There are days to shun foundation. Honestly. Ever since I “graduated” from BB creams to foundations upon the advice of a makeup artist I met at work, I haven’t given my skin much of a break. While the foundations I’ve been using are generally considered quality stuff, my skin occasionally suffers congestion after consecutive days of layering sunblock, primer, foundation, concealer, and powder. When I start to see the signs of tired skin, I do an in-home peel or exfoliate and I ease up on the layers. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Nude (PHP 1,800 for 50 ml) is my BFF for those days.
Quick Specs: available in 50 ml and 100 ml tubes; oil-free version is also available; made in the USA
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.
- Let’s discuss the moisturizer aspect. Both texture and consistency are light, feeling as though I have next to nothing on my face. The formula is neither too thick nor runny, so spreading it over the skin is a cinch.
- Despite feeling like there’s nothing on, there’s precious SPF 20 in there without a noticeable white cast.
- The effect is more of a glow with the slightest color correction. Despite the boom of BBs, CCs, ZZs, and such, I think tinted moisturizer still has a place in this world. It’s the best for those with already perfect skin (and nothing to hide), but it’s also good for those who just want a relaxed face without feeling completely naked.
- Even though it’s technically still moisturizer with a hint of color, the line has an extensive array of shades. It’s kind of like shopping for foundation as well, since I had to try two other shades until Nude blended perfectly on to my skin.
- Packaging is sturdy and the nozzle dispenses just the right amount of moisturizer. I’ve taken this with me on an overnight bag, and the lid has stayed on snugly.
- It has that typical foundation smell that reminds me of water colors. Not so bad, but the oil-free variant smells worse. I daresay oil-free reminds me of glue.
- PHP 1,800 will already get you a bottle of decent mid-range foundation, so you’re actually spending a lot of money for just a smidgen of color. When instant skin-improving effect is brought into the equation, you may end up thinking that a BB cream has more bang for buck.
Verdict: As a tinted moisturizer (with SPF 20!), I am all-praises for the light texture that I’m sure my congested skin is thankful for.