What should you reach for on those days when you’re in need of colour correction, sun protection and a healthy glow, but don’t want to put on a full face of make-up? The solution: tinted moisturiser, an essential product for anyone craving both light coverage and a radiant complexion. It isn't hard to see why tinted moisturiser is a popular beauty buy, offering a myriad of benefits. By providing a lighter coverage than a traditional foundation, tinted moisturiser creates a smooth, glowing complexion without blocking pores or weighing heavily on the skin. With the added benefit of providing essential coverage against harmful UV rays, it's a must-have product for a dewy "no make-up" look.
There’s one out there to suit every skin type, from providing intense hydration for dry skin to oil-free coverage for blemishes. So, we’ve put together a list of the best of the best to help you find your perfect fit:
10. Lancôme Hydra Zen Neurocalm Beauty Balm BB Cream, $62; at adorebeauty.com
This tinted moisturiser doubles as a BB cream, using lightweight pigments to correct the complexion whilst providing skin with deep hydration for up to 12 hours. It’s the perfect product to give your skin rejuvenation and an all-day glow. “I use this product when I don’t want to look made up because it has a natural, light coverage and goes on very smoothly while hiding minor skin flaws or uneven colour.” – Gudrun, lancome.com review.
9. Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream Skin Perfecting Tinted Moisturiser, $5; at priceline.com
Using enriching citrus extracts and flower essences, this gentle formula provides 24-hour hydration and boasts six skin-perfecting benefits: it refreshes, brightens, evens tone, hydrates, smooths and protects skin. “It’s super fresh, feels so light on the face and [is] very breathable.” – Emma, beautyheaven.com review.
8. Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15, $50; at myer.com
Suited to all skin types, this moisturiser provides an instant skin-perfecting boost, hiding imperfections whilst leaving the complexion looking natural and fresh. “It’s light on the skin so it doesn’t clog the pores which is great. It’s easy to apply and has a very light tint to it.” – Adelaide, influenster.com review.
7. Jane Iredale Dream Tint Tinted Moisturiser SPF15, $80; at adorebeauty.com
This skin-enriching formula uses algae extract to hydrate skin and creates a soft-focus effect by smoothing wrinkles and fine lines. It’s perfect for creating sheer-to-medium coverage, or as a primer for mineral make-up. “This tinted moisturiser is easy to apply in a hurry and looks amazing on the skin.” – Tay, adorebeauty.com review.
6. Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer SPF15, $69; at mecca.com
This product corrects uneven skin tone whilst remaining sheer and light, providing a radiant finish without weighing on the skin. “It gives a non-sticky and oily sheen…my skin looks flawless and radiant throughout the day.” – Sameera, stylecraze.com review.
5. Go-To Zincredible SPF Tinted, $45; at gotoskincare.com
Despite being the new kid on the block, this product has made its mark, eliciting rave reviews for its sheer tint blend that leaves skin dewy and supple. “Perfect for everyday use, adds that little bit of coverage that helps even out my skin tone and makes it look radiant even on a cold day.” – Michelle, mecca.com review.
4. L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift® Luminous Serum Tint, $14.99; at amazon.com
This lightweight formula provides mature skin with immediate benefits, using nourishing oils and vitamin E to smooth fine lines and wrinkles whilst providing a radiant tint. “Great for when you just want a light tint to your face when you’re heading out on a hot day. Gives you a subtle glow and can be worn on its own or with light makeup.” – Laura, influenster.com review.
3. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, $70; at mecca.com
This best-seller is light and glowy, providing enhancing colour correction. Using an antioxidant complex made up of vitamins C and E - it provides long-lasting SPF 20 coverage and is gentle on sensitive skin. “This is perfect natural coverage that doesn't feel like my skin is coated and greasy.” – Jenny, sephora.com review.
2. Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, $69; at mecca.com
Using a blend of light-diffusing pigments and naturally derived botanicals, this award-winning product hydrates dry skin and conceals dark spots and imperfections. The result is a clear, even skin tone. “Every time I wear it, I feel like I’m having SUCH a good skin day. I get so many compliments on my complexion.” – Ally, sephora.com review.
1. Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, $49; at mecca.com
Topping the list is the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Get Cream. This cult-favourite is a buildable formula that strikes the perfect balance by giving a sheer to medium coverage. It blends mineral electrolytes and marine botanicals to rejuvenate and energise skin, and leaves the complexion looking natural and dewy, garnering rave reviews from users. “It’s perfect for everyday wear when you are busy and don’t have time to do full make up!” – Tezzan, mecca.com review.