Full coverage foundation has been feeling too heavy lately – I’m in for a more natural look, so I’ve been sampling a lot of tinted moisturizers lately. I tried Stila’s Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer in Light, since I’m a big fan of the brand in general and hoped it would measure up to BeneFit You Rebeland Sugartint.
The color was a perfect match for my skin (fair with slightly warm/yellow undertones), and I was impressed with Stila’s choice of different shades, since some tinted moisturizers who shall not be named offer only one or two color options. The product blended seamlessly with my skin, and though it seemed thick, it didn’t feel heavy to wear. (It was just the teensiest bit sticky, though.)
I don’t have particularly dry skin by nature, but I dohave combination skin and I do live in the desert where the humidity is regular <5%. When I moved to Phoenix from soggy Houston, everything changed: my hair texture, my skin – everything. I switched my blotting papers for serum and tried Clinique‘s Supermoisture Makeup foundation for an extra dose of dewiness.
I have to say this foundation definitely lived up to its name. Due to my recent experience with unusually opaque tinted moisturizers, I was prepared for a super-greasy mask-like experience, but Clinique proved me wrong – a full-coverage foundation doesn’t have to feel goopy or make you look like a geisha!
Supermoisture Makeup foundation is creamy in a good way and very enjoyable to use – blendable with a natural texture that gives me a dewy, youthful finish. The coverage is full, but in a beautiful and flawless way; nothing mask-like about it! Plus, there are 17 shades, a refreshing change from the “one color fits all” attitude of tinted moisturizers. Still, I might steer clear if you have an oil problem, because it’s hydrating to the max.
Keeping on the tinted moisturizer theme, I tried Sugar Cosmetics’ Sugar Tint oil-free tinted moisturizer and I’m a bit confused. How exactly are cosmetics companies differentiating between tinted moisturizer and foundation now? This and You Rebel were both quite thick and offered a lot of coverage (not that I’m complaining).
This product applies a lot like BeneFit You Rebel too; the texture is thick and creamy, and a little goes a long way. If you use too much, you’ll know it, and it’s not hard to do. The coverage is a lot heavier than your traditional tinted moisturizer (just call it foundation already!) – it was enough for me to wear over my undereye circles and acne. I always feel good when I wear SPF, so both products give me that “I’m doing something for my skin and I look hot” glee.
I love tinted moisturizers in general, so I decided to try BeneFit’s You Rebel Lite. I find the whole “tinted moisturizer” thing to be a bit of a misnomer for You Rebel Lite, as this product has the consistency and coverage closer to a light foundation. And the “Lite” isn’t an indication of texture, either – they released this version after complaints from fair-skinned babes that the original You Rebel was a bit too dark, so the name is all about the color. It’s not any less thick and creamy than the original.
I love the idea of not having to ever wear foundation (even if it’s Chanel), so I’m naturally attracted to using a tinted moisturizer as a base for everyday. I’d tried Clinique City Block before and loved it, so I thought I might be able to cheat and nab the drugstore version. I bought it in Beige, and it worked great – felt silky to apply and looked matte, refreshing since my City Block’s very shimmery. However…the other shoe had yet to drop.
Here’s the negative stuff: unfortunately, after only having it for a couple of weeks, the tinted moisturizer started to congeal and get crumbly. Eww!! Worse, it began looking streaky and the color changed to a slightly darker shade. Ugh. Maybe it was an older product that the drugstore should have taken off the shelves, but I’m not impressed with any product that gets old and gross that quickly.
The verdict: 4/10– sure, it started out fine, but the negatives outweighed the positives on this one.
Milani Tinted Moisturizer sells at Amazon for $4.43, if you want to chance it.
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