After suffering for a year at the hands of Bobbi Brown's simply awful tinted moisturiser, which smelled revolting and gave me that kind of sweaty sheen you get when you're very unwell, I bit the bullet and bought a new one to see me through this summer. This, however, was only after months of rationalising and bargaining with myself that before I allowed myself the luxury of a new product, I needed to finish the old one.
I snapped, however, after one greasy sheen too many. So, here is a flash review of the MAC Studio Moisture Tint, my new favourite thing.
- Thick as thieves: The first thing that struck me about this product was that it's a very thick formula, in comparison to the decidedly more runny Bobbi Brown counterpart. Should you choose to apply your tinted moisturiser with a brush, this product makes it very easy to do so and won't run everywhere. It's got a lovely, moisturising feel and a texture which makes my skin happy.
- Cover girl: The coverage of this is pretty good for a tinted moisturiser, and for those are secure in their skin then this is a nice option with a bit of concealer. I like to use this in conjunction with the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder, but were I confident enough/able to use just one product on my face, then this would be my pick for summer. Unfortunately for me, I feel guilty about just using one product on my face, as the others in my medium-sized collection just sit getting lonely.
- Shiny happy people: In complete contrast to the heading (but you try searching for maxims/songs with the word 'matte' in them), this tinted moisturiser does not leave me in the least oily. It has a matte, silky texture which leaves my skin happily shine-free. I definitely do get dewy around the 6-8 hour mark, but who doesn't? I just tidy it up with blotting sheets and some Kryolan Anti-Shine Powder, or MAC's Blot Powder if I'm on the run and I'm good to go.
- Sunny afternoon: We do have some SPF in this tinted moisturiser, but only a factor 15, meaning that if you're outside a lot or live in sunnier climes, it's not enough to skip your regular sunblock. I'm a little surprised that MAC didn't capitalise on this and incorporate more into the product, but some is better than nothing.
- Even keel: Though this product might be sheerer than a foundation, it's actually great for evening out skin tone and concealing minor imperfections.
Overall initial impressions:
For the first time in a long time, I left the house the other week without a full face of slap on - instead I used the MAC Studio Moisture Tint on my face with a little concealer and setting powder - and I felt great! I had a huge confidence boost knowing my skin looked great, but that it wasn't due to foundation fakery. I approached this product without many expectations and it's completely wowed me. It's definitely going to be great as the warm weather approaches, and the squeezy tube means it's ideal and fuss-free for the festival season (one of which I'm going to, eek!)