Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer

30 June 2012

I have never ever fallen in love with a product so quickly as this Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer. Ever. It's vary rarely that on the first try of something I dance around singing 'I love my skin' seriously. It did make me do this! After hearing Pixiwoo rave on about it for so many months, it was the only thing I have reeeally wanted in my more recent wishlist, and I took the plunge and bought it a few weeks ago. I went for the Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer, as I love highlighters and products that give a highlighting effect, and the shade is Warm Radiance.

First off, packaging: nice easy to use tube with a nozzle that lets you squeeze as much or as little as you like out - perfect. You get 50mls which is a fair bit, and the tube isn't small! Consistency of the moisturizer is extremely lightweight, which is what you'd usually look for in a tinted moisturizer. I bought this with Summer and my holidays in mind, and it will suit perfectly in the evenings or during the day if you need a little bit of coverage, but nothing that will have you feeling caked. I've got it on my face now, and have been at athletics all afternoon, and my skin doesn't feel oily, greasy or heavy due to product, so it does its purpose well. It's not as thick as your average creamy moisturizer and is much thinner, but this is a bonus as it spreads so well and easily over the skin. If you have dry skin like me, your skin really will see the benefits of it being a moisturizer. The feature for this particular tinted moisturizer is the fact it's 'illuminating' and not the standard Laura Mercier one. The finish gives you a dewy, light complexion and you can definitely see a brighter effect to your face. You get a hint of sparkle due to the luminous effect, and in the sun you really get a bronzed but natural effect. This item isn't oil free so oilier skin types might not get on so well with it, but for the effect, you could use the oil free option that Laura Mercier offers in the tinted moisturizer collection and then use a highlighter afterwards. Longevity is pretty darn good I must say. Generally, it has been lasting me from 7am till 5pm, and if I'm out after work then I can touch up with a little more, but generally I haven't needed to. It also has that all important SPF 20 which is always a bonus.

This tinted moisturizer retails for £33, and some might think it a little steep for something that doesn't give fuller coverage, but if that's the reason, then you should really be looking for a foundation. For the results it gives as a lightweight, tinted, illuminating moisturizer, it truly works. I bought this item with Summer weather and holidays in mind, and my GOD has it worked so far. I couldn't recommend it enough. The only downside is the fact this version only has 5 shades which could be a let down for some, but fortunately, Warm Radiance is a perfect match for my skin and blends so beautifully well. I'd recommend hopping to a Laura Mercier counter and getting matched for the tinted moisturizers as sometimes the shades can look a little dark, but because they blend so well into the skin, you'd be surprised at how well they match and adapt to different skin shades! Would I buy this again? A million times yes. I can tell this is going to be more of a summer weather product (I'm going to buy the original LM tinted moisturizer for winter so it doesn't look too dewy), but it is totally £33 well spent.

-Tamsin xxx


  1. The price is the only thing that puts me off too! I would love to try it. It sounds great. :)

  2. I went to the Laura Mercier counter and this was recomended to me. I've been wearing it as I've been doing odd jobs and I love it. I got great coverage (for me) but I prefer light coverage. I wasn't convinced to buy at the counter but aftr reading this I think I will.

  3. What people unknowingly do when they rule out moisturizer is deprive their skin of much needed moisture. Your skin suffers even more from the ordeal when you use cleansers and acne topicals. You are doing it a big disservice by choosing not to use a moisturizing product. Non comedogenic moisturizer spf


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