Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer

Years of teenage and then adult acne have left me with a lot of discoloration, and even though my skin is now better than it ever was before, I tend to wear some kind of face base when I leave the house.

Back in the days I would go for full coverage, most likely looking like I was about to step on stage, but nowadays I prefer a light hand, putting concealer to good use.

Just give me a natural finish, added skincare benefits (when you reach a certain age, there is no time to waste) and sunscreen and I am all in.

Laura Merciers Tinted Moisturizer in Oil free is well loved among the beauty community, so of course I had to give it a go.

Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer

What Laura Mercier claims:
„Gives skin a healthy no-makeup look (…) adding a healthy glow to the complexion (…) the lightweight formula provides ideal protection (…) with broad spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen (…) helps control oil breakthrough…“

Facts first:
One tube contains 50 ml (1.7 fl oz) of product and retails for 43 $ here or 48 € here.
The shade range is very good, featuring 15 different shades, suitable for very light to deep skin tones with different undertones.
The sunscreen is a physical one (Titanium Dioxide), which can flash back in photos.
The skincare goodness is Glycerin (locking in moisture) and Tocopherol (Vitamin E, an antioxidant), as well as jojoba esters (jojoba oil after the chemical process of hydrogenation).
There is no smell, it feels very lightweight and doesn’t oxidize on me.
A beautyblender (or similar makeup sponge) or your fingers work best for application.

But see for yourself:

Before: No face makeup, eyes including concealer done. Spot marks on the cheeks and chin.

No face makeup except undereye concealer

After: One layer of product, applied with a beauty blender. No powder, no concealer added.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude, applied with a beauty blender

In the end: After about six hours running errands, having my face touched by my daughters wet hands.

Six hours later.

Does it live up to its claims?
Yes, with some limitations.
I can’t stress enough that you will never get the full claimed sunscreen out of a Tinted Moisturizer or a foundation. To get the full SPF 20, you would need at least one tablespoon of product, and that is way more than you use.
Apart from that, it is lightweight, it adds glow without oily shine and it evens out my skin beautifully, as you can see in the pictures below.
The staying power is also quite impressive, it just faded slightly on my chin, but I blame that on my daughters wet kisses more than the product.

Will I rebuy?
Yes, although I think I have to get rematched. „Nude“, suited for light skin with neutral to warm undertones, is a tad too dark for me during the winter months.

Who would I recommend it to?
Anyone with normal to combination or oily skin. I don’t think it would be rich enough for dry skin.
If you are worried about the price, keep in mind that you only need a tiny amount. My tube lasted me all through 2014.

Do you prefer foundation or Tinted Moisturizer? And what are your favorite products?
Tell me in the comments.

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  • This is really a great review.

    welcome to my blog

    • Thank you for stopping by.
      You might want to consider adding a little warning to your bloglink if you leave it on other blogs, as some of the pictures featured are not suitable for little children some of us have running around…

  • Your skin doesn't need much, so this is perfect for you! Thanks for the review.

    • I am very lucky these days to be able to wear just concealer and powder, so I really just need to cover the scarring that is left from my pregnancy.
      You know, when they tell you, you will look young and radiant during that time? I did, I looked greasy and full of zits, just like I had when I was 13. *sigh*

  • I love Laura Mercier products. I haven't tried this one yet. Thanks for the review!

  • I love wearing this everyday when I don't want to do the full foundation routine. It's so easy and quick to work with. 🙂

  • Thanks for a great review. I don't really like Tinted Moisturizers, I feel like I usually like more coverage.

    • Yes, I used to be that way, too.
      But nowadays I really don't have the time to blend and contour and highlight and all that on a daily basis, so I´ve come to love it.
      Plus, the coverage is medium with this one, so it isn't too bad.

    • Maybe I will ask for a sample of it next time I am at Sephora. Maybe not for winter, but in the summer I don't like to put a ton of products on my face. Once I have kids, I am sure I will be all about simplicity too 🙂

    • Shortcuts and two-in-ones are a lifesaver now, and I have only one kid. Imagine two or three running around!
      I like it for summer time best, in the winter months I sometimes feel I need something a little richer, now that I am getting older.

