Monday, 8 January 2018

The Best (and Worst) Natural Looking Tinted Moisturizers and Foundations

A surprising number of you said that you were interested in beauty content in a Instagram poll a little while back, so I thought I would start off by sharing one of my favorite beauty staples, tinted moisturizers. Because I don't like super over the top makeup and have fairly clear skin, I love using a tinted moisturizer for everyday makeup.

A couple years ago I got hooked on makeup videos on YouTube and began practicing looks on myself. Although I greatly improved my makeup skills, I went a little crazy at Sephora and quickly earned a VIB status. I ended up with a lot of products that I didn't really need or like. Since then, I've toned down my makeup routine and my spending at Sephora. In the process, I tried a LOT of products, as you can see below.

Most of these products are from Sephora, so they're on the expensive side. Although I purchase drugstore brands for my mascara, brow pencil, and powder, I strongly believe in splurging on a tinted moisturizer or foundation. The drugstore brands just don't compare.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
Rating: 4/5
This was my first tinted moisturizer purchase. I remember loving how it looked - natural, glowy, with a decent amount of coverage. However, within a few days tiny pimples broke out all over my face so I had to stop using it. Additionally, I wore the lightest shade and it oxidized on my skin giving me a orange tint. That being said, if your skin isn't as sensitive or fair as mine, I think this is an excellent option! My sister loves how quickly it dries without actually drying out her skin and how light it feels on her face.

Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer
Rating: 3/5
After NARS, I tried Laura Mercier's oil-free tinted moisturizer. This was great because it didn't break me out and also made my complexion look natural and glowy, though with less coverage than the NARS tinted moisturizer. Unfortunately this one oxidized quite badly on my skin and since I was wearing the lightest shade I had to stop using it. I've read other reviews online that confirmed the oxidation issue. If you're looking for very light coverage and can find a shade that matches your skin tone after the product oxidizes, then I would give this a try.

Smashbox BB Water
Rating: 3/5
This BB Water is very unique. It has a liquid consistency and comes in a bottle with a dropper. Their lightest shade, Fair, is a perfect match for a skin. This shade is usually sold out and I think it's because it's one of the few tinted moisturizers/BB creams that is actually pale enough for fair skin. It offers great build-able coverage and a glowy finish. However, because it's so liquid-y it has to be set with plenty of powder and this leads to major creasing.

Clinique CC Cream
Rating: 1/5
This is hands down the worst product out of the bunch. It clung to dry patches of skin on my face that I didn't even know I had and oxidized soo badly. It only comes in 3 shades which makes it difficult to match to your skin tone! AVOID.

Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
Rating: 3/5
The coverage is great for a tinted moisturizer, similar to NARS, and it has a radiant, glowy finish. It's also oil free, so it never breaks me out. However, the consistency is a bit sticky, which makes it difficult to blend with a Beauty Blender. Another downside of this moisturizer is that I don't think it would work well on oily skin because it's quite dewy. It does leave me looking a bit shiny after several hours of wear (but it's nothing that a little powder can't fix). Also, it clings to dry patches which doesn't normally affect me, but if you have really dry skin I would probably avoid this product.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Foundation
Rating: 4.5/5
This is an amazing foundation you guys. It's a nice step-up from a tinted moisturizer, but is still very lightweight and sheer. You can build it up for a medium coverage. The finish is gorgeous! I would wear it everyday but it seems a bit pointless for class and studying in the library, so I save it for more special occasions like a date or going out. I haven't tried many other foundations because I'm so happy with this product.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation
Rating: 4/5
When I started using fake tan, I bought this inexpensive drugstore foundation to match my tan in case I matched the color incorrectly. As it turns out, this is product is a gem. Nice and lightweight, with a glowy finish. My only issue with this foundation is the limited shade range.

Overall Recommendations:
Tinted Moisturizer:
-NARS - If you don't break out easily and don't have super pale skin, this is an excellent pick!

-Urban Decay - So natural looking! It gives coverage without the cakeyness.

What's your favorite tinted moisturizer or light foundation? I would love to hear!


  1. I love the NARS one! I started buying it after my friend and I received samples a couple years ago

    1. It really is the best! I wish it didn't break me out :(

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