The Sephora App always gets me! I was browsing the app , 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.
This tinted moisturizer has oatmeal, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E, which is a fantastic combination for all skin types. Hyaluronic acid provides hydration, oatmeal calms the skin and vitamin E is a well-known vitamin rich in antioxidants to help balance the skin.
I’ve always loved oatmeal in my skincare, and I used to wash my face with straight quick oats oatmeal to help with acne and sensitivity. Trust me, it works.
The First Aid Beauty Tinted Moisturizer is also gluten free, cruelty free and vegan. It provides 12 hours of hydration and it has SPF 30.
When I bought it, there weren’t many shades available (which has changed now!). After reading a few reviews, I decided to purchase the shade light instead of medium.
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 too cool toned because I have a yellow undertone.
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 swatch next to the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 in Light swatch.
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 looks like, and if you can get away with it instead of the shade medium.
If you’re wondering how the tinted moisturizer smells like, It smells a little bit like sunscreen, which is not my main concern but I would love a more elegant product that doesn’t take me right to the beach every time I apply it on my face. These are the actives according to Sephora’s website:
Avobenzone 3%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 7.5%
The First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer is a chemical sunscreen and NOT a physical sunscreen. If you don’t know the difference between a chemical and physical sunscreen, it’s pretty simple. Chemical sunscreens, instead of acting like a shield sitting on top of your skin, like physical sunscreens do, 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.
Most people who have sensitive skin prefer physical sunscreens, but the downside of it is that depending on how it’s formulated, it can leave a significant white cast on the skin. Speaking from experience, chemical sunscreens don’t affect my sensitive skin.
I’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 cling into dry patches. But anyway, it’s quite thick when you put it on, so I recommend applying it on one side of your face first and then moving onto the next. It blends beautifully but you need to work it a little bit before it sets. 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 one of my favorite sunscreens (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 every day, 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 explain it, but it feels a little bit tacky and you feel like you are wearing sunscreen. Maybe I’ve applied too much?
So far I am really happy with this tinted moisturizer, but I am not sure if I will repurchase it. My SkinMedica Tinted Sunscreen costs $38 for 1.85 oz, which is also up there in price, but it’s an elegant tinted mineral sunscreen (it doesn’t leave a white cast), which I prefer more over chemical sunscreens. We’ll see!
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UPDATE: if you put on TOO much, like I did whilst writing this review, you WILL FEEL IT ON YOUR SKIN. Seriously, don’t apply it 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! The First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer works well on acne prone sensitive skin.