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The 20 Best Tinted Moisturizers with SPF, Vetted by Editors and Reviewers

A helpful guide for all skin types

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There's no doubt about it: Tinted moisturizers with SPF are extremely popular these days. Part makeup, part skincare, you can get the best of both worlds. Why? They provide great light coverage, protect against UVA/UVB rays and blue light and are super easy to blend with your fingers, brush or a makeup sponge. If you're looking to add one to your routine, I polled PureWow editors and two dermatologists provide their go-to picks, from our all-time fave (hello, Tower 28 SunnyDays Tinted Sunscreen) to a buzzy new product from Supergoop!.

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The Best Tinted Moisturizers with SPF at a Glance

1

Best Overall

Tower 28 SunnyDays Tinted Sunscreen

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2

Best Shade Ranges

ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint

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3

Best Full Coverage

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer

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4

Best for Redness

Erborian CC Red Correct

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5

Newcomer

Supergoop! Protec(tint) Daily SPF Tint

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Meet the Experts

  • Dr. Brendan Camp is a board-certified dermatologist at MDCS Dermatology in New York City, who specializes in treating conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, moles and skin cancer.
  • Dr. Fatima Fahs is a board-certified dermatologist, practicing in Michigan, who specializes in medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology. She's also the founder of Dermy Doc Box, a subscription box that features hand-selected skincare products from brands like Skinfix, CeraVe and Vichy.

How I Chose the Best Tinted Moisturizers with SPF

I tapped my amazing coworkers, who happily shared their favorite tinted moisturizers with SPF. From there, I did rigorous research on each product and looked for key ingredients, coverage/finish, shade range and SPF. I also scanned through countless reviews to find the top picks our readers are currently loving. Ahead, a list of the 20 best tinted moisturizers for SPF to shop now.

Best Overall

1. Tower 28 SunnyDays Tinted Sunscreen

What We Like

  • natural finish
  • offers buildable coverage
  • great for sensitive skin

What We Don't Like

  • not great for very dry skin
  • takes a bit to fully oxidize

Tower 28

This 2-in-1 got an overwhelming response from a few editors, and for good reason. The sunscreen-foundation hybrid offers buildable coverage without feeling cakey or heavy on the skin. Its lightweight formula features zinc oxide, prickly pear extract and white sage extract to protect against sun damage, even redness and soothe stressed skin. It's also a great option for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. "One of my sisters (who has sensitive skin) began using the tinted sunscreen and would FaceTime me to show off her glassy skin. It then influenced my other sister (who has combination skin) to buy it. She also ended up with a flawless complexion that—I kid you not—looked like she wasn’t wearing any makeup at all," says Stephanie Meraz, associate fashion commerce editor at PureWow. "Naturally, I decided it was time for me to try it out. I’ve been using a little sample from Sephora for about two weeks now, and I will say I’ve been loving it so far. It feels hydrating and moisturizing without teetering on greasy, and it’s extremely natural, so it won’t provide too much coverage, but it does do a good job at hiding dark spots."

Fast Facts

  • SPF: 30
  • Shades: 17
  • Key Ingredients: prickly pear extract, white sage extract

Best Shade Ranges

2. ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint

What We Like

  • dewy finish
  • contains skincare ingredients
  • extensive shade range

What We Don't Like

  • strong scent
  • not great for acne-prone skin

ILIA

This tinted serum offers a dewy coverage, sun protection and a hydrating boost. The clean formula (which features hyaluronic acid, squalane and niacinamide) plumps the skin, while the broad-spectrum based SPF 40 protects against UVA/UVB rays, blue light and pollution. With over 13,000+ raving reviews (and overwhelming approval from PureWow editors), it’s a crowd favorite for all skin tones and types. "This is my go-to tinted serum when I'm looking for a very dewy glow, but still want a bit of coverage," shares Olivia Dubyak, commerce editor at PureWow. "A little goes a long way so the bottle lasts me quite a while. The formula is lightweight and hydrating, but I will say, it has a little bit of an odd scent when you apply it but it goes away once it's blended into the skin."

