Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium: Review and Swatch

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Today I have a review on the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium. Though one of the earlier products to be released from the line, I was a little hesitant to purchase it at first because it didn't appeal to me at all with its claims of super sheer coverage.

However, it's funny how the pendulum swings when it comes to makeup trends and preferences over time. I used to be someone who wore either medium to full coverage foundation or no foundation at all and now I've come to appreciate the look of a lighter coverage foundation. This is even with my uneven skintone and hyper pigmentation because it doesn't look so "done" while subtly evening it out. 

Enter the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint. This retails for $26.00 for 30ml/1.0 oz and comes in a squeeze bottle with a dropper top, very utilitarian.

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium

I have oily skin so I wasn't too sure how my face would fare with the Perfecting Skin Tint. Click through to read my review and thoughts on the product!

I have a lot of Glossier products and I like a lot of them but I'm also not blind to the fact that their target clientele are people with virtually perfect skin who want that effortless no-makeup makeup look. I feel like this purchase was semi fueled by that desire to look like I'm not trying too hard with my makeup.


Glossier claims: 
  • In the land between bare skin and makeup makeup exists the imperceptible wash of color that is our Perfecting Skin Tint. What does it do? Evens out discoloration and leaves your face looking toned, smooth, and dewy. The breathable, ultra thin formula auto-fits to skin, making application as simple as throwing on moisturizer. What won’t it do? Hide your freckles, spackle your pores, or erase any other evidence that you are, in fact, a real human being.
There are five shades in the range, and given the sheerness of the formula you can get away with going in between shades. I found the shade Medium (second shade) suited me quite well.

Application is super easy, you just shake, squeeze out a few drops, and smooth it on in strokes onto your face. They used to say how much drops to use, about 12-15 around your face and I use about 4-6 drops per quadrant and you can certainly layer it. It's quite liquidy but the packaging allows for a lot of control because you still have to squeeze each drop out instead of having it leak or run out of the tube. 

They mean it when they say it adds sheer coverage and instant dewiness and I felt like it helped to lightly blur my skin. The before and after pictures below better document its effects. However, I got more dewy over time despite it not being moisturizing and felt like I had to blot after about 1-2 hours. In order for it to have better staying power, I needed to use it with a primer and setting powder but that's a lot of effort to put in for something that only gives sheer coverage. I think I'm just not made for this product on its own. 

I've been able to get use out of it as a mixer with other foundations and concealers to create a lighter finish and coverage but it's definitely not great on its own for my oily skin. 


If you're still interested in seeing how my skin looked before/after, here are some creatively cropped pictures before with no makeup, after one layer (4 drops per quadrant), and after two layers (additional drops). Hopefully this gives you an idea of what you might get out of it.

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium Comparison

This series of photos best shows how it can layer over acne and redness from active acne/scarring. It also shows how it can help blur pores.

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium Comparison

This shows the light coverage for hyper pigmentation and some blurring of pores.

Here's just a color swatch of Medium.

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium Swatches


You will probably like this if you have a normal to dry skin type and want a sheer (and kinda buildable) finish to the skin. It's great if you don't want a heavy look to your face and want to enhance your skin on those good skin days. I would not recommend it if you have oily skin unless you don't mind using a primer/setting powder. I still plan to use it as a mixer for my concealers to thin them out or for those days when I'm into making it work.

Do you prefer a lighter coverage foundation or are you more into full coverage products?

Disclaimer: I purchased this myself using referral credit. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this post. There are referral links in this post which provide me with referral credit if you choose to make a purchase using the link.


  1. Thank you for this review. I’ve been debating on getting this FOREVER! I DO have normal skin with very little redness and discoloration... only around my nose which , in theory, should be good for this but it’s SO sheer. I’m wondering if you think it will give my bronzer/contour something to stick to? I usually don’t wear ANY foundation (I hate the way it feels) and all of my bronzer/ contour/highlight seem to just slide off or absorb into my skin . Any thoughts? Did you wear any makeup over it?thank u!!!❤️❤️

  2. I tended to wear just cream highlighter over this since I was more focused on the wear of the skin tint. If you wear a powder bronzer/contour, maybe consider powdering your face as a "base" if you're not interested in any foundation. You might like tinted moisturizer instead. Check out Matilda on Youtube, she's got this great compilation on tinted moisturizers!


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