The Best Tinted Moisturizers on the Market Right Now

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Even the most fervent makeup maximalists want an effortless “no makeup makeup” look sometimes. For an even, radiant complexion that delivers a your-skin-but-better glow in seconds, there’s no denying the power of a good tinted moisturizer.

Tinted moisturizers experienced a huge resurgence during the COVID pandemic, as work-from-home routines become mainstream and heavier traditional foundations took a back seat. As such, they’ve moved from a summertime-only staple to a year-round essential.

What is a tinted moisturizer?

Think of a tinted moisturizer as a happy medium between a moisturizer and a foundation. The majority of formulas have sheer to light coverage—the goal is an even complexion with a hint of color that’s glowing and natural. It won’t replace your foundation if you’re looking to mask imperfections such as blemishes or dark spots. You’ll find various ingredients across different tinted moisturizers, but most formulas contain hydrating, nourishing and skin-softening properties.

Should tinted moisturizer replace your regular moisturizer?

Dry and dehydrated skin types should think of tinted moisturizers as an extra dose of hydration. Look for formulas with hyaluronic acid and squalane and natural to dewy finishes to keep skin looking bouncy. Oilier skin types may be tempted to forgo moisturizer in favor of tinted moisturizer too, but not enough moisture makes skin oilier. The key is in the formula. Look for an oil-free tinted moisturizer with a natural or semi-matte-to matte finish, and salicylic acid and niacinamide in the ingredient list.

The Best 18 Tinted Moisturizers

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bareMinerals Complexion Rescue ($39)

NewBeauty named bareMineral’s Complexion Rescue the Best Tinted Moisturizer in our 2023 Beauty Awards because it hydrates, smooths and protects skin in one step and leaves a natural, radiant glow.

Size: 1.18 oz | Key Ingredients: ginger, squalane, hyaluronic acid | SPF: yes, SPF 30 | Finish: natural radiant | Coverage: sheer to light | Best for: normal, dry and combination skin types | Shade count: 20

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Award Photo: Complexion Rescue
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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector SPF 30 ($54)

Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer is one of the most recognizable picks on the market. The iconic formula recently got an upgrade to include even more skin-loving ingredients for an effortless second-skin look with the prettiest sheer glow.

Size: 1.7 oz | Key Ingredients: macadamia and kukui seed oils, tamarind seed extract | SPF: yes, SPF 30 | Finish: natural | Coverage: light | Best for: normal, dry and combination skin types | Shade count: 20

Makeup artist reviews:

“This tinted moisturizer contains macadamia and kukui seed oils to increase skin’s moisture levels up to 24 hours, tamarind seed extract to lock in moisture, enhanced antioxidant protection and SPF 30. It gives skin a natural, dewy finish with light coverage and it’s hydrating, long-wearing and comes in 20 shades.” —Celebrity makeup artist D’Andre Michael

“This long-loved tinted moisturizer delivers glow with a hint of tint. The product offers a ton of good-for-skin ingredients including macadamia and kukui oils to cushion the skin barrier, vitamin C and E to protect against environmental aggressors, and sodium hyaluronate to plump fine lines!” —Alexa Persico, makeup artist and founder of Alexa Persico Cosmetics

When it comes to tinted moisturizers, Laura Mercier’s Natural Skin Perfector is my favorite. It’s such a smooth formula that is so luxurious and hydrating. Laura Mercier also has blushes in a tinted moisturizer formula that are great as well.” —Makeup artist Dakota Alexandra

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Tower 28 SunnyDays Tinted SPF 30 ($32)

Soothe redness and stressed out skin with this fragrance-free, 100-percent mineral sunscreen skin tint. Prickly pear and aloe vera combine to repair, soften and smooth while maintaining your natural glow. It’s also the first and only complexion product with the National Eczema Association‘s Seal of Acceptance, per the brand.

Size: 1 oz | Key Ingredients: prickly pear, aloe vera, non-nano zinc oxide | SPF: yes, SPF 30 | Finish: natural | Coverage: light to medium | Best for: sensitive, problem-prone skin | Shade count: 17

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Saie Slip Tint SPF 35 Tinted Moisturizer ($36)

For just enough coverage for the ideal “no makeup, makeup” look, look no further than this hydrating formula from Saie. It’s supercharged with clean ingredients, infused with 100% mineral sunscreen and effortlessly melts into skin.

