TYPOLOGY TINTED SERUM REVIEW

Hey all! Remember a few weeks ago I was trying to sort my WFH complexion out? Well, fellow skincare addicts, I may have completed my mission with the new Typology Tinted Serum!


So after writing my blog on the Stila One Step Correct Primer, I was really on the hunt to solve the issue of my WFH face! I really just wanted to find something that wasn’t as heavy as a foundation but it was more than the Stila primer I was currently using. A ‘my skin but better’ sort of look, if you will! So, I took to social media and loads of people gave me some fabulous recommendations such as the very popular Laura Marcier tinted moisturiser, Nars tinted moisturiser and Erborian CC cream, to name a few! I was all geared up to try the Erborian one after my amazing IG friend Tasha very kindly sent me a sample in the post but then, I saw Typology’s new release!

Now, I hadn’t got round to trying anything from Typology but this new tinted serum from them had me very intrigued. Even more so when I saw one of my favourite influencers (@addicted_to_face) try it out on her stories. After messaging her about the serum, I decided to make the purchase.


What?

BRAND: Typology
PRODUCT: Tinted serum
INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water), Isoamyl Laurate (emulsifier/skin softener – good), C9-12 Alkane (solvent – no rating), Squalane (emollient/antioxidant/hydrating – best), Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate (emulsifying – no rating), Propanediol (enhances absorption of products – good), Silica (thickener/emulsifier – good), Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate (emulsifying – no rating), Glycerin (skin-replenishing/restoring – best), Magnesium Sulfate (texture enhancer – good), Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (stable form of vitamin C – best), Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate (emulsifying – no rating), Coco-Caprylate/Caprate (emollient – good), Disteardimonium Hectorite (suspending agent – good), Hydroxyethylcellulose (binding agent/emulsifier – good), Sodium Benzoate (preservative – good), Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate (surfactant/cleansing – no rating), Potassium Sorbate (preservative – good), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (skin-soothing – good), Aluminium Hydroxide (texture enhancer/absorbent – good), Sodium Nitrate (soothing – no rating).
May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides)


Features

  • Contains vitamin C (Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate), aloe vera and squalane
  • Offers a light coverage with a natural look
  • 99% naturally-derived formula
  • Silicone-free
  • 6 shades in the range which were developed with the Fitzpatrick phototype scale in mind
  • Fragrance-free

I’ve Got *Insert Skin Type Here* Skin, Can I use It?

Typology states that this tinted serum is suitable for all skin types and I would agree! It’s not overly dewy on the skin but it leaves a glow akin to how a vitamin C serum does (it contains the oil-soluble form of vitamin C – Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate!). For drier skin types like myself, this serum doesn’t seem to cling to any dry patches either!


Upsides

Lightweight Formula

The first big benefit for me is that the formulation of this tinted serum is so light, you barely feel like you’re putting a tinted product on. I love this because I hate the weighty feeling you get from foundation sitting on top of your skin. It’s also not greasy or oily feeling, it honestly feels like applying water!

Easy To Blend & Buildable

Yes! So, it’s a dream to apply on your skin! It’s a gorgeous light fluid that doesn’t drag around my skin. It moves where I want to go, doesn’t dry too quickly and doesn’t leave any streaks. I also find that on areas where I need more coverage, I can apply another layer with no problems! It also doesn’t pill on top of my SPF or cause any of my skincare to pill which is just a massive added bonus!

Has Skin Benefits

I’m most intrigued by this one as this tinted serum has squalane (an olive-derived oil that my skin loves), aloe vera and a vitamin C derivative. So, over time I would hope to see some brightening in my skin from the Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate and some softening and increased hydration from both the aloe vera and squalane oil.

One thing to note if you’re concerned about this serum containing squalane is that it is a very light oil that has a structure that’s very similar to our sebum, meaning it has an excellent affinity with our skin! It works to provide a breathable barrier for our skin which helps our skin to retain hydration. For more info on how oils work, see here.

Perfect Colour

I’ll be honest, even though this serum has been developed using the Fitzpatrick phototype scale, which should make it easier to pick the correct colour, I was still really worried about getting it wrong!

However, I really shouldn’t have been worried! Using the descriptions of each skin tone type on their website, I quickly discovered that I was skin type 2. What was confusing me was the swatches on the arms of the models in the photos because to me, they make look tinted serum 2 look much darker than it is!

Tint 2 looks darker in this photo than it does in real life, in my opinion!

After fake tanning (which I wear most of the week apart from when I need to reapply), I’m the colour of the middle arm. Then when I have no fake tan on, my natural skin colour sits in between the bottom 2 arms. So, part of me thought I should order tint 1 and 2 but when considering I may not like the product, I thought it was best to pick the one that matched my skin tone according to the Fitzpatrick scale and then I could always buy the other colour at a later date. So, I went for tint 2 and it turned out to be perfect!

When it arrived, I had zero fake tan and so I tried it and it turned out to be a perfect match. I’ve since tried it with fake tan on and it’s also fine since the tan I wear isn’t too ridiculously dark. In the summer, I would probably consider getting a shade up (tint 3), once I take into consideration the colour I go with a natural tan and fake tan together.

FYI, the Fitzpatrick Scale was developed by Harvard Dermatologist Thomas B. Fitzpatrick back in 1975. It’s been used by Dermatologists and Skin Care Experts ever since to determine the best course of action for each patient. Its original purpose was to show how different types of skin responded to UV light, measuring a patient’s risk of Skin Cancer. It has since been used to determine whether or not certain Laser treatments are suitable for patients based on their skin type. From Harleymedical.co.uk


Downsides

Very Light Coverage

It absolutely has the lightest of coverages! At the moment, I’m sadly suffering from the dreaded ‘maskne’, as many of us are and so, this serum really does nothing to cover the mini mountains on my chin. However, using this serum and some concealer gives me an acceptable amount of coverage if I need to pop out!

As I’ve said, you can build coverage but at best, it still is only very light coverage! For me, this tinted serum just gives me a nice natural, glowing look but still allows my skin to show through. This is fine on good and average skin days but on bad skin days, I definitely need to add concealer.

This comes as no shock though as I expected it, so it’s not really a downside! If I was looking for high coverage I would have just stuck to a foundation.


How Do I Use It?

After doing my AM skincare routine and finishing off with SPF, I then dispense one full pipette of product into my hands. I mix between both sets of fingers and then apply it like I would with a serum. After doing that and making sure it’s all blended, I then use about another quarter of a pipette to pat onto the areas that need some more coverage. If I need concealer, I will then apply that with a concealer brush on top of the tinted serum.

I haven’t yet applied powder/bronzer/blusher over the top of this serum as I plan to use this on makeup free days but I can imagine that they would apply lovely on top of this tinted serum!

Here I have ZERO fake tan on and as you can see it’s a very light coverage product (left is without and right is with 2 layers of the tinted serum).

Gimme The Deets…

Price? £24.80 for 30ml

Where Can I Buy It? It can be purchased directly from typology.com

Use By Date? 6 months

Storage? Mine goes with my AM products on my shelf so nothing special required!


So, I hope this was helpful for those of you considering whether to try this new product out from Typology! I think the most important thing to remember with it is that it’s very light coverage with it’s aim to make you look ‘radiant’. So, don’t go into it expecting a high coverage product, it’s not that!

If you go forth with that mindset, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the look you can achieve with it. It made me feel like I had a gorgeous, very natural-looking glow! It’s not sticky or heavy feeling and overall, makes me feel less subconscious about popping out makeup free!

Have a fab week all!

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