Posts Tagged ‘dior hydra life’

A friend asked me over the weekend for a recommendation on a good tinted moisturizer – there are a couple that I have used and LOVED since the revolution of the fresh-faced look a couple years ago. Here in Houston we have a lot to deal with when it comes to our makeup; it’s HOT, it’s HUMID, it’s STICKY, and all around uncomfortable outside during the summer, so foundation of a normal or heavy consistency just isn’t an option unless you want unbearable breakouts and meltface syndrome. Behold, I give you a dewy sheen of even color without the sticky mess later! These are in no particular order, but I have used each and every one of these personally and wouldn’t recommend them if I hadn’t had a good experience with the product.


Cover FX Skin Tint

1. Cover FX Skin Tint. I just started using this last week, and I love it. One of the things that initially drew me to Cover FX was their attention to undertones. Knowing whether your skin has yellow, pink or combination undertones is one of the first steps to successfully choosing foundation consistently. Ignoring your undertones is what leaves you with that ridiculous faceplant look, like you just fell into a mudpuddle of wrong. Choosing a foundation with yellow undertones if you actually have pink ones will give you an oompa-loompa face as soon as you step outdoors. Likewise, if you do the reverse, you’re going to look unnaturally peony-toned for the day. Why I like Skin Tint: it’s water- and sweat-resistant, which ladies in humid climates need. It has an SPF of 30, which ladies in ALL climates need. This also has a pearlized tint, which is great as long as you don’t have extremely oily skin. It gives that summery, dewy look without having to use a highlighter. What I don’t like: $42 for 1 oz.


Dior Hydra Life

2. Dior Hydra Life Pro-Youth Skin Tint. This is hands down my favorite. I’ve been a dedicated Dior fan for YEARS, and although I experiment with foundations, Dior’s DiorSkin Forever Extreme Wear foundation is my every-day MUST HAVE. I can’t be without it. It literally perfects the face. Anyway. Back to the product at hand (/face). Hydra Life is equally amazing as the foundation I was just ranting about; it offers just a bit more coverage than the usual tinted moisturizer (which I love). It also has SPF coverage to defend against those pesky UVA and UVB rays. What I love: Dior products notoriously last forever. A little goes a verrry long way, and at $39 for 1.7 oz, it’s already a good deal. It also smells amazing. What I don’t like: Dior doesn’t have the widest range of colors available. With only three shades available for this product, it can be hard to match your skin tone.


Urban Decay Urban Defense

3. Urban Decay Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer. If I had to choose a #2 favorite that was nearly tied with #1, this would be it. Urban Decay is pretty much my favorite brand ever for all things eyes- I adore their eyeliners, shadows, primers and palettes. I first bought this tinted moisturizer several months back, and took it on vacation with me to Maui. It has SPF 20 and buildable coverage for a customizable look, although one layer gives pretty outstanding coverage on its own. What I like: It’s VERY moisturizing, completely nixing the need for a separate moisturizer, and the coverage is very natural-looking. It stands up to heat and humidity well. What I don’t like: Only four shades available so if they don’t have yours, you’re out of luck. Also, it dries VERY quickly, which makes it hard to blend fully. If you don’t take the time to make sure it is well-blended, you will end up looking streaky. At $30 for 1.67 oz, it’s a good deal, too.


Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

4. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (Oil Free). This was my go-to tinted moisturizer last summer.  LM has tinted moisturizers in several different options, including this oil free version, the classic tinted moisturizer for normal skin, and an illuminating option for dry skin. On top of that, each product offers a huge array of shades (ten shades for the oil free version alone). What I like: It offers SPF, it has only a tiny scent to it, a little goes a VERY long way, and just the right amount of product comes out, so none is wasted. What I don’t like: this is an EXTREMELY sheer product and will not cover any blemishes or problem areas. It is only for evening skin tone. At $42, and as someone who likes just a bit more coverage, I’d like more for my money. However – if you have relatively even skin tone and don’t want to look like you’re wearing makeup, this might be your top choice.