  • Ich hab schon oft darüber nachgedacht mir das Produkt zu kaufen. Dank deiner Review könnte ich mich direkt nochmal dafür begeistern.

    • Es ist auch wirklich ein tolles Produkt, kann ich empfehlen.

      Und schon, dass Du vorbeigeschaut hast, ich liebe Deinen Blog, vor allem die Minimann Montage!

  • I've never used a tinted moisturizer before, but I do currently use a BB cream (they're kinda the same I guess!) I've been wanting to try this one for sooo long though, it looks so natural on!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

    • Yes, BB Creams are pretty much the same as TM. They claim to have more skincare benefits, but I recommend taking a close look at the ingredient list. The BB Cream I reviewed (Garnier Miracle… ) has less skincare stuff than this product here.

  • I have heard so much about Laura Mercier and used a few products in the past! Loved this review and definitely something I would consider using, my skins so pale this is great for winter to give my skin some colour xx | £100 Christmas Giveaway

    • Your pale skin looks so pretty, I envy you every time you upload a picture!

      This is the only Laura Mercier product I have tried so far, but their Brightening Powder is next on my list. And the Caviar sticks. And …

  • Great great great review. I love your little disclaimer about SPF. It's something great to know & I can't believe I never thought of it. Makes so much sense. :] // ▲ ▲

    • Thank you.
      There are so many myths and misconceptions out there, especially regarding skin and haircare, and protection from the sun is so important.

  • this is my favourite tinted moisturizer 🙂

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  • This is a great review. It's good to see how it wears throughout the day. Great coverage for a tinted moisturiser!


    • Yes, the coverage is better than in some of my foundations, but it blends like a dream.
      I am glad you liked it.
      And thanks for the tips on "How to style your hangover" on your blog. They might come in handy.

  • looks great! it probably wouldn't work well with my dry skin though

    • You are right, it isn't the best for dry skin. The do a non-oil-free version, too, maybe this would be one to try?

  • love this review, do you think this product would be good for quite oily skin? My skin is very oily and the only primer that has really worked for me so far and that has controlled the oils is the body shop instablur!

    • I haven't tried TBS "Instablur" and my skin isn't as oily as it used to be, but I think it should work well. Ask for a sample, or if you don't want to do that, ask them to try this on you at the counter. That way you can leave it on your skin for some time and see how it reacts.
      Have a nice weekend.

  • I've so desperately been wanting to try this and other Laura Mercier products, but the closest place to me that sells it is 2 hours away! And I like to be able to swatch things in store before I purchase. However, it looks like the only way I'll be able to get this is online so I suppose I might as well suck it up and buy it!
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

    • Buying foundation online is awful, I never manage to get the right shade.
      The good thing is, they tell you which undertones it is suitable for, which helped me a lot. Being quite light, but with neutral to warm undertones is tricky sometimes.

  • I LOVE this product I use it all the time in summer! In winter I need more coverage so I use foundation as well! xx

  • I really like tinted moisturiser and this looks really good on you! I need to give it a go. I also always wear a proper sun block underneath to actually get the SPF! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

    • Yes, wearing a sunscreen is crucial. It is the most important step you can take for anti-ageing.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  • Well reviewed Linda.. I love how glowy it makes your skin! 🙂

    • Thank you, Lancy.
      The glow is a little too much for my taste, usually I set it with powder. I prefer demi-matte finish.

  • Your skin looks lovely and glowing! It's a bit pricey but It seems to have lasted you ages which is amazing. This may have to go on my wishlist to now – it seems to be getting longer by the second! Fab review, thanks for the link!

    Roxie ♥

  • Veronika Pruskova

    I have been using the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer in natural shade since last November. Personally I don't like to wear heavy foundations and during the summer I just go out bare face. This tinted moisturizes have been recommended to me by my friend and I am happy with it, but I still use a sunscreen under it and I only use it during colder months of the year. 🙂
    Love your reviews. NYC lifestyle blog

  • Now that it is as hot I wear powder and no foundation, so I can relate. And I apply sunscreen as last step of my skincare routing, so I don't have to rely on the makeup to deliver.