First Aid Beauty Skin Tint in “Fair” — Review and Swatches

I’m excited to bring today’s post about First Aid Beauty‘s Triple Protection Skin Tint with Goji Berry SPF 30 to everyone.  I had been anxiously awaiting the release of this product ever since I saw the first preview pictures on Instagram — it looked & sounded exactly like something I was looking to add to my makeup collection for the last few months.

I did end up reading the first few reviews that were posted online prior to buying, because I had some uncertainty about the shade range (especially with only 4 shades available and no one posting swatches or pictures of themselves wearing it). Eventually I went ahead and bought it with the hopes that the lightest shade would work for me. I have now been wearing it daily for over two weeks, testing it with different primers and powders, and I’m ready to give my thoughts on it.

The Basics

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The Triple Protection Skin Tint retails for $34.00 USD, but if you join the First Aid Beauty mailing list, you can get 15% off your first order, and their free shipping starts at $50+. (I purchased my FAB Skin Tint through Sephora because I get free shipping on everything.)

The total net weight of product is 1.0 fl oz / 30 mL, which is standard for most foundations but a bit less than most tinted moisturizers, which tend to be around 1.7 fl oz. There are only four shades available and I hope they expand their range to include more shades in the future.

This product has been compared the most to Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint, so below I have put together a quick table for basic comparison:

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FirstAidBeautySkinTintFair_02Triple Protection Skin Tint packaging – box details

All ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Aqua (Water, Eau), Polymethyl Methacrylate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Diglyceryl Tris(Trimethylsiloxy)silylethyl Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Silica, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract, Tocopherol, Glycerin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Propylene Carbonate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Hexylene Glycol, Sucrose Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Lecithin, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Aluminum Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides).

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The product is housed within a nice plastic component with a squeeze tip and screw-on cap. It’s pretty easy to control the amount of product that comes out, and while it is plastic, it doesn’t feel flimsy.

First Aid Beauty is a cruelty-free brand with the following statement in their FAQ: “At First Aid Beauty, we love animals. That’s why we are committed to being a 100% cruelty free company. We have not, do not and will not conduct any testing of ingredients or finished products on animals. Furthermore, we only work with business partners who certify compliance with our policy.”

Additionally, details regarding whether the product is vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and so forth, can be easily found on each individual product’s details page. This is really great for people who have skin sensitivities and need to be aware if the product will have anything they need to avoid, without the customer needing to email customer service and wait for a response.

Photos & Swatches

Arm swatch and finished makeup look were taken in indirect sunlight, no flash. The arm swatch was done using a bare finger on clean skin, and the finished makeup look was primed with FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer, set with translucent powder.

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FirstAidBeautySkinTintFair_06Wearing the Triple Protection Skin Tint, set with translucent powder — you can see the difference between my face and my neck. This is a product that I would recommend blending down the neck a bit to avoid the visible demarcation.

Final Thoughts 

So, I have been wearing this daily for almost two weeks. First off: my preferred method of application is with my fingers. I feel a sponge runs the risk of soaking up too much product, and I’m not really a fan of using a brush with it. Using your fingers is easy and the warmth of your fingertips really helps to blend it into your skin.

Secondly, I have the lightest shade in “Fair”, but I can say that it does run more yellow than neutral, and if it was about two shades lighter it would be absolutely perfect for my skin tone. Unfortunately, they only have four shades to choose from, which means the only option to make it lighter is to add a mixer, which I personally am not a fan of. (I don’t like extra steps when I’m trying to get out the door in the morning.)

I have also been trying it with different combinations of other products: no primer, primer, powder foundation, translucent powder, etc.

