The 20 Best Tinted Moisturizers You Can Buy Today
Hydrate and conceal simultaneously; these 20 best-selling tinted moisturizers offer the most low-maintenance makeup routine around.
Some occasions call for a full face of makeup, contouring and all — but the rest of the time? The faster and more convenient your beauty routine, the better. The best tinted moisturizers streamline the process so you can hydrate and cover at the same time. That said, not all tinted moisturizers are created equal (and what works for someone else might not work for you), so if you want to find the best moisturizer for your skin, there are a few factors to consider.
First, take a look at the ingredients, especially if your skin is sensitive. Since tinted moisturizers are designed to hydrate your face, they'll likely be richer than your standard foundation — and a good percentage of them are also infused with SPF protection, which might add some weight. The best options are noncomedogenic (meaning they won't clog your pores), so if you're prone to breakouts, that's probably the way to go.
Next, consider the amount of coverage you're looking for. Some moisturizers provide a slight glow, while others may function as a light-coverage foundation. If you just want something subtle while you're out walking the dog, opt for the former — but if you want to look effortlessly put-together while you run errands or hop on a Zoom call for work, go with the latter.
Finally, you'll need to find the right shade for your skin tone. (Since you can't exactly hold the bottle up to your face, this part can get a little tricky.) Some moisturizers are universal, meaning they'll adjust their coloring to suit basically anyone, but most options will require you to pick a specific shade. Consult graphs and images on the retail page, as well as any photos that have been submitted by reviewers. This may help you to pinpoint the right option without trial and error.
Think you're ready to start shopping? We're glad to hear it — we've rounded up 20 of the most popular, highest-rated tinted moisturizers on the market today.
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Shea butter provides rich, healing moisture. SPF-15 offers a bit of sun protection. A blurring, mattifying texture doubles as a primer, and natural-looking coverage stands in for your foundation. No wonder this PÜR 4-in-1 tinted moisturizer has reviewers calling it an "outstanding product" and the "perfect addition to [their] daily regimen."
PÜR 4-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer, $21 (original price $35), Ulta
Reviewers say that Burt's Bees Goodness Glows is the "first tinted moisturizer that doesn't break [them] out and looks like [their] own skin." The formula is dermatologist-tested and derived from 98.9 percent natural ingredients — plus, in addition to the moderate coverage, it's rich in antioxidants and helps to strengthen your skin's moisture barrier.
Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows Tinted Moisturizer, $12, Ulta
With over 240,000 loves, IT Cosmetics CC+ cream is an obvious winner. In addition to collagen, peptides, and hyaluronic acid, this pick also offers a mineral-based SPF and a full-coverage tint that could potentially stand in for your foundation: "I have combination skin with acne and scarring and this truly covers everything!" one reviewer raved.
IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+, $40, Sephora
Hyaluronic acid is an "essential ingredient" that retains moisture to keep skin soft and supple, and this ColourPop tinted moisturizer is loaded with it. It also has coconut water, which adds a healthy glow to the buildable coverage. Get it in your choice of 21 shades.
ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Tinted Moisturizer, $14, Ulta
If you're looking for sun protection along with your hydration and coverage, look no further than EltaMD UV Elements. With an SPF of 44, this formula provides mineral-based, broad-spectrum protection from damaging rays. It also has hyaluronic acid for moisture and a slight tint for light coverage — plus it's noncomedogenic and water-resistant for up to 40 minutes. Needless to say, it's a great pick for the beach or park.
EltaMD UV Elements Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF, $36.50,
Made from 98 percent naturally derived ingredients, bareMinerals Complexion Rescue is a top pick for anyone looking for a dewy, glowy finish. This tinted gel hydrates with its water-infused formula, protects with SPF 30, and creates sheer, buildable coverage with hypoallergenic minerals. It's also offered in a huge range of different shades, which include undertones for easier matching.
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel, $33, Ulta
It's rare to find any makeup product that heals while it covers, but First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair is the exception. It has colloidal oatmeal to soothe irritation, white tea, and licorice root to combat free radicals, and vitamin E to provide antioxidants and moisture. These botanical ingredients combine with a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 and a subtle tint in your choice of five shades.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer, $28, Dermstore
Some options (especially those with ample moisture) have a tendency to settle into lines and pores. Jane iredale Dream Tint offers lightweight coverage that stays lightweight — even if you have larger pores or wrinkles. It also has algae extract for hydration and minerals for sun protection.
