The Sephora App always gets me! I was browsing , checking what was new, when I saw this new First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 (what a long name!) and it caught my attention.
After reading a few reviews – since it’s a brand new product, I’ve decided to purchase the shade light instead of medium. And boy was I right?
The shade light is very yellow toned, but it can look quite orange under certain lights. I really don’ like tinted moisturizers and BB/CC creams that look pink or red for my yellow undertone. It looks very fake… So I’m always excited when I see a brand coming out with warmer tones rather than your go-to cool undertones.For comparison, here’s the IT Cosmetics CC Cream in Medium besides the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 in Light.
Disregard my attempt to use my touchscreen laptop (finally putting it for some good use). The shades are not the same, meaning… This is not a proper comparison because one shade is medium and the other one is light. However, that gives you a good idea of how light the First Aid Beauty Tinted Moisturizer is and if you can get away with it instead of the shade medium. It smells a little bit like sunscreen, which is not my main concern but I would like a more elegant product that doesn’t take me right to the beach everytime I apply it on my face. According to Sephora’s website, these are the star ingredients of this product:
- Colloidal Oatmeal: Helps calm and soothe dry or distressed skin.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Supports skin’s natural moisture content, helps skin appear smoother, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Vitamin E: Provides antioxidants, helps condition and soothe skin and stave off environmental aggressors.
- Micro-Pearls: Finely milled minerals with light-reflecting properties that amplify skin’s natural radiance for a beautifully luminous effect.
- Avobenzone 3%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 7.5%: Sunscreen.
If you don’t know what those sunscreen actives are, just understand that this tinted moisturizer is a chemical sunscreen and NOT a physical sunscreen. Which means, instead of acting like a shield on top of your skin, it is absorbed by your skin and it actually absorbs the sun rays in its barrier (protecting your skin from it) instead of reflecting them, like the physical sunscreen does.
FIRST IMPRESSIONSI’ve decided to give it a try after getting a facial, so please keep in mind my skin was extra moisturized and exfoliated, so I can’t guarantee that it won’t clinge into dry patches. But anyway, it’s quite thick and you put on, so I recommend applying it on one side of your face first and then moving onto the next. It blends beautifully but it needs some work. It’s that type of tinted moisturizer that you gotta earn the beautiful finish by blending it well.
*make sure to blend downwards if you have peach fuzz like me.The finish is beautiful. It looks better than my SkinMedica Essential Defense Mineral Shield Tinted Sunscreen, which is my favorite sunscreen (SPF 32). It looks and feels like a foundation, to be honest! It definitely doesn’t feel like a simple sunscreen or moisturizer. So if you think about it, you’re paying $27 for 1 fl oz, it is basically a foundation that you will wear everyday, and it has skin-friendly ingredients. Kinda like the It Cosmetics CC Cream, but the First Aid Beauty Tinted Moisturizer is WAY BETTER than the It Cosmetics CC Cream. The only downside is that I can feel it on my skin. I don’t know how to explaint it, but it feels a little bit tacky and you feel like you are wearing sunscreen. Maybe I applied too much?
So far I am really happy with this tinted moisturizer, but I am not sure if I will repurchase. My SkinMedica Tinted Sunscreen costs $38 for 1.85 oz, which is also up there in price, but it’s a mineral sunscreen, which I prefer more over physical sunscreen. We’ll see!
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UPDATE: if you put on TOO much, like I did whilst writing this review, you WILL FEEL THIS MOISTURIZER ON YOUR SKIN, and it’s so crazy irritating! Seriously, don’t apply too much. Also, my skin is oily, so I it feels very dewy. If you have the same skin type as mine, and you don’t like the dewy finish, powder will be your best friend. Also, this moisturizer did not break me out, so yay!