  • Some “base” products I have used: First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer, Glamglow Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer, Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer, Cover FX Blurring Primer, Milk Makeup Blur Stick
  • Some finishing products I have used: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Filtered Light Setting Powder, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Powder in Translucent, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Poreless Finish Airbrush Powder, NYX #NoFilter Finishing Powder

 

Here are my thoughts on the base products by general “type”:

  • Any base that was a moisturizer (priming or not) was awesome. The FAB Skin Tint would literally glide right over and blend into the skin pretty much seamlessly. You may need to exfoliate if you have some dry patches because the FAB Skin Tint will dry down and can accentuate those, but using a priming moisturizer really helps reduce that. I’m a combo skin type where I usually get oily through the day, but instead of my skin looking greasy, it looked more glowy.
  • Any base that was supposed to be pore-filling caused an issue where the FAB Skin Tint sort of… sat “on top” of my pores. It almost was as if though the day, as my oil would try to break through each pore, it would push up and you could see texture where my pores were–the absolute opposite of what a pore-filling or smoothing primer should do, and with a product as thin in consistency as the FAB Skin Tint, you wouldn’t really expect that to happen.
  • Any base that was supposed to be mattifying, when used in conjunction with the FAB Skin Tint, accentuated dry patches that I didn’t even realize existed. I definitely underestimated the ‘oil control’ that the FAB Skin Tint could potentially have. If you are a dry skin type, you would want to make sure your skin was exfoliated and well-moisturized before using the FAB Skin Tint. If you are an oily or combo skin type, you may want to avoid using a mattifying base with the FAB Skin Tint.

 

Here are my thoughts on the finishing products by general “type”:

  • Any loose finishing powder: the best if you want a very natural finish. The loose translucent powder will help set the FAB Skin Tint without adding coverage, so things like freckles will show through… but so will areas of hyper pigmentation, such as sunspots or acne scarring. But the combo of a loose finishing powder and the FAB Skin Tint really feels like you’re not wearing anything, so this is the best combo for those “no makeup” makeup days.
  • Any powder foundation: Since the FAB Skin Tint doesn’t offer a ton of help in terms of coverage, this is the best option if you want to set the FAB Skin Tint as well as add some additional coverage… which might sort of defeat the purpose of buying a “skin tint”, but hey–do what you want with your makeup! 🙂 The good news is that the powder foundations I tried over the FAB Skin Tint blended easily without disturbing anything, and didn’t “catch” on areas — which meant I didn’t experience any patchiness that can sometimes happens with bad combos of powder/foundation.

Would I recommend it?

You may like this product if…

  • You want something with SPF. This is nice because it offers SPF 30, which is pretty high compared to other coverage products in the market.
  • You can find your shade. If you can’t find your shade, you may need to add a mixer to adjust the color to your needs. If you don’t want to do that, then you may not like this product.
  • You don’t have a lot of to cover up. It does a decent job of covering some light redness, so if that’s all you’re dealing with and your skin is otherwise a fairly even, then you may love this.
    • If you like the “no makeup” look but have some small areas of hyper pigmentation (acne spots, sun spots), your best bet is to apply this and then spot conceal as needed with a separate product.
    • If you have persistent redness or rosacea, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this since it will not build up coverage. You may be better off saving your money and buying something that is medium buildable instead.

I personally really like the First Aid Beauty Triple Protection Skin Tint, and I have found the way I prefer to wear it. I like to use a priming moisturizer, I like to apply it with my fingers, I use a separate concealer for spot concealing and under my eyes, and I like to set it with a translucent loose powder. I do think it runs a bit yellow and it is a shade or two darker than my skin tone, so I don’t think it’s a perfect color match for me. I love that it has SPF 30 and I love that it doesn’t feel like I am wearing anything at all. My freckles show through (which I like), but so do my sunspots (which I don’t like as much).

This is truly one of those “your mileage may vary” products, because you need to think about what your skin needs are, and if this product will help you achieve the look you want, or if it won’t. Personally, I’ve been embracing having lighter coverage, so it’s exactly what I was expecting and I’m not disappointed. It also wears extremely well on my combination skin type, which is hard to find. For me, I’m keeping this product in my everyday makeup bag.

Have you tried the First Aid Beauty Triple Protection Skin Tint yet? What are your thoughts?

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