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Beauty Best Buys for '09 - Body Lotions

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Last week saw us testing out body lotions on the limbs of the nation!- today Suzanne puts lower priced tinted moisturisers to the ultimate testers- you!
From the streets of Ireland we get the verdict on inexpensive tinted moisturisers with beauty guru Suzanne Walsh.

We've put some inexpensive beauty products to the test where it matters- out on the street with the real people of Ireland.

Even if you insist on sticking with your expensive shampoo and luscious night cream, could you save a few bob by wearing tinted moisturizer instead of your regular moisturizer & foundation combo?

Suzanne Walsh- Beauty Therapist Extraordinaire and Queen of the Road test!
Suzanne has been the resident beauty expert on The Afternoon Show since season 1 and continues to give expert advice to the show's viewers on a regular basis. Suzanne is also proprietor of two salons in Co. Kildare, in both Clane and Prosperous.

What is the difference between a tinted moisturiser and a foundation?

Tinted moisturisers tend to be lighter in consistency and feel more like a lotion than make-up. The downside can be that they don't provide as much coverage as a foundation and are therefore not great for covering blemishes and concealing imperfections. If it's a very natural look you're going for, giving your skin a natural glow with a hint of colour, tinted moisturiser is perfect. It's also great for younger girls starting out with make-up as they often don't need the coverage a foundation provides.

Is there enough coverage in a tinted moisturiser?

This totally depends on the person using it. Tinted moisturisers can even out the skin tone but generally don't cover imperfections. So if you have spots, broken veins, dark circles etc you may be better opting for something with a bit more coverage.

And what are the key ingredients we should look for in a tinted moisturiser?

Possibly the most important ingredient should be an SPF. This means that your dual purpose product now becomes a tri-purpose product and that your lovely skin is protected from UV rays all year round.

Do Tinted Moisturisers have a 'best before' date?

Like most beauty products, they do have a shelf life. The benefits of tinted moisturisers being in tubes however, is that you're not putting your fingers in the jar each time you use, so the product doesn't come in contact with damaging bacteria. As most tinted moisturisers come in relatively small tubes, it's unlikely you'll have the tube long enough for it to go off!
And if you have problem skin, (perhaps sensitive skin) what would you recommend?

How did each of our four products fare out on the road?
Tinted Moisturisers:-

1. Nivea Tinted Moisturizer, 50ml, €8.15 (3 for 2 in Boots at present)
This one comes in two shades, natural & dark. It doesn't contain an SPF, which is disappointing but does contain 'light reflecting pigment', which may give a natural glow to your complexion. The general consensus was that it applied smoothly.

2. The Body Shop Vitamin E Tinted Moisture Lotion, 50ml, €13.60
In terms of skin health and skin care, vitamin e benefits are said to be many. Because of its antioxidant activity, vitamin e is vital in protecting skin cells from ultra violet light, - this may explain the absence of an SPF in this moisturiser. This moisturiser only comes in one shade 'natural' so it's hard to imagine how it would look good on every skin tone.
"Vitamin e added to lotions, creams, and other skin care products, as well as taken orally, plays a role in the anti-aging of skin. It helps skin look younger by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Also, free radicals are believed to play an important role in skin aging and therefore the antioxidant activity is quite valuable for this skin problem. "
3. Olay "Touch of Foundation" daily moisturiser, 50ml, €14.99
This is a new product to the 'Olay' product line and ever so slightly different to the other Tinted Moisturisers in that there is a touch of Max Factor foundation actually added to the Olay moisturiser to create this lighter, more sheer "touch of foundation". This one does contain SPF 15 and comes in three shades, fair, medium & dark.

4. No7 Dual Protection, Tinted Moisturiser, 50ml, €14.75
This tinted moisturiser comes in two shades, fair & medium and also contains SPF 15, which is essential in a dual purpose product. This means that you don't have to add yet another product to your face each morning.
There are often good deals in Boots on No.7 products where they offer 3 for two on skincare ranges. So it often works out less expensive.
**NOTE** Public were asked to comment on packaging, value for money, smell, texture, consistency, effectiveness and result.
So if you absolutely had to crown a winner, which would it be?
I'd have to say the Olay as it has the most shades, it's got the essential SPF and is a lovely consistency- it applies easily and looks natural. It was certainly the brand most people identified with out on the road test, when it came to facial skincare products.

Luxury tinted moisturizers for those times you want to treat yourself:

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser €48.00
Giorgio Armani Tinted Moisturiser €38.50
Sisley Soin Phyto-hydratant €68.50
Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturiser balm €50.00

All of the above tinted moisturizers are available exclusively to Brown Thomas. All are available in Dublin, Sisley is available in Dublin & Cork, Bobbi Brown in Dublin, Cork & Galway, laura mercier is available in all four BT stores, Giorgio Armani is exclusive to Dublin only.

Suzanne is based at:-
Pure Beauty
Main St
Prosperous, Co. Kildare
Contact 045 840 054