Fast Facts

  • SPF: 40
  • Shades: 30
  • Key Ingredients: squalane, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid

Best Full Coverage

3. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer

What We Like

  • satin finish
  • offers full coverage
  • easy to use

What We Don't Like

  • thick consistency
  • too drying for some skin types

IT Cosmetics

This tinted moisturizer might make you break up with your foundation once and for all. In just one to two pumps, you’ll get the full coverage you’re looking for while still getting that “no-makeup” makeup look. Thanks to its 3D Skin Flex technology, the product adjusts to your skin tone and texture, so you’re left with a natural finish. Infused with seven ingredients like fermented sugarcane, coconut water and black tea, the tinted moisturizer aims to improve elasticity and prevent moisture loss in the skin. It has become a staple for PureWow's VP of Editorial,  Candace Davison, who raves, "I've never been a big foundation or heavy makeup person—I've never been great at blending and contouring—so I love how foolproof this moisturizer is. It glides on smoothly while providing decent coverage of my red splotches, sun spots and dark circles that I never feel paranoid every time I wear it (like my face is streaky or overdone)."

Fast Facts

  • SPF: 50+
  • Shades: 12
  • Key Ingredients: sugarcane, rice, coconut water, sea kelp, green and black tea

Best for Redness

4. Erborian CC Red Correct

What We Like

  • color-adapting coverage
  • radiant finish
  • easy to apply

What We Don't Like

  • offers super light coverage
  • pricey

Erborian

If you’re prone to redness, look no further than this CC cream. The lightweight formula evens out your complexion and protects against UV rays that cause redness, dark spots and wrinkles in the first place. Use a pea-sized amount on its own or add it to your moisturizer for a radiant glow. "I just discovered this Erborian product and HOLY COW I'm blown away," shares Marissa Wu, associate SEO editor at PureWow. "I've tried a ton of tinted SPFs and this one is a top performer for me. It does such a great job of evening my entire complexion, in addition to mitigating redness. I'm even comfortable using it as my go-to foundation."

Fast Facts

  • SPF: 25
  • Shades: 1
  • Key Ingredients: centella asiatica

Newcomer

5. Supergoop! Protec(tint) Daily SPF Tint

What We Like

  • offers buildable coverage
  • natural radiant finish
  • travel-friendly

What We Don't Like

  • small bottle
  • some reviewers experience piling

Supergoop

The masterminds behind the Unseen Sunscreen and PLAY Everyday Lotion have recently added a new product to their lineup. Meet Protec(tint), a daily skin tint that already has 400 5-star reviews and counting, as well as a stamp of approval from one of our editors. "I've used it a couple of times and I already like the ingredients and light coverage," says Destinee Scott, assistant sales and deals editor. Formulated with ectoin, hyaluronic acid and zinc oxide, the skin tint is praised for its light coverage, natural finish and protecting the skin against UVA/UVB rays.

Fast Facts

  • SPF: 50
  • Shades: 14
  • Key Ingredients: ectoin, hyaluronic acid

Best for Hyperpigmentation

6. Thrive Causemetics Buildable Blur CC Cream

What We Like

  • natural finish
  • contains vitamin C
  • vegan

What We Don't Like

  • doesn't blend well with cream-based products
  • can be drying for some skin types

Thrive Causemetics

Whether you have dark spots, rosacea or redness, this color-correcting cream will give you flawless coverage (like a photo filter). The tinted moisturizer has vitamin C to brighten discoloration and flaxseed extract to soften and smooth the overall texture of your skin. "This was my absolute favorite product for two summers in a row because of how well it worked for my combination skin," Dubyak says. "This formula does a great job at helping conceal redness and hyperpigmentation on my face, but still has a very lightweight coverage."

