Battle of the tinted moisturisers; bareMinerals vs. Laura Mercier

Mid summer, with a face like a melting candle, I decided enough was enough and decided to ditch the foundation.

In the search for a new alternative that was light and non-comedogenic, suitable for sensitive skin, SPF containing but also with a decent coverage (I don’t ask for much..) I decided to try a tinted moisturiser. Before, I didn’t even consider a tinted moisturiser as I thought the coverage wouldn’t be good enough to cover some of the redness on my cheeks and T-Zone, but with foundation melting off my face almost as quick as I put it on, I thought some coverage would be better than none.

With oily, combination skin (thank you genetics) I decided to try Complexion Rescue by bareMinerals SPF 30, and Laura Mercier’s Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20, both having received several awards and thousands of 4/5 and 5/5 star ratings, whilst also being recommended for combination/oily skin. I decided to first try and see if there was a difference between the two, with Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser one one side of my face and on the other side bareMinerals Complexion Rescue (don’t worry, they were both the same shade thankfully).

5 hours later, I crowned bareMinerals the winner and snapped up a bottle from Boots.

Here’s why:

Application and Texture: Both products glided onto the skin smoothly, with no strong fragrance or patchiness – this was a particularly pleasant surprise as both products, especially the bareMinerals, have a high SPF which can make some products feel a bit thicker when applying. I also found that because the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue has a slightly thinner, more gel like texture than the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser, it felt fresh and cooling when applied to the skin, feeling more like a veil of moisture rather than a thick cream. It does, however, seem to achieve this fresh feeling at the expense of coverage in comparison to Laura Mercier’s  Tinted Moisturiser (for me, the coverage was just enough when applied with a foundation brush, but I did need more product for the redder areas). All in all, bareMinerals did a bang up job at hiding red areas and providing light-medium coverage without highlighting the pores in my skin, but if  I ever want something that has a bit more coverage, the Laura Mercier may be more suitable.

Wear and Results: I was really impressed with how the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue stayed put throughout the day, with initial coverage remaining intact and minimal shine at the end of the day. After 5 hours of wear, there was definitely more of a dewy look, but this can easily be corrected with a light finishing powder. On days where my skin is a bit more oily (hello humid summer days!) I apply a light serum to my skin or a moisturising fluid before applying any makeup (Clarins HydraEssential Lotion is my favourite) and skip more heavy duty moisturisers. I was also very happy to see that neither product was heavy on my skin or sit in/create fine lines or pores, something which I have found can happen with an oily skin and foundation combo. If anything, I could start to see the beginnings of this with the Laura Mercier Tinted moisturiser after a full day of wear, so this put me off slightly thinking about what might happen on a humid day.

Price: Although in the same price bracket, the bareMinerals was slightly cheaper at £28 for 35ml, rather than the Laura Mercier Tinted moisturiser priced at £34 for 30ml. Although the price is still a bit eye-watering, I only needed a small amount of the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue to achieve the light coverage and moisture I was after, and this remained true for the whole day meaning I can see this tube lasting a good while. In comparison, the Laura Mercier did not fare so well and made me wonder whether it could stand the test after exposure to more extreme elements (persistent wind and humidity).

If that wasn’t enough to sway me towards the bareMinerals, there was still the fact that it had a much welcomed SPF 30, which is more suitable for my sensitive skin than SPF 20.

Winner: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue (£28.00|35ml)



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BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream in Buttercream

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Before and after a full 8 hour day of wear, with exposure to both humidity, wind and even a tiny bit of rain! In both pictures, I am wearing a decent coat of bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream in the shade Buttercream. At the end of the day I could start to see redness again on the T-Zone, but only just and the dewy finish stayed pretty much the same all day. Not bad!


I hope you enjoyed reading and that this was helpful – let me know which tinted moisturisers you’re loving in the comments!




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