After trying out Laura Mercier’s Flawless Face Kit for awhile, I decided to see how her tinted moisturizer compares to Sonia Kashuk’s.  I’ve been using SK TMs for two years now and like the benefit of having even skin without looking made-up.  I wear this on weekends or laid back days all year round and most of the summer.  It’s long been a popular product in the v/blogosphere and for very good reason.

But LM TM is hailed as being HG quality.  With such a variance in price point (SK $7.82/oz compared to LM $24.71/oz) I want to know – is LM really worth it?

To start with, LM is available in a number of stores, Sephora being the most popular.  SK is exclusive to Target, which allows the brand to remain high-quality yet low cost.

The shade range from LM (10) is double to SK (5) giving it a bit more appeal even though TMs are sheer enough to wear without an exact match.

Sonia Kashuk Beige, Laura Mercier Sand, Sonia Kashuk Honey

Honey is the newest shade available from the SK line; it hit stores this spring and is the fourth deepest of the five shades.  The deepest shade is Tan.

From Laura Mercier, Sand is also the fourth deepest shade.  But there are six shades deeper than it.  I do note more yellow tones to Sand than to Honey and Beige is more pink.

The formulas for either TM are slightly different.  LM comes in a regular or an oil-free formula.  SK only has one.  I don’t notice a difference in terms of my oil production;  Neither line does much to control it.  LM does feel thicker than SK and has more coverage, but the difference is barely noticeable.  I find them equally hydrating and opt out of my normal moisturizer when I put these on in the morning.  They both also have sun protection – LM is SPF 20 and SK is SPF 15.

Here are the first seven ingredients of each.

SK:  Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone

LM:  Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Water (Aqua), Disiloxane, PEG -30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate

How do they wear?  See for yourself.


I used the same primer, mattifier, concealer, and powder for both looks to make sure I wasn’t changing the appearance of my skin in any way other than the TM.  Can you tell the difference?  How about now:

Both of these enhance the skin nicely for a natural and even complexion and both are high-quality products.  The differences are ever so slight, but in the end I can’t call SK a dupe for LM.

Have you tried either of these?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!