If foundation is formal wear, tinted moisturizer is casual attire. In the case of the latter, you don't have to be super precise with application—it can just be a quick swipe with your fingers, and you're out the door. In addition to being an easy one-and-done product, you get both the benefit of hydrating your skin while enjoying a bit of skin tone–evening coverage. It's a win-win.
The only trouble is finding the right formulation—too greasy, and it slides right off your face, but too thick, and it heads into chalky foundation territory. That's why we worked with our friends at Rank & Style to find real customers' all-time favorite tubes. Ahead, take a look at their top picks.
Featuring an antioxidant blend of vitamins C and E, this foundation replacement blocks free radicals and harmful UVA/UVB rays with an SPF of 20.
This editor's personal favorite, this offering has a bit more coverage than your average tinted moisturizer. An added bonus: It helps reduce hyperpigmentation, not just while it's on, but long after you've washed it off. One user writes, "I always come back to this stuff. It's super lightweight, yet it provides impressive coverage and makes my dry skin look glowy but never oily."
Amorepacific is an Asian skincare brand well-known for its anti-aging and hydrating offerings. This particular skin tint ameliorates dryness, fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and uneven skin tone. It's your toner, serum, moisturizer, and foundation wrapped into one.
Intended to act as your skin's "best nude," this lightweight tinted moisturizer is meant to cover issues like redness, but it also allows for your skin's natural character (like freckles) to show through. Users love that it leaves behind a radiant finish without looking greasy.
Drumroll: The internet's favorite formula is this antioxidant botanical blend of ingredients like Edelweiss, honeysuckle, and green tea, which both shields and fortifies the complexion.
One user writes, "I really didn't realize how great this was until I didn't have it in my life. It has replaced my morning moisturizer and gives my skin a flawless finish without much coverage at all. My skin even looks better when I'm not wearing it. I don't know what is in this, but it's magic. [It's] worth the high price tag, and one tube lasted me about nine months with daily use."
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