Fast Facts

  • SPF: 40
  • Shades: 28
  • Key Ingredients: vitamin C

Best Dewy Finish

7. Rare Beauty Positive Light Tinted Moisturizer

What We Like

  • radiant finish
  • offers light coverage
  • hydrating formula

What We Don't Like

  • not great for covering up hyperpigmentation

Rare Beauty

Yes, we’re obsessed with Rare Beauty’s blushes, but the tinted moisturizer is a favorite, too. The liquid formula offers light coverage, a boost of hydration and an all-around radiant finish. Its weightless consistency also leaves room to blend and blur any imperfections without ever feeling oily or greasy. "It makes my skin look so dewy and hydrated," Scott tells me. "You don't even have to use a brush or a beauty sponge to get an even finish. I use my fingers and it goes on super smooth. It also lasts all day, which is huge for folks like me who don't want to have to touch up during the day."

Fast Facts

  • SPF: 20
  • Shades: 24
  • Key Ingredients: vitamin E

Best for Combination Skin

8. Saie Slip Tint

What We Like

  • sheer finish
  • offers light coverage
  • contains clean ingredients

What We Don't Like

  • strong scent

Saie

This slip tint tiptoes between a sheer and dewy finish which is great for people with combination skin. The hydrating blend (aka hyaluronic acid, pansy flower and licorice root extract) retains moisture, boosts hydration and brightens the complexion. PureWow Executive Editor Dara Katz couldn’t rave enough about the moisturizer in her reviewer, stating she's become "a devout convert" of the brand.

Fast Facts

  • SPF: 35
  • Shades: 14
  • Key Ingredients: hyaluronic acid, licorice root extract

Best for Oily Skin

9. bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer

What We Like

  • natural finish
  • offers light coverage
  • derm-approved

What We Don't Like

  • drying for some skin types

bareMinerals

This gel-cream moisturizer is packed with hyaluronic acid, squalene and a mineral-based sunscreen. It hydrates and protects the skin, while evening your complexion. A dime-size amount is all you’ll need for adequate coverage—minus the shiny T-zone and excess oil. “I love that this comes in multiple shades," shares Dr. Fahs. "It has light to medium coverage and is great for creating that effortless, no-makeup look."

Fast Facts

  • SPF: 30
  • Shades: 20
  • Key Ingredients: hyaluronic acid, squalane

Best for Light Coverage

10. Suntegrity Impeccable Skin Sunscreen Foundation

What We Like

  • satin finish
  • offers light coverage
  • travel-friendly

What We Don't Like

  • pricey
  • limited shade range

Suntegrity

For Assistant Commerce Editor Natalie LaBarbera, this tinted sunscreen has become a staple in her routine. "I've been using this Suntegrity CC cream for the past month or so and just sent a picture to my mom last night of the bottle because she kept commenting on how nice it made my skin look and wanted to get a bottle for herself," she says. "It goes on so smoothly and offers coverage without completely covering my freckles, which I love. It also has non-nano zinc oxide as the sun protection ingredient, so you're not getting any of those weird chemicals. Plus, it's super moisturizing which is always a bonus for my dry skin."

Fast Facts

  • SPF: 30
  • Shades: 6
  • Key Ingredients: peptides, vitamin C, vitamin E

Best Splurge

11. Chantecaille Just Skin

What We Like

  • sheer finish

What We Don't Like

  • limited shade range
  • thick consistency

Chantecaille

This 3-in-1 tinted moisturizer evens your natural complexion, smooths fine lines and protects against harsh rays. It’s formulated with botanical extracts like edelweiss, honeysuckle and green tea, as well as sodium hyaluronate to soothe and shield your skin. As one former editor shared in a review of the luxe moisturizer, "If you’re a fan of barely-there, easy-to-apply products with skincare and a blurring effect, then do your complexion a favor and give Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer the green light. People might even ask you for your esthetician’s number."

