Our Hunt for the Best Tinted Moisturizer - What We Discovered

Tinted moisturizer is great. Tinted moisturizer with a high SPF is amazing. Tinted moisturized that has a high SPF and wears well is... hard to find. A while back I decided it was time to break-up with my Kiehl's BB cream (which has an SPF of 50) and try something new. What resulted was an overwhelming search for the perfect product. Kimberly recommended Tarte's Amazonian Clay. The beauty blogs said Nars Pure Radiant was the way to go. And RealBeauty.com rated Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer as the best on the market.

So what did I do? I went to Sephora and got samples of them all and spent a few weeks testing them out. Here are my results:

The best by far was in fact Tarte's Amazonian Clay. It goes on easily, quickly absorbs into my skin and provides good coverage without feeling heavy. The only negative is that it only has an SPF of 15.

Sephora Tarte Amazonian Tinted Moisturizer

Nars Broad Spectrum Tinted Moisturizer has a SPF of 30, is lightweight and does a decent job of covering red spots. The negative is that the color isn't a perfect match and my skin feels oily by mid-day.

Nars Broad Spectrum Tinted Moisturizer at Sephora

While everyone raved about Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer, it was my least favorite. The SPF is only 20 and the coverage is minimal. The illuminating is too heavy for wearing in the warm weather and the regular doesn't feel like it's moisturizing enough.

Sephora Laura Mercier Broad Spectrum Tinted Moisturizer

Final verdict - I am sticking with Kiehl's Skin Tone & Beautifying BB Cream. It offers great coverage without being too heavy, absorbs easily and has an SPF 50. Plus it wears all day without getting oily on my skin

BB Cream - Actively Correcting and Beautifying with SPF 50 


What's your go-to tinted moisturizer?

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