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Suki Color Tinted Active Moisturizer - reviewed and recommended


Lightweight and controls oil production


Contains sodium borate
September 11, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 4 Comments
A sheer foundation that evens out skin for those who don't like makeup

I don't usually like tinted moisturizers as they seem to be a full of chemicals and ultimately a compromise that doesn't really work. I'm not wild about foundations either, finding that they are too thick and matte and make me look old and dry. Because I rarely give up on a good prejudice, I have decided that suki's tinted active moisturizer isn't a tinted moisturizer at all, but a sheer foundation with things that are good for you.

Sheer is the operative word, at least with the Natural tint that I chose. Suki is no cover up, but my skin looking rather better by being a bit more evened out. And for me, who finds most makeup tantamount to being forced to wear a rubber mask, the greatest pleasure is that it is so featherlight as to not be there. This is makeup for people who don't like makeup.

There are all manner of nice oils, including antioxidant grape seed. But I particularly like the inclusion of borage oil, proven by German scientists to reduce skin redness and wrinkles. Willow bark is useful too as it is often used as a natural (though weaker) alternative to salicylic acid, because it controls sebum production and provides anti-acne properties. Hazelnut oil is a good emollient, while lecithin improves the homeostatasis (the ability to regulate itself) of the skin.

The only thing I don't like is sodium borate. It is extremely toxic. Before people knew better and thought it was OK to clean wounds with something you’d clean the floor with, the unfortunate patients would frequently die. Infants are especially prone to borax poisoning, but thankfully it is no longer used to clean nurseries. Spillage on the skin will cause blisters and red rashes. I imagine Suki has used a miniscule quantity.


Purified water, organic sunflower seed oil, beeswax, organic grape seed oil, organic jojoba seed oil, hazelnut oil, borage oil, cetearyl alcohol, shea butter, standardized willow bark extract, organic food-grade non-gmo lecithin, vitamin c + retinol liposomes, sodium borate, organic rose extract in food-grade ethyl alcohol, organic food-grade acacia catechu gum, organic food-grade xanthan gum, fragrance (made only from pure, steam-distilled essential oils) [may contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides]

  • December 8, 2010

    by marta

    Hi Natalija, that's great to know. Thank you for update. And thank you Suki for making a good brand better.

  • December 8, 2010

    by Natalija

    Hi Marta,

    I was contemplating getting the suki-tinted-active-moisturizer, but I must say I almost changed my mind when I read your review. I was very put off that my favorite pure-as-an-angel skin care line would stick "something you'd clean the floor with" in their products!

    However, a closer look (I went on their website and got the list of ingredients) revealed an absence of sodium borate in their formula:
    "organic roses (rosa centifolia) infused in filtered water (aqua/eau), organic sunflower seed (helianthus annuus) oil, 100% natural beeswax (cera alba), organic grapeseed (vitis vinifera), jojoba seed (simmondsia chinensis), hazelnut (corylus americano) & borage (borago officinalis) oils, cetearyl alcohol, organic fair trade shea butter (butyrospermum parkii), standardized white willow bark (salix alba) extract, food-grade non-gmo lecithin (lecithin), natural vitamin c (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate) & retinol (polypeptide liposomes) polypeptide liposomes, organic rose (rosa caninca) extract, food-grade xanthan (xanthan) & arabic (acacia catechu) gums, aroma (pure steam distilled essential oils), geraniol, linalool [may contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides]."

    It appears as though they changed the formula for the better!

  • November 5, 2009

    by Oksana

    I, too, dislike foundations very much and prefer minimal coverage. I have been using Jane Iredale Tinted Mineral Moisturizer, but still had to retouch the T-zone with powder through the day. JI Moisurizer had done nothing to improve my skin, but it hasn't damaged it either.
    I have been using SUKI Tinted Active Moisturizer since August'09 - my skin definitely improved: balanced, no breakouts. The moisturizer itself feels fantastic on the skin - you cannot even tell, it's there. And the color... It really makes you glow. I mix it with a dab of SUKI Active Moisturizer and it blends right in with my fair skin.
    I am definitely repurchasing. Also, look into SUKI Nourishing Moisture - very light, but highly moisturizing oil with all kinds of wonderful ingredients. I use it day and night in summer, and NEVER feel greasy (I have classic combination skin).

  • September 19, 2009

    by Jen Loves Suki Skin Care

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