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Would I Repurchase? Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (oil free)

One of my favourite "higher end" brands is Laura Mercier. If you follow me on Instagram or keek you know I absolutely looooooooooveeeeeeee her caviar sticks. *swoon* I've also seen numerous great reviews about her eyeshadows and highlighters. As far as complexion products go, the brand doesn't carry a full spectrum of colours for the loose powders or concealers. Sad sad sad. Thankfully, there are some shades for black women in the oil free tinted moisturizer.

Pictured above is the second darkest shade, 'Walnut'. 

From the site: "What it is: A perfect blend of skincare and makeup that helps control oil breakthrough and gives skin a sheer hint of colour for a healthy, natural glow.
What it is formulated to do: Laura Mercier created this product to give skin a healthy ‘no-makeup’ look with a soft hint of colour that evens and enhances without hiding the skin. This oil-free lightweight formula provides ideal protection from the sun’s harmful, damaging rays with broad spectrum SPF 20 UVB/UVA sunscreen. Perfect for all skin types, especially sensitive or oily skin". My packaging doesn't mention anything about sunscreen but hey.

posted on our Facebook page on April 8, 2013
REVIEW: Laura Mercier's oil free tinted moisturizer. "Perfect for all skin types. Laura Mercier oil free moisturizer helps to control oil breakthrough while providing hydration to prevent dryness. I have it in Walnut (I'm NC50 in MAC)
Pros: lightweight, average build-able coverage (will lessen the appearance of hyperpigmentation), VERY easy to blend, average colour range.

Cons: not available in Barbados and thus pricey. If not set with a powder, it will look 'dewy'.

This product retails for $43USD on Laura Mercier's site or wherever the brand is sold. After wearing the product extensively I can add these remarks to the above captioned review:
  • best applied with your fingers or a makeup sponge as brush application can appear streaky,
  • for this climate you have to use a primer to ensure longevity,
  • while it is build-able and lightweight, I wouldn't advise going past two layers i.e. one all over application and then spot treating hyper-pigmented areas,
  • I experienced no breakouts due to this product,
  • I don't think it "controls oil breakthrough" (not in dis heat!),
  • the packaging is very travel friendly and mess proof.
I love using this moisturiser over any sunscreen that leaves a blue/ashy cast to my skin. It does "even out" the complexion without having to use a ton of product. My number one pet peeve with this product is that it transfers, even when set. To be fair, I haven't used it with any heavy duty setting powder like the one from DermaBlend. But yeah, don't rub up on people when you have this on.

Final thoughts? After trying numerous bb creams/tinted moisturisers I gotta say it's worth it; for the colour match and formula alone. 

I'll be posting an overview soon of the bb creams I've tried this year so stay tuned!

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