Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer has long been described as the “grand dame” of tinted moisturizers. Of course I wanted to try it.
I was looking for a product that would smooth out my skin tone, provide sheer coverage and brighten the look of skin, making my makeup regimen easier. I was a bit shell-shocked at the price of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer first- a 1.5oz bottle costs around $42 – so I decided to try two other tinted moisturizers first.
I initially tried Peter Thomas Roth’s Tinted Mineral Moisturizer because I was familiar with the quality of the brand. This moisturizer costs about the same as Laura Mercier’s, but has an SPF 30 and is a mineral formula. The Peter Thomas Roth Tinted Mineral Moisturizer feels great to the touch, but left my skin looking washed out. The tint is light and may be better for very fair skin or for use as a facial sunscreen when at the beach (that’s how I will use it). As a tinted moisturizer it just wasn’t sheer enough.
I next tried the Body Shop’s Glow Enhancer which costs $14 for a 0.85oz bottle. The product description promised to brighten my skin, even the tone and cover fine lines, but this product is so sheer it did not cover much of anything. My skin did look a little brighter but not as even toned as I would have liked.
Ultimately I decided to try a sample of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. It was love at first application and I actually looked forward to using it. Now I know why this product is notorious in beauty circles and widely used by makeup artists. I only needed to apply a thin layer and my skin looked naturally even and brighter; it was exactly what I was looking for.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer comes in an oil free and regular version. If you have very oily skin it is recommended to use the oil free version. I have slightly oily skin but am prone to breakouts, so I purchased the oil free version and apply my own moisturizer underneath. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is definitely the best in the business!