TBN: Reformulations Edition- Laura Mercier New Tinted Moisturiser Review
Updated: Nov 3, 2019
Do you have a holy grail beauty product that at some point got discontinued? Argh. The agony. Or, even worse, REFORMULATED? The new version is always a mockery, isn't it?
When it comes to tinted moisturisers, none is more celebrated than the one by Laura Mercier. This does not simply have fans, it has cult followers. When it was announced in late last spring that it would be reformulated, there was a stampede to order remaining reserves of the old version.
I had tried it many years ago. Alas, I was still acne-scarred and felt very self-conscious about its french-girl finish. Yes, it made my skin look better without the actual look of makeup. But I wanted to hide scars and it wasn't for me- I was into heavier products.
I'm still very into makeup but I don't have acne scars anymore. And my absolute priority, currently, is to have completely natural-looking skin, even if it takes 5 products to achieve it. The mayhem in the beauty community surrounding this new version piqued my interest and I ordered it on the first day of release. Even if it wasn't ideal for me, I always have love for a daily high SPF with coverage and since I don't have acne scars anymore, I couldn't lose.
Ordering online was easy enough. The shades are pretty straightforward in their description. When it comes to lighter-coverage products like this, it really isn't an exact science; if you pick a slightly lighter or darker shade, it's not the end of the world, it will blend out. But you do need to know what suits you best- cool or warm undertones. I have light skin, not fair nor medium, and look good with slightly warm tones. But since I was afraid the shades would be too warm on me, I finally chose the 2N1 Nude, a light, neutral tone that the safest choice. It was perfect.
This costs about 40 euros for 50ml of product. It is on the higher end of products but still reasonable. It contains Macadamia, Kukui and Tamarind Seed Oils for long-lasting moisture, antioxidant vitamins C and E to protect skin from environmental aggressors and provides broad spectrum sun protection with an SPF 30 UVB/UVA.
Below are two photos of me wearing it. I love how I can get away with a smokier eye look. Because the skin looks fresh, the face doesn't look as heavy. The second photo sucks enormously but it's honestly the most representative of how the product looks in real life. And I can only take so many selfies before my soul starts to hurt, so you'll have to settle for this.
I adore it. It's a brilliant product. I cannot compare it to the previous version because I, myself, was so different then, let alone the product. I can just tell you what it does. It provides light coverage in a strange but effective way: while it enhances the face superbly by hiding flaws, it lets the skin show through at the same time. Exactly how this is achieved is a mystery to me but a credit to the Mercier formulators. This is not simply a complexion enhancer, that corrects your skin tone with light-reflecting particles, no. It's very much a colour product, one that reminds me of Charlotte Tilbury's Light Wonder foundation, only with added skincare benefits and a high SPF. I apply it all over with my fingers and blend it out with a brush. It does not look like makeup. It looks like I was blessed with great skin. You don't get a porcelain, flawless face with it, it's not the point of this product. The SPF was all the protection I used on a recent trip to sun-drenched Florence and my skin was unscathed by the sun. I might use it alone after cleansing but usually I first apply my C.E.O. oil, then Dr. Roebuck's moisturiser, then this. I've increased my retinol dose and I need the extra moisture. The formula plays well with every combination, my skin looks equally good.
Would I recommend it? If you want to make your face look much better, without the fully made-up look, get it now. If you want a doll-like, 'perfect' finish, you might want to wait for an upcoming review of a beautiful foundation by Lancôme.
There is an illuminating version, that gives you more glow, but this is dewy enough as it is. I would only consider that if I had VERY dry skin. Otherwise, this gives you a natural, radiant, satin finish.
The Tinted Moisturiser by Laura Mercier is available to buy here
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photo via cultbeauty.co.uk