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Overview: Tinted Sunscreen Moisturiser Thingies Part 1.

10 February 2014
Right so it's Summer and we have to protect ourselves, most of us are busy and we like products that are an all-in-one type of deal so against my better judgement I'm gonna review some tinted moisturisers that contain SPF.
Now I'm not trying to say anything bad about tinted moisturisers that contain SPF, it's just personally I like to keep my products separate; I like my moisturiser to moisturise, my sun screen to screen the sun and my foundation to cover any crap that is going on with my skin but I'm also human and I get busy and I need stuff that does all that shit fast.

Since I'm not really a fan of multi-use products I want you to read these reviews with the knowledge that I'm extremely skeptical of their claims and I don't take kindly to products that do half arsed jobs, therefore I'm going to be pretty harsh with my judgements, some of these are pricey products and I don't put up with bullshit when I'm forking out hard earned money, I think you can all agree that is pretty fair.

I used these products both over moisturiser and in place of moisturiser to get a real feel for how they performed. I also didn't apply anything over them unless it was absolutely necessary (in that case it was only concealer or powder and I did this after photographing how it looked on the skin).

Estee Lauder Day Wear Sheer Tint Release.

RRP $65.00AUD for 50ml.

Claims: "It's the most important thing you'll put on today.
This unique tinted moisturiser enhances any skintone with a healthy, even-toned glow. 
Plus it delivers all the advanced protection benefits of DayWear, defending against signs of premature aging and diminishing their appearance.
Now with the most effective anti-oxidant power ever.*
DayWear helps safeguard skin with advanced broad-spectrum sunscreen and our best UVA defence.
Visibly reduces the first signs of aging, like fine lines, dullness and discolourations. In fact, 96% of women said their skin felt smoother, fresher and healthier instantly.**
Wear DayWear and feel confident in your beautiful skin.
REFRESHING & LIGHTWEIGHT This fresh, light-textured formula smooths on to leave skin soft and supple.
Sheer tint enhances skin's appearance.
Great for all skintypes.
Crisp cucumber scent is an instant pick-me-up."
* In vitro testing, comparing the proprietary Super Anti-Oxidant Complex with widely used anti-oxidants such as Alpha-lipoic acid, Kinetin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Coenzme Q10 and Idebenone.

** Consumer test of DayWear, using Creme for Dry skin.

This stuff is pretty cool at first, it's this grey fluid with teeny tiny beads in it that feels like it would make a great exfoliant when you first apply it, the beads dissipate and the product oxidises on the skin revealing the 'tint'.

The tint is where I have a problem. If you're fair skinned or hoping to use this in winter without a fake tan then you should be prepared to look orange, I'm not particularly fair and I can only use this in summer after developing a tan and by then it is absolutely pointless. As you can see on my hand the colour is fine but my hands are quite a bit darker than my face.

This product is essentially a moisturiser that contains SPF and a temporary (orange) tan that washes off. If you have anything on your face that you want to cover up; blemishes, pigmentation, dark circles, uneven skin tone, etc, etc, then you are going to need either a concealer or foundation because this will give you zero coverage. If you are already tanned or have a deeper skin tone this will look like nothing on your skin. The 'glow' that they claim is just shiny skin, it does absorb but it doesn't set to a matte finish so if shiny 'glowing skin' isn't your thing, you'll want to set it with a powder especially if you apply it over a moisturiser!

When applied on it's own I think it does a pretty damn good job when it comes to moisturising, my normal skin feels good throughout the day and I didn't have any dryness/tightness (which can happen as you'll find with a product below). With the picture below it looks quite nice really but I definitely don't feel like I get those results in real life, I believe the light box is doing me a favour. Cheers light box I love you too!

The scent is really lovely, to me it smells of summer, the cucumber is there but it also reminds me of fresh watermelon and I really am a super duper fan of it in that respect.

