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9 of the best tinted moisturizers

As a multitasker that occupies the middle ground between moisturizer and foundation, the best tinted moisturizers are the backbone of any daytime makeup look. But where first-generation formulas did little more than even out tone, more recent innovations contain the kinds of ingredients you might expect to see in a serum, protecting from UV damage and pollution while still giving skin a flawlessness worthy of an Instagram filter. Which ones do the PORTER beauty team rate? Scroll on…

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BEST TINTED MOISTURIZER FOR SOOTHING STRESSED SKIN Natura Bissé Diamond Cocoon Sheer Cream SPF30

Think of this tinted moisturizer as your triple threat – not only does it work to hydrate skin and deliver a beautiful sheer glow, it contains a roster of innovative ingredients to help fight the effects of stress and aging. Containing an innovative color-matching pigment that makes it suitable for fair to medium skin tones, it has a lightly whipped consistency that almost melts into your skin for a flawless, natural-looking finish.

BEST TINTED MOISTURIZER FOR ANTI-AGING Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Tinted Moisturizer SPF30

Paula’s Choice products are first and foremost about effective active ingredients that truly improve the appearance of skin. This tinted moisturizer provides a very light coverage, which is perfect for ‘day off’ makeup, but you will need additional concealer if you have anything significant you want to disguise. The brilliance of this product lies in its potent blend of serious anti-agers, including resveratrol, plus SPF30.

BEST TINTED MOISTURIZER FOR MAXIMUM GLOW Code8 Radiate Beauty Balm SPF15

This is the tinted moisturizer to use when you want your skin to look juicy and perfected but with as little pigment as possible. It evens out the skin tone with just a hint of coverage and, thanks to the argan oil, it leaves skin looking glowing and feeling hydrated. This is an excellent option when you want barely anything on your skin; however, if you have any blemishes or other imperfections, you will need to use a touch of concealer.

BEST TINTED MOISTURIZER FOR WARMER CLIMATES Chantecaille Just Skin Anti-Smog Tinted Moisturizer SPF15

If you want a product that does just about everything, this is it. You can expect a good level of coverage, plus SPF15 and antioxidants such as thyme and butterfly bush extract. It’s a brilliant option for wearing every day in the heat or in a city, as it also contains sodium hyaluronate, which will help your skin to defy the drying effects of air-conditioning.

BEST TINTED MOISTURIZER FOR ADAPTING TO YOUR SKIN Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation Serum Broad Spectrum SPF20

Despite the name, this super-light product is a lot closer to a tinted moisturizer in texture and coverage than a foundation. It’s a very sheer liquid that blends like a dream and slightly mattifies, containing brightening vitamin C Ester (a buffered form of the vitamin) and antioxidants, while also protecting skin from UV.

BEST TINTED MOISTURIZER FOR DRY SKIN Omorovicza Complexion Perfector SPF20

This is everything you could want in a great tinted moisturizer. The antioxidant-rich formula protects against the environment and UV rays, while its sheer finish cleverly adapts to your skin tone for the perfect shade match every time. You’ll also find a healthy dose of vitamin C, which will help to even out your skin tone over time, and hyaluronic acid to improve your skin’s hydration reserves.

BEST TINTED MOISTURIZER FOR A BRONZED GLOW Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer

Using SPF daily (as we should) often means our faces are a shade or two lighter than the rest of our bodies. Sound familiar? This unisex product is the answer; as you blend the cream into your face, it releases tan pigments that work with your skin tone. Plus, it hydrates the skin without making it look oily, thanks to its moisture-regulating properties. Don’t forget to blend it down onto your neck to ensure a seamless transition.

BEST TINTED MOISTURIZER FOR MINIMIZING FINE LINES 3LAB Aqua BB SPF40 Broad Spectrum

While some base products can accentuate fine lines and creases, the plumping peptides in this lightweight tinted moisturizer actually help to fill them out, making them less noticeable. Like all cushion formulas, it adds a sheen of glow and is easy to reapply throughout the day with the handy sponge applicator.

BEST TINTED MOISTURIZER FOR A ‘FRESH FROM THE SPA’ GLOW Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer SPF15

This SPF15 tinted moisturizer multitasker has a three-pronged approach, shielding skin against harmful photo-aging and environmental damage, color-correcting imperfections and infusing skin with hydration to strengthen it from the inside out. Suitable for a multitude of skin tones, it leaves your face protected, luminous and with the healthiest of glows all year round.

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