I've been using Laura Mercier SPF 20 oil free tinted moisturiser for a few weeks now. I had a bit of a nightmare with it to start with - after 3 trips back to Harvey Nicholls Beauty Bazaar as I had been matched up wrong! I have a skin tone that seems to be rather difficult for people to match up, I always have problems getting the right shade/tone.
I always end up with a foundation that's too dark, which is annoying as in the store it always looks alright, but when I get home and try it in day light I'm always a gorgeous shade of orange with that dreaded line around my face that looks like i've just plonked a mask on!
Luckily the girls on the Laura Mercier counter were lovely and I had no problem exchanging when I did finally find my perfect shade (Ochre) After one of the girl's matched me up, I asked for a mirror and took it outside and had a proper look in natural light (ALWAYS do this!)
This tinted moisturiser is a bit of a cult favourite, hailed as the 'Best' tinted moisturiser out there, I understand why now! This is what the brand says about the product
** A sheer, lightweight, build able foundation that can be worn by all skin types but especially those with acne prone, sensitive or oily skin. Providing broad spectrum SPF 20 UVA/UVB sunscreen protection from the harmful, damaging rays of the sun, Laura Mercier's Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser features an antioxidant vitamin complex that acts a free radical scavenger to protect the skin from even the most aggressive effects of the environment. **
**Me wearing LM tinted Moisturiser, after about 5 hours with no touch ups. Also using Lime Crime Velvetines red velvet on lips, LM secret camouflage concealer, Urban Decay baked bronzer, Anastasia Beverly hills Brow Wizz on brows**
The coverage is VERY good for a tinted moisturiser and its build-able, start with a light layer then build up in areas you need a little more coverage. You can tell how light it actual is when removing your makeup in the evening. When I wear foundation my cotton pads are always covered in foundation, I'm often shocked at how much I have put on (even though it didn't seem like I was) and it seems to take about 10 pads before its all off! With this tinted moisturiser 1 cotton pad and it's all off, and you can literally see how light it is on the pad!
Obviously tinted moisturiser is not for everyone, if you have skin issues, acne scared, harsh blemishes etc and are used to a very heavy foundation, tinted moisturiser probably isn't for you. Saying that I do have a few light blemishes on my cheeks (that are fading, thank god with the help of my Lancome Dream Tone) those blemishes aren't 100% covered with the tinted moisturiser alone, but a little bit of concealing using my Laura Mercier secret camouflage concealer and POOF! All gone.
I really wanted a great tinted moisturiser for summer, I hate to have anything too heavy on my face when its hot outside, it will also see me through holidays (Great as is SPF 20) and just for a general day to day 'foundation' I like to look different when I go out, which is another reason I was searching for a tinted moisturiser.
I'd say the finish on this is a light dewy finish - not overly shiny, but it looks like i've got a healthy glow. I do find with other foundations I have to powder throughout the day as I get rather shiny, but this seems to 'sit' well on my skin and I don't have that problem. I have a combination skin type, my skin can get a little dry, but also a little oily too. I'm made up I tried this, I can see this being a firm favourite for years in my makeup bag!