Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact SPF 20 (Discontinued)
0.26 fl. oz. for $45
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This is a very good cream foundation with sunscreen. Housed in a plastic compact that includes a sponge applicator (it's a well-made sponge, too), this has little in common with the texture or application of most tinted moisturizers, including those from Mercier, so the name is a bit misleading.

It is a very good foundation option for those with normal to dry skin not prone to breakouts. The slightly thick texture feels creamy-smooth and blends well, though it takes some effort to make this look as natural as most tinted moisturizers. That's because initial coverage is in the light to medium (not sheer like a tinted moisturizer) range and adding just a bit more significantly increases coverage.

Broad-spectrum sun protection is assured because this includes stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA (think anti-aging) screening. Although the formula is fragrance-free, the sunscreen actives aren't the best for those with sensitive skin, or for use around the eyes. You may find this stings when applied around the eyes, in which case this isn't for you—but that reaction doesn't apply to everyone. Generally speaking, the mineral sunscreen actives of titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide are preferred for use around the eyes.

Turning to the shades, once again Mercier's palette impresses. The range is beautiful and includes options for fair to dark (but not very dark) skin tones. The only questionable shade is Fawn, as its slight rose tone can look too pink on medium skin tones. None of the darker shades look flat or ashen; in fact, this foundation's soft satin finish makes every skin tone more attractive—and that's the hallmark of any great foundation (or tinted moisturizer)!

Note:Although this foundation provides broad-spectrum sun protection on its own, you must apply it liberally and evenly to get the stated level of protection. A sheer or spot application will not provide the amount of sun protection the label indicates. If you’re not likely to apply this foundation liberally, we recommend applying it over a moisturizer with sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater and setting your foundation with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater.

  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection in a fragrance-free formula.
  • Easy to apply with included sponge.
  • Covers minor flaws and uneven skin tone without looking heavy.
  • Gorgeous range of shades.
  • Marketing claims align this with a tinted moisturizer, yet it's really a foundation.

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%; Octisalate 3%; Octocrylene 5%; Inactive Ingredients: Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Isohexadecane, Butylene Glycol Cocoate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Octocrylene, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Ceresin, Silica, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

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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Not on her website. Most light shades unavailable.

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Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact

I really like this product. The colors are wonderful and a little goes a long way…but…while the product is not cheap, the packaging is. I'm very gentle in the way I handle my make-up; nevertheless, the lid snapped off after just six weeks of use. I took the product back to the store and the sales associate admitted that "this happens to a lot of people". As much as I like this tinted moisturizer I won't buy it again, until Laura Mercier fixes this packaging problem.

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Karen S
Lovely sheer foundation in a compact

I like LM tinted moisturizer in a tube a lot; the Porcelain is perfect for me. However, the tube formula is quite runny and creates a mess when traveling by air. I thought this formula in a compact would be better for upcoming trips. It's less sheer than the tube formula and a bit more dry. I also tried applying with a damp sponge-- that gave sheer coverage more like the tube formula. I always need heavy moisturizer and I always wear high SPF sunscreen, so I treat this as makeup.

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Beverly B.
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