Hi everyone, I managed to pick up my camera for the first time in about 6 weeks! If you don’t know what’s been happening, I wrote all about it here. It felt so good to be doing something, even though I have to be very careful! At the moment, I’m still only gingerly walking round the house and trying to go for very short walks. I can’t do full strides, or twist… basically anything that twists, stretches of pulls my groin.
On average it’s about 8 weeks before you can start doing anything more than just walking around a bit. However, the haematology nurse said I’ve had such an acute, nasty clump of large clots, they will take months and months to dissolve/be absorbed by the body. She said I’m doing really well so far though, which is reassuring! I’m still pretty sore, swollen and aching which is to be expected, but I can stand up for 15 minutes this week, whereas last week it was about 5 minutes. Progress may be small, but it’s progress and I’ll take it!
Anyway, let’s talk about the Saie Slip Tint Dewy Tinted Moisturiser! It’s been available in the US for a while, but only launched in the UK a couple of weeks ago. It seems to only be available at Cult Beauty so far. Saie is a brand that I’ve been eager to try. I’ve seen some hit and miss reviews of their products on YouTube so far, so I wanted to try for myself! Let’s get into it!
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The Saie Slip Tint moisturiser is £27 for 40ml. That works out to be £0.67 per ml. I use a pump and a half for my face, so I can see this lasting a long time!
I’d say Saie is in a similar price range to MAC, maybe slightly cheaper with some products. They don’t have a huge range of products available in the UK yet, so it’s pretty niche what you can get.
This tinted moisturiser comes in a plastic tube with a pump, much like most other tinted moisturisers I own. According to Saie’s website the tube is recyclable. It’s made from bio-resin sugarcane plastic. When you’ve finished your Slip Tint you can snip the end off the tube, clean it out and place it in with your plastic recycling. The pump is not yet recyclable, so needs to be taken off and disposed of.
The packaging feels sturdy and well made, there’s not half a tube of air or anything. The lid is thick plastic and the pump is smooth. I’ve had no splattering of the product in the times I’ve worn this.
There are 14 shades of the Saie Slip Tint Dewy Tinted Moisturiser. Obviously, since the coverage is meant to be sheer, the shades can be more interchangeable. However, I actually think the shade range is evenly balanced between light, medium and deep shades.
I bought shade one. It says it’s for pink undertones, I have neutral. However, when I googled real life swatches, shade two (for peach undertones) seemed way too dark. Shade one seemed light enough, but slightly warm toned. When it arrived, I was glad that I went for shade one as it is actually a little orangey/warm when you first squeeze it from the tube. Once you start rubbing it between your fingers, it does look a little more peachy and it works for my skin tone.
I do like that they have a variety of undertones, there’s red, neutral red, olive, golden, peach, pink and neutral. Of course, there’s always room for expansion, but compared to other brands, Saie have done a great job at trying to cover a broad range of undertones and shades.
This is a swatch of shade one:
- Sheer, flexible coverage
- Skin friendly ingredients
- 100% mineral sunscreen*
- Hydrating and radiant
- Brightening, evens skin out
- Skin soothing
- Suitable for acne prone skin
Let’s start with sheer, flexible coverage. This is definitely sheer, but it does enough to even out your skin. It won’t cover acne, but it makes me look a bit more put together. I can put this on and leave the house with nothing else on, or add concealer, mascara, blush and lip balm.
Ingredient wise, there’s grape seed oil, jojoba esters, glycerin, liquorice, aloe vera, pansy flower and hyaluronic acid. I have a lot of skincare products that use a mixture of these ingredients and my skin seems to get on well with them.
One thing to note (the asterisk I put above). The first ingredients is Zinc Dioxide and one of the last is Titanium Dioxide. These two ingredients are commonly found in mineral sunscreens, which this product is… in the US. It’s labelled as an SPF35. The UK tube, box and description don’t say that it’s an SPF, yet lists Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide in the ingredients list, the same as the US website.
From a bit of research I’ve done into labelling across the globe, I’m going to hazard a guess that it’s because Saie Beauty says that it gives you 100% protection. Apparently, in the EU, you’re not allowed to advertise that.
There’s also rules around labelling that require products to say when to apply for maximum efficacy and to reapply throughout the day. The last bit I could find on it is that products in the EU, have to have low, medium, high, very high protection factor on there too, which I don’t see on the Saie Slip Tint.
