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Top 5 Tinted Moisturizers

How many times have you gotten up a little late and prioritized applying makeup to the end of your to-do list? Unfortunately with so many demands thrust upon us as professional women, we have to make those choices — what has to go and what can stay.  But why eliminate a step in your beauty routine that can leave you looking a little less professional, a little less polished?

I have found that a tinted moisturizer can solve a plethora of makeup/skin care problems. A dollop of the time-saving product can give your skin life and vibrancy.  Tinted moisturizers come in a formula that suits all skin types — oil free, illuminating and extra hydrating.

A tinted moisturizer is a key multi-tasking product for your skin care and makeup regimen:
1.  Color — evens skin and brightens color
2.  Moisturizer — skip moisturizer and just apply your tinted moisturizer
3.  Sun protection — we may think that as women of color we don't need a daily SPF, but we do indeed need sun protection.

Top 5 tinted moisturizers skin:

1.  Stila
Bronzing Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15  $32

What it is:

A tinted moisturizer infused with 24kt gold and SPF 15 protection.

What it does:

Stila Bronzing Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 is infused with genuine 24kt gold, creating the perfect pigment-to-pearl ratio and providing a beaming, flawless face in an instant. The anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties of gold leave the skin with a with a youthful, vibrant summertime sheen, while SPF 15 ensures that the skin is protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

2.  Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15  $30

What it is:

A vitamin-packed moisturizer with a hint of color.

What it does:

Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer is a lightweight, revolutionary sheer color formula for naturally radiant skin. A healthy complexion starts with unique citrus honey ingredients for long-lasting hydration and oil absorption, with UVA/UVB SPF 15 added to guard against future sun damage. Vitamins C and E offer protection against free radicals and antiaging peptides improve elasticity. Skin stays flawless and protected with a smooth, matte finish all day long.

3.  Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (best coverage)  $42

What it is:

A color-tinted moisturizer with protective sunscreen.

What it does:

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is a sheer, lightweight formula with a hint of color you can use in place of foundation for a natural finish and a healthy glowing complexion. It contains a SPF 20 for the ultimate in anti-aging prevention.

4.  Jose Maran Tinted Moisturizer (Organic)  $38


What it is:

A lightweight tinted moisturizer, sheer foundation, and sunscreen, all in one.

What it does:

Josie Maran Tinted Moisturizer glides on smoothly, leaving you with perfect, even-toned coverage, and a radiant, healthy glow. This moisturizer's powerful SPF 30 protects the skin from sun damage by blocking both UVA and UVB rays, while natural, organic ingredients nourish the skin. The formula includes Josie's signature ingredient, 100% pure organic Argan oil, which replenishes and repairs skin cel

5. Cosmedicine Medi-Matte Face Tint & Oil Control Lotion SPF 20 $42
(best for oily skin)

What it is:

A tinted treatment that controls oil, hydrates, and provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and buildable coverage.

What it is formulated to do:

Mattifies and eliminates shine for up to 8 hours. Protects skin with broad spectrum UV sunscreens and potent anti-oxidants. Wearable tint makes skin appear even, smooth and flawless with a look even no-makeup types will love.

Finishing touches:

Add a touch of cream blush to cheeks to complete the look of fresh healthy skin.  Try NARS Multiple in Orgasm or Portofino. This multi-tasking stick can also be applied to eyes and lips!  Perfect for saving time!

Apply 2 coats of mascara and gloss up lips and you are ready to meet the world with a fresh, healthy polished look!

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2 Responses to Top 5 Tinted Moisturizers

  1. DivaDebbi February 23, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Hi Blinging!
    Great choices all and I have used and liked 3 out of 5!

    Here’s the challenge! Is anyone at the mid or mass level making a a good to great tinted moisturizer??? All of these are pricey and while I still spend a fortune, I LOVE a good cheat, ie Rimmel’s Fix and Perfect Primer for $7.99…Genius!


    • Tracey Brown
      Tracey February 23, 2010 at 9:28 am

      Hi Debbi —

      You one upped me! on Tuesdays I write about budget beauty and i am writing about the lower priced alternatives!

      Thanks for stopping by.

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