Jane iredale Dream Tint® Tinted Moisturizer, $44, Dermstore
If you have especially dry skin, a standard moisturizer might not cut it. Luckily, KOSAS tinted face oil is a hydration elixir rather than a lotion, and it's packed with natural oils like Jojoba, avocado, and red raspberry to soothe dryness and flaking. It's also cruelty-free and applies in less than 10 seconds.
KOSAS Tinted Face Oil Foundation, $42, Sephora
Halfway between a tinted moisturizer and a blush, Lancôme Rénergie adds a rosy glow to any complexion. It melts into your skin to provide up to 24 hours of hydration while also improving overall texture and radiance. So far, over 200 reviewers have given it a 4.4-star rating.
Lancôme Rénergie Multi-Glow Rosy Tone Moisturizer Cream, $105, Lancome
Looking to limit oil production and keep your complexion semi-matte throughout the day? Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer is the way to go. The formula is oil-free, non-comedogenic, and helps to control sebum production, so it's the best pick for people with oily or combination skin.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum, $46, Sephora
Highlighter adds a luminescent glow to any complexion, and if you prefer that shimmery finish over a matte one, go for L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion. This pick hydrates while brightening, and it can be used alone or as a primer for your foundation. "It is so completely lovely and radiant and makes your skin glow without looking greasy or shiny," one reviewer wrote.
L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion, $14.99, Ulta
This Maybelline New York BB Cream has tons of fans because it does eight different things in one effortless step: It preps, brightens, smooths, blurs, hydrates, protects, covers, and enhances, making it one of the most convenient (and affordable) options on the market.
Maybelline New York BB Cream, $7, Ulta
A top-seller for Tarte, this Maracuja tinted hydrator delivers 12 hours of hydration and a radiant, buildable coverage that lasts all day. It's also available in 20 different shades, but the best part? All ingredients are fully vegan and dermatologist-tested — and it skips the parabens, mineral oil, SLS, and gluten.
Tarte Maracuja Tinted Hydrator, $29, Tarte
Looking to protect your skin as you age? MDSolarSciences Beauty Balm offers light coverage and moisture in a whipped texture, but it's also designed to provide anti-aging benefits for mature skin. Botanical extracts protect the skin from free radicals, vitamins C and E diminish fine lines, and mineral-based UVA and UVB protection shields the skin from harmful rays.
MDSolarSciences MD Mineral Beauty Balm, $39, MDSolarSciences
For those whose primary concern is discoloration, NARS Pure Radiant tinted moisturizer covers now and diminishes dark spots and hyperpigmentation later. The secret is its lush botanical ingredients like algae and mineral-rich seawater, which promote new cell growth. It's also non-comedogenic, oil-free, and doesn't contain any synthetic fragrances.
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, $45, Ulta
This fab ILIA "super" serum comes in 30 different shades, which is a step in the right direction for inclusive beauty products. It's also got a hefty SPF boost, along with Sephora's clean beauty stamp.
One reviewer wrote: "OBSESSED. I hate wearing think foundation, but want something to cover my redness. I’m so in love with this product. Feels great on my skin, and the color looks perfect! There is a slight smell to it, which other shoppers have noted, but very light, and unnoticeable after a minute or two."
ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation, $48, Sephora
Retinol is an ingredient that increases collagen and boosts cell turn-over, which is why it's a must for anyone looking to improve their skin's texture. Neutrogena's Healthy Skin does just that — while also providing SPF 20 protection and blendable, sheer, glowy coverage. "It’s made a difference in my skin’s look," one reviewer wrote. "My skin looks less blotchy, and my wrinkles are smoother."
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Tinted Moisturizer, $11.99, Bed Bath Beyond
Since it's vegan, reef-friendly, and made from 70 percent organic ingredients, Coola Rosilliance Mineral BB+ cream is one of the most eco-friendly options. It offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with up to 80 minutes of water-resistance, and it includes ingredients like rose stem cells, plankton, and Acai fruit oil. Get it in light, golden, or deep.
Coola Rosilliance Mineral BB+ Cream, $52, Ulta
If you hate the feeling of heavy makeup, consider Tarte's Amazonian Clay BB tinted moisturizer. Reviewers say it "feels like you're not wearing any makeup at all," though it still provides natural-looking, buildable coverage and an SPF of 20. It's also relatively hydrating thanks to the vitamins and chamomile.
Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer, $36, Ulta