Fast Facts

  • SPF: 15
  • Shades: 5
  • Key Ingredients: thyme extract, butterfly bush extract

Best Shade Match

12. Live Tinted Hueguard Skin Tint

What We Like

  • radiant finish
  • offers buildable coverage
  • AAPI-owned

What We Don't Like

  • pricey
  • some reviewers experience piling

Live Tinted

I have a hard time to color-matching, so when I tried this skin tint for the first time my jaw dropped. The shade seven complements by skin tone and glides smoothly across my face with just my fingertips. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, Indian gooseberry and butterfly bush flower extract, this skin tint feels like second skin. I prefer a satin finish, and this formula delivers by drying down quickly without looking cakey. I also love that it provides buildable coverage and diminishes the look of my redness or dark spots.

Fast Facts

  • SPF: 50
  • Shades: 10
  • Key Ingredients: butterfly bush flower extract, Indian gooseberry, hyaluronic acid, sea buckthorn oil

Best Budget

13. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

What We Like

  • sheer finish
  • easy to apply
  • lightweight formula

What We Don't Like

  • limited shade range

Maybelline

According to reviewers, this BB cream blends like a dream and delivers sheer coverage for only $10. Whether you have dull, dry or sensitive skin, the SPF 30 and oil-free formula will give you a natural finish without clogging your pores. "Of all the fancy skin tints/foundations out there (and all the money I've spent…) I'm constantly going back to this [one]. [It's] affordable, great for sensitive skin, and so natural looking. It's perfect for every day [wear]. It's definitely worth trying out," says one Ulta reviewer.

Fast Facts

  • SPF: 30
  • Shades: 5
  • Key Ingredients: titanium dioxide

Best for Dull Skin

14. Tarte BB Blur Tinted Moisturizer

What We Like

  • matte finish
  • offers medium coverage
  • long-wearing

What We Don't Like

  • some shades may oxidize

Tarte

This tinted primer offers medium coverage and sun protection (which is our top priority), as well as a few other benefits. The formula contains a triple B-complex that brightens, smoothes and softens, which is a plus for dull, dry and/or combo skin. Fans also love that it goes the extra mile, lasting up to a whopping 12 hours while still feeling velvety smooth after a long day. One Sephora shopper shares, "I have used this since it came out probably 10-12 years [ago]. I love it. It lasts all day, never causes irritation [and] never makes my lines and wrinkles look worse. I am 72 and I hope Tarte always makes this! I will say the colors are fairly dark in this, I'm a medium but wear fair in this. It's [also] pretty sheer, [but] I don't wear anything except blush with it."

Fast Facts

  • SPF: 30
  • Shades: 15
  • Key Ingredients: Amazonian clay, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E

Long-Lasting

15. Smashbox Halo Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer

What We Like

  • offers buildable coverage
  • dewy finish
  • moisturizes skin for up to 24 hours

What We Don't Like

  • not great for oily skin

Smashbox

This tinted moisturizer promises dewy coverage for up to 24 hours—and it delivers. The key ingredient—hyaluronic acid—continues to keep your skin moisturized well after you apply it. The lightweight formula also prevents creasing or caking from occurring. One shopper shares, "This is a great tinted moisturizer with SPF and I have been using it almost daily since last summer. It evens out my skin tone, leaving it looking healthy and fresh without feeling heavy. The finish is a very subtle glow."

Fast Facts

  • SPF: 25
  • Shades: 12
  • Key Ingredients: hyaluronic acid, rose extract, niacinamide, goji berries, peptides

Best Radiant Finish

16. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

What We Like

  • lightweight formula
  • radiant finish
  • offers light coverage

What We Don't Like

  • thick consistency

NARS

With “pure radiant” in the name, you can expect the glow of your dreams. The vitamin C and French Polynesian kopara combo evens out and refines your skin for a brighter, smoother complexion. Shoppers praise the buildable coverage and its 16-shade range. "I have been using NARS tinted moisturizer for several years now and it's my go-to," says one Sephora fan. "I don't own foundation, I just use this. I have very scarred skin from acne and this can cover a good junk of them. This is a great lightweight coverage—[even] when I wear [it] without primer to the office, it lasts the day."

