Sometimes I try beauty products because of the hype surrounding a brand or specific product. A lot of times I’m pleasantly surprised, but occasionally I come across a lemon.
The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Nude is a case in point.
Laura Mercier is a brand that I’ve never dabbled with mainly because of the ridiculously high price. But I’ve constantly been hearing great things about their liquid foundation – people made it sound like their Holy Grail! However, I don’t wear liquid foundation, so I opted to try the tinted moisturizer since it’s lighter.
Unfortunately, the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is a product that I won’t be repurchasing because I didn’t like it. Let me tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Nude Pictures
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Nude Ingredients
Active Ingredients: Octyl Methoxycinnamate and Menthyl Anthranilate.
Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) PEG-40 Castor Oil, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cyclomethicone, DEA-Ceryl Phosphate, Hexyl Laurate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Propylparaben. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Nude Swatch
- √ Sheer & lightweight coverage
X Adds a healthy glow to your complexion
- Name: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Nude
- Amount: 30 mL (1 fl. oz – travel size) & 40 mL (1.5 fl. oz. – full size)
- What I Paid: $57.75 CAD for a 3-piece set
- Retail Price: $19.50 USD (Travel size) & $42 USD (Full size)
- Full Size Colors Available: Porcelain, Nude, Bisque, Sand, Fawn, Almond, Caramel, Tan, Walnut & Mocha
- Travel Size Colors Available: Nude & Sand
- Where to Buy: Laura Mercier website (Full Size), Sephora website (Full Size / Travel Size) & Sephora stores
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Nude Review
Since the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Nude is meant to provide only sheer, lightweight coverage, I wasn’t expecting it to conceal everything. The whole point of it is to be easy-to-wear, especially for the summer.
It provided extremely light coverage, which I was okay with. Nothing special here.
Lately I’ve been wearing SPF 50 daily on my face. Previously I always wore SPF 15 or higher daily to protect my skin from the sun’s harmful rays. So I did appreciate that SPF 20 was incorporated into the formula. It helps those who don’t wear a separate sunscreen.
I have combination skin, so my T-zone tends to be oily. That being said, sometimes I do have dry patches, which need a little moisturizer to bring it back to its healthy state.
The Laura Mercier Nude Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 didn’t seem to add any moisturization at all! I could handle sheer coverage, but c’mon, if you’re a tinted moisturizer, you need to, y’know, moisturize!
I found that I had to use my regular daytime moisturizer with SPF underneath the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, which sucked since the whole point of using a tinted moisturizer is to reduce the number of products I use and to reduce the time I spend in the morning getting ready.
If I wore the tinted moisturizer by Laura Mercier solo, it would cling to dry patches and even accentuate them! Not good! It also went on somewhat streaky, so I had to be careful to blend. Blending isn’t something I normally have to be concerned with because I use the Everyday Minerals Base (Intensive Formula), which is a mineral loose powder foundation that goes on flawlessly with a brush. Having to blend a tinted moisturizer is a hassle.
On my skin, the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer looked a little cakey. Again, this isn’t something that I’d expect from a tinted moisturizer that should really make my skin look natural and radiant.
Something positive I can say? When it’s on, I can’t feel it, so it’s indeed lightweight and doesn’t feel like a liquid-foundation mask. It doesn’t require a finishing powder to set it, and it’s easy to wash off at the end of the day.
But because it’s a tinted moisturizer, it’s not transfer-resistant, so be careful when you hug someone with a white shirt!
This is a no-nonsense tube, which prevents product waste. But what I don’t like is that the product oozes out of the spout a bit (as you can see in my above photos). This leaves the inside of the cap messy.
Is It Safe for Sensitive Skin?
My skin’s pretty sensitive, and after using it for a while, it didn’t break me out at all.
But for anything that goes directly on your face, I always suggest carefully reading the ingredient list to make sure it doesn’t contain something that you’re allergic to or that is just a strong chemical. Everybody’s sensitivities are different, so you should try a test patch before slathering anything all over your face for the first time.
This is one of the most over-priced tinted moisturizers on the market. I tried it because I thought that maybe it was worth every penny. But I guess I just paid for the strong reminder that sometimes you don’t always get what you pay for!
Thankfully I got a 3-piece set for a decent price, so I don’t feel as ripped off if I had bought this at the regular retail price.
Just like how most beauty products have expiry dates, this one does, too, especially because it has SPF. And it’s marked right on the crimped top of the tube.
Final Verdict: 4/10
Laura Mercier, you let me down, girlfriend! Sorry, but I don’t think we can be friends anymore. Your tinted moisturizer doesn’t moisturize, is overpriced, and clings to dry patches. I’ll not be repurchasing this. You’re Busted on Swatch And Learn.
What are some hyped-up products you’ve tried and were disappointed with? Are there any products that were bashed strongly by others, but that you love? Please share!