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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Illuminating

What it is:A moisturizer with a hint of shimmering color.What it does:Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating is a lightweight, buildable sheer foundation formula that delivers a youthful, radiant finish.What else you need to know:Protecting skin from the damaging rays of the sun with SPF 20 protection, this skin-friendly formula contains a unique Dewy Complex that is proven to keep the skin moisturized and better equipped to combat external aggressors and irritants. Layer with other foundations for a custom blend and radiant finish. It's dermatologist-tested.
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Questions & Answers for Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Illuminating

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Where to apply product?
Where on your face do you apply this product? Do you put it all over the face, or on certain parts of the face, and if so, which ones? Is it better to apply with a brush or are fingers OK?
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
moleze
(Pasadena, CA)
on Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Illuminating
6 answers
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answer 1
It's really your choice. I personally like the dewy look so I put it all over my face with my fingers. If your not into that I would go with certain parts of face. Where the sun would hit, gives you a nice glow!
answered 6 months ago
ashleyveronica
answer 2
All over! It is not too shimmering-- just gives you a flawless finish! I just use my fingers. :)
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
julie08
(Illinois)
answer 3
I apply it all over my face with my fingers.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
makeupdependent
(Eugene, OR)
answer 4
I personnel use my fingers all over my face and neck.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
villen
(Wi)
answer 5
all over - apply with fingers. Do it quick though, as it dries pretty quickly. A sponge will help to blend edges
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
gillian1977
(Houston, TX)
answer 6
It is technically a moisturizer, so I use my fingers to apply and kind of rub it in a little, just like regular moisturizer. Some days I put it just on certain spots, other days all over. It's really up to you as to how much coverage you want.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
elissad
(Halifax, PA)
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Is this tinted moisturizer like a natural glow lotion?
I just got a sample bottle from sephora of this laura mercier tinited moisturizer and I was wondering if it works like a natural glow lotion that you can get at a drugstore. I don't want my face to turn orange from using this! Also what is the best way to apply it?
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
lexluvssephora
(New York. New York)
on Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Illuminating
6 answers
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answer 1
This product is not a product that will turn your skin orange.This is a great moisturizer that gives your skin a beautiful glow. I wear this alone during the day and add foundation when I want to be more polished.
answered 3 years ago
orie
(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
answer 2
It most definitely will not turn your skin orange; it is just a tinted moisturizer; not a sunless tanning product. I have fair skin but I use the Warm Radiance and mix it with my foundation to give it some color. Most people like the Natural Radiance; it would be closer to the Sand color.
answered 3 years ago
jmminlv
(Las Vegas, NV)
answer 3
This isn't a self-tanner, it simply has shimmer in it. It will not make your face orange (unless you buy it in an orange tone).
answered 3 years ago
ajt27
(ann arbor, mi)
answer 4
It is just a wonderful moisturizer with a tint of color. Not a self tanning product.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
samray
(Louisville, KY)
answer 5
No. It is not a fake tanner. It is colored but does stain your skin.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
ferocity101
(Upstate New York)
answer 6
I just use my fingers tap lightly on forehead, cheekbones...
does not make you orange...
gives you a healthy glow...
it is just pricey $$$$
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
heart523
(virginia beach,va)
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What is the difference between the illuminating tinted moisturizer and the regular one?
Does the illuminating one make your face really oily? How big of a difference is it to the regular and oil free tinted moisturizer? Which of the three is better?
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
lexluvssephora
(New York. New York)
on Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Illuminating
6 answers
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answer 1
I don't think it makes your face oily. It has a good bit of shine, tho.
answered 3 years ago
ajt27
(ann arbor, mi)
answer 2
The Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer is less opaque than the other tinted moisturizers from LM and doesn't seem to offer as much coverage. It looks lovely on areas that are flawless, but actually seems to draw attention to blemishes. It does layer well with other LM Tinted Moisturizers, if you're looking for an illuminating effect.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
kelleykpeters
(Washington DC)
answer 3
The illuminating is fair superior--especially if you have "older" skin. It really does work. I'm 60 yrs. old and my skin hasn't looked this good for 10-15 years. Honestly.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
doola
(Butler, PA)
answer 4
The "illuminating" one is about as oily as a normal, daytime moisturizer. It has some shine without feeling especially oily. If you're not feeling old enough to want radiance, I'd go with the non-illuminating version. Try the oil-free version if you have oily or combination skin.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
lee8
(Seattle, WA)
answer 5
I have both. I like the illuminating one because it seems like there are more shades and it adds a little (not a lot) of dewiness to my skin. If I sweat though, my face looks incredibly shiny.

