Australis Paparazzi Perfect tinted moisturiser is very nearly made for this - it's a light, watery, soapy-scented pleasure to wear, and it glides on so beautifully. And it meshes with the powder really well - both elements do reasonably well on their own, but are not designed for full on coverage so when you slot them together they create a great balance between flawlessness and a natural finish. It has a perfectly shaped tube, and I find it a bit of a joy to having sitting around. So why doesn't it quite make it?
Paparazzi Perfect tinted moisturiser above, Paparazzi Perfect High Def Foundation below.
Because the Welsh Curse has struck me down yet again - the palest shade, of the two shades, is too dark for me. Which is a huge shame because I love the formulation and how light and sheer it is. And I know Australis can get my skin tone, the Nude shade in the High Definition foundation fits me fine. If they'd chosen to made three or four colour options, I think I would have been okay, but as a Light/Medium? Nooo. I even thought I could get away with it for a bit, and in some lights I can, but all it took for me to admit defeat was sitting with the boyfriend in a Java Juice, and him looking warily at me and going "Um - you look a bit jaundiced."
So while the promotional material proudly tells us that the colour balancing aspect will always suit all complexions - not this one, sadly.
There's also a bit of a logistical issue with this one - it's a moisturiser primarily, but it doesn't have an SPF of any kind. Which begs the question when you should be applying the sunscreen, with this product? Before the tinted moisturiser (sunscreen before moisturiser??) or after the moisturiser, which surely would screw with the finish/effect? It's a problem. A problem for you slightly darker-than-fair ladies to figure out. Let me know what you figure out, because it's a damn good product with a few problematic misjudgements.
DISCLAIMER: Sent for review, longer ago than I care to admit.