Monday, August 22, 2011

I Love Samples!

I am going to try this new segment that I'm going to call I Love Samples. I don't know how often I'm going to be able to do it, so I am not going to commit just yet. I have so many ideas for a weekly segment, but unfortunately with how busy I am I can't seem to get them to stick. I have about 3 or 4 videos that need editing, which put my weekly videos WAY behind, so I don't want to make another weekly commitment that I won't keep.

But for now let's get this one started. I have a ton of sample beauty products. It seems whenever I order makeup online I get samples. Friends give me samples and I even occasionally receive samples in the mail sent from fellow bloggers and blog followers. I love getting them and I do use them, but now I figure I will share them with you. Sometimes after trying a sample, I end up buying the full size product, other times I don't. So I will let you know how I feel about the product along with the review.

First up I tried Stila's Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer.

Here is what Stila has to say about the moisturizer:

Stila's iconic tinted moisturizer got a makeover! 

Introducing the new and improved Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 that is now WATER-RESISTANT!. It's more than just makeup; it's sheer luminous color infused with light-diffusing pigments to help diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, plus it includes skin-enhancing ingredients such as ginger root extract, gingko biloba leaf extract and chamomile for antioxidant protection.

This revolutionary oil-free, tinted moisturizer multitasks as a skin-hydrating, skintone-perfecting, SPF-protecting complexion enhancer. The micro-fine light diffusing pigments create a sheer wash of natural color and help diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Its oil-free formula melts right into the skin and dries down, creating a gorgeous glow without the tackiness or greasiness. 

Other key benefits include:
  • Oil-free tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 protection
  • Water-resistant
  • Light-diffusing pigments help diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Ginseng root extract and Gingko Biloba Leaf extract provide potent antioxidant benefits and help prevent premature aging
Size: 1.7 fl. oz. Retails for $34

What got me was that it says water resistant. I don't feel like I need full coverage and before there was a such thing as tinted moisturizer, I used to mix liquid foundation and moisturizer together so I could get light coverage. Then when tinted moisturizers gained popularity, I started using those. But to this day I have not found one that gives me everything I am looking for. I want one that has anti aging properties along with SPF and that will last all day. The one I'm using now seems to just disappear and take my make up off with it by the end of the day. So frustrating! Could this be what I'm looking for?

The hard thing with samples like this is that the color may not match your skin tone. I'm pretty tan, so usually these samples would not work for me. My sample came in the color Medium. Typically in a tinted moisturizer I need tan or sand or whatever color they refer to for people with my tan olive skin tone. (I have never used a MAC foundation, so I have no clue what my MAC number is that I hear people often refer to. Sorry.) But this medium seems like it just might work. The cool thing about a tinted moisturizer is that it will blend in, so even if it's a little off you can throw some powder over it and correct it.

 In the picture above I am completely makeupless. Well except the eyeliner. (More on that in another post) That is what I look like. Overall I have pretty good skin. I have a bit of acne on my forehead that likes to make an appearance every so often and a little patchy skin here and there. I have a few sun spots and some wrinkles starting to appear on my forehead. (Dang I want some Botox!) I also have bags under my eyes. Overall I just need a tinted moisturizer that will soften these things up a bit, nothing major.

Here I am wearing the Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer alone - nothing else. The color is a bit off for my skintone. I definitely need a darker shade. But it instantly softened the appearance of the minor imperfections on my face. It also gave me a nice glow. I added the rest of my makeup and wore this to work and I am happy to say my makeup didn't melt off before the end of the day! This is great for when you don't want to wear makeup either but want to look a little refreshed.

So will I buy this? I absolutely will. I was using Laura Mercier for $42 until I found the Sonia Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer at Target for $12.99. They both provided the exact same end result for me, so why not save the money. But now my budget is set for $12.99 tinted moisturizer and the Stila version is $34. But even for the cost increase, I think this is going to work out perfect for me since it has everything I am looking for in a moisturizer. But first I will wait until I finish my current bottle of Sonia Kashuk - I hate waste.

This sample is a win! What's even better is that I was able to get two days out of this sample and I have 2 more! Even with the color being off, I'm still going to use them. WAHOO! How about you? Do you wear tinted moisturizer or foundation? If so which one do you use? I'd love to hear!


  1. I like the idea of a sample "segment" on your blog when you can share it. It's always good to hear about new things.

    I've not used a tinted moisturizer. I am liking the price of the kind you use from target if I wanted to try it. I use Bare Escentuals moisturizer which works well but is expensive.

    I typically wear foundation. My skin doesn't have too many problems (occasional acne) but it's usually redder in some places than others so a light foundation evens out my skin tone.

    I'm not one of those girls who has to wear make up but I usually feel more confident with a bit of foundation first!

  2. i've been debating about getting the stila tinted moisturizer for a while now. it's nice to hear some feedback on it.
    this is a great idea for a segment! I love samples too!

  3. Banana-cave - I'm like you I like to have my tone evened out a bit. I am just not adept enough to work with foundation! LOL! But I do love playing with makeup, during the week for work, I do keep it light and natural. On the weekends, I hardly wear any at all, unless I am going out at night, but I always at least put on some tinted moisturizer!

    Kristen Quixotic - Thank you! I like the idea for trying my samples, maybe this way I will actually use them! I am glad the first one I tried for this was a win! I can't wait to run out of my current one now. But they typically last me about 3 months, so it'll be a while!