Review: La Prairie Hydra Tint – The $100 Tinted Moisturizer

Tinted moisturizers don’t usually catch my eye because with the right technique, I can transform just about any foundation into one. My kit is heavy as it is, so I just have no room for them. Unfortunately (for my wallet) when I discovered the La Prairie Hydra Tint, the packaging alone was enough to make me abandon all of my tinted moisturizer beliefs and jump on the bandwagon.  

La Praire Hydra Tint Review

La Prairie Hydra Tint Review

The La Prairie Hydra Tint is an anti-aging tinted moisturizer with SPF 20. It contains salicornia plant extract for long-term hydration, algae extract to help improve firmness, and white licorice extracts which inhibit excess melanin production in order to minimize age spots. 

Shade Range

Hydra Tint only comes in four shades, but the sheerness of the formula allows for coverage over wide range of skin tones. Unfortunately, these 4 colors definitely do not cover all skin tones. Those with extremely pale, or very deep skin tones will probably have a difficult time getting a good match. Overall, the shades run pretty neutral. I tested shade 10 and 20 on myself, and even though they looked somewhat pink when they were first applied, both shades melted into my skin, matching it perfectly.

La Prairie Hydra Tint Tinted Moisturizer

LEFT TO RIGHT: Shade 10, Shade 20, Shade 30, Shade 40

La Prairie Hydra Tint Swatches

LEFT TO RIGHT: Shade 10, Shade 20, Shade 30, Shade 40


The La Prairie Hydra Tint formula is very sheer, with buildable coverage. Its moisturizing properties give your skin a beautiful glow (not shimmery) and it appears to blur any minor imperfections. The purpose of a tinted moisturizer is for your skin to still look like skin (just better), and Hydra Tint does just that. You can’t tell you are wearing makeup whatsoever, it’s really a beautiful finish.  

La Praire Hydra Tint



If you have great skin, you’d be able to get away with one coat. I use 2-3 depending on the day. If you have any breakouts or dark circles, it’s best to spot conceal over the Hydra Tint as the coverage is not enough to conceal imperfections. For those with fragrance sensitivities, the Hydra Tint does have a light scent which disappears after a few minutes on the skin.

This product is ideal for low maintenance makeup wearers who just want to rub it in and go. You look brighter and more even with very little effort.  I do a lot of men’s grooming and this would also be great for the guys because it’s unnoticeable. I’ve never understood why every day men don’t utilize products like this. Men tend to have drier skin, so this would be a great 2 in 1 product to combat the dryness and even out the complexion. 

La Prairie


Yes, $100 a bottle it is expensive, but it’s La Prairie. It also contains 1.4 ounces of product which is almost half an ounce more than most foundations on the market today. 

Just let the beautiful packaging soothe your empty bank account sadness. Personally, I like to think that I’m not only purchasing better looking skin, but also some super chic bathroom decor 😉

Overall, I do think that $100 is kind of ridiculous for a tinted moisturizer and I would not repurchase these. You can find cheaper tinted moisturizers that will give you similar results. If you can afford La Prairie, it’s a beautiful option but obviously not the only one out there. If I had to pick a tinted moisturizer, my favorite would be Jouer’s Luminizing Moisture Tint

Will I be Putting it in my Kit?

I think this product is best fitted for personal use, so I probably won’t be adding it to my makeup kit. I’m wary of using foundations with SPF in them, especially when a client is going to be photographed heavily. I also don’t think I need to add more bottles to heavy foundation bag. I do love it for myself though, especially on no-makeup days.

 Cruelty Free?

I researched this and have seen many reports that they are in fact cruelty free. However, I’ve also heard that La Prairie is sold in China which means they have to undergo animal testing to comply with China’s laws. Emails to the company have gone unanswered.

Natural and/or Environmentally Friendly?



Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Oxybenzone (3.5%). Other: Water, Titanium Dioxide, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Glycoproteins, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Carnosine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Phytosterols, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pichia/Resveratrol Ferment Extract, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Ilomastat, Dextran, Ursolic Acid, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-20 Soy Sterol, Potassium Thiocyanate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Magnesium Sulfate, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glucose Oxidase, Isohexadecane, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Octyldodecanol, Lactoperoxidase, Glucose, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alphaisomethyl Ionone, Linalool. Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Hexyl Cinnamal, Evernia Furfuracea (Treemoss) Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, Iron Oxide


Disclosure: These products were purchased by me. This is not a PR sample, nor was the it provided from the company for review consideration. Some links may be affiliate. 

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  • Reply Deborah Rivera April 22, 2015 at 9:30 am

    What color did you get?
    What color would I get?

  • Reply Anonymous December 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    I mix 2 shades and it works to me !!

  • Reply jpcls December 28, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Would love to try this but the Oxybenzone ingredient is the kiss of death for me…highly allergenic for a lot of people who do not even know it or how it works. Darn

    • Reply Lindsey January 1, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      That’s good to know! I’ll keep an eye out for Oxybenzone and make sure to disclose it in my reviews for those who are allergic.

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