i went to the malls 3 different times for color matches for some tinted moisturizers and mac foundations. here are my thoughts on the laura mercier oil free tinted moisturizer. i went to macy’s and nordstrom’s and both SAs matched me to the bisque.
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the SA at the macy’s counter was an older woman and seem very knowledgeable in the LM products. i asked for a color match for a tinted moisturizer. she suggested the oil free version if i want a bit more coverage and i said go for it. she advised me to adequately moisturize my skin before i apply the TM. i always moisturize anyway so that was no biggie.
she then asked if i wanted to go for a bit of color or as close to my skintone as possible. i opted for getting a shade as close to my skintone as possible since then i can be lazy and don’t have to set with powder if i don’t want to. she looked at the shades and said “let’s try this newer shade on you” as she grabbed the tube in bisque. she started applying it on and exclaimed that this was just about perfect. i love the coverage!! i’ve used sheer TM before and this one is definitely medium coverage to me. not sheer but not full foundation coverage that i felt my skin cannot breath. i tried a couple of bb creams before and this is the coverage i wish some bb creams would give. i have to say i caught some glimpses in the big mirrors after i left and my face looked soft and even without looking like i have multiple layers on. i can still see my skin but the little imperfections are smoothed out a lot. anyway, she applied it all over, added concealer in #2 and secret brightening pen in #2. the secret brightener felt very very good on the skin. she gave me a healthy of dose of sample so i can try it for a few days. i will test this and make sure i do not break out. i also want to see if i’ll feel the same as that very first encounter.
i have wore this for the last two days and each day, i really really like the finish afterward. i love the even application and coverage it gives me. today i blew my nose a couple of times because of allergies so i should reapply a bit but i didn’t take the sample with me. i also did not set this with any powder since i really dig the dewy finish by itself. sometimes i think the color may be a lit light but after about 5 minutes it seem to blend in with my skintone and look very natural.
this is why i went to nordstrom the day after and ask the young SA to match me again. i have to have 2nd opinions. if they match me with the same shade i feel more comfortable wearing it. the young SA tried 3 shades on me and they seem a bit dark. this time my sister was with me too. she wiped them off (my sister did not say anything during this time) and tried bisque. they both said this one matches. alrighty then.
just to make sure while we were in sephora, my sister went looking at some too faced stuff and i wiped everything off and applied a application of bisque. i then went to look for my sister and asked her what she think of the tinted moisturizer i have on. she asked me what i think instead. i replied that i didn’t know and so wanted her opinion. she looked at me side to side and nodded and said it looks good. so there you go. my fear is going out wearing too light a tinted moisturizer or foundation and looking like a ghost or a vampire. neither one sound flattering unless i’m part of sammo’s “encounter of the spooky kind” crew or a character in “twilight” something.
so i still love this stuff. i’m going to use up the sample and see if my thoughts stay the same. if so, i’ll put it on my wishlist as this is just what i’ll been looking for as far as application, coverage, and finish are concern. i guess now i know what all the fuss about LM’s TM is all about and i’m not disappointed. if anything, i should have tried this a long time ago.