Tuesday, June 23, 2015

How Algenist Tinted Moisturizer Won My Homerun Derby

Let's be REALLY honest right from the first pitch; all beautyfiles are continually searching for the perfect foundation type of product to use to prime their facial canvas. I've felt fortunate over the years  to have found a few different products that I've liked, experiencing  tinted moisturizers as well as cream, liquid and powder foundations of every type and in every price range. I'm telling you right off the bat that Algenist Repairing Tint and Radiance Moisturizer, ($42), is, hands down, my all time favorite and blows all others out of the water!!!!  It's so much more incredible than any other I've tried and yes, it is HOLY GRAIL status.

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You might want to know why I make such a bold claim?  Well, let me tell you my experience, (and why I've already re-ordered backups).

If you've been with me awhile, you'll know Algenist is one of my favorite brands ever.  You can read more about the company and their products here.  I have a few more products to talk about in upcoming posts but if you check my reviews, you'll see each says some variation of  "get this product!"  The Repairing Tint and Radiance Moisturizer is no exception.  YOU WANT THIS ONE!!!

There are three components of the tinted moisturizer that are important to note.  The first is that this has an SPF30.  This is a broad spectrum sunscreen, and here it is in the midst of summer in the desert southwest and my skin is fully protected!!  I haven't burned, haven't had a dark spot...none of that stuff that happens with a lower protection or, (yikes!), no protection at all.  Please wear sunscreen!!  You're saving your skin as well as your life and the signs of age will show much more slowly.  If you can't remember to apply it alone as you go about your day, make sure it's in your foundation, such as with this product.

The second aspect to the Repairing Tint and Radiance Moisturizer is the skincare it contains.  Virtually all tinted moisturizers, BB and CC creams make skincare claims.  Algenist's are as such:

(From their website):
  • Instantly blurs skin imperfections
  • Reduces the appearance of redness and sallow tones
  • Improves and refines skin texture
  • Provides broad spectrum sun protection
Never before have I found any type of foundation or tinted moisturizer that actually helped my skin itself, no matter what the claims were.  The Algenist has ABSOLUTELY made my skin look better with every application.  I can make the bold statement and be 100% accurate and truthful in saying that my skintone is more even, the redness is gone, an age spot I had is disappearing, and the texture of my skin is definitely improved.

I had developed some bumpyness from a hideous scaring event that lasted two years.  That has been smothed with the use of the Algenist and the color has evened out.  The people who see me in my offscreen life know just how awful this was.   Dare I include a picture?  I hadn't intended to do this but I need to show you just how amazing Algenist is!

I suffered for two years from a complication of celiac disease.  At the time, we didn't know what it was.  I went to about six dermatologists in varying states and nobody had a clue.  The condition hit my face after my second neck surgery.  I had blisters and open sores.  It was ugly, hideous, deforming, itchy and painful.  After surgery, I looked like this:


I had been blessed with decent skin for most of my life.  I was thankful for that but I wondered if this new experience would be the death of my beauty blogging career.  It got far worse before I got better.  I could no longer try to cover it with makeup, and only showed myself to my closest friends.  They were even horrified.  The next picture I call my Frankenstein Look.  It was so bad and the sores so deep that my two knee surgeries had to be done with a spinal block because they didn't want to put a mask on my face.  In other words, I had to be awake.



SOOOOoooooo not pretty!!!  Shortly after the picture in the hair salon, I was sent a bottle of the Algenist Advanced Anti Aging Repair Oil.  This product CHANGED MY LIFE!!  In six weeks, I saw a lot of healing.  I was even able to wear foundation, if I wanted.  Most of the deepest sores disappeared, although I still kept to glasses and a ball cap most of the time.


Honest to goodness, the repairing oil was a miracle.  Open sores for TWO YEARS.  There was no hope of healing despite many doctor's prescriptions until I was able to try the Repairing Oil, ($79/1oz, in the golden bottle).  I've repurchased twice and it's worth every penny.  (I am wearing minimal makeup in the above picture).

