ILIA tinted moisturiser review

Natural Beauty: Ilia Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturizer SPF20 Review and Swatches

ILIA tinted moisturiser review

There was much excitement when Ilia, purveyors of fabulous lip products, launched a tinted moisturiser and concealer at the end of last year. I’ve reviewed the Ilia Vivid Concealer here and now it’s time to take a closer look at the Ilia Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturizer SPF20 to give its full name.

I’m on a mission to find natural and organic complexion options and the Ilia tinted moisturiser seemed a good place to start. The ingredients list contains mostly organic ingredients and lots of hydrating oils and botanicals so I was keen to give it a try.


ILIA says: “A semi-matte formula with soothing botanicals to help calm and revitalize the skin. Aloe Vera aids in long-lasting hydration with White Tea and Rosemary Extract to combat free radicals. Seal in moisture with Sodium Hyaluronate to promote skin microcirculation beneath the surface resulting in a smooth and all-around fuller appearance.”

Like the concealer, Ilia offers six shades of the tinted moisturiser, suitable for those with very pale to medium brown skin tones. Overall the colours lean towards neutral undertones. Here are swatches of the three darkest colours:

Ilia Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturizer swatches on dark skin

Such dreamy names that make you want to jet off:

  • Ramla Bay T4: Ilia say: “Best suited for those with strong olive undertones that can warm to a caramel hue when tanned. The beach of Ramla Bay is known for its unique golden-reddish sand and is located on Gozo, an island of Malta.”
  • Lovina T5: Ilia say: “This tan shade works well for those with rich, deep undertones. Lovina at one time was a secret beach on the northwestern coast of Bali which meaning stands in “Love” and “Mother” (ina), or more symbolically “Love Mother Earth”. Deep isn’t an undertone so not sure what Ilia mean but to my eyes this is for light brown skin with a warm undertone
  • Muriwai T6: Ilia say: “A dark hue for deep complexions with neutral undertones. The dramatic richness of the sands on Muriwai are filled with sediments of iron hailing from the ancient volcanoes in the area of Northern New Zealand.”


Though not a perfect match, Muriwai T6 was the best colour fit for me. The sheer coverage gives quite a bit of leeway with the colours. As described by Ilia, Muriwai does have neutral undertones. My skin has warm undertones so when first applied, the tinted moisturiser looks a teeny bit grey on my skin but after about 10 minutes it warms up on my skin. The texture is between a lotion and cream and smoothes on to the skin easily with finger tips. The silky feel is no doubt partly due to the silicone included.

The coverage is very light, which is to be expected with the words “sheer” and “tinted moisturiser” but still enough to make the skin look even. It’s a base for Good Skin Days. Ilia does state that Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturizer has a semi-matte finish which is not my preference as I think my dry skin looks better with a more dewy finish. I think the finish would probably work well on normal and oily skin.

I first tried the Ilia Tinted Moisturizer in the winter when my skin is at its driest and tetchiest, and honestly I really didn’t like it. At all. I felt it accentuated any dehydrated areas on my skin (hello Atacama Desert forehead) and the neutral undertones pulled grey in the cold winter light. I recently tried it again and I liked it better, colour and performance wise. My skin is more hydrated in the spring and that makes a difference. By the way I NEVER wear tinted moisturisers on their own on bare skin, I always have moisturiser and/or oil underneath.

If you’ve got dry skin like me I don’t think this tinted moisturiser will be a sure winner for you. The benefits of the hydrating ingredients such as aloe vera and hyalauronic acid are slightly negated by the drying effects of the zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. So in short, the Ilia concealer gets a thumbs up from me but I didn’t fall madly deeply for the Ilia Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturizer.

ILIA Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturizer SPF20, 50ml, $42/ £35 and

ILIA Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturizer ingredients: Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 12%, Titanium Dioxide 2% – Purpose: Sunscreen; Inactive Ingredients: Water (aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract**, Glycerin, Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Olivate, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract**, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Methylcellulose, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Butyrospermun Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract**, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenethyl alcohol. May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxide (CI77491, CI77492, CI77499).*Certified Organic Ingredients

  1. I tried a sample of this and wasn’t impressed…I have oilier skin and found this a touch heavy feeling, plus it was a bit TOO sheer for me (and I like sheer coverage!).

  2. Great review and the swatches would mKe
    It easier to
    Choose a shade. I’ve been wanting to try this for a while but I think I’ll pass. Sounds too sheer for me and I’m the same I like some dewyness xo Rowie

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