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    16 Tinted Moisturizers That'll Make You Want To Throw Out Your Foundation

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    1. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer remains a cult-fave product as it is one of the first, and one of the best, in the game. It has light, buildable coverage so you can add a second layer before your dinner date. This moisturizer not only hydrates your skin, but can also plump fine lines with its vitamin complex and sodium hyaluronate formula — aka a water-soluble salt form of hyaluronic acid (which is awesome for your skin)!

    This is more suitable for normal to dry skin types. Check out their oil-free version of this tinted moisturizer!

    Promising review: "This is my new beauty routine! It doesn't leave my face shiny, doesn't clog my pores, nor does it irritate my skin! It gives me GREAT coverage, I don't need anything else!" —leishiyan

    Get it from Sephora or Nordstrom for $48 (available in 15 shades).

    2. Australian Gold Botanical Tinted Mineral Face Lotion shields your skin from the sun with its powerful blend of antioxidant-rich, botanical ingredients. It'll leave you with a "no-makeup" look and matte finish. You can even apply this and go for a swim! It's water-resistant for ~80 minutes~ so you'll have glistening skin as gorgeous as a mermaid's.,

    Promising review: "I watched a YouTube video that recommended this so I got it. I am a nurse in a dermatology office and I have used very expensive tinted SPF before. Nothing has ever come close to how great my skin looks with this. This SPF makes my makeup look flawless. First day back to work after getting this, I got compliments. My face is not greasy at all and I have even stopped applying my daily moisturizer because I love this so much. I highly recommend and will be buying this forever!" —jennykatzen

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    3. BareMinerals Complexion Rescue puts the "N" in NATURAL hydration. This gel cream provides sheer, refreshing coverage and is loaded with thirst-quenching electrolytes. Check out its ingredient label, you'll find coconut alkanes and plant-based squalane listed in the top five!

    This is especially helpful for people with dry to normal skin!

    Promising review: "I've recently cleared up my skin and now the traditional foundation just feels so heavy and unnecessary. So I went on the hunt for a light BB cream and that was when I found this! I LOVE THIS STUFF! It's so beautiful and doesn't leave me oily throughout the day!" —Nesspim

    Get it from Sephora or Ulta for $32 (available in 20 shades).

    4. Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream prides itself on its 100% mineral-based formula, loaded with nothing but pure goodness. If you have enlarged pores, this tinted moisturizer can provide a full, yet lightweight coverage that'll blur pores and make skin appear smoother, firmer, and — most importantly — healthier! There are two ingredients that make this cream stand out: apple and red seaweed extract. Both are filled with an abundance of naturally-derived vitamins and minerals.

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    Promising review: "I am embarrassed to say how many tinted moisturizers I have tried. This one — finally — is the keeper! And the self-adjusting claim is not a hype, it really works! I am happy to have this provides a lot of SPF, too! I have gotten so many compliments on my skin since I've started using it." —jmgarrity

    Get it from Amazon, Sephora, or Nordstrom for $34 (available in four shades).

    To learn more, check out "This Supergoop CC Cream Is The Best Thing To Ever Happen To My Skin".

    5. L'Oréal True Match Lumi Glotion enhances and highlights your natural complexion while adding an extra dose of a natural, fresh glow. Its illuminating formula of glycerin and shea butter will not only brighten your face, but also condition your skin to appear healthier and fully hydrated.

    Promising review: "This product has a stunning 'glow from within' look. It will not make you look like the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz. I totally recommend this if you want to look like you have really hydrated and healthy skin. Also, it doesn’t have a very strong shimmer to it so I apply it all over, instead of just the high points of my face. I purchased the light shade and it has a sheer rose gold glow to it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.79+ (available in four shades).

    6. Dr. Jart+ Black Detox Beauty Balm proves that people who deal with oily skin and acne CAN wear tinted moisturizers flawlessly, as well! It will give you a radiant finish (don't worry, it's not the greasy look), while purifying, calming, and color-correcting your skin. Packed with antioxidants from bearberry and caviar extracts, you're literally one step away from this dark-spot erasing and pollutant-defending gem.

