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Hey folks!

So one brand that has a kind of a sleeper status is Laura Mercier.  Professionals have been for years singing the praises of their foundations, including the best-selling Tinted Moisturizer.  Most tinted moisturizers aim to give sheer to light coverage, basically just to brighten the complexion and some evening of the skintone.

Laura Mercier just recently released their liquid tinted moisturizer in a convenient compact!

From PR:

Laura’s latest innovation features a lightweight crème formula that gives skin a dewy, natural-looking finish ideal for all skin types.  With SPF 20 and a hint of color, this portable compact is perfect for travel and touch ups on the go.  It’s a breakthrough for the Flawless Face!

The Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact also boasts:

  • A lightweight formula that moisturizes and hydrates the skin
  • Provides sheer to moderate, buildable coverage with a hint of color for a natural look
  • Long wearing formula (6-8 hours) ideal for active lifestyles
  • Broad spectrum SPF 20 provides UVA and UVB protection
  • Visibly evens skintone and softens fine and dry lines
  • Upon application, skin is brighter, more even-toned, and dark spots and imperfections look visibly diminished.
  • Features Vitamin C, which has skin brightening properties
  • Contains the antioxidants Vitamins C and E to help protect skin from environmental elements

This crème moisturizer comes in 12 shades, which also follows the shade range of the regular tinted moisturizer:

  • Porcelain
  • Blush
  • Nude
  • Bisque
  • Sand
  • Fawn
  • Almond
  • Tawny
  • Caramel
  • Tan
  • Walnut
  • Mocha

Now to the review!

I got this product in Mocha, which is their darkest shade.

The packaging is pretty standard for a compact.  Circular shaped compact, with a silver pearlized finish.  On the inside there is a separate compartment for the included makeup sponge so that it is not constantly resting on the moisturizer.  There is also a mirror for conveience.

I applied with moisturizer using my fingers and also using a tapered Kabuki brush (Sigma’s F86, check it out here).  The formula is quite creamy and melts easily between my fingers.  It also was soft enough to be picked up by the synthetic fibres of the F86.  The moisturizer applied smoothly to my skin and I had no problems in getting an even application with either method.  It felt weightless on my skin, which is great.  It was hydrating on my dry skin, but not super hydrating.  I think this would work best for me in the summer, but I would definitely need some extra coverage during the colder months.  I wore it for 4-5 hours, which included some workout time and I did not notice any melting.  My biggest issue with this is the colour.


When I applied it, the colour was a little off on me.  I looked ashy.  I don’t think that Mocha is rich enough for my skintone.  As a sheer coverage product, I could get away without too many people noticing, but once I start building up the coverage or reapplying during the day, it would be obvious that I’m wearing the wrong shade.  And this is such a pity.  I like the concept and LM makes some really good products.  There needs to be at least another shade or two in the dark skintone spectrum.  I hope that they expand the colour selection, but they probably won’t as it matches their original moisturizer range.  I would say that this works up to those who have medium-dark skintones, up to about M.A.C.’s NW/NC40 – 42.  The price is another point that may be an issue for some.  At US$45 it is expensive, but you are getting a quality product.  One might argue that you could buy a full coverage foundation and thin it out with moisturizer, but that that may be a matter of choice.

Generally, this is a really good, quality product, but I am disappointed at the lack of shades for the darkest skintones.

Laura Mercier products are available online at their website and also at major beauty retailers such as Sephora, Saks and Nordstrom.

Overall Grade: B


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