I always loved the idea of a tinted moisturiser – creamy, lightweight coverage that was breathable and didn’t suffocate the skin. But in reality, when I’d finally try one, my expectations were met with an unwelcome reality. The coverage was rarely sufficient for my acne-prone skin and I often ended up oily after a few hours – hardly the effortless look I’d imagined.
But that was a few years ago, and formulas have since evolved. We now have options with coverage to suit different skin types, rather than just the extremely sheer skin tints that once dominated the market. Now I feel like I can get my light wash of colour and coverage from the same tube (not sunscreen though – make sure you always apply a dedicated SPF rather than relying on your base product).
I’ve also grown more accustomed to my own skin after a year spent bare-faced at home, so these tinted moisturisers offer me the perfect mid-way point between moisturiser and foundation. And now, after a solid amount of research, I’ve whittled my favourites down to a few trusty formulas.
Huda Beauty GloWish Multi Dew Skin Tint, $57 SHOP NOW
This is a recent one I’ve tried and I was pleasantly surprised by how light it was. It’s quite sheer, so it’s one for those days you’re after less coverage, but it softly blurs the skin for a flattering radiance.
Chanel Les Beiges LIGHTWEIGHT PROTECTIVE TINTED MOISTURIZER, $79 SHOP NOW
This isn’t the first time I’ve waxed lyrical about this Chanel winner, and it likely won’t be the last. The formula is lovely and thin, making it perfect for warm days, and it leaves the most beautiful glow on the skin without any tell-tale caking in dry patches
Share The Base LB Cream, $42 SHOP NOW
I first tried this tinted moisturiser 5 years ago, and it still holds up as one of the better ones. It’s thicker and creamier than others I’ve used, but feels light when applied and works really effortlessly to perfect the skin. The shade range isn’t the best, but more hues are said to be in the works.
Chantecaille Just Skin, $113 SHOP NOW
If you’re looking for completely traceless, very subtle coverage, Chantecaille’s Just Skin is for you. It evens out the skin tone ever so slightly, so you get a little complexion boost while still looking bare-faced.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector, $71 SHOP NOW
This was the tinted moisturiser that really made me fall in love with tinted moisturisers. The coverage is higher than most, but you wouldn’t know it because the effects are subtle. A small amount leaves my skin looking clear and healthy without the heaviness of foundation.
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, $68 SHOP NOW
If you’re wanting all the benefits of foundation and don’t mind a slightly weightier formula, this is the one. It’s one level down from full-coverage, so your skin looks flawless but it’s fluid and easily buffed into the skin for a more natural look.
Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint Foundation, $46 SHOP NOW
Can’t decide on your desired coverage? This is the cheat’s product, as you can customise your base by how many drops you use. Just a few will blur any perceived imperfections and leave your skin looking fresh.