Dermalogica Sheer Tint SPF 20 Moisturizer Review | My Quest for the Perfect Weekend Base

dermalogica sheer tint review

As a makeup lover, I relish taking the time to do my makeup in the mornings. It's a ritual that is just about me, for me, and I see it as way to express my feelings that day. As much as I enjoy doing my makeup though, even I can appreciate that it's good to give my skin a break. That usually means weekends for me when I may not leave the house except to run errands or go for a casual coffee with a friend. Primarily it's foundation that I want to give my skin a break from, so lately I've been looking around for a light, no-fuss base product that lets my skin breathe, while still providing decent coverage.

Enter in Dermalogica's Sheer Tint moisturizer with SPF 20. This sheer, moisturizing formula contains iron oxides to give skin a healthy radiance, while hyaluronic acid and natural extracts help moisturize and protect it from environmental damage. Like most Dermalogica products, the Sheer Tint is without any filler fragrances or colors, and it comes in 3 basic shades (light, medium, dark).

The Guts
I really love how the Sheer Tint combines hydration, sun protection and anti-aging ingredients all in one. The primary ingredients in this tinted moisturizer are:
  • Water
  • Capric/Caprylic triglyceride - an emollient
  • Butylene glycol - a solvent and moisturizer
  • Dimethicone - a silicone that provides a silky and lightweight texture that smooths out skin
  • Methyl gluceth-20 - is both a humectant (draws in moisture) and an emollient (seals in moisture) derived from cornstarch and helps smooth and hydrate
Other ingredients of note include lactamide MEA (moisturizing), hydrolyzed pearl (moisturizing), walnut seed extract (moisturizing), olive fruit extract (moisturizing), and eucalyptus oil (moisturizing).

The primary sunscreen components in the Sheer Tint are a chemical sunscreen (octinoxate, 4.5%) and a physical sunscreen (zinc oxide, 9.5%). I like how Sheer Tint uses a physical sunscreen, which while more physically visible, is also I've heard to be more effective and long-lasting.

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Dermalogica Sheer Tint SPF 20 in Light

Price & Packaging
However, all this goodness doesn't come cheap. At $60 for a 40 ml tube, the price of the Sheer Tint is comparable to a highend foundation! Packaging-wise, the Sheer Tint is on-brand with all Dermalogica products and is packaged in a minimalist plastic squeeze tube with a screw-on cap.

As a moisturizer, the Sheer Tint is definitely very light and not hydrating enough for my dehyrated normal skin right now. The texture of this moisturizer is similar to a BB cream and has that slight oiliness to it that sort of glides and slips across the skin. I'm kinda surprised that this moisturizer is so light since it is mainly made up of moisturizing ingredients, but not many of them are heavy emollients, so I suppose that could be the reason. If you have oilier skin then perhaps this might be good enough for you and I'd probably try this solo in the summer, but for where I'm at now, I have to layer this over top of another moisturizer to avoid feeling parched.

Coverage & Wear
As a light foundation though, I think the Dermalogica Sheer Tint excels. I received this moisturizer in the shade Light, and it gives me just the type of coverage I need on a weekend. Unfortunately if you're any lighter than me (a MAC NC25), then you're out of luck as Dermalogica only made the 3 shades. As well, according to other reviews, this is a new formulation of the Sheer Tint Moisture and many have noted that the medium shade is super orange, so if that's you, then you may want to try a tester first.

For me, the Sheer Tint feels light as air and cancels out all redness. It doesn't unfortunately conceal my hyper-pigmentation, so if you have any blemishes or scars you want to conceal, you'll need concealer for that; this is really just if you want a super-light, naked skin finish.

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Wearing just the Dermalogica Sheer Tint with Make Up Forever Translucent Pressed Powder on top

Due to the suncreen components and moisturizers, the Sheer Tint is fairly slippery and dewy, which may turn off some people, but I don't find this any more oily than most facial sunscreens. If you like that super dewy Korean look, then you'll really love this, but I like to tap a bit of translucent powder on top just to bring it down a notch.

The Sheer Tint makes a great priming base for other foundations and it worked well with both my more watery foundations, like Burberry's Fresh Glow, and more creamy ones, like the Estee Lauder Double Wear.

Worn solo, it wore well all day, although it does transfer within the first few minutes of application. I noticed very slight oxidation after 8 hours, but it's only noticeable if you were looking.

Final Verdict
Buy - for a tinted moisturizer this is pricey, but as a light, breathable, foundation I think this is perfect and pretty inline with what's out there formula-wise and in terms of product amount. Looks like I've found my weekend base option!

Life Lately: I'm already panicking that it's getting close to Christmas! Every year I agonize over how much I spend, so this year I'm contemplating trying to create some DIY gifts. If you have done some easy DIY gifts in the past, please share!

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