    Promising review: "This is the best BB cream I have tried and it has now replaced my normal foundation even for work, special events, and nights out. It covers everything well — even my acne and dark circles, and it leaves a flawless finish. Since I switched from the other, heavier foundation I was using, I have gotten so many compliments on how good my makeup looks. This has also really helped to clear up my skin and acne." —makeupmaven7

    Get it from Sephora for $36.

    7. PÜR 4-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer multitasks to hydrate, prime, tint, and protect your skin from the sun. PÜR's proprietary ceretin complex can improve your skin's renewal process and bring sweet relief to dull, tired skin. With the help of chamomile, aloe, shea butter, and vitamin E, your skin will enjoy the indulgence it deserves.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this product! It goes on smoothly and easily without leaving makeup lines. It doesn’t settle into fine lines like heavy makeup does, yet it provides beautiful coverage! LOVE IT!" —Heather Ashe

    Get it from Amazon for $23+ (available in four shades).

    8. Physicians Formula Super CC Cream corrects dark circles, fine lines, sunspots, and blemishes with the fusion of pink, yellow, and green micro color-correcting pigments. Each hue combats a skin concern: pink brightens dull complexions, yellow covers dark spots, and green reduces redness. Look no further for the ultimate *do-it-all* tinted moisturizer.,

    Promising review: "This CC cream is a life-saver for someone who wants a product that can do a little bit of everything. It blends freckles on a first coat and covers red blemishes with a second layer. One extra bonus is that the product includes sunscreen, incorporating sorely-needed coverage into my routine that I otherwise tend to forget. On the skin, it feels like a water-based cream and has a matte finish. All around, this is an amazing product for someone looking for a one-tube-does-it-all that is fairly inexpensive, lasts forever, and readily available." —Christina.Fifer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.82+ (available in two shades).

    9. CoverGirl Smoothers BB Cream provides all-day hydration and radiance so you can put your best face forward. The non-comedogenic formula will blend effortlessly into your skin and create a protective barrier — leaving you with a smooth, supple glow. ✨


    Promising review: "I have been using this for YEARS since before the BB cream trend, back when it was just called tinted moisturizers. I LOVE this product and I don't care if they changed the name or changed the packaging, but please don't mess with the formula and don't discontinue it. I have sensitive skin and I'm very picky about formulations; this one does not irritate my skin. It gives a pretty sheer coverage, but it does mask the redness on my cheeks. Overall, it makes you look like you have great glowing skin and it accepts blush, bronzer, and highlighter on top of it very nicely. This is a must-have for me!" —magflo

    Get it from Walmart for $6.24 (available in three shades).

    10. MISSHA M Perfect Cover allows you to leave the house in the morning looking fabulous with just ONE pump of it! Combining makeup with skincare, this tinted moisturizer can visibly minimize fine lines and redness, all while nourishing your skin with soothing botanical essences, protective ceramides, and hydrating marine extracts.


    Promising review: "At first, this goes on with a strange gray cast, but it neutralizes on your skin in just a couple minutes. It has a light texture on my face and gives me a smooth glow that no makeup can do. It looks very natural, too! This is my new go-to! I love it and I also love that it has good skin nourishing ingredients in it!" —Carrie P.

    Get it from SokoGlam for $22 (available in five shades).

    11. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream gives you FULL coverage similar to a foundation, but still gives your skin some ~breathing space~. It's the perfect tinted moisturizer to take on a tropical getaway — hello, SPF 50! Not only will it protect your skin from sun damage, but the collagen, peptides, snail secretion, niacin, and antioxidants all work hand-in-hand to restore elasticity, reduce hyperpigmentation, and combat free-radicals to perk up your complexion.