Size: 1.35 oz | Key Ingredients: hyaluronic acid, licorice root, pansy flower, non-nano zinc oxide, argan oil, jojoba | SPF: yes, SPF 35 | Finish: dewy | Coverage: sheer | Best for: all skin types | Shade count: 14

Makeup artists review:

“I love this because it has hydrating, brightening, antioxidant protection and a clean SPF—100-percent mineral zinc oxide—and leaves sheer, dewy coverage. Plus, it has a great shade selection from lightest to darkest shades.” —Celebrity makeup artist Ermahn Ospina

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ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturizer ($15)

For a fresh, hydrating glow without feeling greasy or heavy, you can’t beat this $15 pick from ColourPop. Its consistency is light, but buildable, and easy to blend.

Size: 1.45 oz | Key Ingredients: hyaluronic acid, coconut water | SPF: no | Finish: natural | Coverage: light | Best for: dry and normal skin types | Shade count: 19

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NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 ($46)

This iconic lightweight tinted moisturizer packs a punch to brighten dull skin tone and reduce the look of dark spots thanks to a healthy dose of vitamin C. It’s buildable formula is oil-free, infused with SPF 30 and now available in 16 shades.

Size: 1.9 oz | Key Ingredients: French Polynesian kopara, vitamin C | SPF: yes, SPF 30 | Finish: radiant | Coverage: sheer | Best for: normal, combination, oily skin types | Shade count: 16

Makeup artists reviews:

“This amazing lightweight tinted moisturizer comes in 16 shades, it hydrates and smooths your skin while brightening with vitamin C and protecting with SPF 30, and it leaves you with a natural finish. It is also paraben- and oil-free.”—Ermahn Ospina

“It is a lightweight cream formula that has a radiant finish.” —Dakota Alexandra

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ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 ($48)

If you’ve been paying attention to any “best of” skin and makeup lists over the last few years, you’re familiar with ILIA’s Super Serum Skin Tint. It’s reached cult-level status among celebrities, beauty editors and consumers for its clean and potent formula, pore-and-line-blurring powers and dewy glow.

Size: 1 oz | Key Ingredients: niacinamide, squalane, hyaluronic acid, non-nano zinc oxide| SPF: 40 | Finish: dewy | Coverage: light | Best for: all skin types | Shade count: 30

Makeup artist review:

“This vegan, gluten-free skin tint contains plant-based squalane, which hydrates and tightens the look of skin, niacinamide to smooth skin texture and refine uneven skin tone, hyaluronic acid to replenish moisture levels. It gives light, radiant and dewy coverage and comes in 30 shades.” —D’Andre Michael

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Ami Colē Skin-Enhancing Tinted Moisturizer ($32)

If a soft glow is the vibe you’re looking for, stop looking. A nourishing, breathable formula smooths and enhances your skin without masking it. The shade range is especially great for darker skin tones.

Size: 1 oz | Key Ingredients: Baobab seed oil, hibiscus flower extract, pumpkin | SPF: no | Finish: natural | Coverage: medium | Best for: all skin types | Shade count: 6

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Maybelline Dream Fresh Skin Hydrating BB Cream ($8)

This under-$10 tinted-moisturizer-meets-BB-cream does it all. In one step watch as it blurs imperfections, brightens, evens out tone, smooths, hydrates, enhances and protects skin with SPF 30.

Size: 1.0 oz | Key Ingredients: glycerin, aloe extract | SPF: yes, SPF 30 | Finish: natural | Coverage: light | Best for: all skin types | Shade count: 5

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The SUPER Tinted Hydrator ($108)

“One part next-gen moisturizer, one part intuitive skin tint” is how U Beauty describes their tinted hydrator. Its 11 shades are flexible and self-adjusts to your skin for a truly seamless match. It visibly improves skin texture, restores your complexion’s youthful bounce and helps reduce the look of lines and wrinkles.

Size: 1 oz | Key Ingredients: purified oat extract, peptides, shea butter, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, argan oil | SPF: no | Finish: dewy | Coverage: sheer | Best for: dry and dehydrated skin types | Shade count: 11

BUY NOW – $108

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Iris and Romeo Best Skin Days SPF 30 ($48)

Protect your skin from the sun, pollution and blue light while restoring skin’s hydration, improving its elasticity, and enhancing your natural radiance with the skincare-meets-makeup game-changer. It offers buildable light to medium coverage that evens out tone instantly.

Size: 1.75 oz | Key Ingredients: zinc oxide, vitamin C, Bulgarian rose damascena oil, sodium hyaluronate | SPF: yes, SPF 30 | Finish: dewy | Coverage: light to medium | Best for: all skin types, including dry, mature, acne-prone, and sensitive | Shade count: 12

Makeup artist review:

“This is the best tinted moisturizer on the market right now. I love that it’s light, super hydrating and has SPF. It’s perfect for anyone looking for full-bodied tinted skin care.“—Celebrity makeup artist Molly Stern

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PUR 4-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($36)

Hydrate, correct and plump the look of skin with this moisturizer, primer, foundation and broad spectrum SPF 20 protection in one. It also contains PÜR’s exclusive Ceretin Complex a combination of retinol and retinyl palmitate to promote cell turnover and diminish the look of wrinkles and discoloration.

