10 of the best, in no particular order.
God, I love tinted moisturiser. Foundation – sure, it has its place. But tinted moisturiser? She’s got your back, all day, everyday.
In theory, finding a good tinted moisturiser should be easy. However, anyone who has truly delved into the world of your-skin-but-better dewy coverage knows that you have to kiss a few frogs before you find The One. Medium coverage, lightweight, SPF, barely there, oil-free, oil-based, cheap and cheerful, worth a small fortune – trust me, not all tinted moisturisers are created equal.
What works for me, may not work for you. So here’s a list of 10 noteworthy products for you to browse and buy at your leisure. I’m not going to promise that you won’t have to kiss any frogs but hopefully with this list in hand, you can kiss less frogs in pursuit of your ride or die.
1. Revlon PhotoReady Candid Foundation
Pros: This product will only have a small impact on your bank account, meaning you can experiment with relatively low consequences. Revlon considers Candid Photoready to be medium coverage; however, I’d definitely say it’s on the light to medium side but definitely buildable. It’s dewy, natural-looking and gives good glow. Formulated without oils, parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes, and harsh fragrances.
Cons: Hm… let me get back to you on that one.
Shade range: Revlon produces 31 shades in total. From those, 16 are available at Priceline online.
Price: $24.95 from Priceline.
2. NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil
Pros: Another cheap and cheerful formulation that glides on like a dream. Compared to Revlon, this product is more on the sheer side but evens skin tone with a subtle dewy finish. It’s great for weekends, WFH days or anytime you want to look cute but also like you didn’t try.
Cons: This is a product that smooths and evens out your complexion, rather than covering it up. Pro tip: on days where you want a little more oomph, pair it with concealer.
Shade range: NYX Professional Makeup creates 12 shades. From those, eight are available at Priceline online.
Price: $24.95 from Priceline.
3. La Roche-Posay Uvidea XL Tinted UV Protection BB Cream
Pros: When it comes to sensitive skin, you can’t beat the French pharmacy brands – La Roche-Posay, Avène, Bioderma, Caudalie, I’m looking at you… If your skin is prone to throwing unannounced tantrums, La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Tinted BB Cream is worth a try. It is fragrance-free, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic. The tinted finish is sheer with a delightful glow and added SPF means it doubles as sun protection (provided you apply an adequate amount).
Cons: While SPF 50 is always a good thing, this formula does have a subtle sunscreen-y vibe.
Shade range: This product only comes in three shades, the darkest being ‘Medium’.
Price: $35.95 from Adore Beauty.
4. Avène Day Protector Tinted BB Cream SPF30+
Pros: Avène’s take on a BB Cream is SPF30+ (woo hoo!) and quite similar in consistency to the La Roche-Posay BB Cream mentioned above; it is also fragrance-free, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic. This product is a low risk choice for anyone with sensitive skin who wants a radiance-boosting product with light natural-looking coverage.
Cons: Avène Day Protector Tinted BB Cream comes in one shade to “suit most complexions”.
Shade range: See above.
Price: $32.99 from Priceline.
5. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser
Pros: An icon! This tinted moisturiser is lightweight and oil-free with a sheer to medium coverage depending on what you’re after. People love this stuff – and for good reason too. The glow factor is real thanks to subtle light-diffusing pigments. (Definitely not glittery/sparkly, thank-you-very-much.) If your skin is congested and pimple-prone, a lot of dermatologists will recommend you go oil-free – in this instance, NARS really comes into its own.
Cons: At just over $70, it’s an investment. If you’re worried about dropping the $$ and regretting it later, ask one of the Mecca consultants for a sample to take home and try before you buy.
Shade range: There are 12 shades in production, all available at Mecca online.
Price: $72 from Mecca.
6. Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser
Pros: Another icon! And a personal favourite! Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser is the real deal. She disappeared from Australia for a little while there but it’s OK, she’s back now and better than ever. Similar to the NARS Tinted Moisturiser, this guy is oil-free and lightweight but definitely gives enough coverage to make it almost feel like a foundation. It won’t slide around on your face and is perfect for all skin types.
Cons: She’s at the pricier end of the scale.
Shade range: There are 15 shades in production, with 13 shades available from Mecca online.
Price: $72 from Mecca.
7. Chantecaille Just Skin
Pros: This one comes highly recommended by the Gritty Pretty Gang on Facebook. Chantecaille Just Skin stands out from the crowd thanks to its three-in-one functionality: it hydrates, covers and has enough SPF for a day of running errands. The sun protection in this formula comes from titanium dioxide – a broad spectrum, physical filter. Just Skin blends into skin beautifully and has the kind of finish that will lead to questions from well-meaning friends, bystanders and colleagues.
Cons: If you thought NARS and Laura Mercier were expensive, Chantecaille Just Skin might make you fall off your chair. However, some of the most sophisticated and elegant formulas do warrant the higher price tag…
Shade range: Chantecaille manufactures seven shades of Just Skin – all available from Mecca online.
Price: $119 from Mecca.
8. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream SPF 50
Pros: The very definition of Beauty Editor favourite, you’d be hard-pressed to find a beauty journalist in Australia who doesn’t rave about this multitasking wonder. It instantly brightens, covers and hydrates. This highly-pigmented tinted moisturiser/CC cream/SPF is thicker and provides more coverage than your average. Despite being SPF 50, it doesn’t feel like a sunscreen one bit. Big fan over here.
Cons: It’s too good?
Shade range: 14 shades available from Sephora – 10 currently in stock online.
Price: $63 from Sephora.
9. Kosas Tinted Face Oil
Pros: This one’s a curveball in that it’s not technically a tinted moisturiser, it’s a tinted face oil. If you’re someone whose skin responds really well to oils, this Kosas formula is one to try. With an ultra-thin consistency, you probably haven’t tried anything like this before. Avocado and rosehip seed oils nourish and hydrate parched skin. Interestingly, this formula offers medium coverage with a velvety finish.
Cons: It’s different to your standard tinted moisturiser and may not be for everyone. Go in store and try it, though – anyone who loves it, really loves it. Personally, I’m a little indifferent about it but I added it in here as GP’s Beauty Assistant Rose swears by the stuff.
Shade range: Kosas creates 16 shades – Mecca stocks 15.
Price: $67 from Mecca.
10. Mecca Cosmetica Weekend Skin Hydra Skin Tint
Pros: Another formula that isn’t quite your average, Mecca Cosmetica’s Weekend Skin Hydra Skin Tint is super lightweight and super hydrating. Once it dries down, this formula truly is weightless. Weekend Skin Hydra Skin Tint comes into its own during the warmer months when you’re hot and sweaty and your skin just wants to breathe. And at $40, it’s on the more affordable end of the spectrum.
Cons: The coverage is nice but subtle – if you prefer something closer to a foundation, this one isn’t for you.
Shade range: Mecca Cosmetica produces five shades of this product.
Price: $40 from Mecca.
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