April 16th, 2015
La Mer recently launched the brand new The Reparative Skintint which provides the benefits of a color product together with all the skin-loving goodness that La Mer is famous for. Ever since my previous holy grail The SPF18 Fluid Tint was discontinued years ago, I have been eagerly awaiting for a new improved version… and I am not disappointed!
Before I get into greater details about the Skintint, let me first explain why I’ve been so in love with its predecessor in the past. When I was living in California, I was spending every other weekend skiing Tahoe – regular exposure to icy wind whipping against my face followed by a long steaming hot shower to defrost took a huge toll on my skin. And even though I was enjoying the beautiful Californian weather, it came with strong sun exposure. Depending on where along the coast I was, I could be experiencing single-digit (in celcius) temperature one moment and mid-30s the next. As a result, I was suffering from the worst skin condition ever in my life. Red patchy, flakey, often itchy skin marred my face, and no foundation or tinted moisturizers / BB creams worked. Whatever I applied to my face would crease and emphasize all the flakiness, making it look even worse than ever. Some of them even stung my face and aggravated the situation. Through trial and error, I finally discovered La Mer The Fluid Tint, and it was the only product that managed to cover up the redness without creasing and emphasizing the flakiness. It also kept my skin moisturized and the SPF18 protected me from the strong sun.
The expectations that I had for La Mer’s latest The Reparative Skintint are extremely high, made even tougher by the long wait for its release. But when I finally got to testing it out in stores, I immediately fell in love. The texture is just as light, if not even silkier than its predecessor. What made all the difference, is even when applied on my face, which currently is sporting 2 red patches on both cheeks, The Reparative Skintint went over like a dream. Coverage is on the light side, and you will not be able to completely eradicate severe redness, but it should provide a decent camouflage to even out the worst skin condition, to allow you some semblance of confidence to face the world. The Reparative Skintint is formulated with innovative light and pigment technology to allow the natural skin to show through, while providing an overall brightening effect. The shade that I have is Light, which is just slightly too fair for me, but the next shade up Light Medium is too dark and yellow.
Of course, as a product of La Mer, we expect high performance skin benefits from The Reparative Skintint. It is powered by deep-sea red algae which has the ability to reduce the appearance of pores, lines and wrinkles, and generate a smoother and plumper surface. La Mer’s famous Miracle Broth created from nutrient-rich sea kelp infuses the skin with energy, boosting the natural healing process. Lime Tea Concentrate helps the skin protect against external aggressors, and has anti-aging properties. These key active ingredients are effectively delivered deep into the dermal layers by Deconstructed Waters present in the mix. SPF30 PA+++ protects the skin from sun damage, and is sufficient for a day at the office or mostly spent indoors.
I have really been enjoying La Mer The Reparative Skintint ever since I got it, and am so gratified that it has been worth the long wait! For casual days, I wear it on its own with a light dusting of powder, and it lasts me all day without fading or creasing. I can definitely see this coming very handy in the summer! It also works very well as a base for one of those new super lightweight, liquid-to-powder foundations such as the Dior Nude Air Serum Foundation [reviewed here] and YSL Fusion Ink Foundation, adding luminosity and sun protection without weighing down the foundation.
Have you ever tried anything from La Mer?