Fast Facts

  • SPF: 30
  • Shades: 16
  • Key Ingredients: vitamin C, French Polynesian kopara

Most Hydrating

17. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

What We Like

  • offers light coverage
  • natural finish
  • hydrating ingredients

What We Don't Like

  • thin consistency
  • some reviewers experience piling

Laura Mercier

This tinted moisturizer hydrates with a capital H. The formula features macadamia seed oil, kukui seed oil and tamarind seed extract to lock in moisture while reducing any signs of dry skin. And don’t forget the SPF 30 that makes sure your dewy look is protected and effortless. Per one Sephora shopper, "I'm usually skeptical of foundations of any sort, but I recently tried out this tinted moisturizer and it's become my new go-to for when I want to look a little more put together! It's super easy to blend in with just my fingers, and the finish is great. Coverage is very light, which some might not prefer, but I love that it leaves me with just a natural, healthy-looking glow instead of feeling heavy or cakey like some other products do. And the SPF is a huge bonus! If you're looking for a lightweight tinted moisturizer with SPF, give this a shot."

Fast Facts

  • SPF: 30
  • Shades: 20
  • Key Ingredients: macadamia seed oil, kukui seed oil, tamarind seed extract

Best Acne-Prone Skin

18. Lancôme Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin Tint

What We Like

  • offers buildable coverage
  • natural finish
  • oil-free formula

What We Don't Like

  • thin consistency
  • some reviewers experienced piling

Lancome

This hydrating tint has moringa seed and hyaluronic acid to ensure that it feels comfortable on your skin. The oil-free formula also assures it won’t clog your pores or cause breakouts. Reviewers say the 2-in-1 leaves a velvety finish and helps protect skin from a sunny day outside. "It's lightweight and easy to color match. It gives enough coverage to smooth blemishes but still looks very natural! This is my every day go to product," says one Ulta customer.

Fast Facts

  • SPF: 23
  • Shades: 10
  • Key Ingredients: moringa seed, hyaluronic acid

Best Clean Formula

19. Iris&Romeo Best Skin Days Tinted Moisturizer

What We Like

  • offers light coverage
  • natural finish
  • contains clean ingredients

What We Don't Like

  • may leave a white cast on some skin tones

Iris&Romeo

This Iris&Romeo pick is a favorite in the clean beauty space—just ask the passionate reviewers on Sephora. It acts as a makeup, skincare and SPF product rolled into one. Shoppers say it offers light coverage, while the skincare ingredients (like vitamin C) brighten and hydrate the skin. "This has quickly become a must have for me," says a Sephora reviewer. "It feels very light; melts into your skin yet is very buildable, which I like because I can use it for different days/occasions. [I] love the added plus of the ingredients like vitamin c and hyaluronic acid. I can actually feel good about putting it on my skin!"

Fast Facts

  • SPF: 30
  • Shades: 12
  • Key Ingredients: sodium hyaluronate, vitamin C, Bulgarian rose damascena complex

Best for Dark Skin

20. The Lip Bar Just A Tint 3-in-1 Tinted Skin Conditioner

What We Like

  • radiant finish
  • Black-owned

What We Don't Like

  • runny texture

The Lip Bar

When it comes to foundations and tinted moisturizers, some brands miss the mark on catering to darker skin tones. The Lip Bar, on the other hand, puts a heavy focus on creating shades that are specifically made for darker skin and undertones. Infused with hyaluronic acid, this 3-in-1 formula hydrates, protects against sun damage and blends seamlessly (so much so that you forget you have it on). One happy customer says, "I have dark skin and hate buying makeup because it's either too light or too dark, makes me look ashy, or makes me look oily. I like that it's a light coverage and matches my skin!"

