Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Creme De La Mer the SPF 18 Fluid Tint Review

Hi everyone. As requested, here is my review on Creme De La Mer's Fluid Tint SPF18. I bought this cream almost a year ago, and have never got round to reviewing it until now!

It's an extremely high end product at £50 for a 50ml tube. Though, if you calculate it in cost/ml, it costs the same as my previously reviewed Lancome BB Cream.

It comes in a creamy, thick lotion which can be easily applied and blended.

According to La Mer:

Designed for daily use, this water-borne formula absorbs instantly into the skin to provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. A trio of natural and sea-derived ingredients uniquely benefit the skin. Gemstones absorb light energy, transforming it into beneficial green light to enhance anti-oxidant activity. Photonic spheres within The SPF 18 Fluid Tint redirect and diffuse light. Smart, light-reactive seaweeds impart natural humectant properties to bind moisture - preventing dehydration. Worn over Crème de la Mer, The SPF 18 Fluid Tint acts as a generator, actually boosting its efficacy.

The SPF 18 Fluid Tint captures beneficial light while diverting potentially damaging light. It brings a touch of colour to the skin for a smooth, even finish.

The fluid tint on my skin:

As you can see, coverage is low. It did not fully cover small signs of skin irritation on my chin.

However, it gave my skin a really nice natural finish with a great glow.

My Thoughts:

Texture and Scent

The texture is thicker than most fluid tints. It has the texture of a creamy lotion, and due to its thickness is not as easy to spread across the skin as most fluid tints. I love the scent! It's the scent of most of the La Mer products, fresh with a hint of floral.

Colour and Coverage

The fluid tints come in only three shades; light medium and dark. I got mine in light, which suits me perfectly.

Coverage is like most tinted moisturisers: sheer to medium. It won't conceal acne, but it does even out any redness in the face. The coverage is also buildable by applying another layer on it onto the skin. I really like the finish. It gives a flawless looking finish with a great healthy, sun-kissed glow. It enhances my skin rather than masking it.

It provided some moisture to my skin, but not much. I use it on top of my daily moisturiser.

Lasting Power and Oil Control

The lasting power is great, and the tint lasts all day. My skin doesn't feel oily at all with it on. However, I'm living in a dry winter climate so I'm not sure how this cream would fare for oily skin types or those living in tropical countries. I have read that the fluid tint tends to look shiny on those with oilier skin types.

Would I recommend it?

I would have to say yes. As a treat to be used sparingly. I love this tint as I get compliments on my skin whenever I wear it. It has what I look for in a tinted moisturiser; sheer coverage to even out my skin tone, gives me a 'my skin but better' natural look, contains SPF, lasts all day and smells great. I recommend it to those with already good skin, want sheer coverage and is willing to pay a bit extra! However, as it's so expensive, many people out there would think this is not wirth the price and find much cheaper alternatives that give similar results.


- contains spf (though it is a low spf of 18)

- has sheer to medium coverage to even out my skintone

- gave my skin a flawless, sun-kissed, healthy, natural looking glow

- lasts all day

- smells gorgeous


- sooo expensive at £50

- SPF 18 may be considered too low

- the glow is a little on the subtle side, so may not be enough for those who like especially dewy looking skin

- only available in 3 shades

*disclosure: like all of my reviews, this is my genuine opinion. I was not paid or influenced to give a good review. As my opinions are my own and they may not be the same for everyone esle. Everyone has different skintypes. What works for me may not work for everyone and vice-versa. Thanks for reading!*


  1. I think u look great with this product! Btw what blusher did u use? It's sooo pretty!


  2. great review, it looks amazing on you! are you still at malaysia? hope you are having fun! ^^

  3. I have always wanted to try something from their line, but can't see myself spending that much money on skin care. Im more of a big spender when it comes to makeup (ie. blush, eyeshadow).
    Thanks for the review.

  4. Hi Penelope,
    You've got a very nice and smooth skin. You did a great review for Lamer. Btw, I tag you. Here's the tag..
    Rules: Answer 10 questions and Tag 10 bloggers.

    1. Why did you create this blog?

    2. What kind of blogs do you follow?

    3. Favorite makeup brand?

    4. Favorite clothing brand?

    5. Your indispensable makeup product:

    6. Your favorite color:

    7. Your Perfume:

    8. Your favorite film:

    9. What country would you like to visit and why?

    10. Make the last question yourself and answer:

  5. I wish I can use this TM!! Am very intrigued by La Mer products, but right now my skin needs high coverage products haha

  6. Hey I gave you the stylish blogger award come and accept it :)
    XOXO Lidia

  7. oh wow... la mer is so luxurious! i will have to stick to my nanoce bb cream for now.. but it looks greta on you - looks like you have no makeup on and you look flawless!

  8. Thanks girlis for the great comments, and for the award and tag! @Charming vanity, i'm using Mac's Beauty Powder in Oh So Fair (Villain's Collection).

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  10. You look good. Very beautiful skin. I love your circle lens.