When it comes to my everyday beauty routine, I tend to go for that fresh-faced, lit-from-within look. I opt for products that deliver lightweight coverage and dewiness, and tinted moisturizers are a match made in formula heaven. Aside from the brand's cult-favorite translucent setting powder, Laura Mercier’s most beloved product is its tinted moisturizer. Time and time again, we’ve ranked it at the top of our list, as it provides all the benefits of a foundation minus the weight.
Though we've all spent years singing the praises of the brand's existing formula, Laura Mercier just released a new, updated version today (like, right now). According to Kelley Giffin, Laura Mercier’s director of global product innovation, the decision to reinvent the formula was a long time coming. “It came out in 1996 and it was the best of the best at the time. But, 23 years later, we knew that technology has modernized. People understand ingredients more. We want to continue to evolve and be good to the skin," Giffin says.
The brand removed parabens from the formula and incorporated more good-for-you ingredients like macadamia and kukui seed oils, as well as tamarind seed extract, which work to keep your skin hydrated for longer. Then, of course, our favorite antioxidants were added (a blend of vitamins C and E) to better protect your skin from environmental damage. And, while SPF has always been a part of the formula, the brand upped the number from 20 to 30 to further shield your skin from free radicals and harmful UVA/UVB rays. (We do have to point out that the product does contain oxybenzone, a chemical SPF ingredient that's been banned in Hawaii because of its harmful effect on coral reefs.)
But aside from the new healthier formula and fresh packaging (the tube now displays the shade so it's easier to purchase the right one for your skin tone), the most vital of the updates in a more inclusive shade range. Previously, there were 15 shades to choose from. Now, the brand has added more shades for deeper and olive skin tones, bringing the total number of available shades up to 20.
When I tested out the product, I patted the product on with my fingers. It felt creamy and smooth to the touch, and practically melted into my skin. The new formula delivered sheer coverage that let my tiny freckles and beauty marks peek through, but effortlessly blurred out the usual redness around my cheeks and nose. Though it is a light-coverage formula, it's buildable, so I added extra product under my eyes to brighten up my usual dark circles (which it did beautifully).
After applying, I still felt like I had nothing on my skin. It gave my face a really radiant, dewy glow and the formula’s hydrating complex made my skin feel deeply moisturized the entire time I was wearing it. The best part: It truly looks good all day. I applied it at 7:30 in the morning before heading to work, and when I came home at 9 p.m., my face still looked even and smooth. When a product holds up throughout a hot day in NYC, that’s proof that it is the real deal. So, yes, this tinted moisturizer lives up to all of its claims and I will be wearing it for the rest of the summer and beyond. It is officially my new favorite skin product ever.
If you’re looking to achieve an even more sun-kissed glow, Laura Mercier also launched a new version of their Illuminating Pure Canvas Primer ($38). It’s like their regular primer, but with light-reflecting pearls. Both products are currently available at Sephora and will be sold at all Laura Mercier retailers starting September 25.