You might not yet be thinking about it but you’ll soon be hauling out your TM (tinted moisturizer) when the Spring weather hits. I seem to wear TM alot in Spring dunno why but I’m guessing it has something to do with wanting to embrace a more lighter makeup look after a dreadful Winter filled with thicker base products!
E.L.F. Studio Tinted Moisturizer is the newest offering from the brand and a mere $3. Does it live up to say legendary TM’s such as Laura Mercier?
A lightweight, hydrating tinted moisturizer with an SPF 20.
The $3 price tag is definitely appealing for those unwilling to dish out on bigger wig brands who charge considerably more for a TM however…
First off I will say tinted moisturizers are definitely never pigmented no matter where you purchase them from. Mind you some brands have more color pay off than others such as Urban Decay’s version however for the most part they work at evening out skin tone but not really something that can be used as a base product for concealing major skin problems.
Which is where my disappointment stems from with E.L.F.’s version.
It has zero pigmentation. Sadly, I can’t even say that it brightens or even outs my complexion, two things I depend on TM to do. I have dull skin so I definitely look to my base to help my skin look lively and fresh and I’ve tried many tinted moisturizers that can easily do the trick including Laura Mercier’s however this simply absorbs super quickly and leaves behind a nice hydrating feel sans color of any kind.
As I said, it would be unfair to say that I was looking for major coverage hear because no brand really quite gets that right when it comes to tinted moisturizer, nor should they considering TM is simply meant as a lightweight moisturizer with just a hint of color for more natural makeup. However, I will say that I do expect it to at the very least leave my skin looking a bit more flawless.
Formula is creamy however left around for too long and it will seperate into an oily, greasy mess. For example, I got mine several weeks ago (around October?) and I didn’t use it right away but did swatch it first thing. I noticed texture was creamy and dense however I finally got the chance to actually use it a few days prior to my review and I had to sit and shake the tube a few times because it had separated into a rather gross mess.
Hydrating yes but that’s about it for this!
- Anyone who doesn’t expect their tinted moisturizer to do much else aside from hydrating (don’t expect it to even out your skin or ease dullness, color pay off is zero).
- Those who want lighter coverage with just a hint of color to even out skin tone, ease dullness, and make skin look half way decent (the lack of pigmentation just makes this a moisturizer and not a very good one).
Honestly, this one wasn’t so fabulous sadly but I didn’t expect too much either which is good because that means I wasn’t crushed when I finally did use and dislike it. They definitely need to work on the formula in terms of adding a bit more pigment to the product as it could prove a good deal for those who are on a very tight budget however you could do better with Covergirl’s new NatureLuxe Foundation which works in a similar fashion as a TM anyway and will set you back about $4-$5 more so not a bad budget pick either.