Lorac ProtecTINT Moisturizer vs. Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Review/FACEOFF!

Recently, I’ve been really getting into tinted moisturizers bc I found out that my skin cannot breathe for longer periods of time when I was using BB creams or foundations such as the P&J one I have. I’ll either have slight breakouts along the chin area or small red bumps near my cheek areas therefore I’ve since stopped using them. Surprisingly though, the MAC foundation I have at home didn’t give me any of those problems and I wonder if it has anything to do with ingredients from Asia that my skin may not be familiar. It’s a farfetched idea but bc of the two being Asian products, that’s the only conclusion I came up with.

Anywho, this is the reason why I was on a search for tinted moisturizers – something that can even out my skintone but yet is breathable. There were two tinted moisturizers that I’ve tried out and here are my thoughts on them. =) Price: $30

Shade: In the Buff

Where to purchase: Sephora and get 5% cash back through

Size: 1.3 oz

Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Butylene Glycol, Tridecyl Neopentanoate, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone Copolyol, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethanolamine, Diethanolamine, Simethicone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Consistency: a slightly thicker than a light moisturizer

Smell: has a nice scent to it much like a moisturizer

What it claims: protecTINT™ SPF 30 Tinted Moisturizer gives skin a natural, healthy glow, while providing protection from the harmful effects of the sun. Its unique formula instantly evens out your complexion and provides a youthful, smooth, no-makeup look and feel and never looks obvious, even close up!

What it actually does: I love this TM bc it’s so light on the skin and most of all doesn’t break me out. It’s also very blendable and feels just like skin. However it is pretty sheer so if you tend to break out alot, this might not be good coverage for you. It’s great for evening out skintones and whatever few areas I need extra coverage, I go over with my SK hidden agenda and done.

Skin Type: A lightweight, oil-free, sheer tinted moisturizer that’s good for all skin types – especially sensitive skin.

Likelihood of Repurchase: I will most likely purchase this bc the price is within good reason and the fact that it works well on my skin – evening out my skintone without breaking me out. I absolutely love it! This is probably why it’s sold out online and why I’m still waiting for my store to carry my shade. However, the SA was generous enough to give me a big sample of it to tie me over. I hope it comes in soon!!

Ratings: (5) out of 5 cosmos

Now, the actual test! =)

I put a bit more to show on camera

Lorac TM on left blended

I have redness around the nose area and on cheeks and even though this is pretty sheer tinted moisturizer, it helped even them out nicely.

While I was testing out Lorac’s TM, Fuz mentioned Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation to be another great product to try. So of course, I headed over to Sephora and once again the lovely SA gave me two samples of it to try at home. I need to get her name and give her a good referral or something. She’s always so cheery and helpful. =)

Price: $50

Where to purchase: Sephora and get 4% cash back from

Size: 1 0z.

Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (12.2%), Titanium Dioxide (3.2%), Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Cyclomethicone, Peg 100 Stearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sorbitan Stearate, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Glycolic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Fruit Extract, Mica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Dimethyl Mea (DMAE), Tribehenin, Polyacrylamide, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Lecithin, Thioctic Acid (Alpha-Lipoic Acid), PEG-8, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide 2, PEG 10 Rapeseed Sterol, Teprenone, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Plankton Extract, Micrococcus Lysate, C13-14 Isopara_N, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Iron Oxides (CI 72122, CI 72123, CI 72124), Citric Acid, Laureth-7, Disodium EDTA, Ascorbic Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Limonene, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Linalool, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Bulnesia Sarmientoi Wood Oil, Coriandrum Sativum. – NO PARABEN =)

Consistency: a smoother texture akin to moisturizers

Smell: It does have a slight musky, citrusy scent to it that I’m not all that fond of but it’s bearable since the scent doesn’t last long after application.

What it claims: An age-fighting makeup that provides natural coverage and nonchemical SPF 30 protection. Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation offers translucent coverage allowing the natural health and glow of skin to shine through while protecting the complexion against damaging UV rays. It works to correct skin undertones and offers all-day moisture, providing an even, dewy finish. A dose of specially treated pigments, blended with light diffusing mica, instantly soften the look of lines, wrinkles, and pores, creating a flawlessly radiant look. This formula includes antiaging actives, DMAE and Alpha Lipoic Acid, which help to firm skin and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles over time.

