Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer – worth the price?

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Hello everyone! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Personally, I always get annoyed when people explain themselves so I will save you my ramblings and get straight to the point! I have missed blogging so much and I’m really glad to be back!

Some time ago (April, that is), encouraged by numerous positive reviews and a discount in Douglas, I’d decided to purchase the famous Laura Mercier oil-free tinted moisturizer with SPF20. To be honest with you, for a long time I couldn’t make up my mind about whether I like it or not. At first I loved it, then I hated it and now… keep on reading to find out what are my final thoughts!

I’d been loyal to the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue tinted moisturizer until I finally decided to splurge on the Laura Mercier that originally retails for 250PLN (44USD), however I managed to get it with a 20% discount. Still damn expensive, if you ask me but I was pretty convinced it will be an upgrade from my previous one and it comes in a 50ml bottle which is obviously more than the standard 30ml packaging.

I first sampled the shade Natural, which turned out too dark for me and then oxidized so that I started resembling a carrot, therefore I ended up picking up a shade lighter – Bisque. I always get a sample before buying a foundation and in this case I would go for one shade lighter than seems right in artificial in-store light. And yes, I count this product as a foundation. The Bare Minerals tinted moisturizer has skincare properties and has visibly improved my skin’s condition over the months. Unfortunately, Laura Mercier’s attempt doesn’t work as a skincare-to-makeup item for me. It didn’t improve my skin and I couldn’t get away with skipping an actual moisturizer before makeup. I would say it’s a light coverage foundation for normal skin.

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Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer oil-free in the shade Bisque; top – blended swatch, bottom – swatch, no edit

It applies smoothly, even if you use fingers to blend it, which is a great time-saver. Despite being an oil-free product, immediately after application I can definitely notice my skin looking oily (and it’s not the pretty healthy glow), therefore I always blot my face with a tissue before I proceed with concealer and powder. If you have oily skin I wouldn’t choose this one. I think it’s more suitable for those with normal or even slightly dry skin as it didn’t cling to my dry patches and smoothed them nicely instead. The skin looks smooth and healthy after application, you can tell it’s not a drugstore product. It has light coverage so it won’t hide pigmentation or blemishes but it’s enough to even out the skin tone. Below you can see how it looks after around three hours of wear, topped with a powder:


The foundation has been a part of my everyday makeup routine and I have to say it stays put really well throughout the day. I usually need to blot after a few hours but that would be it. The product doesn’t separate, wipe off or melt. It just stays as it was after application  until I decide to remove makeup, what I appreciate.

As for my sensitive skin, this product unfortunately has disappointed me. It does break me out a little bit and I am experiencing redness in the area around my nose and mouth what normally rarely happens after using high-end products.

Would I say it’s worth the hefty price tag? I don’t think so. There are many good tinted moisturizers at a lower price point, like my favourite Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer is good, especially for someone who doesn’t have sensitive skin and wants their makeup to stay all day but for me it’s a pass. I expected it to have skincare properties and improve my skin’s condition just like the Bare Minerals did (or more, actually) but it turned out to be a pretty average light coverage foundation. Despite it staying put all day and looking overall nice and smooth I’m not convinced that it’s worth the splurge.

Have you used the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer? What do you think of it? What are your favourite products of this kind?

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