I'm a big fan of Glossier's Perfecting Skin Tint, but it has its drawbacks. There's the not-exactly-inclusive shade range, and the fact that — as most of its detractors will tell you — it seems to have been designed specifically for people with already-great skin and not a whole lot to cover up. When I'm having a "good" skin day (if you can have good hair days and bad ones, you certainly can have good and bad skin days!), that's when I'll use it. But what if my face is freaking the hell out, as it was last week, when I somehow ran out of my trusty skin-care panacea product? I needed waaay more coverage than the basically-just-tinted-milk Glossier formula offers, but preferably not from a thick foundation that would glom on to any breakouts or dry patches, inevitably making them look worse. I'm a big believer in skin looking like skin, so anything that looks too makeup-y is out of the question.
Then First Aid Beauty's new Triple Protection Skin Tint came into my life via a PR mailing (I'm blessed, what can I say). At first glance, it has a lot in common with Glossier's formula: FAB's comes in a similar squeeze bottle and even bears the same "Skin Tint" descriptor. It, too, comes in a somewhat underwhelming range of shades (four). It's also incredibly lightweight — you literally forget you're wearing it once it's on — and leaves skin dewy rather than matte. But in terms of coverage, it has a lot more to offer the complexionally challenged, easily smoothing over breakouts and dark spots without turning into a mask-like situation.
And its goodness doesn't stop there: The skin-perfecting liquid is also spiked with ingredients intended to brighten and protect skin, so with continued use, you may even wind up needing to use less of it. Goji berry is the star ingredient called out on the packaging, lauded for its high antioxidant concentration, meaning it wards off damage during the day. There's also SPF 30 from zinc oxide (a physical, rather than chemical, sunscreen). Friendly reminder that sunscreen in your makeup – no matter the SPF level — is not enough to count as your only sunscreen for the day. You don't use enough of it or reapply it often enough for it to give you the real sun protection you need, according to dermatologists. But if it's in there, it certainly doesn't hurt! [*Steps down off Importance of Sunscreen soapbox.*]
TL; DR: This is the good stuff, especially for anyone who doesn't love wearing a ton of makeup, but also doesn't have the naturally poreless, lit-from-within complexion of a Glossier model. Here's hoping they decide to expand the shade range soon.
First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Triple Protection Skin Tint With Goji Berry SPF 30, $34, available at Sephora.
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