19 July 2011

Review of Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer*: Meh

I’ve wanted to try this product for so, so long. Along with Laura Mercier’s primer and secret camouflage concealer, the tinted moisturiser has achieved cult status and is the subject of enough rave reviews to wallpaper my entire apartment block.  
I always bring a tinted moisturiser on holiday with me and this year, after reading yet another rave review, I resolved to take the hit to my holiday budget by shelling out a massive €48 for the Laura Mercier version.
As you probably guessed from the title of this post, I really wish I hadn’t bothered.  There is nothing wrong with this product: it functions as a perfectly effective tinted moisturiser and imparts a smidgeon of coverage along with a healthy glow. But they all do that, and I’m really struggling to see why this merits such an enormous price tag.
Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer blobbed (left) and blended (right).
It’s a little trickier to blend out than other tinted moisturisers I’ve tried, but this could be down to the oil free formula. I went in for the regular, but was advised to take the oil free on holiday, for shine control. I still ended up shiny, and since I’ve been home, I’ve been using a thin layer of powder on top.
I am enjoying the weightless, makeup-free feeling and I’m going to keep using this throughout the summer, interchanged with my Clarins Skin Illusion when I need a little more help. But I won’t be repurchasing, not when there are so many other amazing sounding products on the market for a fraction of the price.
This weekend I tried out a sample of Clinique’s Moisture Surge tinted moisturiser, which at €28 is a good twenty quid cheaper than Laura Mercier’s offering.  It provides great coverage for a tint, and comes with SPF 15 and a choice of 6 shades.
And fellow Liz Earle fans will be delighted to learn that this September, the brand will be taking their first steps into Liz Earle Colour with the launch of the first Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint (also with SPF 15). I don’t know yet how much the product will cost, but if you want to be among to first to find out, you can sign up for updates here.
*Look, I don’t like the American spelling any more than you do, but that’s just what it says on the tube…
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