The directions just say apply one to two pumps with fingertips, which probably wouldn’t satisfy EU law. It does say UVA/UVB broad spectrum on the US website, which you have to have in the EU, but I don’t think it meets the criteria for being called an SPF in the UK. This is my best guess anyway, there may be another reason that I can’t find.
The next claims are that it’s hydrating, radiant, brightening and evens skin out. Check, check, check to all of these. I definitely agree! It’s probably the most hydrating tinted moisturiser I’ve ever used, it makes you look radiant, healthy and glowy. It brightens up my dull skin and evens out my blotchiness.
As for skin soothing, I haven’t noticed it causing any issues on my skin, it’s very comfortable to wear, I have some acne at the moment and it doesn’t seem to irritate it. But I feel like soothing means something different to anyone, I’m not sure I’d call it soothing. It just doesn’t aggravate anything or break me out. This leads to the next claim, suitable for acne prone skin. I would agree. As I said above, I enjoy and use plenty of products that have the ingredients that are in this tinted moisturiser. Liquorice and pansy flower to mention two. My skin reacts well to them and finds them calming.
APPLICATION AND WEAR TEST
I’ve been after a tinted moisturiser than I can apply with my fingers since I started getting unwell. Sometimes, I want to look like I’ve made some kind of effort when I don’t have the energy to do a full face. Plus I thought it would be great for any times when you suddenly have to pop out or see someone!
Happy to report the Saie Slip Tint applies well with both fingers and a brush! The quickest way is with fingers, it blends really easily into the skin. No streak marks or bits that are hard to rub in. This glides over skin and doesn’t cling to any dry patches and really gives you that healthy, radiant glow. Coverage wise, it evens out your skin, but won’t cover acne. However, I have found it layers well. I added a bit more coverage on my chin one time and it helped with some redness, but blended in seamlessly.
I’ve been testing this product for the last few weeks and have worn it alone and with other makeup. Blush and concealer layers well over it. One time, I tried very lightly powdering to see if it had a negative effect, it didn’t. Still glowy, just slightly less so. There were no issues with it looking heavy or separating.
Both powder and cream blushes work well on top of this tinted moisturiser, I don’t find it lifting the base or making it patchy. It doesn’t particularly need setting; I’ve worn it with and without Fix+. As for mask transfer, I’ve been pleasantly surprised! There were a couple of marks from each cheek on the inside of my mask, but nothing from my nose or chin and I didn’t need to re-blend anything.
Here is the Saie Slip Tint just after application:
And after 8 1/2 hours of wear:
As you can see, I definitely got more glowy! I didn’t powder, but I did blot my forehead and nose once as it was really quite shiny! It’s obviously personal preference when it comes to how glowy you like to look. I love how this looks on the skin until about hour 6/7. Then it just needs a blot to tone it down. If you love looking super radiant, then you might skip this step.
I do think if you have oily skin, you might want to either powder or skip this as it could go full on greaseball. I’m combo and get oily through the t-zone. While it’s not the longest wearing base product I own, it does get you through an 8 hour day before it starts to look a little heavy around the nose.
If you are looking for something more mattifying, I would say try the L’Oreal True Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted Serum as it sort of dries to a powder and I can get 12+ hours of wear without getting too glowy. I did a full review and wear test here.
I’ve been really enjoying this tinted moisturiser. It’s so easy to use, easy to build and other products layer on top well. For those days when you just want something to even out your skin, then this is great! It’s not the longest wearing product ever, but you can get an 8 hour day with it. I love the finish, but do think if you don’t like glowy makeup you will not like this… It really lives up to the name “Dewy Tinted Moisturiser”.
I’ve mentioned above an alternative for my oily skin folk, but it is a different product as it’s a serum, not a moisturiser. If you’re looking for a more natural matte tinted moisturiser, then the Chantecaille Just Skin is great. It’s pricey (£72), but I’d wait for a 20% off code before buying. You do get slightly more product, 50g over 40ml for the Saie Slip Tint, but it’s a beautiful product.
For me, it’s worth having the Saie Slip Tint, the L’Oreal Serum and the Chantecaille tinted moisturiser as they all give me something different and I choose them dependent on what my skin is like. When my skin is dull and dry, I’d choose the Saie. If I’m having an oilier day, I would choose the L’Oreal. If my skin is looking pretty normal, I’d use the Chantecaille.
The Saie tinted moisturiser is a good price point and you get plenty of product for your money. I love how it looks on the skin and the fact you can just apply with fingers. It’s just what I’ve been looking for and I’d definitely recommend it if you’re on the hunt for a new, glowy tinted moisturiser! I’m excited to try more products from Saie!