Early this year, I found out the facial disaster was from celiac disease.  I stopped eating gluten products and saw more healing but was left with scars and tons of discoloration.  I thought I might have to get some kind of expensive resurfacing treatment to continue as a beauty blogger.  And now is where the fun begins!!!

I was sent some of the Repairing Tint and Radiance Moisturizer to test.  It comes in four colors, as seen below.  I haven't blended them for you because I wanted you to see the differences.  Also, I don't have all four colors, so I ran down to Ulta to swatch them for you.   From left to right:  Light, Medium Light, Medium, Dark.  I have both Light and Medium.  I was the absolute palest I've ever been over the winter and Light was a perfect match.  Being a tinted moisturizer, you do have some play in the shades in application, meaning you can mix it with moisturizer and make it lighter or you can layer to make it darker.  I am probably a Light Medium now, but I use the Light and then contour with the Medium and that works for me.

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When I started using the Repairing Tint and Radiance Mositurizer, I immediately saw an improvement to my skin both in how it looked and in how much more of an even tone and texture that I was having.  I now have no plans to get any kind of facial treatement.  The Algenist is doing it all for me.

I'm more comfortable with how I look now.  I'm not even embarassed by the small amount of remaining healing to go.  I can do anything!!!  I can return to mugging for the camera in my jammies while goofing with eyebrows.

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I can go to Ulta, or anywhere else, for a quick swatchfest without makeup and not have to hide or be embarassed.


I can take random lip swatches in my car.   In the picture below, I'm wearing the Algenist tinted moisturizer.


You can see there's a tiny bit of the Duhring's Disease from Celiac left, but boy, oh boy, do I not even care about that because Algenist has improved my skin so much.  I'm fully confident that my skin will look better and better with continued use.

I mentioned three things that this tinted moisturizer does....gives sun protection, provides amazing skin treatment qualities and the third is how it looks on the skin.

Dahling, it look marvelous!!  It really does.  It goes on smoothly and evenly.  It has light to medium coverage without being too light, feeling heavy or masky, and is buildable to cover whatever you want to.  The wear of this is incredible.  It looks great and doesn't melt off in even 115 degrees F.  SERIOUSLY.

Do you know that I've walked through Nordstrom, more than once, and have been stopped by an makeup artist and asked what I was wearing?  Not my clothing mind you, but they asked about what foundation I had on because my skin just glowed.  They've asked about my "perfect" skin and how I use foundation without it being obvious.  They really have, and it does make me laugh because I remember how awful Mrs. Frankenstein was.

I love the way this looks and how it wears.  I love that it's buildable without looking cakey.  I love that it's not runny and weird like so many I've used.  I love that it looks natural.  I love that it protects my skin while using it's ingredients to make it healthier.  I love the radiance it imparts to my naturally dull skin.  There's not one thing I don't love about it.

Algenist skincare is sold at Sephora, UltaNordstrom, and Algenist's own website.  I have loved everything I've used.  The Repairing Tint and Radiance Moisturizer is in my top three.  I can't decide if it's number 1 or 2, so maybe you might want to test drive it and number it for your own skin, too.  Algenist loaded the bases with the Repairing Oil and just knocked it out of the part with the tinted moisturizer!!  Home Run!!!

Have you been fortunate enough to discover Algenist yet?  Do you know anyone with Celiac Disease who has suffered from this skin ailment?

37 comments:

  1. Wow what a great review of this product. So glad you have been helped from it. I am definitely going to check it out!

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  2. Your skin looks amazing. I am so impressed by the results of Algenist products.

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    1. Thank you, Blythe. It's a relief not to be scary looking.

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  3. Wow, it's so great to hear how just one product can make such a huge difference to your self-esteem and confidence!

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    1. I'm so thankful for this product, (and the other Algenist I use), I can't even properly tell you.

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  4. I loved your review! And I'm so happy your skin has cleared up!

