As far as we’re concerned, tinted moisturisers don’t get nearly as much cred as they deserve… Perfect for those days when you want to embrace a dewy fresh-faced glow, but the thought of going #nomakeup is well, a little daunting. Offering just a hint of coverage along with hydration and sun-protection, a tinted moisturiser is the ultimate summer beauty bag staple—and we’ve rounded up the very best on the market right now.
# 1 An energy boost for the skin
Everyone’s skin can do with a little energy boost! This skin-loving, hydrating cream is enriched with antioxidants while being super gentle and suitable for all skin types. The gel-based formula is a breeze to blend and leaves skin dewy and oh-so-fresh.
Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Gel available from Mecca. Available online.
#2 Summer holiday skin
Say hello to a lust-worthy luminous glow in no time thanks to this revolutionary tinted cream by Lycogel. It’s enriched with 12 active ingredients to deliver oxygen, moisture and much-needed nutrients to your skin. Lycogel’s Breathable Tint is one of the longest lasting tinted moisturisers we’ve ever tried, it’s even water resistant, making it perfect for sweat sessions or quick dips in the ocean (when you just can’t quite bear to go completely fresh-faced).
Lycogel Breathable Tint. Available online.
#3 No make up make up
The perfect companion to finish your skincare routine for those no-makeup days, Dermalogica’s Sheer Tint offers a light wash of long-lasting colour while protecting your skin from harmful UV rays.
Dermalogica Sheer Tint. Available online.
#4 The ultimate all-rounder
Sheer coverage? Check. Radiance-boosting? Check. Hydrating? Check. Complete with SPF? Check! Everything you need in just one little tube… Mecca Cosmetica’s In A Good Light Tinted Moisturiser ticks all the boxes and is a must-have summer beauty bag staple. It’s available in four shades from porcelain to dark and is a great go-to if you’re looking for a multi-tasking tinted moisturiser.
Mecca Cosmetica In A Good Light. Available from Mecca.
#5 Radiance in a tube
Helloooo radiance! Say sayonara to dark spots or pigmentation, as this tinted cream is complete with Vitamin C, which means that over time, your skin will appear brighter, fresher and full of life. Blur imperfections and keep oil at bay with this light-weight formula that’s available in nine shades so you’re sure to find one that complements your skin-tone perfectly.
MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream with Radiance Booster. Available from MAC stores nationally.
#6 One product wonder
Philosophy’s No Reason to Hide Moisturiser is like a serum, moisturiser, sunscreen and sheer foundation all in ONE. No need to worry about tiny imperfections, visible pores or an uneven skin-tone when you have this little miracle cream close by. Expect sheer BB-cream like coverage that has the added benefits of some of your favourite skincare products.
Philosophy No Reason to Hide. Available from Mecca.
#7 Dull no more!
Fancy a flawless complexion that looks like you just had 10 hours beauty-sleep (ummm, us?!). It can be yours on demand with Dr. Jart’s Radiance Beauty Balm. Founded in Korea (the home of BB creams) over a decade ago, this bad boy is favoured by everyone from dermatologists to make-up artists to celebs. This tinted cream delivers boost of hydration and sheer coverage with the subtlest touch of shimmer for a perfect, luminous and dewy glow.
Dr Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF45. Available from Sephora.
#8 Top shelf
La Mer’s Reparative Skin Tint can be likened to liquid gold—it’s a nourishing, hydrating skin tint that’s so lightweight you’ll forget you’re wearing anything at all! Indulge your complexion this legendary tinted moisturiser that is complete with rare ingredients like marine ferments and lime tea concentrate. The result? The silkiest skin, an undetectable touch of coverage and healthy dose of colour. We’re officially swooning!
La Mer The Reparative Tint. Available online.