Size: 1.7 oz | Key Ingredients: sodium hyaluronate, retinol, shea butter, chamomile, aloe vera, vitamin E | SPF: yes, SPF 20 | Finish: radiant | Coverage: sheer | Best for: all skin types | Shade count: 16

Makeup artist review:

“It moisturizes, primes, covers, and protects from the sun. The ingredients are amazing: sodium hyaluronate, aloe and vitamin E to hydrate, ceretin complex with retinol to diminish the look of lines and wrinkles, and chamomile and shea butter to help soothe.” —Celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg

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Clinique Moisture Surge Sheertint Hydrator SPF 25 ($44)

For a plump and dewy complexion that lasts for 12 hours, grab Clinique’s Moisture Surge Sheertint Hydrator. It’s sweat-and-humidity-resistant and blends flawlessly. Pro tip: a little goes a long way.

Size: 1.3 oz | Key Ingredients: hyaluronic acid, aloe water | SPF: yes, SPF 25 | Finish: natural | Coverage: sheer | Best for: all skin types | Shade count: 7

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wet n wild Bare Focus Tinted Hydrator ($5)

Chock-full of hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and squalane, this highly-rated drugstore pick provides sheer to medium coverage and keeps skin moisturized all day.

Size: 0.91 oz | Key Ingredients: hyaluronic acid, squalane | SPF: no | Finish: semi-matte | Coverage: sheer to medium | Best for: normal and dry skin tones | Shade count: 11

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Yves Saint Laurent Beauty NU BARE LOOK TINT ($46)

Users of YSL’s NU BARE LOOK TINT report brighter, more moisturized and even toned skin with a healthy glow after two weeks of use, according to the brand. The cream melts into skin, is buildable and traps moisture in for an all-day glow.

Size: 1 oz | Key Ingredients: hyaluronic, glycerin, mallow | SPF: no | Finish: radiant | Coverage: light to medium | Best for: all skin types | Shade count: 20

Makeup artist review:

“This is what I like to call a ‘skincare-makeup hybrid.’ The formula is light as air and has a water-like cream texture that feels great on the skin and looks good too. You can thank its blend of hyaluronic acid and glycerin for up to 24 hours of hydration.” —Alexa Persico

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Lancôme SKIN FEELS GOOD Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 23 ($37)

For velvety-smooth skin, antioxidant protection and a radiant glow, grab this makeup-artist favorite from Lancôme. One shopper says “It is categorized as a tint, but gives great coverage without feeling like you are wearing anything.”

Size: 1 oz | Key Ingredients: moringa seed, hyaluronic acid, glycerin | SPF: yes, SPF 23 | Finish: radiant | Coverage: sheer | Best for: all skin types | Shade count: 12

Makeup artist review:

“This oil-free formula contains hydrating moringa seed and hyaluronic acid, which make this formula an all-in-one lightweight moisturizer and light coverage foundation. It also has SPF, gives the skin a radiant finish and comes in 15 shades.”—D’Andre Michael

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Kosas Tinted Face Oil ($42)

If you like the feeling of wearing nothing on your face, this featherlight tinted face oil may be just what you’re looking for. It looks like it’s no longer available on Kosas.com, but retailers like Amazon and Nordstrom have it in stock, so grab it while you can.

Size: 1 oz | Key Ingredients: avocado oil, red raspberry seed oil, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, green tea | SPF: no | Finish: satin | Coverage: medium | Best for: all skin types | Shade count: 16

Makeup artist review:

“This gives a velvety finish and looks so healthy on the skin. It has tons of great ingredients, including avocado oil, jojoba oil and rosehip seed oil to moisturize, soothe and brighten.” —Jamie Greenberg

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Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint ($28)

The ultra-thin texture of Glossier’s Skin Tint is not for covering imperfections, but instead it delivers a beautifully blurred, soft complexion that lets your natural skin shine through.

Size: 1 oz | Key Ingredients: glycerin, diamond powder | SPF: no | Finish: dewy | Coverage: super sheer | Best for: all skin types | Shade count: 12

Makeup artist review:

“This vegan formula gives skin lightweight, breathable coverage and contains diamond powder, which gives a blurring effect and minimizes the appearance of pores. It also contains glycerin for moisturizing, and it goes on smooth with a dewy finish.” —D’Andre Michael

BUY NOW – $28

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