    While I do not have any skin issues, I also adore this new tinted moisturizer by Algenist. I've not tried any of their other skincare products. But this tinted moisturizer is so amazing and so natural looking. I've tried countless other brands and never found anything I really loved. But Algenist's is so incredible. I have it in both Light Medium and Medium. Both work for my skin tone. I don't wear it often enough to know whether or not it's improving my skin. But I already have a solid skincare regime (Paula's Choice products) and I've been so diligent with my routine for 13 years, my skin is already in very good condition. But my main reason to buying this tinted moisturizer was to use as a "foundation" to just even out my skintone and provide SPF. It's lovely and I've been recommending it to all my girlfriends!

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    1. I'm so glad you love it, too! I love to talk about Algenist and when someone's experienced it, it's like an instant bond.

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  5. Your skin is so radiant now, I never would have guessed what it's been through. I can see why you love this product so much. I'm so happy for you!

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  6. Wow, I'm so happy you found out what was wrong! I never knew that was a symptom of having celiac disease, that's crazy. Algenist products sound and look amazing!

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    1. Thank you, Chelsea. Yeah the condition isn't super common and my dr said that it's not generally on the face. Anytime I accidentally have any gluten, I get a small sore but nothing remotely like what I had before. Thank God I know what caused it now!

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  7. Everything you have been through. You poor sweet. I am so glad that with a diagnosis, treatment and the right for you products, you are healing and feeling so much better. You certainly look fabulous and so much happier. :D

    I have heard so many raves about Algenist and I'd love to try the line, one day. I'm gutted that that tinted moisturizer contains chemical sunscreens. Anything that is gorgeous for maturing skin and won't melt in our heat? Hellz yeah! lol Oh well. The healing oil sounds heavenly. Maybe one day...

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    1. It's great stuff. The healing benefits are so good!

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  8. I'm so very happy for you. I remember your Frankenstein years but it was worse than I realized. I pulled this out of my drawer today since it was hidden way down. I guess the timing was perfect so I won't have to search for it tomorrow.

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    1. It got so much worse after these pictures. And the worst one was just a gaping crevasse, which is why I wanted to have it sewn up.

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  9. wow so happy this works for you!

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  10. Thanks for sharing your story! You look beautiful!

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  11. I need to try this Algenist product. I love the line

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    1. You totally do. They have sales that comes thru email quite often.

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  12. Wow girl, just wow! This oil did miracles for your skin, and I can see how it's worth every penny.

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    1. Definitely!!! And the reason I've repurchased more than once!

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  13. oh my goodness what an incredible story! You look awesome!

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    1. Thank you!! I can't hardly believe I put this all out there!!

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  14. I need this! I'm so glad your skin is doing better, I felt so bad for you!

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  15. Wow Wow Shelley, such a great review and awesome story. I'm so glad your skin is doing better... I can only imagine what you went through. I know when my Eczema breaks out, it gets so bad it blisters... and I always hope that it goes away quicker than not. Looking good lady :)

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  16. This sounds like something to add to my list!!

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  17. What an incredible story! I know I've seen you mention it before, but I never imagined how it really was!

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    1. It was a really long two years. I had given up until I received the Repairing Oil and started using that.

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  18. What a difference! This did wonders and I'm so glad your skin is better! <3 You've been through it all, girl. <3

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    1. The tinted moisturizer is an incredible skin treatment. People compliment my skin now and I giggle a bit inside.

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  19. You have given me HOPE that there are products out there to HELP me be BEAUTIFUL again. Menopause lowered its ugly head on me and along with it, cystic acne. At one point, it got infected and was misdiagnosed as Herpes 2 simplex, when it was Staph. AFTER four yrs,the acne is under control but the scarring is NOT. That being said, I'm squeezing my piggy bank before I even LOOK at Algenist's products. At 59, I'm petite,blonde and I hate looking much older than my husband of 28 yrs.,than the 8 yrs I truly an. Up close I am OLD looking. The scars, Sun damage wrinkles, thin skin, a few age spots and significant weightless COMBINED.......I NEED A FAIRY GODMOTHER! Lol. Anyway, just THANK YOU for renewing my hope and I'll try to send YOU, before and after pics. I'm hoping to afford all I need in another month. You keep up the good work and I wish you continued SUCCESS!

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