The regular is more matte, for sure. It looks better than the illuminating moisturizer as the day wears on and should probably be used if you tend to run around.

Hope this helps!
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
ferocity101
(Upstate New York)
answer 6
Product feels great, not oily at all.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
paulawatson
(Modesto, CA)
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What is the best way to apply your tinted moisturizer?
Should you use your hands or a brush? If you use a brush what kind shoud you use?
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
lexluvssephora
(New York. New York)
on Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Illuminating
6 answers
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answer 1
I tried one of their special brushes, but it really works better for me to just apply it with you fingers.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
doola
(Butler, PA)
answer 2
If you're applying the tinted moisturizer to your own face (rather than someone else's) I find that using your hands works best. The heat from your hands allows the makeup to emulsify and spread evenly. Just make sure that your hands are washed and clean before application :) If you're applying it to someone else's face, use a foundation brush (Sephora sells a few good ones I'm sure.)
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
asmallsong
(Houston, TX)
answer 3
You can use either your fingers or a flat foundation brush. Either way this blends nicely and can be built forked coverage but it gives a really nice Dewey glow even without anything else over it.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
crystal2la
(Los Angeles)
answer 4
I have been applying this with my hands, but don't see why you couldn't use a sponge applicator. I've used brushes for applying powder, blush, eyeshadow and concealer, but never foundation. Is that done?
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
lee8
(Seattle, WA)
answer 5
i usually just use my fingertips, or just spread it on your palms, and pat it on your face, i think it's more even and natural looking that way.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
erinekath
answer 6
I would definitely recommend using your hands (that's how I do it). Since it is also a moisturizer, the texture is really easy to apply and it glides on smoothly. It's not like a liquid foundation where you would have to apply light strokes with your brush for an even look...otherwise you get streaks. Apply this like you would a moisturizer and you can dab a little in areas you want a little more coverage and it will still look perfectly even. Hope this helps! :)
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
lovepinky
(Houston, TX)
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HOW DO I GET A SAMPLE
HOW DO I GET A SAMPLE OF LAURA MERCIER TINTED MOISTURIZER SPF20 ILLUMINATOR NATURAL RADIANCE COLOR. I DON'T KNOW IF I SHOULD GET THIS COLOR OR THE NEXT DARKER ONE WITH A PEACHY UNDERTONE
asked 3 years, 7 months ago
queenbee22
(LADY LAKE FL)
on Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Illuminating
6 answers
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answer 1
At Sephora, they will be happy to give you one at the store if you have a location near you or if not , try calling the nearest store and asking..
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
mare1
(Milford, NH)
answer 2
If you need a sample to try it out I would head into your nearest Neiman Marcus or Bergdorfs. They should be able to send you home with a small container. I've done it several times to check since I switch out colors during the summer months when I get a tan.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
lisbeth636
(Fort Worth, TX)
answer 3
Go in to a store ... it's the BEST way to make sure the color matches. And they're always willing to give you a little sample to take home to be doubly sure.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
jennax
(Chicago suburbs, IL)
answer 4
I always go a shade darker on these
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
villen
(Wi)
answer 5
I would definitely get the color that matches your foundation that closest. Keep in mind the changing seasons and if your tone is darker in the summer.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
cheesemom10
(Madison, Wi)
answer 6
Samples are a great way to try new products & we include three free samples with every Sephora.com order. The sample selection is listed on our website and changes frequently, so check back often to see what we're offering. At this time we are unable to send custom samples from our warehouse. Another great way to try new products is to visit your local Sephora store. At the store, a Cast Member can make a tester for you of any products that we carry. They can also answer questions for you and make recommendations for other products. To find a store near you, check out our store locator. Thanks!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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I use fawn tinted moisturizer. Which color in illuminating would I choose?
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Watertown MA)
on Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Illuminating
5 answers
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answer 1
I would try Warm Radiance. I have medium skin w/pink undertones, and that one works perfect for me! :)
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
julie08
(Illinois)
answer 2
I love the Illuminating Natural Radiance tone - I think it would look great on light or olive toned skin (like mine).
