer, and more non-comedogenic.  If you have oily/combo skin, and if you are acne-prone, go for oil-free. :)  In terms of shades, there's no difference between the two.

Comparison photos for Porcelain and Nude:

Top: Nude, Bottom: Porcelain. By the way, my hands are a bit darker than my face.

Nude, on top, darkens a little after it settles in. It's not completely blended in this photo though.

Easter weekend is coming up!  Although it's not really a free-weekend for me, since I have an exam next week.  Bleh.  Have fun everyone! :D

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  1. Anonymous said... April 20, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    interesting! it used to oxidize on me all the time.. perhaps they changed the formula now.. ive tried the normal formula too (as a sample) but does nothing for me now that ive switched to my bb cream. thanks for the review!

  2. Lulu said... April 20, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    I LOVE the LM oil free TM! Just recently discovered it and it's my new love. Unfortunately I got it a shade too dark, but no worries since summer is coming :) and plus with a sheer coverage blended out really well it's been alright. Great review! <3

  3. Justine (Productrater) said... April 20, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Great swatch comparisons of nude and porcelain. I wear porcelain and agree with you nc15-20 could pull it off.

  4. Popcorn said... April 21, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    I just purchased this tinted moisturizer due to your review~~~ Im so excited to try it out tomorrow. i also have a problem with the Lancome Miracle Teinte in which it settles on my face like a mask around some parts of my face. When I tested out the LM one at sephora, it had a great, non-thick consistency. LOVE ITTT! Thxss so much for the review. :)

  5. Shop N' Chomp said... April 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    I use the regular formula. <3 it!

  6. YINGQILIM said... August 16, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    if i have combination to oily skin, do i still have to moisturize my face?
    And do i have to apply a primer before this? :)

    Oh! and i have also followed you on your blog. :)
    hope you can follow mine too! :D


  7. Rebecca Minkoff Handbags said... May 20, 2014 at 2:56 AM

    Thanks for sharing reviews. Actually, I was about to buy this product. I will take care of mentioned tips of suggestions. Thanks once again.

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