What’s Your Favorite Tinted Moisturizer or BB/CC Cream?

Well, it’s just about time for a new cosmetic hunt, my friends. This time around? Tinted moisturizer or BB Cream or CC Cream or basically anything that will make my face look less, well, the way it looks right now. Is that too much to ask?

So, I did what I always do. Asked the smartest people in the world on my Facebook page. And the replies were abundant – feel free to read the 70+ recommendations yourself. Or! Take a look at this colorful masterpiece that I created just for you.


PIE CHART. Is that some old school Whoorl or what? (You guys need to click on that link, if not just to be reminded of that awful haircut I got way back when. Remember The Barracuda? HOT.) So, yeah, pie chart. I’m still highly scientific. (Except the percentages part, which I left out, because I…I just don’t know how to make that happen.)

In a nutshell, 41 different tinted moisturizers, lightweight foundations, and BB/CC creams were recommended, and I pie-charted the top 8 for you.

Here are the winners:

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer – The overall winner. And you know I love my NARS…

Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer – A solid second, good ol’ Bobbi has lots of fans.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – Coming in 3rd, this suggestion by many made me laugh because I specifically said that this product did not work for me, yet people felt inclined to mention it again and again. (I do not like it at all. I wish I did, but I don’t.)

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment – This was in a three-way tie for 3rd place, and I am very interested because it scores a 2 (!!) on the EWG Skin Deep website that I’ve loved for years and years. (I don’t always follow it, but love it.)

Chanel Vitalumiere Foundation and others – Besides the Vitalumiere, I’m not sure what other Chanel products were mentioned, but people like ’em.

The next 3 tied for 4th place.

Beautycounter Tint Skin Complexion Coverage – Another must-try product for me because of its low EWG score. This company’s mission is to get safe products into the hands of everyone.

Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm – Who is Dr. Jart? Do I need to try this stuff?

Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer – You know how much I adore my beloved Airbrush Concealer…maybe the tinted moisturizer could fit the bill.

There you have it, folks. Have at ’em. As for me? Here’s the deal. I’ve spent an exorbitant amount of time cleaning up my lifestyle over the past few years, and it always surprises me that I eat a clean, gluten-free diet with very minimal sugar and barely any processed goods, I clean my house with nothing but organic cleaners, and spend mega time reading labels for my kids’, yet STILL put stuff on my body and face that is known to harbor crazy chemicals. What the WHAT.

So! I’m going the healthy route, and am hot after 4 products right now – Beautycounter Tint Skin, Tarte BB Tinted Treatment, Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream, and Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream. All 4 of these products score a 3 or lower on the EWG website, and I’m confident I can find one that I will love.

(Although, seriously, I bet any of those top 8 would be fantastic if you aren’t as concerned with cosmetic ingredients. Love me some NARS!)

Now it’s your turn. Help out your fellow makeup-loving ladies – what is your favorite tinted moisturizer or BB/CC cream?

  1. J.Mill

    September 11, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Dr. Jart+ All The Way!

    I am fair-skinned and get freckly-tan in the summer. This cream matches my skin in all 4 seasons, goes on smooth, covers just a tad but lets me look like me. My skin is better overall and I feel like this stuff is worth the money!

    I use the Black Label one though, it’s free of Parabens,Sulfates and Phthalates.

  2. Divina

    September 11, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I use Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 43. I bought it at the same time as my YSL Touche Eclat foundation, but I never use my foundation! The tinted UV protector works perfectly, blurs any imperfections and blends in so you can’t tell it’s even there. Just makes everything even out naturally. It also works great under foundation, the couple of times I’ve tried it. I would never use anything else.


  3. Carmen

    September 11, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I use the Super Goop CC Cream, and I LOVE it! Recently I’ve been using Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen (BB Cream–Tinted), and so far I’m impressed! (It wears a bit lighter than the Goop, so I use it when I need less coverage.) Also, I think it has an EWG rating of 2. Really nice product.

  4. San

    September 12, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    The Physician’s Formula Organic CC Cream is not a bad choice for the small wallet…

  5. Stephanie Klug

    September 15, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I’m curious– What did you replace your Neutrogena anti-blemish anti-wrinkle w
    Cream with? I loved that one and really want another gentle retinol/antioxidant product.

  6. Renee

    September 23, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Sarah! This is great. Please oh please update us with a post on your organic skincare favs a la your December ’13 “My Current Beauty Favs” post :)

  7. Mandy

    September 28, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I just got a sample of the Tarte BB cream and holy moly it’s perfection. Definitely going to buy the full tube. Thanks for the rec, Sarah and friends!

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