04.30.2013
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Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen
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1.5 fl. oz. for $43
Category:Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Tinted Moisturizer w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:04.30.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 is a star product for Laura Mercier, and is often featured in fashion magazine "best of beauty" lists. There's good reason for the accolades, because this fragrance-free tinted moisturizer has a beautifully smooth texture and silky application that results in an elegant tinted moisturizer with a soft satin finish. It does a good job of blurring minor imperfections and promoting a more even skin tone. The major letdown is the lack of sufficient UVA protection in certain shades. Well, that and many of the shades tend to be too peach or pink, though most are too sheer for these off tones to be considered a problem.

For now, the shades to consider because they offer sufficient UVA protection include Bisque, Blush, Tawny, Caramel, and Mocha. Both formulas are best for normal to dry skin.

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Ingredients

(Nude, Porcelain, Sand, Fawn, Almond, Tan, Walnut): 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.

(Bisque, Caramel, Mocha): Active Ingredients: Octinoxate, Avobenzone. Ingredients: Purified Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cyclomethicone, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Hexyl Laurate, Dromiceius Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Pfolysorbate 60, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, PEG-15 Cocamine, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Methylparaben, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Ascorbate, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica.

(Blush, Tawny): Active Ingredients: Octinoxate,Avobenzone. Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Castor Oil,Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cyclomethicone, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Hexyl Laurate, Dromiceius Oil,Tocopheryl Acetate,Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone,Polysorbate 60,Hydrogenated Polyisobutene,PEG-15 Cocamine, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Methylparaben, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Ascorbate, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide CI77891,Iron Oxide CI77492,Iron Oxide CI77491,Iron Oxide CI77499,Mica CI77019.

Brand Overview

Laura Mercier At-A-Glance

Strengths: Many fragrance-free products; top-notch water-soluble cleansers; some extraordinary foundation and powder products; great powder blush, cream blush, and powder eyeshadows; a couple impressive mascaras; mostly great shimmer products; praiseworthy makeup brushes.

Weaknesses: Expensive; some of the products with sunscreen lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients; jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas.

Mercier did a reasonably good job of crafting a skin-care line to complement her formidable collection of makeup (color is definitely Mercier's strong suit). From her above-average cleansers to some intriguing serums, it is clear that the skin care wasn't just an afterthought. Mercier is the only independent makeup artistry line we know of whose skin-care products actually have an impressive array of state-of-the-art ingredients. Of course, not everything is a slam-dunk, but following the reviews below will lead you to some wonderful products, assuming the higher-than-normal prices don't offset your decision to shop this line for your skin-care needs. And it's nice that the line has toned down its claims about emu oil, because it was never that miraculous to begin with - it's just one of many emollient oils that can help dry skin look and feel better. 

For more information about Laura Mercier, call (888) 637-2437 or visit www.lauramercier.com.

Laura Mercier Makeup

What sets Mercier's well-organized makeup line apart from the rest is her trademark "flawless face." Mercier believes that perfecting the complexion is the most important step to makeup application, and her line presents some incredible options for doing just that. An added plus is that Mercier's counter staff really have their act together when it comes to makeup application know-how, while the sales pressure is low key. We wish the tester units were more spacious and efficiently labeled, but this isn't an overwhelming line to navigate.

Most of Mercier's foundations are in many ways a step above the rest. Although none of the main foundations offer sun protection, there are formidable options for all skin types, and the pigmentation in each is rich, so a little goes a long way. Other areas where Laura Mercier's makeup really excels are the loose powders, cream blush, mascara, brushes, and shimmer products. It is all too easy and very tempting to put together an entire makeup wardrobe from the Mercier selection, but keep in mind that there are a fair number of standard to lackluster products that simply aren't worth the expense, despite Mercier's considerable makeup artistry expertise.

Mercier's handiwork routinely graces the covers of major fashion magazines, and for the most part her work speaks for itself and epitomizes this line's Flawless Face philosophy. Mercier herself regularly makes special appearances at her counters, and my guess is that sitting in her chair would be an experience to remember!

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03.25.2015
love this !

I love this over my sunscreen. nice coverage.

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LINDA M.
07.30.2014
Not bad

I haven't tried a lot of other brands of tinted moisturizers so I don't have much to compare to, but I like Laura Mercier's products and this moisturizer with sunscreen was highly recommended at my local make-up store so I gave it a shot. I normally wear full overage foundation because I am a make-up artist and my clients expect my make-up to look perfect, but on my days off I wanted something lighter with some SPF. This fits the bill and does exactly what I expected it to. Nice product!

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Erika K.
10.13.2013
Natural and easy to use

I wear this in Nude which is a really good match to my light skin tone. Texture is lovely (I struggled with Clinique's BB cream in past) - kind of thin so very easy to apply. Gives just enough coverage to even out my skin tone and has a slight soft satin finish that gives me a bit of a glow. This is not a shiny "luminescent" finish which I dislike but rather a more natural looking finish with a little something extra. Thought I preferred matte but this changed my mind. Also lasts all day.

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