What it actually does: I’ve only been using this for about a week so as far as anti-aging goes, it’s hard to tell. This type of claim almost reminded me of a BB cream working as a both foundation and something that benefits the skin as well. However I do love how it blends well on the skin and feels great – def breathable. Although the name has foundation in it, it really is like a tinted moisturizer but with just a bit more color that you can easily build up if you’d like more coverage.

Skin Type: All types but only one shade

Likelihood of Repurchase: I will most likely purchase it giving the anti-aging ingredients. This will be after I finish the two samples I’ve received and do see a difference in my skin and overall appearance. I do love how well it feels on my skin and definitely can’t complain about the extra benefits it would give to my skin.

Ratings: (4) out of 5 cosmos (for having one shade & scent)

How did it fare? Let’s see, shall we?

Perricone on left

Perricone all blended

Skin finished off with MAC MSF Natural in Light Medium

Last Thoughts: I love the fact that both are so easily blendable leaving my skin so natural-looking as well as breathable. The price difference between the two is $20 and I can see that extra money being fair considering that Perricone MD foundation has anti-aging ingredients. However it does have one shade overall vs Lorac’s ProtecTINT having 5 shades total therefore only a select few of skintypes can really get the benefit from Perricone MD’s foundation. Lorac TM is a bit more sheer whereas Perricone has a little bit of color in it that can be buildable for more coverage. Keep in mind though that I’m comparing Lorac TM to Perricone MD foundation when it comes to coverage – foundations usually have the better coverage. Perricone MD does have its own TM in 3 different shades but only SPF 15 and about $48. For $2 more dollars, you can get the No Foundation Foundation, that works just as well, with higher SPF, better coverage, but still sheer and breathable, as well as being packed with anti-aging benefits. Can’t go wrong there. =)

Overall, I love them both which makes it harder to choose! I may lean more towards Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation bc of the anti-aging benefits but if I had to pick one flaw – it would be the scent however it’s livable.

On a different note, I wanted to give a brief review on this product since I won’t be doing a full one on it. I have tried out the Almay Pure Blend Makeup Foundation and absolutely do not like it at all. It did not blend as well as I liked it to be and did not wear well throughout the day – a bit splotchy and at some parts of the skin, flaking off. It was a good thing that I bought it for 75% off at $3.99 vs the regular price of $13.99. I wanted to see if I could find something cheaper at a drugstore level before taking the plunge on either Lorac ProtecTINT or Perricone MD No Foundation. Almay Pure Blend seems to be the closest TM I can find that provides a sheer and lightweight coverage but was such a disappointment to me. I really wanted to like it too. I was a bit surprised that I didn’t see alot of TM choices at drugstore levels so I hope that does change in the future.

That’s it for the review/faceoff and hope this helped! Also, I’ve announced the blog giveaway winner on fan page if you haven’t checked it out already. Congrats to the winner and please email me your address and full name. I thank everyone who entered and gave such wonderful comments and suggestions. They were all great and I was able to take some suggestions to improve my blog more so thank you. =)


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  1. Haha that was pretty long! You’re very diligent! 😛

    Great reviews, I’ll let you know how the tm turns out!

  2. thanks for the great review:)

  3. Thx for the review =) Your skin looks gorgeous. I also highly recommend the Laura Mercier oil-free TM and the Clinique Moisture Sheer Tint spf 15.

  4. Great reviews! I am really interested in trying the Perricone one now…

  5. ooooo wow very nice review xD i don’t feel like i have to ask any more questions at all! hahaa.

  6. haha.. good.. then i did my job =P

  7. I love the combination of the Perricone and the MAC MSF!

    They both look really good on you!

    Thanks for the review!

  8. hi mel! first time visiting your blog! just saying hi ^^

  9. hehe.. hi there! =D

  10. Great review.

    Too bad about the drugstore tinted moisturizer not working out for you. Have you tried Revlon’s Beyond Natural tinted moisturizer? Or Jane Be Pure Aguaceuticals tinted moisturizer? Those work pretty well for me.

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  12. Great reviews!! Love the side by side comparison!! And the fact that they both work good sucks sometimes right?! LOL! Can’t choose! LOL!

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