What are the differences between some of the top tinted moisturizers on the market? I chose 3 popular brands, designed for all skin types and put them to the test! Longevity, Coverage, Skin Sensitivity, Price-
DIOR: The first tinted moisturizer I tried was the Dior Hydra Life Pro-Youth Skin Tint SPF 20 in shade #1. There are only 3 shades in this range. I purchased this from Sephora for $39 for 1.7 Oz. When I got home, I cleansed my skin of makeup and applied the foundation. My initial reaction to this was the smell. It doesn’t have a sunscreen smell, but there is definitely something that bothered me about it. Some people may find it appealing. I don’t, but it is something I can look over.
The application was very easy. The texture is very slick and smooth, so a little bit goes a long way. The coverage for this brand was better than the other 2 I tried in this review. It covered more flaws, with less product, even though it’s light to medium coverage. The initial finish is very luminous. However; this shine does fade a bit within 30 minutes or so after setting on the skin. If set with powder, the foundation last 4-6 hours. If worn alone with no other products 2-4.
My skin did not break out using this product. I totally expected it to, and am pleasantly surprised.
Laura Mercier: This was the second brand I tried- Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in the shade Nude. There are 10 shades in this range making it much more appealing to the masses. I also purchased this from Sephora. In fact, most products I purchase are from Sephora. It’s my home away from home, it seems.
I spent $42 and for 1.5 Oz. This product has no strong fragrance which was welcoming. It does have some “smell” but I can’t place it. It is very faint and natural smelling. When I applied it to my skin I noticed 3 things. It is very comfortable on, great at moisturizing and it sets extremely fast. You’ve got to work swiftly with your hands or you will definitely have streaks. This product offers more of a moisturizer than a foundation. However, it does counteract redness and improves appearance.
This also does not break me out but unfortunately wears off within about 4 hours, even after powdering.
Lancome: Last but not least is the Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital Teinte’ SPF 30 in the shade Bisque. It comes in 4 shades and was purchase on the Lancome-USA website.
I spent $45 for 1.7 Oz. This was the most expensive of the 3. I purchased a stand-up pump action instead of a squeeze tube, which I prefer because you can control how much comes out at any given time. The product has a slight fragrance but like Laura Mercier, is not strong at all. The Lancome tinted moisturizer is different than the other 2. The consistency is more whipped cream and is thicker. This provided a good coverage but needed more product. Blending was easy and the moisturizer/foundation ratio was fantastic. It provided the perfect amount of moisture and the perfect amount of coverage. It also lasted the longest if applied alone, and buildable with an overall longevity of approximately 5-7 hours. I was really impressed!
Now, for my HUGE Lancome Con- It broke out my skin like a mutha! I’m guessing maybe the higher concentration of SPF was the tipping point. For that reason only I’ve got to return it.
Dior- light/medium coverage, good moisturizer, medium longevity, strong fragrance, medium/high price, no breakouts, luminous finish
Laura Mercier- light coverage, great moisturizer, low longevity, no fragrance, high price, no breakouts, luminous finish
Lancome- light/medium coverage, good moisturizer, high longevity, no fragrance, high price, high breakout, satin/natural finish