The Sample: Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Golden (Review, Swatches & Photos)

28 Nov

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You ever have one of those days where you just feel…bleh? Your complexion is completely flat and lifeless-looking no matter how much lipstick you put on or how bright your blush is. Well, better start getting used to it. It’s full-blown autumn now and winter is almost upon us–those days where your skin looks drabby and dull will become more and more frequent. You could just stop trying and accept the inevitable, embracing the harsh realities of life. Or, you could pull out the big guns–the big guns in this case being Jouer’s Luminizing Moisture Tint.

According to Jouer, the Luminizing Moisture Tint “evens out imperfections and fades the appearance of fine lines with its light-diffusing multi-mineral formula.” It contains ginko biloba extract   as well as ginseng to provide antioxidant protection and promote a healthy complexion. It has an SPF of 20 and is oil-free. I am quite pleased to see such a moisturizing and illuminating formula that’s also oil-free so that everyone–not just those with dry or non-problematic skin–can enjoy it. I also love that Jouer infuses their formulas with such great ingredients.

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The color I received is Golden. Jouer describes it as a “shimmering tint for light to medium complexions.” It’s a light-medium shimmering beige with yellow undertones–perfect for my skin. And yes, you heard right–I said “shimmering”. Yes it shimmers–and even I was a little worried in the beginning–but it doesn’t look shimmery on your face. And actually, the “shimmer” is more a pearly golden luster. Once it’s blended in, the particles almost seem to melt into the skin. They are so fine and distribute so evenly across the face that it truly does create the illusion of perfectly illuminated, radiant skin.

The Luminizing Moisture Tint has a beautiful, sheer to light coverage that works well to even out the complexion and tone down redness. It doesn’t cover all my blemishes and scars, but it did take care of some of the more faded ones. I really like the coverage! I find that many tinted moisturizers out there these days–while nice–are really no different from foundations. They offer a light-medium (think Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown’s tinted moisturizers) coverage that can really look and feel heavy if you aren’t careful about the amount you apply and blending it in thoroughly. To me, Jouer’s Luminizing Moisture Tint is a return to the more traditional tinted moisturizers–and I mean that in the best way possible.

The formula is just lovely–it’s very smooth and creamy without feeling heavy and it glides across the skin beautifully. It’s decently moisturizing (to the point where I don’t feel the need to moisturize prior to application–even now that the weather’s been much drier) yet doesn’t make me feel sticky and/or greasy. The finish itself is very natural, but the light-reflecting particles add that touch of luminescence. There is a hint of a sunscreen scent to it, but it’s very light and unoffending and it dissipates quickly.

Now I do admit, the radiant finish of this is not ideal for my very oily skin–especially when it’s warmer (mixed with my skin’s natural oils, it made my face look super shiny during the summer). I find that now that the weather is cooler and drier and my skin is looking a bit more wan, Golden looks much better on me. But it’s obviously much more suited for those with dry, normal, or dull skin. Applying the Luminizing Moisture Tint is like switching on light–your complexion positively glows in the very best way possible!

Look closely. Can you see the light-reflecting particles??

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I love that Jouer offers 7 shades to choose from–not all brands offer such a wide selection of shades when it comes to tinted moisturizers. There are also Mini Luminizing Moisture Tints available on Jouer’s site. They come in packs of 4 and are available in 6 shades (for some reason, Blush, the only shade with pink undertones, is unavailable in a mini size)–great for travelling with.

Golden lasted about 5 1/2 hours on my oily skin before I started to see some fading. Those with dry, normal, and combination skin should get between about 6-8 hours of wear, though if you have combination-oily skin, I would set with a powder.

If you’ve been looking for a light, creamy but non-greasy tinted moisturizer with a touch of coverage and a heaping of radiance, definitely check this one out. Jouer’s version is a tinted moisturizer in the truest sense of the word–light coverage and all. Because sometimes, you don’t need all the bells and whistles–you just want a fuss-free base that looks like your skin, only better.

Pros: smooth, creamy, light formula; provides good amount of moisture without being greasy; 7 shades available; oil-free; contains great antioxidants; hypoallergenic; shimmer particles create illusion of truly radiant skin

Cons: though it’s meant for all skin types, I think those with oily skin would do better to go for the new Matte Moisture Tint instead (review to come!)

