[sample/affiliate] Definitely in the mood for a non-Christmas related day so I’m keeping any ‘gifting’ out of today’s posts. I’ve been trying the new, revamped Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser. When I first discovered this product it was a revelation – a precursor to our obsession with BB creams. It was my staple for a long time, being replaced by bareMinerals Complexion Rescue which I still use almost daily.
What’s clear from testing is that you need to get colour matched for it. The shades I have – which I chose from the website and got as near to my bareMinerals tone that I could (same owning company – Shiseido) are all too warm for me. While it’s a shame, it’s useful to know that your shade in one brand isn’t necessarily the same in another even if they are the same family. Once you’ve got your shade sorted (and I think in summer, I may well be able to wear one of them at least) you could easily have made a friend for life. This kind of daily base, minimal but helpfully pigmented and protective, has more or less replaced foundations in popularity as we all focus on skin care and see the benefits of it.
The main differences are in the formula (which, launched in 1996, did need a refresh) which has more skin care ingredients than before with macadamia and kukui seed oils and an antioxidant blend of vitamins. The regular version has 20 shades, the luminising version has 6 shades and both have SPF30. In terms of hydration, it was comfortable all day and come the end of the day when I cleansed, the pigment appeared to have stayed all day. As a lighter coverage option, if you can get your shade absolutely spot on, I can’t fault it really although it doesn’t have quite the same textural feel as the original, possibly because the SPF has gone up by 10. There’s no longer an oil free version although I can’t say that either new version felt ‘oily’. The finish is demi-matte for the regular, while the luminising (which would always be my preference) has more ‘glow’. In the swatch above, the shades from bottom to top are: Bisque, Warm Radiance, Tawny and Sand (the one I think I can wear in the summer months). It’s £35 (against £28 for bareMinerals) HERE. Non affiliate HERE.
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I have to admit to stocking up on the old formulation when I heard it would change, from a ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ standpoint. Glad to hear the new version is decent also!
If I had to choose, I’d choose the old version to be honest, but that might be sentimentality!
Then I’m even more grateful I have three unopened bottles stashed away!