While I enjoy make-up greatly, for day to day, I tend to like things that are fast, easy, and minimal. My favorite products are those that let my pale complexion shine — not literally. So, when Stila sent over Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer, SPF 15 ($19.99, amazon.com) I was excited to see if it had the sheerness I wanted with the coverage I needed.
As the name would suggest, this product is pretty sheer. It’s not something for someone who needs more heavy-duty coverage, though you can supplement with concealer if it’s just a few spots. This is ideal for someone who needs a little complexion correction (say, if you’re a little too rosy or not quite even) and not a full face of foundation every day. The light color has a yellowish tint which is good for evening out red spots in my fair complexion.
Stila’s tinted moisturizer stays on throughout the day. It doesn’t have the most sticking power of all the products I’ve used, but it stays on the skin through touching and running about. As for something like, say, sweating in the summer — I’m not sure it could stand up to the heat.
Texture: 5/5, Finish: 5/5
Stila’s tinted moisturizer has a very natural finish. It rubs in quickly and once it does, it’s very light. It was really effective at evening out my skin tone a little without feeling too heavy or thick. It’s not too oily and it doesn’t have too much shine — though I’d recommend someone with oily skin going with the oil-free version.
Having SPF in skin care products is awesome — and smart — but it’s even better if you get one with a higher SPF than 15. That’s not just because I’m a stickler for sun protection (which I am), it’s also because often times, though people think they’ve applied enough product, they haven’t.
A study by the American Dermatological association found that people on average underestimated the amount of product they would need to use to actually get the SPF listed on the bottle (American Dermatological Association). As a result, an SPF as high as 100 was only actually SPF 27 when used in the amounts testers applied.
If your tinted moisturizer is your main form of sun protection, I’d recommend bumping it up and using Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer, SPF 30 ($36, amazon.com). That way you get the sun protection you need and still benefit from Stila’s great formulation.
Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer, SPF 15 is great for a natural looking tinted moisturizer that evens out your complexion. It’s light and absorbs quickly though — as you would expect with a tinted moisturizer — it definitely doesn’t replace a foundation. In particular, it’s great for a low-maintenance look.
Product Rating: 8.5/10
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