Friday, November 22, 2013

Jumping on Jouer

Alongside Chanel Vitalumière Aqua, Jouer Matte Moisture Tint is the one foundation I've been eager to get my hands on for quite some time. The number of base products I have is simply a waste considering I will never get through them all, but that didn't stop me from snagging a tube of Matte Moisture Tint after spotting it in pristine condition on a blog sale. What I thought was my shade, Linen, seemed to be perpetually out of stock when I searched online, so I couldn't say no when that was the exact shade on offer.

The Jouer Matte Moisture Tint is a generous 50ml, significantly more than the standard 30ml for a foundation. Not that it makes a practical difference since I struggle to finish up any foundation (I'm still trying to get through my bottle of Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 53 which I've had since last year and use regularly), but it does appease the part of my brain wanting value for money.

The texture of this foundation was somewhat unexpected. It's not very liquid or runny. Rather, it has an almost whipped, airy consistency, a bit like mousse but denser. Once worn, it feels extremely lightweight and works into the skin effortlessly, sinking in and becoming undetectable once blended out. I found it evened out and brightened my skin tone around all areas of the face, but does tend to cake slightly around the edges of the nose. The coverage is light-to-medium, ideal for an everyday foundation, but perhaps not for special occasions or an evening out where you want extra flawless skin.

Linen is a little too light for me (not helped by the SPF 15 which gives off that additional white cast under certain lighting), but I normally prefer to go too light than too dark, and I'm not sure how the next shade up (Nude) would fare. To create a closer match, I've been using my beloved Real Techniques Buffing Brush to apply the Jouer over my bare face, then darkening my skin slightly with a thin layer of Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel buffed all over with a baby Ecotools kabuki brush. I also set everything with a dusting of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light. I'm not sure if it's all that layering, but I've been experiencing better than average lasting power compared with my other go-to daytime foundations. Usually my foundation has largely slid off my face by the end of the day, looking far from fresh with greasiness and areas of redness peeking through. I'm not saying that the Jouer looks exactly the same as after I put it on in the morning, but it definitely does its darndest to hang on in there.

The two adjacent words "matte" and "moisture" seem to be an oxymoron, but I suppose the intention was to connote superior oil control combined with a still somewhat glowy finish that doesn't make the skin look dry and painted on. I'd be inclined to say that this foundation delivers in both respects. My T-zone is less shiny 2-3 hours into the day (normally the time I have to do a major blot), but I wouldn't describe the foundation as looking typically matte on the skin. It does start with a slightly more velvet/satin finish, but becomes more glowy and radiant as time goes on, without ever crossing into greaseball territory.

I had high expectations of Matte Moisture Tint, and they've mostly been met. If only the shade was more spot on for me, it'd be near perfect. Having said that, the fact it's a tad too light is a major inconvenience, as every single time I have to either mix it with a darker foundation (which I haven't yet tried), or apply something over it to make it darker. I could potentially get away with wearing it alone, but I'd be paranoid of looking unnatural and noticeably the wrong colour. The importance of shade matching when it comes to foundation cannot be overstated, but remains a frequently frustrating endeavour. Still, it's worth the extra effort to reap the benefits of the foundation's other qualities, including better staying power than most and how it wears off in a smooth and softly radiant way.


  1. I love the sound of this and it blends really well sounds really nice will have to check it out :) x
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  2. I have the luminizing version of this and I love it but I really wish they had an even lighter shade than the lightest because it's just a tad too dark for me!

    Jennie xo |

  3. I've been so close to buying this so many times but have always chickened out because I'm not certain on which colour to get. No doubt I'll get it eventually, it just sounds so, so lovely

  4. I want to try it out! But it looks a bit too yellow for me!

  5. I got a sample of this stuff in a birchbox many moons ago but unfortunately they sent me a shade at least four or five times darker than my skin color (I still have no idea what they were thinking on that one haha). Regardless, I remember the feeling of it swatched on the back of my hand and it was really wonderful. Shame that the color of this isn't spot on for you but hey! At least you got it in a blog sale so it wasn't full price :p


  6. I've tried the luminizing version of this tint and loved the look of it, but my combo skin wasn't a fan sadly. Have wanted to try the matte out for a while now - just need to find the right shade! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

  7. I have yet to get this bad boy. The main reason is the fact that Laura Mercier will be launch in my country (no on-line dramas with customs or shops, what a delight! ) and I really wanted to test their oil-free tinted moisturiser...
    But, I might try to test this baby. I've heard and read nice reviews and, for daily-basics , I like simple and light weight foundations.

    Thank you very much for your review :3
    Please take care, have a nice day!*

  8. I also struggle to finish base products, but it was such a good offer you really couldn't pass it up :)
    Sounds lovely. Pity the shade wasn't more spot on for you.

  9. Oh I have heard some mix reviews on this particular base product from Jouer, but I always want to try some products from the brand since they become more and more 'famous' recently..
    I think the finish on your skin looks very nice and natural, the color looks very yellow to me on the swatch but looks totally fine on the skin..
    I love base products very much, can't get enough of them really. :$

  10. Every time someone mentioned this I thought 'WANT' but after a while the desire just fizzled out because realistically it's not like the Matte Moisture Tint is one of a kind. It's great that the formula doesn't disappoint, but a pity that the shade isn't spot on. It might be worth getting the shade Nude to mix with, instead of compromising the matte-ness and moisture by using a different product. Jouer sounds so lovely- the branding, the aesthetic, the colour palette. Ah, the fwp of not being able to access yet another makeup brand.

  11. Ahh so glad to hear you like it. I really want to try this and haven't heard one bad review about it!

  12. Jouer looks amazing but I have way too many foundations to consider buying yet another one. I have been using Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 53 for ages, on a pretty much daily basis and I still can not fault it.

    Kah-Feh Yen

  13. I've been curious to try this, but I've just never taken the plunge, and I was also concerned about not being able to find the perfect color match. It sounds like a really great tinted moisturizer though.

  14. Whoa glowing review. I have been really really curious about this product. I'm not really a huge believer in tinted moisturizers but this one makes me so curious.


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