»»Pricing: $38/1.7 fl. oz. (50 ml.)

»»Availability: Nordstrom,,,,, and Jouer counters

»»Recommended for: anyone who loves illuminating base products; ideal for dry, normal,and combination skins

»»Overall Rating: A


Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

37 Responses to “The Sample: Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Golden (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Caroline November 28, 2012 at 2:36 am #

    I’m a sucker for anything “luminizing”…will keep an eye out for this one!

    • becca November 28, 2012 at 3:46 am #

      It’s really, really pretty! I had never tried a luminizing base product before. I was SO sure it would be obviously shimmery but it’s actually not! Score! (I just wish my skin wasn’t so oily so I could use them more often :/)

  2. Teri November 28, 2012 at 3:55 am #

    Great! It really looks like a pretty glowing shade and luckily you can’t see any shimmers. I really need to try something from Jouer at some point now!

    • becca November 28, 2012 at 3:56 am #

      YES you do! Such an incredible line–you will love ANYTHING you try :D

  3. Catherine (@bcrueltyfree) November 28, 2012 at 4:10 am #

    This looks like it would be perfect for no-makeup makeup looks (some of my favorite!) and maybe even for really subtle highlighting. I have a mini LM illuminating tinted moisturizer I haven’t used since summer – this post makes me want to go find it :)

    • becca November 28, 2012 at 4:16 am #

      It really is a gorgeous tinted moisturizer–I like that it looks and feels light like a real tinted moisturizer should :P And you’re right about the subtle highlighting! During the summer when this was too luminous for my oily skin, I’d just dab some at the high points of my face and use Jouer’s Matte Moisture Tint everywhere else. It’s brilliant for that! :D

  4. Sunny November 28, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    This is so very pretty!!! I was looking at this, but maybe I’ll try the matte version first. I can always add an illuminating powder on top if I want radiance (*coughs* Guerlain *coughs*)!

    • becca November 28, 2012 at 11:36 am #

      That is very true! I really like the matte version (I should have my review up soon!) but I also like having the Luminizing version to use as a highlight on the high points of my face :) It’s beautiful!

  5. Lily November 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    I tried this, got a sample from CultBeauty when I purchased something from them. You’re right that those with oily skin should stay away. I have normal combination skin, and I turn oil slick by the 5th hour. It must be the weather because it’s hot and humid here. Too bad because I do love how light it feels…

    • becca November 28, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

      I know I REALLY wish I could wear it more often, but I have very oily skin too so it just doesn’t work out most of the time :/ They do have a matte version that just came out though that you might like better?

  6. Cherise November 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    That compliments my skin tone. I am willing to give it a try. I have watched a lot of videos about it. And it seems good!

    • becca November 28, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

      It is really good! If I didn’t have such oily skin, this would be my go-to tinted moisturizer because I LOVE how light it feels! :)

  7. Selena November 28, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    A bad thing with this TM is that it contains parabens.

    • becca November 28, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

      Yes it does :/ Are you sensitive to parabens, Selena, or is it just a personal thing??

  8. Tina @ My Highest Self November 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    I think I still have my Birchbox sample of this that I need try! I have oily skin too, I think that’s why I tossed this one aside. I do enjoy luminizing/highlighting products though. Time to dig around for this one :).

    • becca November 28, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

      No need for it to go to waste though–try it! Since I have oily skin, I like to use it on the high points of my face as a subtle highlight and then use Jouer’s matte version everywhere else. It’s really, really pretty that way!

  9. Tracy@Beauty Reflections November 29, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    Sounds like something right up my alley for sure! I’ll have to remember to check it out next time I’m in the US!

    • becca November 29, 2012 at 12:52 am #

      Yes you definitely do! ANYTHING from Jouer, really! :D

  10. Tessa November 29, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    Great read! This is going on my holiday wishlist!

    • becca November 29, 2012 at 12:53 am #

      Aw thanks, Tessa!! I think you would LOVE this one :DI know you’ve probably been SUPER busy with the holidays coming up but I still think we should do our tea date! Let me know when you’re free!

  11. Liz November 29, 2012 at 2:19 am #

    Wifey, this is oh-so-pretty but I’m going to wait for your Matte Moisture review. You know me! But do you think this can work as a subtle highlighter over regular foundation? With the coverage being so light, I feel like that’s what I’m looking at.