    If you have dry to normal skin, you can also check our its sister products — IT Your Skin But Better CC Illumination Cream that'll give you an extra dose of glow!

    Promising review: "This is exactly what I was looking for! It covers just enough and my skin still looks natural and also leaves a nice glow. My skin has never looked better and the SPF definitely helped with reducing the effects that the sun rays have on acne scars." —ReyB

    Get it from Sephora for $39 (available in 12 shades).

    12. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream melts beautifully onto your skin to create a flawless, even-toned veil without a heavy, cakey feeling. Its water-gel consistency will leave your skin feeling refreshed, especially thanks to its pomegranate extract that'll add a subtle hint of shine. Having lovely skin is NOT a dream, people!

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    Promising review: "I have very deep pores and this covers them just as well as a normal foundation. It is very lightweight and does not settle into fine lines or pores. This is not a matte or powder foundation but I personally don't mind, because it looks less 'makeup-y' and I think the dewy look is so fresh, pretty, and very in right now. It also really moisturizes my skin!" —brie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.39 (available in three shades).

    To learn more, check out "Dream Fresh BB Cream Is A Lazy Person's Dream And Here's Why".

    13. Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer balances the skin by removing excess oil from the skin's surface without overdrying it — making this a great choice for combination and oily skin types. It also contains chamomile extract which can calm and treat distressed skin with its essentials oils and anti-inflammatory properties.


    This oil-free tinted moisturizer is also suitable for people with acne-prone skin types since it's full of ingredients like skin-comforting chamomile and vitamins A, C, and E that won't irritate your skin. Plus, this product is vegan and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "This product is a Godsend. I have oily skin and I've tried every single method of dealing with it — blotting papers, matte primers, etc. I never thought that a BB cream tinted moisturizer would be my answer for flawless, glowing, and NOT OILY skin! This is seriously an amazing product. The coverage is flawless, and it's light and natural at the same time. Hooked!" —manda9

    Get it from Tarte or Sephora for $36 (available in seven shades).

    14. Purlisse Perfect Glow Tinted Moisturizer revitalizes your skin with natural ingredients such as goji berries, hawthorn berries, chamomile extract, blue lotus flower, and sugar maple extract all of which hydrate, soothe, and promote collagen production — ALL IN ONE TUBE.

    Promising review: "Since turning 30, I have been blessed with acne and congestion on my forehead and jawline. I have searched for a tinted moisturizer with good, natural-looking coverage that isn't greasy, and doesn't clog my pores or cause more breakouts. I teach fitness classes and found that when I sweat with other products, I would get awful sweat bumps on my forehead that never go away. NOT THIS! My skin looks even and glowy and feels amazing." —Verified Purchaser

    Get it from Dermstore for $35 (available in eight shades).

    15. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer protects your skin from environmental stressors and sun damage with its sheer, buildable coverage. Its oil-free formula effectively addresses hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Shout out to kopara, an algae packed with essential minerals that are crucial to cell renewal — a total win for your skin!, Nordstrom

    Promising review: "I've been using this product for two years now as my everyday moisturizer and foundation. It's is so lightweight, yet it covers REALLY WELL! Really does a great job evening out my skin tone. I only need to use a little bit (another perk to getting your money's worth) and my skin has a nice dewy finish. I use a small bit of translucent powder to finish." —abiddy

    Get it from Sephora or Nordstrom for $45 (available in 12 shades).

    16. Winky Lux White Tea Tinted Veil Moisturizer spoils and pampers your skin with its antioxidant-rich formula to boost natural radiance and elasticity. Plus, it smells DIVINE thanks to aromatic pomegranate extract, which is also extremely nourishing.

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    Promising review: "I love this product. I replaced my foundation with this tinted moisturizer and it's perfect. All I do now is put some of this on with some powder and I look fresh for the whole day. Great for an everyday makeup look!" —Julianne

    Get it from Winky Lux for $25 (available in five shades).

    Are you ready to replace your foundation yet?

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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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