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
makeupdependent
(Eugene, OR)
answer 3
Are you close to a store? They we gladly make you a sample so you know which color is best for you
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
villen
(Wi)
answer 4
I don't know what color you would use but after speaking to a sales person in the store looking to choose my color, she said you really can wear each color across the board regardless of your skin tone, it just gives you a different glow. I went with a little darker than my skin tone (even though that is usually a no-no) but it doens't look weird and there is no difinitive line where the moisturizer ends. I just have a healthy glow. Hope this helps.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
merebellen
(Dallas, Texas)
answer 5
Warm Radiance is the color of the illuminating formula I use with the Fawn Oil-Free formula
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
belongtimeuser
(Phoenix, AZ)
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If I want to layer with liquid foundation, do I use this first or the liquid foundation first?
asked 5 years, 4 months ago
jillbelle
(Meridian, ID)
on Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Illuminating
4 answers
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answer 1
Use the tinted moisturizer first, that way you already have a "foundation" so you won't need to use much more liquid make up.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
lsutiger
(Baton Rouge, LA)
answer 2
Just mix a tiny drop with your foundation - looks great!
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
lutie
(Parkersburg, WV)
answer 3
I'd suggest foundation first to provide coverage, as this product enhnaces a tone and is quite light and sheer and gives that shimmer hint.. why cover it with a foundation
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
ALBkitty
(Albany, NY)
answer 4
Def. the foundation first. Hopefully you are using a Laura Mercier Product as a foundation. If you use the primer you really don't need a foundation if your skin is relatively clear.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
Mcaliente999
(San Diego, CA)
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How long does a bottle last?
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
(Denver, CO)
on Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Illuminating
4 answers
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answer 1
I use this all over my face every day and the bottle lasts me about 3-4 months...it might depend how much you use because I'd imagine ou could apply more for buildable coverage. I like it more sheer and I follow up with a powder.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
sherwood
(West Haven, CT)
answer 2
I guess it depends how much you use. I use it only on my cheeks, so it should last a long time. The primer and regular tinted moisturizer are in the same size tubes and I use them on my entire face every day. They easily last over 6 months.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
aklmom
(Clarence, NY)
answer 3
So far I've used it for about a month and a half and roughly 3-4 days a week. My guestimate of how long it would last would be 3-4 months depending upon usage. Also, I apply it very lightly.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
macherie
(Durango, CO)
answer 4
At least 3 months
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
2good2betrue
(Plantation, FL)
Question
I received this as a sample, but there is no color name on the tube. Can you tell me what shade the sample would have been? Thank you!
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
minetteheart
(Middletown, RI)
on Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Illuminating
4 answers
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answer 1
Quick trip to your nearest Sephora store or match as close as you can to the color samples online. The online colors are a pretty good read if you cannot get to a store.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
sunny284
(florida)
answer 2
warm radiance.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
tdkoli
(Lodi, CA.)
answer 3
Laura Mercier samples are usually the Nude shade.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
beautyjunkie1
(Oklahoma)
answer 4
The Sample shade is Warm Radiance. If you have the tube that the sample was in take it with you to the store, compare the sample with the ones in the store. There's only 3 shades, so it'll be easy but if we got the same sample it's most likely warm radiance.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
dannrodas
(New York, New York)
Question
what is the difference between the tinted moisturizer illuminating and just tinted moisturizer
asked 5 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
on Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Illuminating
3 answers
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answer 1
The biggest difference between the tinted moisturizer and the illuminating moisturizer is the finish. I recommend the tinted moisturizer if you have oily skin as it provides a less shinier finish. The illuminating moisturizer leaves a dewy finish which is grerat for those who have drier skin, like mine.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
millie35
(Merced, CA)
answer 2
The illuminating tinted moisturizer has a reflective dewy pearl like sheen to the finished look. This would give you slight color and a pearly finish. The regular tinted moisturizer would just give you a hint of color.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
schipperkegirl
(Owasso, Ok)
answer 3
they both have similar coverage, but illuminating has this shimmer that makes it better for evenings/nights. I used to buy regular tinted moisturizer and add shimmering powder on cheeks. With the illuminateing t.m. you don't need to do that.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
lately
(new york)
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