THE LIST: MORNING BEAUTY’S TOP 10 TINTED MOISTURISERS
Carla Valois Lobo
As it happens with cream blushers, tinted moisturisers help to achieve fresher, less madeup looks that are perfect for summer. To find the right formulation for your skin is essential though. Oily and combination skin types require oil-free products, whereas those with sensitive, reactive skin should look for fragrance-free alternatives.
Also, if you’re going to switch your foundation to a tinted moisturiser you should go for broad-spectrum products, which means they’ll keep you safe from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Natural-looking coverage is surely great but knowing your skin is protected is even better.
In addition, a helpful trick is to use a tinted moisturiser along a good primer and finish powder, especially if your skin is oily or combination. And to completely cover dark spots, just tap a bit of concealer over any strong blemishes you may have.
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Below we break down the best tinted moisturisers currently available in the market:
- Very creamy, yet easily absorbed, Caudalie's Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturizer (£27) feels so light on the skin that looks you're not wearing any makeup. It can be build up for customizable coverage though, and it smooths out the complexion, mildly concealing dark spots and redness. Its oil-free formula provides broad-spectrum sun protection (titanium dioxide and octinoxate are the active ingredients). It's available in two shades at http://uk.caudalie.com/, Space NK and Selfridges ©Caudalie
- Chantecaille's Just Skin Anti-Smog Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15 (£58) glides utterly well plus it's deeply hydrating. It provides a healthy, barely-there and long-lasting finish that subtly covers up acne, dark circles and redness. It's beautifully formulated with plant extracts, vitamin E and over 10% of titanium dioxide. It's available in seven shades at Liberty and Space NK ©Chantecaille
- Intensely hydrating, the HydraQuench Tinted Moisturizer (£30), by Clarins, leaves the skin with an amazing, velvety glow that lasts for whopping 6-8 hours. Featherweight-textured, it subtly blurs acne, dark spots and redness plus its sheer coverage can easily be enhanced. It protects against UVA and UVB rays and it's formulated with hyaluronic acid and plant extract, such as katafray, camellia and golden root. Available in seven shades at clarins.co.uk/, Debenhams, House of Fraser, John Lewis and Seldridges ©Clarins
- Luminosity-enhanching and lightweight-textured, the Reparative Skintint SPF 30 (£65), by Crème de la Mer, delivers a glowing, healthy finish plus it does not feel you're wearing any makeup. It includes skincare benefits that help to gently reduce the appearance of fine lines and it evens out the complexion. It also provides broad-spectrum sun protection as its active ingredient is titanium dioxide. It comes in five shades and it's available at John Lewis, Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser, Harrods and Selfridges ©Crème de la Mer
- ESPA's Naturally Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15 (£32) is luxuriously creamy, easy to blend and utterly buidable. It conceals dark circles and redness very well, and it gives a velvety, yet not made up finish to the skin. Its broad-spectrum and fragrance-free formula is suitable for all healthy skin types. Available in four shades at John Lewis and espaskincare.com ©ESPA
- Eve Lom's Radiance Perfected Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15 (£48) effortlessly sinks on the skin. It surprisingly blurs blemishes and evens out the complexion, and it delivers a dewy, natural-looking finish. It has a slightly thick, yet silky texture that can be build up, and its formula contains titanium dioxide as an active ingredient, which is a great physical filter. Available in 12 shades at evelom.com and at Liberty and Space NK ©Eve Lom
- The Illusion Tinted Moisturiser (£45), by Hourglass, offers a sheer, yet buildable coverage. It delivers a natural, radiant finish that lightly evens out skin's blemishes, and it has silky, satiny texture. Its hybrid formula is broad-spectrum (11% chemical and 4% physical), and oil, sulphate and fragrance-free. Available in six shades at John Lewis and Space NK ©Hourglass
- Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating SPF 20 (£34) can effortlessly be applied with fingertips, brush or sponge and it is deeply hydrating. Lightweight, it perfects and enlightens the skin, leaving behind a luminous finish. It provides broad-spectrum sun protection. Available in 15 shades at John Lewis and Space NK ©Laura Mercier
- Oil-free, the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, by Nars, provides a sheer, easy to custom coverage and a slightly dewy finish that feels really natural, hardly madeup. It hides skin's imperfections while it helps to reduce hyperpigmentation, plus it provides broad-spectrum sun protection (SPF 30 and PA+++, which is an UVA rating highly used in Japan). It comes in 11 shades and it's available at narscosmetics.co.uk/ and Selfridges ©Nars
- Exquisitely packed with antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, the Beauty Booster Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 (£58), by Trish McEvoy, boots hydration and hands over a sheer, yet buidable coverage. It gives a glowy, flawless finish without the heaviness of a foundation. Although it's formulated with titanium dioxide, its active ingredient is octinoxate, a chemical filter that does not block UVA rays, which is why we recommend using it following a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Available in three shades at Liberty and Selfridges ©Trish McEvoy