Product Review: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF20

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF20, 1.5oz, US$42.00
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF20, 1.5oz, US$42.00

I have been using this for almost a year now, though not everyday. I bought it as part of a value set which includes a full size version of this, a travel size, 30ml plus a 10ml trial size of the Foundation Primer, which I just reviewed separately.

The texture of this is very watery; it’s a water-based lotion type foundation. It’s not as runny as some of the foundations in liquid form, but pretty darn close. Unlike the Foundation Primer which comes in 4 formulas (regular, oil-free, hydrating and mineral), this one is just one type fits all (though there is an Illuminating version in the series, a whole different purpose).

Because I have dry and dehydrated skin, I wish this came in a thicker, more hydrating formula. This feels very thin on me, though I do like how light and sheer it is. It is not meant for coverage if you need it; this is just enough to even your skin out, but won’t cover anything. Tinted moisturizers are not meant to provide coverage anyway.

Even though most times I mix and match primer and foundation (I rarely even use foundation), with LM Tinted Moisturizer, you do need a good primer like LM’s Foundation Primer to make the tinted moisturizer adhere better. I had tried using the Tinted Moisturizer on its own; while my skin isn’t even oily, I saw smears towards midday. With the primer, the tinted moisturizer absorbs better instead of just floating on your skin’s surface and takes forever to absorb.

As far as the SPF goes, it’s not high enough for me personally. I usually prefer a minimum of SPF25, SPF30 is ideal. However, this doesn’t contain any benzones, which is a big plus for me since oxybenzone usually irritates my eyes and skin.

You do need to set this with a loose powder too, so if you are looking to this as a one-step product, you are out of luck. I was hoping to have the texture of a BB cream (e.g. Dr. Jart’s Black Label one) which is much thicker than this, but with a very sheer coverage so I don’t look ashy or orangey; but unfortunately this is too thin for my dry skin. The Nude shade (second lightest shade available) I have is almost perfect for me except it looks a little too orange. It doesn’t really oxidize but it goes on a little orange on my fair skin.

I think $42 is quite expensive for what it is. It does last a very long time, but because the SPF is not high enough, it isn’t hydrating enough and isn’t as convenient as a BB cream (I needed to put moisturizer on, then the primer, then this, then loose powder), I don’t think I will repurchase.


Active Ingredients: Octyl Methoxycinnamate and Menthyl Anthranilate.
Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) PEG-40 Castor Oil, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cyclomethicone, DEA-Ceryl Phosphate, Hexyl Laurate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Propylparaben. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica.

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