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Are Tinted Moisturisers Making A Comeback?

Achieve that on-the-go, effortless, no-makeup makeup look with these tinted moisturisers.

Tinted moisturisers were big in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Everyone loved how fuss-free and multi-functional they were – you could replace your regular moisturiser, sunscreen and foundation with just one product – as well as its natural looking coverage. 

Then BB creams came along. Providing a higher coverage and promising extra skin benefits, women flocked to the new wunderkind. Who cared if it added an extra step to your regime? Soon the K-beauty wave swept the world, bringing with it the 10-step skincare regime and a myriad of other new products from cushion compacts to water lip tints. 

As women’s routines got longer and longer, and makeup became more professional and polished, multi-functional beauty products unfortunately become lost in the mix.

But beauty trends, as with all things, come in waves. And in recent years, the natural, no-makeup makeup look came back as women started embracing their natural skin. I mean, didn’t we all love it when the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle kept her makeup so light that we could see her freckles clearly on her wedding day?

And slowly, all the reasons why we loved tinted moisturisers started flooding back. Their subtle finish that makes your skin look like you, but just better. The natural dewy glow they leave behind. And of course, how easy and fast they are to use.

What’s more, the new generation of tinted moisturisers are even more effective than their predecessors, often coming in a larger variety of shades, lighter textures and with more skincare benefits that will leave your complexion looking and feeling good. 

Their improved formulas also mean little to no blending is needed, so it’ll get you out the door and off to work in a flash

If you haven’t yet, then it’s definitely time to jump on the tinted moisturiser bandwagon. Check out the ones that we are loving now here. Trust us, they’re going to be your new beauty bestie. 

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30/PA+++, $77 from Sephora
This fan favourite was recently formulated to provide even more colour options (there are 20 now), a higher SPF protection level and a more hydrating formula. It has a lightweight texture that glides effortlessly over skin to give your complexion a fresh glow, and is infused with a cocktail of oils to protect against free radical damage, soften fine lines and provide up to 24-hours of hydration.  Pixi H2O Skin Tint, $36 from Sephora
If you’re someone who finds creams too heavy, then you’re going to love this. This weightless water-based gel moisturiser leaves a refreshing finish and gives light to medium coverage. Water-resistant and hydrating, it balances the complexion so you don’t have to worry about patchiness or your makeup fading throughout the day. It also has lavender and green tea extracts to sooth and protect sensitive complexions.  First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tint Cream With SPF 30, $43 from Sephora
This has the same soothing and hydrating benefits of the brand’s bestselling Ultra Repair Cream. It’s whipped, mousse-like texture does not clog pores and delivers medium, buildable coverage, and is even paraben and artificial colorant-free. It has Colloidal oatmeal to relieve itchiness and soothe irritated skin, as well as hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to moisturise and protect skin. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, $70 from Sephora
Perfect for women who want a light, natural finish but slightly more coverage, this has a buildable formula that helps to even out skin tone and texture, as well as hide flaws. It’s infused with seawater to revitalise the complexion, Kopara extract to hydrate, as well as vitamin C to brighten skin Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer, $87
If you want a rosy glow, then this is for you. Formulated with a Healthy Glow Booster mineral pigment and a soft focus powder, this helps to reflect natural light to give you an even, sheer yet radiant finish. It’s ultra-fine, silky texture provides a satin finish, while its skin-loving formula, which includes the antioxidant Kalanchoe extract and a hyaluronic acid derivative, hydrates and protects.