Last week an order from ColourPop arrived. It was small as far as ColourPop orders go, all I picked up was the All That Palette and the Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturizer. I’ve heard amazing things about the pretty fresh line. It’s supposed to be great for an easy no-makeup makeup look, which is perfect for my daily life – even more so now that we’re all basically under house arrest 😅
After the Nyx Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil was an absolute flop I wanted to find a tinted moisturizer style product that looked a little nicer on my skin and actually matched my skin tone! ColourPop has a great shade selection on their site. They’re one of the only brands that has a true match for my fair-yellow skin tone!
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Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturizer Review
The Colourpop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturizer retails for $14USD and contains 1.45 fl oz of product. It’s one of their more expensive complexion products – The No Filter Liquid and Stick Foundations retail at $12 and $10 respectively.
The ColourPop Pretty Fresh line sounded like it would be perfect for dry skin. The formula is meant to be lightweight, oil free and contains Hyaluronic Acid and Coconut Water for hydration.
The Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturizer comes in a plastic tube with a pump. It initially took me around 30 pumps to get any product to come out of the tube, but after that it was easy to use. The bottle is actually fairly large. It will probably take me a long time to get through it.
I usually use a sponge to blend out my foundations, but I found a sponge would soak up too much product and then get clogged from the moisturizer. It’s really hard to wash out! What I’ve been doing lately is spreading out the product with a brush and then blending with my fingers.
Personally I would never use this ColourPop Tinted Moisturizer as a moisturizer alone. I absolutely need to layer it with a proper moisturizer for my skin type. It’s nice that this tinted moisturizer has some hyaluronic acid to help retain moisture, but I don’t find that it provides enough hydration for my extra dry skin type.
I’ve been layering with my Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream and an SPF.
Tinted moisturizers are usually pretty light coverage, Pretty Fresh included. It is possible to add on a second layer but I found that I could feel the product on my face the more I layered it. My blemishes are still very visible when I use this product. If you suffer from a lot of acne you might prefer to use a higher coverage foundation.
I took a photo in my car wearing the Pretty Fresh Tinted Moisturizer and my acne and pores are clearly visible. I expected the acne to still show through, but I wasn’t expecting how obvious my pores would be. I don’t normally have issues with my pores so it was weird that they were almost accentuated by this formula.
Okay so the ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturizer is tacky on the skin. Even literal hours later my face was still sticky to the touch. It does leave your skin looking slightly dewy, but I don’t think the tackiness is actually conducive to blending makeup on top.
I had a hard time getting my bronzer to blend on top of this hyaluronic tinted moisturizer. It wanted to grip to different spots, and wouldn’t move smoothly across my skin. In the end I don’t think that my makeup looked bad, but the Nyx Tinted Skin Veil gives me a much smoother end result.
I’ve used other light coverage foundations that make my skin look dewy & smooth like the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation on the luxury end of things, and the Maybelline Hydrate & Smooth Foundation on the drugstore range. I much prefer the look of an actual foundation vs. a tinted moisturizer. The It Cosmetics CC+ Cream is also a favourite of mine that does everything that Pretty Fresh is supposed to, only it looks way better. I’m just not sold on the way ColourPop Pretty Fresh makes my skin look :S
Have you tried the Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturizer?
Unfortunately I rate this product a 2.5/5. It’s not awful but my skin doesn’t look great with it on, and I thought the whole purpose of a tinted moisturizer was to add a barely there coverage that looks natural. My skin looks cakey, and I look older when I wear it :S Not a fan!