What Ever Happened to Tinted Moisturizer? The Best Ones to Buy Now

Updated 11/24/15

Before all the BB, CC, and even DD creams, there was tinted moisturizer—the original makeup-skincare hybrid. Nothing against the alphabet creams, but sometimes the originals just do it better. Tinted moisturizers are no longer all sheer coverage and super dewy. See for yourself—Flip through to find the one that’s right for you!

Josie Maran Argan Tinted Moisturizer ($38)

Just in case you don’t get enough beauty oil in your regular primping routine, now you can get it your tinted moisturizer. Josie Maran’s moisturizer is loaded with her signature ingredient, argan oil, and boasts an all-natural SPF 30 too. 

Hourglass calls it “an advanced alternative to liquid foundation.” With the most coverage we’ve ever seen from a tinted moisturizer, it’s the perfect choice for those who like their tinted moisturizers heavy on the tint. 

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint ($38)

Matte lovers can now rejoice. Jouer took their Luminizing Moisture Tint (a longtime beauty editor favorite) and made it mattifying. The Matte Moisture Tint has all the benefits of tinted moisturizer, without all that pesky dewiness. 

Remember Tarte’s Smooth Operator? Well this is it—only better. They pumped in skin-benefiting vitamins and minerals to make their original lightweight, oil-free formula even more wonderful. 

Thanks to its sheer color with buildable coverage, Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizers garnered a cult following years ago. The illuminating formula’s hint of shimmer is beloved by all those looking for dewy, glowy, radiant skin.

Clinique expanded their ever-popular Moisture Surge skincare line to include a complexion corrector. With that signature instant boost of weightless hydration, the Moisture Surge Tinted Moisture feels like it was made for summer.

This tinted moisturizer from NARS blurs imperfections, creating a soft focus effect on skin. No discernable shimmer here—the result is an ever-so-slight radiance that looks like it’s all your own.


If you’re serious about the moisture part of your tinted moisturizer, try Amorepacific. They call their tinted moisturizer a “tinted treatment” because it works to prevent moisture loss and plump fine lines, all the while providing sheer coverage.


BB, CC, or tinted moisturizer? Tell us your go-to in the comments!

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