Monday, May 31, 2010

Review: Clarins Hydra-Care Tinted Moisturizer

I featured my tiny sample tube of this tinted moisturizer in my last Ins & Outs and not having come across any reviews about it on the blogs I read, I decided to share my thoughts with you.

Hydra-Care Tinted Moisturizer SPF6 claims to hydrate, even out and revive skin while preventing it from UV rays, pollution and free radicals. It contains plant extracts such as Echinacea, Horsetail, Mallow and Sea Fennel and corrector pigments and comes in four shades.

The product comes in a handy tube and has a faint sunscreen smell. I love how it feels when I apply this to my skin after washing: it's soft and comfortable and the product gives a pretty satin finish. However, the coverage is next to none; I received a much too dark shade for my skintone but because the product is so sheer, I can still blend it into my skin and maybe look as if I had a bit of tan going on. For that purpose and as a hydrating base for my mineral foundation, it's love, although I do get quite shiny a bit faster than with my usual moisturizer.

I tried to capture the fresh finish it gives, but I guess my camera isn't good enough for that... I've got Hydra-Care TM all over, concealer on blemishes and under eyes plus a little bit of mineral foundation through the center of my face.

Will I buy the full size? No. The hefty pricetag ($43 for 1.7 fl oz) and limited shade range which doesn't cater for paler skintones are the most important reasons that stop me from getting this. Plus, I'd like a teeny tiny bit more coverage from a tinted moisturizer.

*UPDATE* I think it might be breaking me out. I can't find a full ingredients list for it on Clarins website, which makes me suspicious as to what exactly they put in the product. On one of the sites I've seen, the formulation from 2005 lists cyclomethicone (a silicone) as a second ingredient, and it contains 5 different parabens. I think the sample will have to go.

Have you tried this product? What is your favorite tinted moisturizer?

Speaking of skincare, I've added a "Project Bathroom" tab in the right column to track the progress and motivate myself further for the challenge. It'll be all very well worth it though, because I just learnt today that I won Brilliant Farmgirl's giveaway and will have a Bioelements skincare regime tailored specifically for my skin's needs, yay!!! My skin could definitely use some help, and I'm so happy to have an opportunity to try their products... and blog about the experience for you! So hopefully you'll benefit from it as well :)

Have a fabulous week, darlings! xxx


  1. Great review hun. I replied to your comment over on Magpie Sparkles blog but just in case you didn't see it I don't mind sending you the No.7 TM. We could do another swap if you want or I'll just send it to you without obligation because you're lovely!!


  2. Sweetie, you're too kind :) I think I'll try the Neutrogena one when I arrive on the other side of the pond, but we could maybe organize a swap some time in the summer? I could get you some US goodies this time! What do you think? xxx

  3. Great review hon.. the photos were fantastic and you look amazing in that one!!! xxx

  4. Nice review! I just got a mini size of Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer myself. And I really like your hair :) x

  5. @Tali: Thank you, beautiful, I missed you and your blogging (and vlogging) while you were on holiday! xxx

    @Marina: Let me know how it works for you! My hair desperately needs a cut, but I like how long it got, feels very feminine again :) xxx

  6. Wish I had nice skin like yours! :p
    I usually need more coverage than that :P

    btw, congratz on winning farmgirl's giveaway! :)

  7. @Kay: It's not all that nice, I use a heavy-duty concealer to cover my blemishes! Thank you, hun :) xxx

  8. nice.. which concealer do you use? :) I'm always looking for good concealers :P I have major panda eyes :P