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 🙂 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.
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 has 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 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.
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 🙂
If you’re a La Mer fan and looking for a tinted base product, then you might like this. Personally, I 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?