How I Fell In Love With Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer Tint After A Bumpy Start

by Gio

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Is it a moisturizer? Is it a foundation? Is it a primer? It’s kinda all of these things, and yet really none of them. The weird hybrid I’m talking about is Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer Tint.

This lightweight moisturizer, which quickly sinks into the skin, promises to moisturize skin, fight premature aging, protect from UV rays, and brighten the complexion with an universally flattering hint of colour.

It doesn’t exactly deliver on all its promises (you know when you’re trying to do too much, and inevitably fall short in some areas?), but it’s pleasant enough I can’t help but like it.

As a moisturizer, it is so-so. The bulk of the formula, which has a subtle rose scent, is made up of glycerin, an humectant that attracts, and binds, moisture into the skin, and silicones. They form a barrier that prevents moisture from evaporating, and fill in fine lines and wrinkles, so they look smaller (and don’t suffocate skin!).

Once upon a time, this blend would have been moisturizing for my combination skin. But now the cold London winter weather is doing its best to dry it out like the Sahara, it doesn’t hydrate my skin as much as it needs to. But, that’s ok. I don’t exactly use this as a moisturizer.

Even more disappointing are its anti-aging properties. It contains alpha lipoic acid, and tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (vitamin C ester), both powerful antioxidants that can help destroy the free radicals that cause premature aging. Tetrahyxyldecyl ascorbate also brightens skin and reduces the appearance of dark spots.

So, what’s the problem with them? The jar packaging. Antioxidants are unstable and fussy. They lose a bit of their effectiveness every time they are exposed to light and air (read: every time you open the jar). So, close that lid super fast! The longer it stays open, the longer these antioxidants will work. This stuff is not cheap, so you want its beneficial properties to last as long as possible.

And, of course, you already know that moisturizers with SPF are no substitite for suscreen. You’d just need to apply too many layers to achieve the SPF on the label (in this case, 30). But, it’s still a nice addition to have, especially if you’re too lazy to apply sunscreen daily (seriously, do it anyway, or you’ll grow older sooner than you otherwise would).

The sun protective properties of this moisturizer are due to titanium dioxide, a white mineral that provides protection both from UVA and UVB rays, without causing irritations. Anyone, even those with sensitive skin can use it.

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Ok, so far I’ve been pretty negative. Before I put you off completely, let me tell you what I love about this moisturizer: the glow.

Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer is infused with capsules that release pigment upon application. Brown pigment. I need to specify that because the cream is a pale grey in colour. It reminds me of concrete, and no one wants to look like a block of concrete. So, worry not, you won’t.

The press release says that this tint is “adaptable to all skin tones”. I’m not sure what that means, but I’ll tell you what it does to me. The brownish colour makes my face a couple of shades darker than my face, which means I have to apply it over every inch of exposed skin, such as neck and decollete.

It makes me look like I would if I tanned (but I don’t; I burn). Or like I did when I used a well-formulated self-tanner that didn’t make me look like an oompa loompa.

Now, if you know me, you know that I don’t like a tan. But I like glowy skin. This stuff gives mine a subtle sun-kissed glow. When I wear this, people comment on how healthy and radiant I look.

Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer Tint doesn’t really provide the coverage of a foundation (although, it stains clothes like one!). It’s quite sheer, so when I wear it alone, I always need to dab on concealer to hide dark circles and the odd pimple.

Often, though, I use it after moisturizer and before foundation. It’s an extra step that makes my skin look better. Sorta like Benefit That Gal! But brownish rather than pinkish. And dressed professionally, rather than in a cute retro tube.

So, to me, Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer Tint is more of brightening primer that does some moisturizing and protecting, and, for a while, wrinkle-busting too. If it were marketed like that, I’d have liked it a lot more from the beginning.

Water, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene, Polyester-8, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Benzyl Alcohol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Isohexadecane, Bisabolol, Mica (CI 77019), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Silica Dimethyl Silytate, Polyester-1, Polysilicone-11, Polysorbate 60, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance/Parfum, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine, Citronellol, Thioctic Acid, Geraniol, Astaxanthin, Hydroxycitronellal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional.


Pros: Gives skin a beautiful sunkissed glow, even when used under foundation; Makes fine lines and wrinkles look smaller; If you have oily skin, this’ll be hydrating enough for you; Contains SPF.

Cons: Jar packaging spoils the few antioxidant in the formula; Not moisturizing enough for dry skin; Stains clothes.

Summary: Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer Tint slightly hydrates skin, makes fine lines and wrinkles look smaller, and gives skin a beautiful, sunkissed glow. But, it’s not moisturizing enough for dry skin, and the jar packaging won’t keep the antioxidants stable and effective for long.

Price & Availability: $75.00  and £57.00

Rating: 3.5/5

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H January 13, 2016 - 3:33 pm

Nice review! DANG! soooo expensive for more of a sun kissed tan look, than coverage like a bb cream! You know, if you are looking for a similar result for less money, I’d recommend buying some Egyptian Magic (bglowing is a good website to get it from) and some bronzer together and taking some of the EM out and blending it with the bronzer before putting it on your face. That will provide moisturizing, anti-aging and glowing factor, with the exception of spf (but I’m sure you don’t rely on this product for that, anyway,so no problem).

Egyptian Magic:

Gio January 13, 2016 - 6:50 pm

H, I agree, it’s expensive, but I love how it makes my skin look. Thank your letting us know about a cheaper alternative. Egyptian Magic sounds great too.

V July 21, 2017 - 2:16 am

Do you use an additional sunscreen? I love my zinc oxide based sunscreen so don’t know if I should apply that before or after this.

Gio July 21, 2017 - 11:18 am

V, yes, I apply the sunscreen before. This is tinted so it doesn’t make sense to put the sunscreen on top.


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