Merci, Ms. Mercier
Everyone I have asked for suggestions as to products to try (from the salon assistant to R, my Super BFF) tells me that their favorite, must-have product is Laura Mercier's oil-free SPF 20 Tinted Moisturizer. It comes in seven shades and is $42.
So many people, so many rave reviews--- well add me to the list.
This sunscreen/moisturizer also has great coverage. I wear it alone when my skin is clear, and under my i.d. Bare Escentuals when I need a little extra hiding-of-the-spots. Although the formula feels a little thick and tacky when applied initially, it soaks right into your skin and becomes the perfect base for a dusting of powder on top, if you so wish. Of all the tinted moisturizers I have used (Bobbi Brown, Clinique)-- this one provides the best coverage and I really like the oil-free formulation.
I have been using it in this lovely humidity (which everyone seems to curse, but I love it it feels like the tropics in Manhattan)-- to good results.
So merci, Ms. Mercier! Thank you for making so many people happy (and consequently more efficient for having coverage and moisturizer and sunscreen in 1!).