August 10, 2013

Aveda Inner Light Tinted Moisturizer

After a relaxing facial at City Looks, I took home some Aveda Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisturizer in "03 Sweet Tea." This tinted moisturizer promises to improve moisture up to 25% and keep hydrating for eight hours of wear. I have no idea how to measure a 25% improvement in moisture, but does it make my skin feel awesome? Yes!

I actually enjoy putting this on each day. It feels that good.

See below, I did what I'd consider a pretty typical application:

I know it's not easy to tell from these photos, but while the evened out skin tone is nice, the best part of using the tinted moisturizer is how wonderful my skin feels when it's on. My skin not only looks fresh and youthful, but it feels smooth, moisturized, and soft. A little pressed powder, blush, mascara, and lipstick, and I'm out the door in less than five minutes! It's easy to layer on more or less tinted moisturizer. I've never found that adding more leaves my skin cakey like traditional foundation. You can add more and still look normal and fresh-faced.

I do want to share that this stuff lasts all day. I have 100% switched to the Aveda tinted moisturizer for day wear. The SPF 15 helps me feel more confident spending some time outside and at the end of the day, my skin feels good, not tired and dried out like traditional foundation.

Aveda's tinted moisturizer comes in 7 shades (including a sheer, colorless one). I consider myself fairly light skinned but the "medium" level 03 was the recommendation of City Looks' makeup artist and surprisingly, it's just perfect.

I do fear this will be a pricey investment in my skin over time, but we'll see how much I use. I was assured I will get a lot of use out of one tube, which I paid $28 for. My hope is to get six months of near daily wear from it.

I don't often suggest spending more than $15 on a foundation, but this one is a worthwhile investment for anyone with very dry skin. If you normally find your foundation cakes on, looks flaky or heavy, or leaves your skin just as dry as when you applied it, go to your nearest Aveda salon and ask to try the Inner Light Tinted Moisturizer. Amazing stuff.

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