As for "fighting first signs of ageing blah, blah, blah" I'm not convinced. Is this a tint, SPF, moisturiser, anti-ageing product, tap dancing Irish man and cold beers on a summer day all in one? C'mon, get it together Estee! The fact that it has a broad spectrum sunscreen in it already just makes it a sunscreen, the other stuff is fancy marketing crap to make us think we are doing good things for our skin, I have noticed zero difference to the quality of my skin and I wouldn't hold my breath while waiting to see a change (I wouldn't advise that you do either).

So who is this going to suit? If you have normal skin, aren't too fair and require minimal to zero coverage to feel confident enough to leave the house then this is for you. It's nice, it's fancy, name brands can make you feel a bit spoilt so I can see why this would be great for some, but if you have problem skin and want coverage you aren't going to get it from this, if you have oily skin this is going to need setting and maintenance throughout the day, if you're dry then this probably won't be enough for you, if you have sensitive skin then I suggest rubbing the product between your fingers before application because the little beads in it can feel a little rough on the skin.

Would I buy it again? Hell no! In fact I even stopped reading the bloggers who raved about how amazing this product is, how well it covers and how it's a HG product because that right there is bullshit. I'm trying desperately to use this up because it's bloody expensive and the best before date on mine is growing near but I won't be sad when it's gone.

True Solutions All Day Moisture SPF 30+.

RRP $60.00AUD for 100ml

Claims: True Solutions All Day Moisture SPF30+ Tinted Sunscreen and Moisturising Cream provides broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against environmental skin ageing. Combining sunscreen with a special base which soothes and helps protect skin from the elements, it can be used on the face, neck, hands and body.
Formulated to meet the strict requirements of The Skin & Cancer Foundations of Australia this sunscreen is also tinted for a light coverage.

This stuff is really nice, it provides coverage of a light/medium foundation and is slightly buildable, it sets to a demi matte finish and looks quite good on the skin, I never set it with a powder because after it's given a few minutes to set it looks wonderful. I find the product lasts really well throughout the day and doesn't really move around.

The consistency of the product is quite thick and I can feel it on my skin but it doesn't really feel particularly heavy and once the product has set I can't notice it at all. It smells of sunscreen with a slight floral undertone but neither of these are strong enough for me to notice unless I bury my nose in the product.

I find the colour is ok for me but if I apply too much (ie; trying to build coverage) I can look a bit orange, I don't think this would be very friendly for those with fair skin unfortunately (they do sell a version of the product without a tint though).

I wore this with and without moisturiser and my findings were quite interesting.
With moisturiser I found my skin dried out after a few hours, the product felt so, so uncomfortable on my skin that I could barely stand it, it was like a living thing that needed moisture to survive and figured sucking it out of my face was totally acceptable.
When I wore it on it's own, essentially letting it do all the moisturising it was perfect, my skin felt hydrated all day long and there was no moisture sucking beast on my face.
I don't know what exactly is going on here but my educated guess would be sorcery.

Would I buy it again? I'm kind of shocked by what I'm about to write because I'm quite anti-tinted moisturiser but this stuff is impressive, the colour range sucks balls since it only comes in one colour and the price point is high but I really like it, it gives me enough coverage to put it on and leave the house while feeling ok about my skin and knowing that I have some sun protection and if I were going to wear this out on a sunny day and wanted a little extra coverage all I need is a dab of concealer over problem areas. I would totally buy this again and most likely will.

Part two is coming tomorrow! (I think)

All Products were purchased by myself and I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying.

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5 comments on "Overview: Tinted Sunscreen Moisturiser Thingies Part 1."
  1. I love your totally honest, non-sugar-coated reviews! :)

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  3. I love the honesty in your reviews! I'm very critical of companies that make silly claims about their products e.g. a foundation to reduce sagging skin etc. I always read the ingredients list of a product, and the effectiveness comes from what is at the top of the list. Most of the so-called miracle ingredients are at the very end, quite often after the preservatives, which means there's no benefit.

    1. Yup, this is precisely what bothers me about beauty products, I would much prefer honesty from a company than miracle products that don't work!