Review: Laura Mercier’s Original Tinted Moisturizer SPF20

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m going to talk about the Laura Mercier’s Original Tinted Moisturizer with SPF20 and also a little comparison with the Laura Mercier’s Silk Creme Foundation. Check out my review about the foundation here.

First up, the product itselfImage

On Laura Mercier’s website, it is described as “a perfect blend of skincare and makeup that hydrates skin and softens fine lines with a sheer hint of colour for a healthy, dewy glow”.

Before I continue, I just want to say again that I have sensitive,combination acne-prone skin. More details, here.

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Broke my skin out? No, it didn’t.
Coverage? Light coverage, good for even out skin tone.
Apply with fingers, brush or sponge? I just apply and blend them in with my fingers
How to apply? I apply some of the product on my fingers and rub the foundation between them to warm it up and apply to my face, blending them out in circular motions on my face.
Colour/Shade? I have this foundation in shade Blush, it is the perfect match to my skin colour.

It has a SPF of 20, which is suits me just fine on a day-to-day basis, since I don’t really get out under the sun much, but if I do go out under the sun, I apply my usual sunblock underneath this tinted moisturizer.

There are 4 types of product in Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer range and that is the tinted moisturizer creme compact, the original tinted moisturizer (which is only named as ‘tinted moisturizer’), the tinted moisturizer – oil free and the tinted moisturizer – illuminating. All of them have SPF20. Even though I have combination skin where my T-zone gets oily, I prefer the original tinted moisturizer because I like the little luminosity I get from it. I solve my T-zone oily-looking skin problem by applying some of Benefit’s Porefessional, which I will do a review on soon. The oil-free tinted moisturizer leaves a matte skin and if you have really oil skin, I really recommend that. The illuminating one looks really nice too, but on my skin, it can be too oily-looking at times. It would be perfect for people with dry, dull skin!Image

I really do like this product because it is so moisturizing and I can get a relatively light, but still good, coverage with two layers and it doesn’t cake up. Even though it is a tinted moisturizer, I still apply my usual moisturizer underneath it, just because I like and need all that extra moisture I can get. I wear the product during the day as my foundation and it does looks very natural, and I do set it with a little of Laura Mercier’s Translucent Powder.

Ok, now for the comparison between the Tinted Moisturizer and the Silk Creme Foundation.

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Tinted Moisturizer on the Left and Silk Creme Foundation on the right.

If you prefer something light, suitable for everyday and has SPF, the tinted moisturizer would be your definite choice! If you are looking for a full coverage, flawless finish, not too matte, good for wearing in photographs, the Silk Creme should be your go-to. Even if I love both these products for its own specific purpose, I would both probably only buy the Silk Creme Foundation next time just because I think I could just mix some of the my own moisturizer with the foundation and make my own tinted moisturizer, if that makes sense?

Anyway, please go check out these products at your local counters if you are interested and the same thing if you are in Malaysia, you can find Laura Mercier in Lot 10, One Utama, Pavillion, the Gardens Mid Valley, Bangsar Village II and Parkson Grand Gurney Plaza.
As of the time I am writing this post, this foundation retails for RM169 locally and you can also find it online locally at Kensapothecary.

Hope you found this post useful and please leave me feedback. Any feedback is good feedback to me. I would love to hear about anything else too though, product recommendations, opinions about my writing, ANYTHING.

Thank you for reading, and BYE!
Sam

Hair dilemma

Hey everyone,

So I’m now in a serious dilemma. I want a change. On my hair, that is. I have, dare I say, very typical Chinese Asian women hair. It is dark, straight, flat, and fine. It all can be thought good or bad depends on how and what you think, but I really want a change.

I’m not willing to dye it or permanently perm it, so my only obvious choice to go for a change is a cut! I want to go short, but I don’t mean Samantha Ronson short, I mean like Alexa Chung short. How I wish I have Alexa’s effortless looking hair. But that would take a lot of work to look like that, on a day to day basis, since my hair is incapable of holding ANY STYLE! Oh, and I don’t think I will be doing full-on bangs too, because I’ve BEEN THERE, DONE THERE, not going back though. I now have long grown side swept bangs.

So my current hair length is pretty long, as in even if I’m topless, my hair is able to cover my chest, with the longest part of my hair even touches my waist. So what style should I go for do you think, my dear readers? Celebrity inspiration is much appreciated. I might post some of my own celebrity inspiration hair pictures on my next post.

So stay tuned to that and please do give me some ideas on what I should do to my hair!

Thank you!!!
Sam

Review: Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation

Hey everyone, today I’m back with another post! I am reviewing the two Laura Mercier’s face base that I personally own which is the Silk Creme Foundation and the Original Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20. But today, we are going to focus only on the Silk Creme Foundation.

So how I am going to do these kind of posts is that I will first talk about each of them in two separate posts and then compare them together in another post. Ok, let’s go.

First up, the foundation.

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On the Laura Mercier’s website, the foundation is describe as “an innovative full coverage foundation that makes the skin look luminous and rich. By combining a special collection of silk proteins, tea extracts and treated mica, Laura has created a luxurious formula that leaves skin hydrated and protected with a radiant, timeless glow.”

I first up want to mention that I have combination acne-prone skin that is super sensitive. More information, here.

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Broke my skin out? No, it didn’t.
Coverage? Good medium to full coverage, which can be sheered down by using a damp sponge.
Apply with fingers, brush or sponge? I personally prefer apply foundation with my fingers, especially for this foundation because it gets streaking when applied with standard foundation brush and sponge gave sheer coverage, which is what I DON’T WANT when using this foundation.
How to apply? I apply some of the product on my fingers and rub the foundation between them to warm it up and apply to my face, blending them out in circular motions on my face.
Colour/Shade? I have this foundation in shade Rose Ivory, when first applied, it seems to be too fair for my skin but after I let it set for a few minutes, it oxidized to be a perfect match to my skin tone.

It also doesn’t have any SPF in it so it might be a disappointment to some but I personally like it that way because I usually wear this to events, dinner or where I know my photos would possibly be taken and I don’t want any light casts on my face. But please wear a sunblock or any SPF underneath the foundation if you are going to be under the sun.

Image All in all, I think this is a perfect foundation when I want fuller coverage and a flawless finish. I like that this foundation is relatively luminous, though you can also make it matte by dusting some setting powder on. It is recommended to be use with a primer underneath, so check out Laura Mercier’s primers if you are interested. It is said to be perfect for all skin types. Click on this link, to find out more about the Silk Creme foundation. If the Silk Creme is not up your alley, Laura Mercier has many other foundation that I have heard great reviews of, so check it out at your local counters.

In Malaysia, you can find Laura Mercier in Lot 10, One Utama, Pavillion, the Gardens Mid Valley, Bangsar Village II and Parkson Grand Gurney Plaza.
As of the time I am writing this post, this foundation retails for RM169 locally and you can also find it online locally at Kensapothecary.

Hope you found this post useful and please leave a comment if you have any other question.

Thank you!
Sam