12.17.2014
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Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 (Discontinued)
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1.7 fl. oz. for $38
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

NOTE: This product has been reformulated recently. Stay tuned for an updated review Summer 2015.

This fragrance-free tinted moisturizer is one of the best on the market for normal to dry skin. It offers broad-spectrum sun protection and an impressive array of skin-beneficial antioxidants. The silky texture is easy to blend and the good news is that liberal application does not affect the color! There are options for light to deep skin tones, all of which are are recommended.

Pros:
  • Rich texture feels creamy on skin.
  • Provides ample coverage, especially for a tinted moisturizer.
  • Excellent shades for nearly all skin tones (fair to deep).
  • Sets to a slightly dewy finish best for dry to very dry skin.
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
Cons:
  • None.
More Info:

All of Josie Maran's products contain argan oil, even the makeup. Despite how they market this ingredient, it isn't a cure-all or a must-have for your skin. Argan oil is merely a good, non-fragrant plant oil that's best for dry skin. Like all non-fragrant plant oils, it is a natural source of beneficial fatty acids (skin-repairing ingredients) and antioxidants.

Claims
Ingredients

Active: Avobenzone 1.5%, Octinoxate 6.0%, Octisalate 4.5%. Other: Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Octyldodecanol, Cetyl Alcohol, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Dimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Pentaerythritol Tetraoctanoate, Emulsifying Wax NF, Cetyl Esters, Polysorbate-60, Polysorbate-80, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Passiflora Incarnata (Passion Fruit) Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Punica Granatum Oil, Magnifera Indica Seed Butter, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Xantham Gum, Octamrythyl, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Brand Overview

Josie Maran At-A-Glance

Strengths: The sunscreens provide broad-spectrum protection; well-formulated daytime moisturizer with sunscreen; excellent tinted moisturizer for dry skin; uniquely effective gel blush.

Weaknesses: Expensive; some products are potently fragranced.

The Josie Maran brand was founded by supermodel and former Maybelline spokesperson Josie Maran. Almost every Josie Maran product is centered on the ingredient argan oil, which the brand attributes many beneficial qualities—some of which are true, and some claims made stretch the facts a bit. According to the brand, this non-fragrant plant oil is said to do everything from reduce wrinkles to heal acne, while giving you younger-looking skin.

Argan oil does contain beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin, as well as vitamin E and other antioxidants—but we should note that it isn't the only oil with such properties. Even more to the point, no single ingredient does it all for skin. It's just like your diet: if you eat only one type of food, you'd soon be malnourished. Skin is the body's largest organ, and it requires a variety of useful ingredients to look and function at its best.

Fortunately, the Josie Maran brand does include many beneficial ingredient’s in some of its best products, and does have some unique offerings to consider. It's worth pointing out also that although argan oil does have benefit for skin, it’s less beneficial to include it in products like eyeshadow and mascara. It does add a unique quality to some makeup, however, especially in a few of the brands lip formulas.

We should note that while the brand relies heavily on the natural theme in its marketing—and there isn’t anything wrong with that—it doesn’t talk about the beneficial ingredients used that aren’t so natural. There isn’t anything wrong with using naturally-derived ingredients, but it strikes us as disingenuous to not tout the benefits of synthetic ingredients such as silicones, preservatives, coloring agents and film formers that also appear in many of Josie Maran products.

As is the case with many brands that use predominantly natural ingredients, there are some fragrant oils to be wary of, as these can be problematic for any skin type (but especially so for those with sensitivity concerns). However, there are a few products here that are absolutely worth considering and unique—see our individual reviews on the brand for more details.

For more information about Josie Maran, call (855) 461-6512 or visit www.josiemarancosmetics.com.

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05.04.2015
Great Physical Sunscreens

Beautypedia's ingredients list for Argan Tinted Moisturizer is inaccurate. I can use only Titanium and Zinc sunscreens, and I almost missed trying this one because the ingredients list is about 3 years old. The active ingredients are Titanium Dioxide 3.20% and Zinc Oxide 12.07%.

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Scarlett A.
05.14.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  Thanks for the heads up!  I've marked this product as "discontinued" for now and we will work on getting a review up for the newer formulation :)

—Admin
05.01.2015
Time saver that performs

As someone with combination, breakout prone, sensitive skin, I have always struggled to find face makeup, especially ones that match my skin tone (medium-deep). This product fits the bill! It provides the right amount of moisture, doesn't feel greasy or heavy, and the coverage and color leave my skin looking smooth, even, and healthy. I now use this instead of foundation, which is great on a busy mornings. A dusting of finishing powder, swipe of mascara and lip gloss and I'm out the door. ??????

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L K
02.20.2015
Different Ingredients

I just bought this from Sephora and my box has the active ingredients Titanium Dioxide 3.20% and Zinc Oxide 12.07% which is different from Beautypedia's ingredients. I have dry skin so thought this would be moisturizing enough, however it clings to my dry patches and looks flaky (I use PC Skin Recovery Line). Wish I could find a truly "moisturizing" tinted moisturizer.

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TARA C.
02.26.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Thank you for reaching out to us.  We will work on updating our ingredients list and review.

—Admin
02.11.2015
NOT FOR ME...

This was very oily and felt heavy on my skin thefirst time i tried it. I washed right off! My skin is combo- very sensitive and I wasn't taking any chances. ESPECIALLY after I read some of the reviews for this product.

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Georgine R.
01.13.2015
Update Review Please?

I'd love it if Beautypedia updated this review since the formula has completely changed. I like the finished result but gagging over the inclusion of polystyrene (styrofoam cups) and acrylic acid (http://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/acrylic_acid readily absorbs into tissues and is then breathed out) into the new formula.

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Anonymous
01.14.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hello, and thank you for letting us know about the reformulation! We will take a look at this one and update the review as needed!

—Paula's Choice Research Team
06.15.2014
Very disappointed

Based on the reviews, I was expected something much better. It is way too oily and greasy. Sticky when you touch your face.

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maille b.
05.04.2014
Doesn't cause breakouts (for me)

Compared to other tinted moisturizers, this one is very thick and the "medium" shade is a tad orange. But as the product sets, it does leave a nice finish. It also does not break out my acne-prone skin. With a touch of concealer and some finishing powder, it does make my complexion look smooth.

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Anonymous
03.07.2014
Love it

I have dry sensitive skin with a difficult to match fair skin tone. I love this product, it's hydrating, blends easily, and feels so good on.

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Renee S
02.26.2014
Acne pron-STAY AWAY

I tried this product cause it had such high rating on here. But it broke me out real bad that I had to stop using it. The consistency was too thick and greasy, it felt very heavy.

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Jhang
01.23.2014
Not for me!

I have normal/dry skin and this product was way too oily for me. It didn't blend well and felt heavy on my skin. I can't believe it got such a good rating.

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