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The Best Drugstore Tinted Moisturizers in 2020

The Best Drugstore Tinted Moisturizers in 2020

article by MIRA BEAUTY
MIRA BEAUTY
October 8, 2020

Tinted moisturizers for subtle skin perfection

Tinted moisturizer is the beauty product everybody needs in their bag. It’s the ultimate lazy girl (or guy!) beauty hack, combining makeup and skincare to help you feel radiant, even on the days you were just not in the mood to apply a full-coverage foundation. Designed to hydrate and nourish your skin while providing lightweight coverage, tinted moisturizers are ideal for those with sensitive skin who don’t like the “heavy” feeling of foundation or powder on their face, or people who love to own the “no makeup” makeup look. Just apply your favorite tinted moisturizer, enjoy the sheer, barely-there coverage, and watch as people start to compliment your “makeup free” skin … we won’t tell.

While there are definitely a few cult favorite tinted moisturizers in the beauty world, like the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer by NARS, many of them tend to be a bit pricey. You can still get the same natural coverage and all day hydration for half the price, courtesy of your favorite drugstore tinted moisturizers. If you want a subtle tint, easy application, and a chance to finally master the “no makeup” look, try one of Mira’s favorite drugstore tinted moisturizers below!

True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer by L’Oreal, $16

True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer by L’Oreal
Source: L'Oreal

If you love highlighter, you’ll be obsessed with this L’Oreal favorite that’s exactly what it sounds like - part lotion, part highlighter, and 100% glowy. This drugstore tinted moisture gives you a beautiful tint of color while keeping skin moisturized and enhancing your natural glow. Wear it alone for a boost of hydration and natural look that’s perfect for everyday wear, or apply over powder or foundation for a more dewy and dramatic effect. Bonus tip? Applying a dab of True Match Lumi Glotion in your Cupid’s bow area and blending in is one of the best beauty hacks to fake the appearance of fuller lips!

Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector by Neutrogena, $9

Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector by Neutrogena
Source: Neutrogena

Many skincare junkies have a complicated relationship with Retinol. When used correctly, it’s a miracle ingredient that immensely reduces wrinkles and evens out your skin tone like a dream. However, too much of it can make more sensitive skin types prone to redness or flaking. That’s why the Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector by Neutrogena has just the right amount of retinol to turn back the clock on your complexion without dryness or irritation, in addition to SPF 20 to keep skin looking youthful. But don’t think that it’s only for “older,” people, as this drugstore tinted moisturizer provides a glowing complexion and immense skin benefits for people of all ages.

Goodness Glows Tinted Moisturizer by Burt’s Bees, $12

Goodness Glows Tinted Moisturizer by Burt’s Bees
Source: Burt's Bees

As one of the most natural drugstore brands in the beauty world, you can always count on Burt’s Bees to enhance your natural features and create a subtle, yet stunning glow. Goodness Glow is a drugstore tinted moisturizer packed with green tea, vitamins, and antioxidants to light up your look with 100% natural ingredients… and provides all-day hydration to keep your complexion looking fresh at all times. Use it along with a few of your other Burt’s Bees favorites, like lip balm, for a major boost of natural beauty.

Airbrush Away Tinted Skin Perfector by No7, $15

Airbrush Away Tinted Skin Perfector by No7
Source: No7

No7 is a drugstore brand that could totally pass for high-end, with their range of top-rated skincare and face makeup products that give you the best quality for under $20. It makes sense that they created one of the best drugstore tinted moisturizers you’ll ever find, enriched with hyaluronic acid and a range of vitamins for healthy, hydrated skin that looks flawless on camera and IRL. If you want a real-life airbrushed look, just apply a bit of this drugstore tinted moisturizer under your foundation and you’ll be good to glow.

Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil by NYX Professional Makeup, $13

Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil by NYX Professional Makeup
Source: NYX Professional Makeup

Only the best beauty products can trick people into thinking you’re not wearing any face makeup, even when you are… and Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil is one of them. As one Mira review says, this drugstore tinted moisturizer is the ultimate “your skin, but better” formula, acting as a concealing veil for blemishes, redness, or an uneven skin tone, while still showing off your freckles. It’s more lightweight than any foundation you’ll ever try, while still enhancing your complexion and creating the perfect “no makeup” makeup look.

Healthy Skin Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 by Neutrogena, $10

Healthy Skin Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 by Neutrogena
Source: Neutrogena

The actual definition of “feeling fresh” in one award-winning, under $10 tube of drugstore tinted moisturizer. This Neutrogena favorite has received acclaim from influencers and celebrity MUA’s, and even won the CEW Insiders Choice Beauty Award for its low price, high quality coverage. Why does everybody love it so much? Because it gives you a gorgeous glow on the go with a hint of shimmer that creates a dewy finish, without making you look too greasy, in addition to Vitamins A, C, and E to nourish your skin. Consider the fact that it has SPF 30 to protect against sun damage, and you basically have the perfect face makeup.

