Anyone who is following me on social media will already know that I’m a full coverage queen, so it goes without saying that I love a good, long-lasting foundation. Having said that, sometimes skin just needs a break from all the cake (excuse the unintentional rhyme) and recently, I’ve been opting for a tinted moisturiser instead of my go-to foundation.
Until about three months ago I was using the Stila Sheer Colour Tinted Moisturiser consistently… I always managed to find it in this incredible discount beauty store near me, so inevitably the shade (and I believe the product) has been discontinued. Heartbreak!
Hunting for a new tinted moisturiser
So, the hunt began to find a replacement tinted moisturiser which was light enough to match my skin tone, heavy-duty enough to provide reasonable coverage (without shifting on the face throughout the day) and provided a fairly high SPF. Not much, right?
I recall browsing the Beauty Bay website for discounts and spotting the PÜR Cosmetics Tinted Moisturiser for the first time; I’d heard a lot about the range as a whole, with raving reviews from big influencers who said the price-point was really justifiable considering the quality of the product. What better time to take the plunge on a new brand than during a big promotion!?
I really like how lightweight this moisturiser feels on the skin, combined with the fact that it’s still pigmented enough to cover red patches. When applied before my favourite concealer and topped with loose setting powder (on good-skin days), my skin not only looks more hydrated but also tends to look a little more dewy and radiant (aka. the right amount of face sweat to disguise as natural highlight).
In terms of SPF, the PÜR Tinted Moisturiser matches up with the Stila one, with Broad Spectrum SPF 20 – this tends to be pretty standard within mid-range skincare and makeup brands; anything with more protection does generally sit within the more expensive/premium bracket.
The 4-in-1 capabilities (aka. a moisturiser, primer, foundation and SPF in one), have definitely encouraged me to wear this product beneath foundation/concealer for some added sun protection when I’m not wearing it as a standalone face base.
The shade range
I remember spotting the little shade sticker attached to the tube when my order arrived and my brain instantly thought ‘oh, that looks fairly dark for the lightest shade’. Then again, I know you can’t trust those little colour representations, so thought I’d do the swatch test.
My initial concerns were sadly correct.
The one downfall of this product for me is that the lightest moisturiser is a little too dark for my porcelain skin tone and would likely match my complexion throughout the depths of summer… when I’m SLIGHTLY less translucent. Having said that, I would still recommend it for the lighter skin toned girls out there, I’d just worn you that you’re going to have to blend down the neck and probably lighten a little with powder.
It raises the question – why has a brand with such a great product (and huge reputation) only produced three shade ranges? If we’re pushing brands to create more diverse foundation ranges, why aren’t we doing the same for skincare-makeup combination products like this?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!