12.17.2014
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Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 (Discontinued)
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1.7 fl. oz. for $38
Category:Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Tinted Moisturizer w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

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; smooth, natural-looking pressed powder; uniquely effective gel blush.

Weaknesses: Expensive; the cleansers contain irritating citrus oil; malodorous lip gloss; lackluster to poor mascaras; the Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation is an epic fail.

The Josie Maran brand was founded by supermodel and former Maybelline spokeswoman Josie Maran. By almost any definition, Maran is an iconic beauty. Like Cindy Crawford before her, who launched a namesake product line, Maran used her notoriety from modeling to do the same thing.

Anytime a model with celebrity status launches a cosmetic line, the curiosity among consumers is intense. The question lingers: Is Maran so beautiful because of these products? Of course not! She was magnificent long before her products were launched, and being born beautiful is not a sign of skin-care knowledge.

Almost every Josie Maran product is centered around the allegedly miraculous argan oil. This non-fragrant plant oil is said to do everything from reduce wrinkles to heal acne, while giving you younger-looking skin. Argan oil isn't a bad ingredient, as it contains beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin, as well as vitamin E and other antioxidants, but it isn't the only oil that has these kinds of 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.

It's worth pointing out also that although argan oil does have benefit for skin, it's gimmicky at best to include it in products like eyeshadow and mascara, but that's what you'll find in Maran's line. Oil in a mascara and eyeshadow will make those products slip and slide off your face and lashes, but there is barely any in her makeup products so not to worry. Even if argan oil had benefit in makeup, it wouldn't remain stable—it would quickly turn rancid when exposed to air.

Despite some high points, the makeup fails overall because when compared to less expensive options at the drugstore, Maran's color options are more average than exceptional.

Although makeup comprises the bulk of this line's offerings, Maran has several skin-care products, too. None of them are must-haves, although a handful of them have decent formulas. Like most lines that use predominantly natural ingredients, there are some fragrant oils present that smell great, but they can irritate your skin and lead to collagen breakdown.

Many of Maran's products are labeled as having a "natural formula," which often is not the case; there are plenty of synthetic ingredients present, including silicones and a synthetic film-forming agent. Those are not bad for skin, but it just shows that you can't trust the company's claims.

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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