Tinted SPF’s

I’ve become a huge fan of tinted moisturizers, sunscreens and BB creams the last year and this summer I’ve been using it almost every day. In the summer, using a tinted moisturizer instead of your regular foundation is a great way to give your face sheer, lightweight coverage. Less is more, especially in summer. Here are some of the tinted SPF’s I’ve tried and used this summer;

Anthelios XL Tinted Cream SPF 50
I really like La Roche-Posay’s sunscreen and this one is no exception. This tinted sunscreen comes in a very sheer medium tan tint; a bit sheerer than typical tinted moisturizers. It isn’t greasy, it effectively blocks the sun and gives just a bit of coverage. It doesn’t leave a white cast and it’s very lightweight – it doesn’t feel like you have several layers of cream sitting on your skin. My skin feels so moisturised and it’s tinted so I dont get that “pale” effect when I usually put white sunscreen. It blends really well into my skin, slightly evens out my skintone and gives no sunscreen shine. Read my full review here.

Revision Intellishade SPF 45 Matte
It is hard to believe that this product is actually providing me with an SPF 45 because it has none of the unfortunate texture, smell or whiteness issues that you usually get with sunscreens. I have the matte formula and I love it, it makes my skin look flawless. It’s a one-color-fits-all shade and it surprisingly matches my skin tone very well. This tinted moisturizer gives a light/medium coverage and moisturizes my skin well. It evens out my skin color beautifully and actually does what it promises – minimizes the look of my pores. Read my full review here.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
This was the first tinted moisturizer I ever purchased, and probably the most expensive one also. I really like this tinted moisturizer – it’s sheer, very lightweight as well as it gives a little bit of coverage and evens out the skintone. It definitely gives your skin that healthy glow and a natural, dewy finish, which the product is promised to do. I use the shade Nude and it blends perfectly with my skin and it lasts for hours. The skin looks really nice and you do not look like you’re wearing anything. The only thing I don’t like is the opening of the product, for some reason it gets really messy. Every time I twist the lid open, it’s messy in there. Another thing is that it doesn’t seem to agree with air travel and the pressure that comes along with it. Read my full review here.

Origins VitaZing SPF 15
This is the product with the lowest SPF, but I still feel like it gives me the protection I need. I really  like this (tinted) moisturizer from Origins and I’ve been using it a lot this summer. It adds a beautiful glow to your skin when you don’t feel like wearing any makeup.  It comes out of the tube white with grey pigment beads and as you pat this on your face, the pigment beads burst and transform into your skin tone.  This tinted moisturizer gives a beautiful dewy finish on my normal-to-dry skin, if you have oily skin it might be too shiny for you. You need to be patient with this product as it takes about 5-10 minutes for the tinting effects to completely show up. This product is quite sheer, it’s not for people who are very pale or need more coverage. Read my full review here.

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream
I had high hopes for this product and I really wanted to like it, but unfortunately it broke me out terribly and I had to return it. What I like about this BB cream is the packaging, but that’s about it. I had it in shade 02 which was a pretty good match for my skin, however the texture was very thick and oily and caused huge breakout (whiteheads) on my chin. Even if I just put a tiny bit of product I always felt like I was wearing something on my skin, which I don’t like. It almost felt like a thick, liquid concealer. Unfortunately I cannot recommend this product.

Do you know any of the products above? Do you have a personal favorite? :)

Hanne Sagstuen

Norwegian New Yorker Hanne Sagstuen a fashion model, art director and editor in chief. Beautylovin is the website where she shares her take on life, travel, beauty and everything in between.

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  1. Anna

    Hi Hanne,

    i really enjoy lightweight formulas in the summer aswell:) I like the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation. Yesterday I bought the BB Cream from Estee Lauder.Hopefully it won’t break me out…Have you tested it?Could you please tell me how you got rid of the whiteheads?Usually I have pretty good and “clear” skin but recently I got some whiteheads on my cheeks (maybe a new blush caused them). I would be really happy if you could help me. Hugs from sunny Cologne xxx Anna

    1. Author

      I’ve only tried the BB cream from Estee Lauder once (from a friend) and I really liked it, did not break me out, hehe! ;) I’m planning a post about how to get rid of whiteheads, blackheads etc! :) Hugs back xx

  2. Gayle

    From all of these the only I have tried is Origins ViatZing. I love it,as long as you do not have too many breakouts it’s the perfect coverage. It does not moisturize enough for me, I always need to add a first layer of normal moisturizer. But I do love that glow it gives you.
    I have been using before that Tarte tinted moisturizer, very nice as well. Light coverage, but feels a little heavier than Origins.

  3. Selma

    I really like the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, except concerning its price! Fortunately a little goes a long way :) By the way, I love the new design of the blog!

  4. Gina

    Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer is also my first tinted moisturizer! I’m always looking for something easy to apply, looks natural and won’t be too dry for my uber dry sensitive skin. So far I haven’t been using it too many times during winter here in Australia but it’s definitely something I’d wear more often when summer comes.
    I also tried the Skin79 BB cream in hot pink but it starts caking up later in the day :(

  5. Chrissy

    I’ve recently bought a BB cream and it works great on me, with the exception that it oxidizes. :( At the end of the day it becomes much darker. So annoying. :(

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