by | Feb 28, 2023 | For Mom, Reviews, Z

Last Updated: May 1, 2023 @ 3:31 pm.

What is the best tinted moisturizer? To find out, we tried out a dozen brands. Which was great for dry skin? For medium skin tones? Budget-friendly? Here are the ones we think are best.

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Finding the Best Tinted Moisturizer: Our Tests & Tips

Let’s talk tinted moisturizer.

Yes, tinted moisturizer is what it sounds like—moisturizer with a bit of color mixed in. So you might ask, how does this differ from foundation?

Foundation is thicker and meant to cover skin texture. Tinted moisturizer is much lighter . . . but can still help even skin tone and cover up light or dark spots. Yes, this is the bare makeup look that lets your skin peek through. Here is a before and after comparison:

Best Tinted Moisturizer

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After testing a dozen brands, here are some tips we learned along the way!

• Wash your face first before applying. And let the moisturizer sit for a few minutes before applying any other makeup, as it needs some time to absorb.

• Three birds, one stone! Most moisturizers also include sunscreen (although the SPF can vary).  So you get three things accomplished with one product: moisturizer, light makeup, sunscreen. (You may need more sunscreen, however, if you plan to be outside for a lengthy period of time).

Use a dry makeup sponge to evenly apply the moisturizer. Yes, these moisturizers can be a bit tricky to spread evenly by hand—a sponge helps even it out.

Here are the best tinted moisturizers that impressed our testers:

Best For Medium Skin Tones

Nice coverage
Love this non-oily moisturizer that was among the easiest to apply in our tests. Great as a primer for other makeup.

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Little goes a long way
Pricey but beloved by our readers, this brand blends well and offers excellent coverage. Great for sensitive or fair skin.
$84.00 ($49.41 / Ounce)

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Best For Dry Skin

Smooth to apply
The star feature here is the gel cream texture, which we found best for dry skin. Very impressive.
$34.00 ($28.81 / Fl Oz)

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Best Budget-Friendly

No white cast
While it's the least expensive (per ounce) of the brands we tried, it still made quite an impression—smooth and light. Nice for mature skin.
$27.95 ($16.44 / Ounce)

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