This multi-tasking product is far from one-size-fits-all.

By Rebecca Dancer
Updated Dec 26, 2019 @ 8:00 am
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Of all the many, many makeup products to potentially invest your hard-earned money into, there’s nothing quite as multi-tasking as a good tinted moisturizer. Blurring the line between skincare and makeup, they pretty much do it all: Even out your complexion, fade fine lines, mask dark circles and blemishes, hydrate skin, and protect against the sun’s harmful rays. A quality tinted moisturizer will check all of these boxes, and then some, all while leaving a natural-looking — never cakey — finish behind.

Still, while tinted moisturizers are multi-use by definition, they are far from one-size-fits all. With constantly evolving formulations, a rotation of trending ingredients, and dozens of features to consider, finding the right tinted moisturizer for your skin type, concerns, and priorities can be daunting.

To help narrow your own search, we’ve rounded up a cohesive list of our favorite tinted moisturizers. Tried and true, these picks are popular for a reason.

Read on for the best tinted moisturizers that cater to a wide array of different skin types, tones, and concerns.

Best for Oily Skin: Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer

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Oily skin types should seek out a tinted moisturizer sans oil, and this option from Tarte takes the cake. As its name implies, it’s formulated with skin-balancing Amazonian clay, which absorbs excess oil and helps mattify skin. It also contains chamomile and vitamins A, C, and E, which will work to even out skin tone without clogging pores.

Shop now: $36;

Best for Dry Skin: Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer Hydrating Gel Cream SPF 30

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A BB cream, CC cream, and tinted moisturizer all in one, this option is formulated with electrolytes and marine botanicals that help boost skin hydration after just one week of use. Layer it on for buildable sheer to medium coverage and a smooth, moisturized finish.

Shop now: $32;

Best All-in-One: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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This wouldn’t be a best tinted moisturizer list without mentioning perhaps the most beloved tinted moisturizer of all time. “[It’s] easy to apply, builds for more coverage and has good-for-you ingredients with a 30 SPF,” says celebrity makeup artist Molly Stern. “It’s a fan and makeup artist favorite for a reason. It’s great.”

Shop now: $47;

Best Natural: Ilia Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

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Botanicals like aloe vera, white tea, and rosemary extract soothe and hydrate skin and provide antioxidant protection, but equally as important is what you won’t find in this clean tinted moisturizer. Namely, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, nano particles, synthetic fragrances, soy, or gluten.

Shop now: $42;

Best for Glowing Skin: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

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Another bestseller, the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer checks all of the best-of boxes. The lightweight, non-comedogenic SPF 30+ formula is also free of synthetic dyes, fragrances, and chemicals (like parabens), plus it simultaneously nourishes skin and fades the appearance of hyperpigmentation with continued use. Per celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh, the finish of this product is the real highlight (pun intended). “It leaves a beautiful dewy finish,’ Quynh says. “It’s perfect during the winter when my skin is super dry.”

Shop now: $45;

Best Sheer Coverage: Glossier Skin Tint

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Billed as living “in the land between bare skin and makeup,” apply Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint when you want to let your skin’s natural features, like pores and freckles, shine through. The ultra-light, ultra-thin formula provides a dewy, sheer finish with a subtle glow.

Shop now: $26;

Best Full-Coverage: IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

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For those days when you need extra coverage, but still don’t want to commit to using foundation, reach for this option from It Cosmetics. The color-correcting formula is full cream, full coverage, and available in a variety of different shades. In addition to its ability to color correct and mask imperfections like dark circles, blemishes, and hyperpigmentation, this tinted moisturizer also delivers skin-boosting benefits. Hyaluronic acid helps seal in moisture and fill in fine lines, collagen supports skin elasticity, and peptides promote the production of collagen for a naturally firmer and smoother finish.

Shop now: $39;

Best Drugstore: No7 Dual Action Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15

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Stern describes her ideal tinted moisturizer as a “one-stop shop,” and this drugstore favorite froom No7 is just that. Light coverage, sun protection (SPF 15), hydrating ingredients, and a hypoallergenic formula, it delivers a hint of color at the low price tag of just $14.

Shop now: $14;

Best Natural Drugstore: Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows Tinted Moisturizer

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Made from 98.8 percent natural origin ingredients, this lightweight tinted moisturizer delivers sheer coverage and a good-for-you glow. It’s formulated to nourish skin with antioxidants and vitamins, which also help to strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Shop now: $12;

Best Prestige: Clé de Peau Beaute UV Protective Cream Tinted SPF 50+

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This luxe tinted moisturer leaves no stone unturned. Touted as a hybrid tinted cream, it promises to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, even tone, reduce shine, moisturize, retexturize, and protect against environmental stressors like pollution and UVA/UVB rays. Another important question to ask yourself when shopping for tinted moisturizer is, “can the coverage build for the days when you feel like [you] need more?” advises Stern. With this Clé de Peau formula, the answer is yes; It’s buildable all the way up to full coverage.

Shop now: $85;

Best for Medium Coverage: YSL Touche Eclat All-in-One Glow Tinted Moisturizer SPF 23

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Oil-free and full of hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and antioxidants, this luminous-finish tinted moisturizer delivers medium coverage on all skin types. As an avid fan, I can personally attest: The formula is very light and hydrating, and it also comfortably stays put all day long. What’s more, it’s clinically shown to improve skin texture with continued use over time.

Shop now: $48;

Best Anti-Aging: Algenist Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer SPF 30

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Infused in this tinted moisturizer is Algenist’s proprietary alguronic acid, which is clinically proven to help firm and tone the skin, promoting a more youthful-looking appearance. That, in combination with other high-performing plant-based ingredients like chlorophyllin, microalgae, and plant collagen, plus SPF 30, make this tinted moisturizer an anti-aging powerhouse — and that’s just on the skincare side of things. It also provides lightweight coverage that instantly helps blur the look of fine lines and leaves a radiant finish.

Shop now: $42;

Best for Sensitive Skin: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer

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Formulated with colloidal oatmeal and allantoin, this tinted moisturizer works to calm and soothe sensitive skin while also delivering buildable coverage that lasts 12 hours. The whipped, mousse-like texture of the formula is a beauty-editor favorite, helping to tame redness without clogging pores.

Shop now: $28;

Best for Sun Protection: Kiehl’s Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

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When it comes to SPF, the higher the better — up until you hit SPF 50, which is the level inside Kiehl’s Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream. In addition to broad spectrum SPF 50 + UV protection, the formula is packed with vitamin C to help fight off free radicals and prevent future sun damage. And despite the sun protection, it doesn't smell or feel like traditional sunscreen — it's lightweight, buildable, and evens skin tone without leaving a greasy residue behind.

Shop now: $38;