Hello! I think it’s time for me to explain why the ESPA Naturally Radiant Tinted Moisturiser had a place in my March favourites. This post is going to be quite long so I would recommend sticking the kettle on, grabbing a few biscuits and getting comfortable. Ready? Let’s go!
ESPA Naturally Radiant Tinted Moisturiser
Beautifully sheer tinted hydration with SPF 15. Fragrance free and suitable for all skin types, Naturally Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15 is the perfect alternative to foundation for a natural-looking complexion. Matte mineral pigments are fused with jojoba to create four blendable shades that can be layered to enjoy a sheer and beautifully lightweight finish while subtly concealing imperfections.
Aqua (Water), Titanium Dioxide (sunscreen), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient/skin repairing ingredient), Caprylyl Caprylate/Caprate (emollient/skin conditioning), Glycerin (skin identical humectant), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (sunscreen), Cetearyl Olivate (helps to hydrate and prevent moisture loss), Cetearyl Alcohol (emulsifier), Sorbitan Olivate (surfactants), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (skin conditioning), Isoamyl Laurate (skin conditioning), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Polyhydroxystearic Acid (emulsifier), Inulin Lauryl Carbamate (surfactant), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract (skin conditioning), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil Unsaponifiables (emollient), Myristyl Myristate (emollient), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (emollient), Propanediol (viscosity controlling), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Sorbitol (skin conditioning), Alumina (viscosity controlling), Caprylyl Glycol (skin conditioning), Cetyl Palmitate (emollient), Stearic Acid (emulsion stabiliser), Sodium PCA (skin conditioning), Sorbitan Palmitate (surfactant), Silica (bulking agent/absorbant), Sclerotium Gum (thickening agent), Sodium Lactate (preservative), Bisabolol (skin conditioning), Ethylenediamine/Stearyl Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer (skin conditioning), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract (anti-inflammatory/preservative), Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract (preservative), Sodium Hyaluronate (salt form of hyaluronic acid), Picea Abies Extract (astringent), Isoamyl Cocoate (emollient/skin conditioning), Algin (viscosity controlling), Coco-Glucoside (surfactant), Chitosan (film forming), Jojoba Esters (skin conditioning), Lupinus Albus (Lupin) Seed Extract (skin conditioning), Lecithin (emollient/skin conditioning), Gellan Gum (film forming/viscosity controlling), Phytic Acid (chelating agent), Sodium Benzoate (preservative), Potassium Sorbate (preservative), Glyceryl Linoleate (emulsifier/emollient), Glyceryl Linolenate (emollient), Xanthan Gum (thickener/emulsion stabilizer), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (derivative of Vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Disodium EDTA (viscosity controlling), Glyceryl Caprylate (co-emulsifier), CI 77019 (Mica) (colorant), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide) (sunscreen agent), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides) (colorant), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides) (colorant), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides) (colorant).
When ESPA sent out a tweet that they wanted bloggers to trial their brand new Naturally Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, I couldn’t resist. After falling in love with their Optimal Skin ProSerum and their Optimal Skin ProCleanser, it’s fair to say that my expectations were pretty high.
I was kindly sent two shades; 01 Nude and 02 Blush. Nude is the shade “for the fairest skin with cool, light undertones” whilst Blush is “for fair to medium skin with peachy-pink undertones”. I tried to swatch them on my arm but as my camera wasn’t picking the shades up that well, I swatched them on paper instead. You may look at those two shades and think “crikey! they’re a bit dark” (I know I did!) but do not fear, they do adapt to your skin tone.
Nude: Before: Top Left // After: Bottom Left
Blush: Before: Top Right // After: Bottom Right
Would it be a review without some truly unflattering before and afters? Of course it wouldn’t! The top two photographs are my skin before application, and the bottom two pictures are after application. Nude is on the left and Blush is on the right. I thought it would have been cruel of me to inflict two before and afters on you, so I combined them into one picture. I personally think that Nude was the perfect match for my skin. I found Blush was a little too yellow for my skin, and needed a bit more blending compared to Nude. I have a feeling that Blush could be a better match in the summer if I venture outside and somehow manage to get a suntan. It’s a big IF though. I’ve got lots of books I want to read…
You have seen the before and afters, but what about the actual product? True to it’s name, the ESPA Naturally Radiant Tinted Moisturiser is a tinted moisturiser, yet it’s so much more. The formulation is so light and silky; it melts into my skin. It hydrates my skin immediately after application, and continues to keep my skin noticeably hydrated throughout the day. Usually my bases can dry out on my skin after a few hours, but this does not. I wear this for 8 hours+ whilst exposing my skin repeatedly to cold air and central heating, yet it will still be going strong at cleansing time.
Even though my skin is not perfect (and you can see for itself that it isn’t) I have preferred using this instead of a heavy foundation. It blurs my noticeable imperfections and redness, as well as giving me a soft, dewy glow that lasts all day. As the formulation is so silky, you do not need to use a lot. I would say an amount smaller than a 5p coin is enough for your entire face, but if you feel you need extra coverage in places you can build it up without it being noticeable. I think a full size tube of this would last a long time!
I do have some complaints though. The first complaint is the low SPF. I feel SPF 15 is not high enough, especially for a product that a lot of people will be reaching for in the summer. I would have liked SPF 30 as a minimum. If you are a fair skinned girl, you will have to wear a higher SPF underneath this to avoid burning. The second complaint is the ingredients list. 60 ingredients is a lot. There are some ingredients in there that some people may react to, such as Phenoxyethanol and others. Whilst I haven’t personally suffered a reaction, I always feel I have a responsibility to bring my readers’ attention to the ingredients.
Despite those two bugbears, this tinted moisturiser has become one of my favourite bases ever. It hydrates my skin and gives me the level of coverage that I need for daytime wear. I can see myself buying a full size of this in the future, although I do wish it had a higher SPF!