    • becca November 29, 2012 at 2:53 am #

      Yes definitely! I have both, so I like to use the Luminizing one on the high points of my face and then use the Matte one everywhere else. It looks really, really nice that way! :D

  12. Beauty Box November 30, 2012 at 2:26 am #

    Interesting how you use the Matte and Luminizing on the different parts of your face…yeah can’t wait for the matte review…

    On another note, I’ve been liking tinted moisturizer these days although it is winter and I always see TM as more of a summer product… perhaps it’s also those “busy day” fixes as well ;)

    • becca November 30, 2012 at 4:30 am #

      I completely agree! I used to use tinted moisturizer mainly during the summer but as I’ve gotten older, I use tinted moisturizer all the time now and hardly ever use a foundation (unless I sheer it down with a moisturizer or something). It’s just easier but I also am starting to like the look of a completely flawless face less and less, for some reason. :P

  13. fairytalesandcoffee November 30, 2012 at 4:26 am #

    I am soooo happy you gave this review with great swatches. I was looking into these at the F&F sale (see how quickly I broke my ban!) but decided against it because I couldn’t really see swatches. for these types of formulas I just use them in the winter. This is deadly in the summer for me.

    • becca November 30, 2012 at 4:31 am #

      LOL! Do you mean tinted moisturizers in general or illuminating base products? Because I agree with using illuminating base products only during the winter–I have WAY too oily of skin to be using it at any other time :P Have you seen the matte ones too?? It’s really nice!

  14. fairytalesandcoffee November 30, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    I was interested in the matte but I wasn’t sure of the coloring so I didn’t go in that direction. I’ve become pickier with foundation shades since I’ve found a few good undertone options that I can use without adding bronzer.

  15. Chris El December 1, 2012 at 1:33 am #

    I definitely want to try this. I’ve never used Jouer before. I’m craving a little radiance as my skin is looking dull from the recent cold weather. It’s storming up here. How’s the weather down there?

    • becca December 1, 2012 at 2:14 am #

      This is the PERFECT product for adding a bit of radiance to the face–so, so pretty! :D

      It’s not too horrible here I suppose…it was raining off and on today and I think it will be tomorrow as well but I hear Sunday will be nice. I hope so, at least–I have LOTS of pictures to take!! :D is it supposed to rain all weekend for you?

  16. Taylor December 1, 2012 at 2:26 am #

    This looks lovely on your skin. I had this but it was a bit too shimmery for my tastes. Its nice as a highlight for the holidays <3

    • becca December 1, 2012 at 2:34 am #

      I definitely agree–when I’m too oily to wear it all over, I use it as a highlight too. It works really well for that! :D

  17. Larie December 2, 2012 at 2:53 am #

    Hey, that’s gorgeous! So creamy and illuminating. But parabens… :( *sniffle*

    • becca December 2, 2012 at 8:55 am #

      I know–boo! I always think of you when I see parabens now :P

  18. Joyce (bronzerbunny) December 2, 2012 at 3:39 am #

    ohh good to know about the mini sets. I might grab one of those one day haha. Do you feel like it is too shimmery? I feel like i had a sample of this from a birchbox once and I thought that, but I can’t remember! :)

    • becca December 2, 2012 at 8:56 am #

      I don’t think it’s too shimmery at all! Maybe for me, but I have quite oily skin. It doesn’t LOOK shimmery on the face though–it just makes my already shiny face look shinier. Maybe you would like the matte version better?

  19. amy June 21, 2013 at 12:24 am #

    I just got the luminizing moisture tint in golden too! and I love it! But, now it’s getter warmer and I’m interested in trying the Matte moisture tint and use your suggestion of using both and placing them on different parts of the face. What color do you have in the matte because I can’t seem to decide between linen or nude? Thanks!

    • becca June 21, 2013 at 12:47 am #

      Yaay glad you love it, Amy! :D

      I have the Matte Moisture Tint in Nude. I think if Golden was a good match for you, Linen would be a bit too light. Nude is a hair darker and more golden than…well, Golden :P It’s subtle though and it’ll look perfect with your summer complexion :D :D

      Definitely let me know if you pick it up–I’m curious to see what you think! :D

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