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4 Best Tinted Moisturizers 2022

I’m sure there are ways to gracefully wear all-over foundation in the heat and humidity of New York, but it’s a feat I’ve yet to master. My spring/summer makeup look (when I’m not doing my best Euphoria cosplay) is tinted moisturizer, a dab of blush, a swipe of brown mascara, and a full gallon of sunscreen. Until recently, however, I had yet to find my holy grail tinted moisturizer (aka a hydrating foundation alternative). I wanted it to have a dewy finish, to last at least the duration of a work day (and preferably drink after), and to have that subtle yet effective pigmentation that evens out my skin tone while allowing my faint little freckles to show through. come out of their winter hibernation.

To prepare for the season of afternoon Aperol Spritzes, sweaty subway rides and impulsively ordered mozzarella sticks, I embarked on a quest to find my ideal light and warm base. In my quest, I tried four cult-favorite skin tints – Kosas Tinted Face Oil, Shine-Perfecting Skin Tint, Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer and Super Serum Skin Tint. ‘Ilia – and judged them based on skin benefits, coverage, finish, and durability. . I wore each for a few days and prepped my skin with Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Serum, The Ordinary Niacinamide Serumand Kinfield Daily Dew SPF 35and I paired the skin tones with my spring staples: Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush, Heroine waterproof brown mascara, and a dab of Aquaphor on my lips and cheekbones. Read on for my skin tone potency ranking, below.

Pre-tinted moisturizer

It’s my post-skincare but pre-makeup routine. I wish my tinted moisturizer would cover up the uneven texture and slight redness under my nose from seasonal allergies; Photo: Courtesy of Maraya Fisher

Photos: Courtesy of Maraya Fisher

Good: I’m obsessed with the Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss. I saw someone raving about the brand’s face oil on TikTok, so I was really excited to try this product. It’s extremely pigmented, so a little goes a long way, and it definitely fades redness. I was very surprised the first time I wore it – for a face oil it had an extremely matte finish which is good for humid days. As I wore it throughout the day, the product reacted with the humidity in the air and settled in flatteringly.

The bad: Although I really liked the look of this face oil, about an hour after wearing it, it was a bit too matte for me. Although I was completely covered in moisturizing SPF, the product took on and highlighted all the dry patches on my cheeks and forehead, as you can see in the close-up image. Although very light, it was quite noticeable on my skin until it melted.

The final verdict: This would be a great option for people who fall on the oily side of the skin spectrum. If you need a mattifying skin tone with decent coverage, this is the product for you.

Photos: Courtesy of Maraya Fisher

Good: As a millennial/Gen Z cusper who worked around the corner from New York’s flagship Glossier for two years, it’s a wonder I’ve never tried this iconic skin tone. The sheer number of inner city it-girls dabbing this on their glowing peach cheeks in 2017 should have hooked me, but somehow it never landed in my makeup bag. . Everything I’ve heard about it has turned out to be true: it blends beautifully and leaves skin with a gorgeous glow. It made me want to put on my Reformation dress, grab a Jane Birkin-style basket, and hit the farmer’s market.

The bad: It blended into my skin so well that shortly after I wore it, it just disappeared. My skin still looked hydrated and soft to the touch, but the coverage—sheer as it’s supposed to be—was gone. It blended in nicely with no streaks of product, but I would definitely need to reapply it if I had to wear it to the office.

Final Verdict: Paired with a good concealer, this skin tone is a dream. I love the finish and would definitely wear it on good skin days.

Photos: Courtesy of Maraya Fisher

Good: While the rest of the shades I tried had a more runny, serum-like consistency, the Nars Tinted Moisturizer is closer to a gel-cream. It made application very easy and the product blended into my skin very quickly. It had a dewy finish and was very pigmented so it covered the allergy redness around my nose. It lasted the whole working day, although I’d probably touch it up a bit if I went outside afterwards. Bonus points for the SPF!

The bad: Although it blended in really well, I found it caught some of my dryness, but not as noticeably as the Kosas face oil.

Final Verdict: It was a close second place for me. I wish it blended as well as the Glossier skin tone, but the extra long-lasting coverage, along with the SPF, made it worth it.

Photos: Courtesy of Maraya Fisher

Good: I crown this as my holy grail skin tone until further notice. It combines the positive aspects of the other three shades and also contains hyaluronic acid, plant-based squalane and niacinamide, three of my favorite skincare ingredients. It gives me a nice hydrated finish and just enough coverage.

The bad: This shade caught some of the dryness on my forehead, but with a little more blending that went away.

Final Verdict: Although this skin tone is expensive, it is worth it for its gorgeous finish, high amount of SPF, and skin benefits. All of the skin tones I’ve tried would work for other skin types if not mine, but the Ilia serum takes the cake for me.

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