Every spring I start talking about “lightening up” on makeup for the hot and humid summer months. Who wants to wear heavy foundation in mid July? But, the reality is that I haven’t really found a tinted moisturizer to love. While there are a few that I’ve been willing to recommend as “decent” tinted moisturizers (such as the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Philosophy Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer or Tarte Smooth Operator), the truth is that I haven’t been using them myself. The products are all nice, but they just haven’t been quite right for me. They’re a little too much moisture for my combination skin, don’t work well with a SPF product or they aren’t enough coverage over my melasma or freckles. Something is always slightly off, inducing me to reach for a light weight foundation instead (Neutrogena Healthy Skin is my fave).
Well, I’ve finally found a tinted moisturizer with just enough coverage to cover up enough of my skin issues, allow my skin to shine through and it even has some of the bonus items that I love in moisturizer. Such as a little UV coverage and some ingredients to help fight aging.
Prime Results includes a built in primer, so during application it feels a bit different from other tinted moisturizers. It feels like lightweight silicone based product, but a bit airier in feeling that most silicone primers that I’ve tried in the past (really, I’m thinking of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer). It feels smooth during application, and you can feel it sinking into your skin pretty much right away. I literally smear this around for about 10 seconds with my fingers, hit any problem areas with a cosmetic sponge to blend them a little better (usually around my nose) and I’m done.
The moisturizer provides a little more coverage than most tinted moisturizers, but it isn’t obvious at all. It looks like my skin is just… better. It covers my little residual bits of melasma from being pregnant, a couple of stray freckles and it still doesn’t look like I have anything on. Love it!