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Dawn Lorraine Dawn to Dusk Moisture Tint SPF 30 Review

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Dawn Lorraine Dawn to Dusk Moisture Tint SPF 30
June 30, 2017 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 0 Comments
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This daytime multitasker combines your mineral sunscreen, moisturizer and foundation into one creamy formula


Mineral SPF that hydrates and provides light coverage


May be too oily for some

By Linda C. 

I’m always on the lookout for a great tinted sunscreen or BB cream with SPF. I’ve tried mineral sunscreens that left me looking ghastly, chemical sunscreens to which I became irritated and a combination of both. I’m in my mid-40s with sensitive skin that is generally dry, but a little oilier in the summer. Layering foundation overtop of sunscreen frequently poses a challenge, as some don’t play well together and others leave me greasy or patchy. Add in my sensitivities and it can become downright frustrating to find a product that doesn’t make me feel like I’m settling.

So, a product that offers moisture, protection and a bit of correction — plus, is all natural? Sounds good to me! Enter the Dawn Lorraine Dawn to Dusk Moisture Tint SPF 30 ($42). Its ingredient list is very clean with just a handful of ingredients — a big selling point, particularly for something that stays on the skin for hours. The SPF 30 comes from non-nano zinc oxide, which I prefer to titanium dioxide. Often you will see titanium dioxide and zinc oxide used together in mineral sunscreens, but zinc oxide is more stable in sunlight, provides better sun protection and is preferred by Environmental Working Group.

In terms of micronized minerals or nanoparticles in sunscreen, there is still some debate about whether product labels are accurate, or if there is any risk in using them in a cream or liquid base. According to EWG, most zinc oxide and titanium oxide formulas sold in the US are micronized, and there is some question about their safety, particularly if inhaled. Bottom line is that I wouldn’t want to use them in aerosol or powder form, and I appreciate that Dawn Lorraine’s is non-nano and cream-based.

Dawn to Dusk Moisture Tint is a fairly thick cream that is only available in one color, Warm Sand, with a yellow tone. Initially, I thought it would be too thick and too yellow to blend without leaving an obvious mask, but I was pleasantly surprised. The cream spread easily, the yellow reduced the redness in my skin and looked natural over my face, providing light to medium coverage over flaws. Upon my first application, my skin looked quite shiny, but normalized over my cheeks after three minutes or so to a dewy finish. My nose, however, had too much going on after using a light moisturizer with the mineral tint and was shiny and oily come afternoon. With olive oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, and glycerin in there, that should have come as no surprise.

After a few days of experimenting with my morning routine, I seemed to hit a sweet spot: cleanse, tone, apply a vitamin C serum followed by a light moisturizer only on cheeks and neck, and then the Moisture Tint all over my face. (I used a non-tinted mineral sunscreen on my neck and chest to avoid transferring tint onto clothes.) It took a bit of practice to blend along my hairline and also emphasized a bit of flakiness along the tops of my cheekbones, but application got better the longer I used it.

I didn’t see this cream in action on other skin tones, but I did test it on other parts of my body for color — my arms have more sun than the rest of me — and the yellow tint blended out well.While I found the product provided enough moisture for most of my face, it was a little heavy for my T-zone. It would also be nice to see a few additional antioxidants in there (other than the Vitamin E) to boost the efficacy of the sunscreen. However, I have no issue accomplishing that with a separate serum since this is a sunscreen win for sensitive skin.

Sunscreen is meant to be reapplied, but for most days just going to work, I didn’t feel the need to do so. The tint stayed put unless I worked out, in which case it slipped a little. While working outside in the sun, the moisture tint did migrate into creases, and I definitely needed to reapply. With the amount of moisturizer in the tint (plus my own), a simple reapplication would have left my face too greasy. A quick wipe with a wet face cloth was enough to allow reapplication — and no redness!

By the end of my trial period, my skin stayed calm, moisturized and protected. While there were times when my skin had a bit too much oil, I would still repurchase the Dawn Lorraine Dawn to Dusk Moisture Tint SPF 30. It is a natural and effective multi-tasking product that’s suitable for sensitive skin types. Highly recommend! 

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