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Tinted Moisturizer

I think if I wasn’t blogging, I’d reach for it more often as part of a regular routine. I love the idea of just quickly applying and going about my day with a little bit of coverage to help even out my skin tone but not have the full effect of higher coverage foundation.

— Christine


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Mariella Avatar

In all honest, I think I’d rather use an untinted moisturizer with SPF and then a powder “foundation” to achieve the same sort of look, or a moisturizer and my beloved Australian Gold tinted sunscreen. Maybe I just haven’t found the right one but I’ve yet to find a tinted moisturizer that does a good job of perfecting the look of my skin slightly (I’m not expecting full coverage type effects) and has sunscreen but Canada has some strict or strange rules about what can and can’t be labeled as having sun protection so that could be part of the problem.

Lesley Avatar

Not for me. I don’t like their shine and they feel heavy on my skin. Even when they have a high SPF, you still need a separate sunscreen because you would need too heavy a layer of the TM to get enough protection. If I want to just even out my skin and look a bit polished I use a light layer of tinted powder over sunscreen.

liz Avatar

it’s all I wear, base-wise! I don’t like the way regular foundation looks on me anymore. it tends to cake up around my acne and I find it to be dulling bc I can never get the perfect match. tinted moisturizer keeps me glowy and the shade matches tend to be more forgiving cause it’s so sheer.

Lacey Avatar

I like the ease of adding a drop of foundation to tinted moisturizer, and patting it over my high SPF mineral sunscreen. Evens out my skintone, adds moisture and wears well for a long time without looking like I’m wearing heavy foundation. Bare Minerals complexion rescue is great, and their shade range is very good!

Genevieve Avatar

I don’t use tinted moisturiser myself as often the ‘tinted’ shade is too warm toned for me and looks off. I have used a fair BB cream from Nude by Nature that worked quite well, but generally I prefer a medium coverage foundation all year round. I use a separate moisturiser and a separate SPF cream as well.

Pat Breslauer Avatar

Tinted Moisturizer is my go to for day and I’ve tried many; LM, YSL, NARS, etc. but my fave is Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector SPF 43 Sunscreen in Glow 2. I’m out working with my horses in the hot, humid South Florida sun everyday and this protects, evens skin tone, adds some color and does not budge! I do use a high SPF under as well as on neck and arms. Sadly it is discontinued so once the Shiseido site sells out I’ll have to try their BB. For non outdoor I alternate between Saie Slip (like but too much glow for hot, humid outdoors) and Armani Silk Fusion.

brendacr1 Avatar

I haven’t found one that I really like yet. Foundations aren’t cutting it, they cake in my fine lines and it doesn’t matter how much prepping or priming I do I just need something light and I think my next purchase will be the La Mer Foundation as the conversations I’ve had with people make it sound like it would be a good fit.

Donna Avatar

I am not a fan. I use my proper skin care, and tinted moisturizer does not for me fit in with that.

One SPF I use a separate one, and it goes on top of moisturizer, which you cannot do with tinted.

Two, I have some redness and tinted does not give proper coverage, so I just think use my normal moisturizer and no makeup.

kjh Avatar

World’s big fan, but that said, I have to cocktail with Paula, Bare Minerals, Iredale, Coola, or KGD foundation. TMs/BBs seldom have enough coverage, esp if you need moderate concealer. The desired coverage depends on the setting. AG over light moisture is fine. For real sun, real sunscreen: Elta MD, derm rec which comes slightly tinted or Blue Lizard. Having a massive allergy to chemical sunscreens and their kin, there’s a lot of ingredients research and most products are ruled out, all the majors, AB/KB. The only big mistake and returned TM/bb, light foundation was Saie. Dreadful. slipped, gloppy, oily not dewy, never set, oy.

Helene Avatar

I’ve not tried a tinted moisturizer in years and years.
I used to like Laura Mercier Oil Free one, but now I much prefer to use a separate sunscreen and some type of foundation.
I still love the idea, and it might work for winter here as the days are so short, but not on sunny days, just cloudy ones. I really don’t need any more sun damage on my skin. My biggest beauty regret, loving to sit in the warm lovely sun.

Z Avatar

I like tinted moisturizers that are LIGHT ENOUGH for my skin tone (I’m hoping companies continue to expand their shade ranges in all directions – light, deep, assorted undertones, etc), have some spf, and are *strongly* yellow-based. I’m crazy fair and have rosacea on my face that requires a strong hand to tamp down.

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