Tinted moisturizers have become a staple in many people’s makeup boxes, but it’s hard when you have oily or problematic skin to find ones that don’t make that problem worse. When I am looking for a tinted moisturizer, I tend to lean towards those that aren’t overly heavy and still have some SPF protection. Luckily, it hasn’t been that difficult to find exactly what I’m looking for at any price point.
One reason why tinted moisturizers are so popular is that they can be used in place of foundation. Choose the right one, and you can get by with a swipe of mascara and a dab of gloss, and you’re out the door. I find that when I’m just hanging around the house or running boring errands, this is my go-to makeup of the day. Here are my picks for the best five:
Estee Lauder DayWear Sheer Tint Release Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Moisturizer SPF 15: (Nordstrom, $43) It’s the most important thing you’ll put on today. This lightweight tinted moisturizer enhances any skin tone with a healthy, even-toned glow. Plus it defends against signs of premature aging and diminishes their appearance with Estee Lauder’s most effective antioxidant power ever. Visibly reduces the first signs of aging, like dullness and fine, dry lines. Skin feels smoother, looks fresher and healthier instantly.
Jane Iredale ‘Dream Tint’ Moisture Tint SPF 15 (Nordstrom, $36) My very first tinted moisturizer! This super-absorbent product not only hydrates, but prevents water loss, calms inflammation and improves the skin’s elasticity. Plus, Dream Tint creates a soft-focus effect that minimizes the look of large pores and fine lines. Unique algae extracts moisturize and soothe. Titanium dioxide provides SPF 15 with UVA protection. Use alone as a tinted moisturizer and sunscreen or as the perfect primer for Jane’s mineral bases.
Kiss My Face Natural Tinted Moisturizer, Clay (Drugstore.com, $9.99) Kiss My Face mineral based tints provide sheer coverage that’s natural, not from artificial dyes. Enriched with Ester-C our Tinted Moisturizers smooth out skin tones with oil-free, fragrance-free, sheer color while protecting against UVA/UVB rays with SPF 8. Available in six skin tones, Beach, Branch, Clay, Manila, Rattan and Sisal with an improved formula that is more sheer and blendable to provide an even better match to any skin tone.
Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20(Nordstrom.com, $42) Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer is a buildable foundation that can be worn by all skin types but especially those with acne-prone, sensitive or oily skin. The sheer, lightweight formula helps control oil breakthrough while providing hydration to prevent dryness and offers further protection from UVA and UVB rays with an SPF 20. Perfect for troubled skin.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer Tinted Moisturizer (Drugstore.com, $9.03) This is an alternative to foundation that provides everything you need for softer, healthier and younger-looking skin in one beautiful step. This dermatologist-developed formula contains a vitamin-rich Retinol treatment to visibly smooth fine lines and reduce signs of aging. It nourishes skin and protects against future sun damage with a weightless SPF 20 moisturizer. Each skin-enhancing shade provides a sheer tint of color for a more even, naturally beautiful look.