Fast Facts

  • SPF: 11
  • Shades: 12
  • Key Ingredients: hyaluronic acid

What to Consider When Buying a Tinted Moisturizer with SPF

There are a ton of tinted moisturizers on the market, so take these five categories into consideration when shopping the right one for you.

  • Coverage Type: Do you want dewy or matte coverage? Some tinted moisturizers mimic a traditional foundation, while others make you look shiny and glazed like a donut. When picking out a tinted moisturizer, look for keywords like 'radiant,' 'dewy' and 'sheer' to give you insight into what finish you can expect.
  • Skin Type: Be mindful of your skin type. Dr. Camp recommends dry or sensitive skin types use dewy, oil-based tinted moisturizers. If you have oily skin, he recommends lightweight, matte or oil-free picks. And those with acne-prone skin can look into oil-free picks to prevent potential breakouts.
  • SPF Count: SPF numbers vary widely among tinted moisturizers. Dr. Fahs recommends finding ones that are 30 or higher. Also, look for the words ‘broad spectrum’ on the label, “so you’re getting coverage against both UVA and UVB rays,” she adds.
  • Shade Range. Yes, there are plenty of tinted moisturizers with SPF out there, but the number starts to dwindle when you check out their shade ranges. However, don't be discouraged. Brands like ILIARare BeautyTower 28 and The Lip Bar are already changing the game and offering 15+ shades in their repertoire. There's also a neat trick of mixing shades together to get your perfect match. Consider a swatch test of the tinted moisturizer of your choice and try mixing two that are close to your skin tone.
  • Skincare Benefits: It’s a hybrid product after all. Find a tinted moisturizer that caters to your skin woes. Some key ingredients found in tinted moisturizers are niacinamide, aloe and hyaluronic acid. “Hyaluronic acid offers significant hydration, as this molecule helps attract and retain water within the skin,” Dr. Camp explains. “Niacinamide is included in some moisturizers because of its anti-inflammatory and calming properties, which makes it a great option for rosacea or acne-prone skin.”

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Benefits of Tinted Moisturizers with SPF?

“They are often lightweight, so they layer easily without clogging pores. They also help seal in moisture to keep skin hydrated, while protecting your skin from the effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, such as sunburn and sun damage,” says Dr. Camp.

Do Tinted Moisturizers Have Enough SPF in Them?

Not all tinted moisturizers with SPF are created equal. The amount of protection offered in these products can range anywhere between SPF 10 to 30+. And even if a tinted moisturizer has 30+ written on the product, that doesn’t give you a pass to skip on your traditional face sunscreen. “I personally do not rely on the sunscreen in a tinted moisturizer alone because the most common mistake we make with sunscreen is that we aren’t applying enough of it,” explains Dr. Fahs.

She also mentions just because a tinted moisturizer has SPF in it doesn’t mean it can protect against everything. “Lots of products will list an SPF number, which is an indicator of UVB protection but no mention of being 'broad spectrum,' which means the product has both UVA and UVB protection,” she says.

Bottom line: If you’re spending more than two hours in the sun, you need to reapply sunscreen. Dr. Fahs also recommends applying a layer before your tinted moisturizer for adequate coverage. (And luckily, there are powders and sprays that you can top things off without disrupting your makeup.)

How Should You Use a Tinted Moisturizer?

Since tinted moisturizers are so emollient, you can apply them using your fingertips. First, use the dot method (aka applying dots of the product all over your face) before massaging the tinted moisturizer into your skin. If you want a more airbrushed finish, you can pat it in using a sponge or a fluffy makeup brush.

Is Tinted Moisturizer Better for Mature Skin?

A tinted moisturizer can be a great option for mature skin. Since many are lightweight, provide light coverage and a natural finish, older folks can appreciate how a tinted moisturizer doesn't settle into fine lines and wrinkles, while adding sun protection and moisture for the day.


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