Organic Wear Natural Origin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 by Physician’s Formula, $12

Organic Wear Natural Origin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 by Physician’s Formula
Source: Physician's Formula

“Mm, is this organic?” Yes, and we’re not just quoting Rick and Morty here. Organic Wear is formulated with 80% certified organic ingredients, including avocado oil, shea butter, and jojoba Seed oil, to give a new meaning to the term “natural glow.” Apply it on your skin for a burst of moisture (thanks, Organic Fruit Water!) and SPF 15 to protect your skin against the sun and other environmental damage.

Visible Lift Luminous Serum Tint Tinted Moisturizer by Neutrogena, $15

Visible Lift Luminous Serum Tint Tinted Moisturizer by Neutrogena
Source: Neutrogena

Radiance is a guarantee with this drugstore tinted moisturizer, but when is it ever not with face makeup from Neutrogena? The lightweight texture looks smooth and sheer on your face, enriched with nourishing ingredients like Vitamin E and natural oils for skin health and hydration. And as a serum moisturizer, Visible Lift also helps mature skin by helping to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. There’s no greater bond than a love of makeup and skincare, and this is the best face makeup product to share with your mom!

Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 by e.l.f., $4

Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 by e.l.f.
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Like nearly all of e.l.f’s beauty products, this drugstore tinted moisturizer is low cost and high quality. It’s not easy to find a $4 product that provides great coverage, contains Vitamin E and Aloe, and uses SPF 20 to protect against the sun while giving skin a radiant finish… but this face makeup does it all. It’s the ideal tinted moisturizer for busy students or workers, or those who want to perfect the “no makeup” makeup look without spending too much on 25 products to achieve it!

Dream Fresh BB Cream by Maybelline, $10

Dream Fresh BB Cream by Maybelline
Source: Maybelline

Here at Mira, we’re the first ones to tell you that tinted moisturizer and BB cream are not the same thing. However, this face makeup by Maybelline deserves a shout out, as it contains all the best qualities of both products. As Maybelline says, Dream Fresh contains 8 incredible skin benefits in one affordable, lightweight formula - just a few of which include “Hydrates. Protects with SPF 30. Brightens. Blurs imperfections. Smoothes. Enhances.” If all of those beauty benefits aren’t enough to convince you that this drugstore tinted moisturizer is the real deal, just look at the perfect reviews on Mira that can’t get enough of this Maybelline favorite.

Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturizer by Colourpop, $14

Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturizer by Colourpop
Source: Colourpop

Next time you’re online shopping and checking out all of Colourpop’s vivid eyeshadow palettes, don’t forget to add this tinted moisturizer to your cart. It contains hyaluronic acid for a burst of moisture that dry (or sensitive, or oily) skin will love, while letting you exude fresh, natural radiance wherever you go. Our favorite Mira review says it best. “I don’t always want to wear foundation, but I often want to have some sort of coverage, so I now reach for this tinted moisturizer daily. I recommend that you try it out if you haven’t already!”

Insta Flawless Skin Tint by Rimmel, $6

Insta Flawless Skin Tint by Rimmel
Source: Rimmel 

No filters needed, just your new favorite drugstore tinted moisturizer from Rimmel. Insta Flawless makes your skin brighter and more beautiful than ever before, with a lightweight formula that leaves skin hydrated for up to 24 hours and works for both natural and dramatic looks. Apply a layer on your skin by itself to keep it simple, or make it a true glow up while wearing this face makeup under your liquid foundation for an airbrushed effect.

Smoothers BB Cream by Covergirl, $7

Smoothers BB Cream by Covergirl
Source: Covergirl

Another drugstore tinted moisturizer and BB cream mashup that your skin, and wallet, will be thanking you for. Smoothers BB Cream answers 10 of your skin and makeup concerns in one tube, providing you with sheer color and natural radiance, SPF 21 for protection, all day hydration and a blendable formula that only takes a minute to apply before you head out in the morning. It’s the multitasking product that we all need in our beauty routine, as shown by this Mira review! “This product is AMAZING! Perfect for that summer glow and absolutely does not clog pores whatsoever! If you need a lightweight but still tinted moisturizer that keeps you feeling fresh and glowing this summer you will not be disappointed.”

Botanical Tinted Face Sunscreen by Australian Gold, $15

Botanical Tinted Face Sunscreen by Australian Gold
Source: Australian Gold

When you think of Australia, the first few things that come to mind are likely the water and sun. They spend a good deal of time outside, and need the right drugstore tinted moisturizer to keep them protected and beautiful against environmental factors. That’s why the Botanical Tinted Face Sunscreen by Australian Gold is SPF 50! You’ll never have to worry about sun damage with this sheer formula on your face, which provides a subtle tint and glow as this tinted moisturizer nourishes your skin with vitamins and antioxidants from native Australian botanical ingredients,

Natural Glow + Firming Daily Moisturizer by Jergens, $10

Natural Glow + Firming Daily Moisturizer by Jergens
Source: Jergens

Looking for a “just got back from vacation” tan in a tube? Jergens has you covered. While this face makeup doesn’t provide complexion coverage like most tinted moisturizers, it does improve your skin’s elasticity while gradually giving you the self tan you deserve. When using this moisturizer daily, you’ll see a naturally beautiful tan begin to form in about a week’s time. And we mean tan, not orange!

Did we miss one? Tell us all about your best drugstore tinted moisturizers on Mira.