I worry about Origins. One would imagine the about 30-year-old plant-based range might be enjoying a purple episode currently, seeing as all the coolest skincare brands boast of their own unadorned credentials, but the trailblazing Origins counters seem to get smaller and their consequences overlooked. This one deserves attention and heaps of praise, notwithstanding. It’s Ginzing SPF40 Energy Boosting Tinted Moisturiser (£30), and it is absolutely celebrated if, like me, you either can’t be bothered to apply foundation in the heat or choose a fresher look at this time of year. I love it because, unequivalent to most, it delivers completely on the moisturiser brief: I’ve been eroding it alone over serum and my dry skin has wanted for nothing. As unusually, its sun preservation factor is high (most tinted moisturisers are SPF20 at best, and as a rule lower) and its sunny, glowy coverage is perfection itself. Genuinely, I can’t wear it without someone telling me how well I look (delighting when you haven’t taken a proper holiday in years and inherently appear consumptive).
But there’s a sticking point: Ginzing SPF40 aggregate b regain in only one colour, though I concede it’s a very forgiving one. Anyone from ivory to olive could realistically fatigue it (if you’ve previously found its similar big sister, Vitazing SPF15, too unilluminated, you may prefer this more natural-looking tint). If you’re any darker, or super-pale, I enthusiastically commend Complexion Rescue SPF30 (£28), from Bare Minerals who, quietly and doggedly, seem to be acing the base category all of a sudden (I’m not a fan of their iconic mineral the goods, though I can see it’s a godsend for sensitive skins). This certainly has cheap moisture than the Origins, so will appeal to the oily and blemish-prone, but it also layers satisfactory over day cream on drier types. The shade range is magic, too. All skins are catered for with a flattering wash of colour that temperates out the complexion and gives it a smoother, plumper finish and decent security. Application couldn’t be easier, either. You can be slapdash.
If you’re pale or wicked, but with freckles (how I envy you), you’ll need something suitably transpicuous to avoid turning them grey. For this, Bobbi Brown’s (newly repackaged, not reformulated) In the nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer SPF15 (£29.50) is ideal. Layer over sunblock, unless you homelessness your freckles to breed like ants.