Review: La Mer Reparative SkinTint SPF30

I haven’t tried any coloured products from La Mer before. I know they had something called Fluid Tint a few years back which was discontinued. I was eager to try, and something called skin tint is very appropriate. I’d be disappointed if La Mer went down the alphabet line, you know. So, I was happy to read their press release which said “Far beyond a BB, light years past a CC…” Well done ๐Ÿ™‚ We are not new to the concept of having a base product infused with skincare goodness, or a skincare with some pigments in the formula. Either way, it really depends on how it is marketed. La Mer Reparative SkinTint promises to even out the complexion while letting the natural skin shine through. Of course, with skincare benefits from ocean based ingredients, skin is repaired and nourished day by day.





La Mer Skin Tint




I do not doubt the skincare effectiveness of La Mer. So far, all the products I tested delivered what they promised. Very impressive, considering no brand hasย ever scored a perfect 10 in my books. As a base product, as a skin tint, this product is very lightweight. To me, it is like a tinted moisturizer which goes on slightly tacky, then dries down to a satin finish. The texture is creamy but not heavy, glides on the skin without pulling and blends into the skin leaving a slight trace of dewiness. I always apply this like a foundation – after skincare and sunscreen.



La Mer Skintint




La Mer Reparative SkinTint comes in limited shades. I do find that it is a setback. There are only 5 shades available, and the jump from fair to medium to deep skin tones is fairly wide. I would match myself to Very Fair, but I was sent Light Medium. I didn’t expect it to be that dark, but personally, I would call this shade Medium Tan. It is too deep a shade even for my mother who has medium skin tone. (Beauty Professor has all the swatches here) It is a shame, really, because I really love how it looks on my skin. I only tested wearing it at home and from the few times I did, I really liked how it felt on. I sweat profusely when I have to carry the baby, and this SkinTint stayed on perfectly, with clear sweat beads. Don’t you hate it when your base product melts when you sweat? Rather gross, if you ask me.

What do you do with a base product that is a few shades too dark? As slight contour of course! Adds dimension to the face immediately. On film, the effect is very subtle, so I increased the contrast of the photo to show you.



La Mer Skin Tint Light Medium swatch Skin Tint used as shading



In the photo above, I wear The Reparative SkinTint (RM330) on the hollow of my cheeks, sides of my face and close to my hairline. As I said, I enhanced the contrast to show you more depth. In real life, the effect is very subtle, and I really like it. You won’t be able to tell I’m wearing a different colored base, but you can tell that my face isn’t flat. This way, the SkinTint doesn’t go to waste ๐Ÿ™‚

You can find out how this works on my pals who happened to review this before – Sara from Color Me Loud and Linda from Silverkis’ World.

If you’re a La Mer fan and looking for a tinted base product, then you might like this. Personally, Iย would prefer for it to have a wider shade selection. Other than that, this would be a really good base for sheer to medium coverage plus top notch skincare benefits.

Have you tried anything from La Mer?



xoxo Lily



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  • Liz

    Oooooh, now I wanna try. Too bad about the dark shade although you work it well. Do you think that you can lighten up on moisturizer with this on or do you just stick to the same routine and then apply like any other base?

    • Lily

      I tried everything, Liz… and find that it works best to add dimension to my face. Not complaining ๐Ÿ™‚
      If it’s the right shade though, I’d apply my skincare as I would my routine, then apply this like any other base. I’d treat it like any other foundation

  • Hi Lily, thank you so much for your link love! :** It’s such a shame this is 3 shades too dark for you!! Do you have a foundation or BB cream that’s way too light for you somewhere in the drawers? Mix ’em up! Or in the past, because my skin was so flaky it couldn’t take too much coverage, I would pump in lots of moisturizer and mix in just a bit of colored product. Then at least you get some use out of this one…. for the miracle broth man! LOL!

    • Lily

      I do have a CC Cream from Bobbi Brown that is just a shade corrector. I tried it before, but not enough to lighten it. Definitely can’t waste the miracle broth!! At least the sides of my face are getting all the goodness. Hahaha!

  • This sounds really nice! You make me want all the La Mer stuff! I wonder if it’s even in Canada-I bet not yet. But I just got an Algenist Repairing Skin Tint stuff and it’s working well for me.

    • Lily

      La Mer agrees with my skin though. So far everything I tried works really well. Same goes to Biotherm ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I haven’t tried anything from La Mer, though I think I would start with some of the non-coloured skincare. I love your solution to the shade, use as a contour colour! I havent got any foundation / tinted creams etc that are too dark for me right now, but now I know what to do if I accidentally do have some.

    • Lily

      If you were to try anything from La Mer, what do you think you’ll try first? The cult favorite creme de la mer?

  • Bella

    I love La Mer, but looking at the Beauty Professor’s swatches there are no yellow shades. Cool, I don’t need another addiction ;).

    • Lily

      Lol Bella. No yellow shades but I see they are quite neutral. Perhaps they might work ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Bella

        No, I am yellow-yellow-yellow. Neutral goes pink/gray on me ….:(

        • Lily

          OK then. You’re right that this might not suit you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Whoa… I wasn’t expecting “Light Medium” to look this dark, but the texture sure sounds divine. Off to get a sample! =D

    • Lily

      You’ll probably need the lightest shade as well Sukie. The texture is divine. .. so is the miracle broth!

  • Hey Lily, wow you make it sound really good ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t think any of the shades look yellow enough for me, which could be a problem especially because the coverage isn’t all that sheer. Never tried anything from La Mer but definitely curious!

    • Lily

      The coverage isn’t sheer but isn’t heavy either. I’d say it’s very forgiving but it’s best to get a tester ๐Ÿ™‚ Tinted base with the benefits of the Miracle Broth. Super awesome!

  • Wow, this is very enticing! I’ve not tried anything from La Mer due to price, but I’ll consider it next time if the product is this wonderful.

    • Lily

      I know what you mean. The price is a killer!

  • Oh I love how you used this, looks great! La Mer is way above what I can afford though.

    • Lily

      La Mer is above what many people can afford, including myself. I’m unemployed stay at home mom at the moment. LOL!

  • Jaa

    You’d think they would know your shade by now! ๐Ÿ˜€ Good idea for using it as a contour. Even I smiled at the press description โ€œFar beyond a BB, light years past a CCโ€ฆโ€ ๐Ÿ˜‰ What about DD, EE, or even Philosophy’s A-Z cream? ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Lily

      Hahaha Philosophy is quite smart to cover all alphabets. LOL!