Natio Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20 in Beige - review and swatches


As you may know, I've been through three of these Natio tinted moisturisers now and this is the third one I have left to review.

It's probably the most useful of the three because it's the warmest so it makes a good foundation darknener, but that's about all I can use it for. 

Indeed, you may remember me mentioning that these products don't offer any coverage - all they do is dye the skin a particular colour without covering anything - so I don't recommend them and I'll be glad when I'm through this one so I can look at other options.

Natio claims/product details:

  • Inspired 3-in-1 formula creates the ultimate in barely there makeup perfection
  • Combines the benefits of a moisturiser and a sunscreen, with a hint of colour for a fresh, natural satin finish
  • Provides light to medium coverage
  • Lightweight and hydrating formula leaves a healthy-looking, natural, glowing complexion
  • RRP $18.95 AUD for 50ml, but do shop around (I bought mine at half-price)

Below are unblended and blended swatches of Beige, indirect sunlight:

And in natural light:

And below I've swatched Beige alongside the other two shades so you can see the differences between them.

Direct sunlight (and note the oxidation):

* L-R: Neutral, Beige, Honey

Indirect sunlight:

* L-R: Neutral, Beige, Honey


This isn't a good product and while I don't regret buying it because I paid very little for mine and I have found some use for it, I wouldn't recommend it and I certainly wouldn't buy it again.

The product is a standard tinted moisturiser that comes in a tube and smells a little like sunscreen. It spreads and applies well, and it has a shiny finish so do be aware of that: I personally prefer to powder it.

What surprised me about this product when I first used it was just how little coverage it has. Indeed, I tried it again yesterday as a stand-alone tinted moisturiser, and all it did was tint my skin a darker shade without covering anything.

This morning I used it with my Australis whitening drops to see how it went with those, since they have a reasonable amount of coverage, and I needed to add quite a few drops to get the shade closest to my skintone. While that did look a little better, I still needed to put something else over the top of it to boost the coverage (and I've only got a light/medium coverage on since that's my preference for everyday wear).

The other thing to note is that all three shades oxidise and also dry down a little bit darker (I understand that 'oxidising' and 'drying down' like paint are slightly different things). You'll notice that especially in the comparison swatch of Beige in the indirect sunlight shot above, where I've noted the oxidation. 

Overall I don't think this is a good product and I can't recommend it. It doesn't cover anything and the formula also darkens on application. Thankfully I've been able to use mine as a foundation darkener so it hasn't been a complete waste, but that's all I can do with it.


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