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Desperately Seeking Tinted Moisturizer

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When Prescriptives decided to shutter its doors two years ago, I had two reactions in quick succession: sadness at the loss of the brand I’d been using almost exclusively since teen-dom, then panic about whether I would be able to stockpile enough of its bestsellers to last me for the rest of eternity. Most could be replaced with similar products from other brands, I discovered—except, that is, for my beloved Traceless Skin Responsive Tint. The tinted moisturizer with a slightly illuminating natural coverage that didn’t feel at all makeup-y was, in a word, perfection. I did manage to amass enough to last me until recently, but as I was desperately squeezing the final drop out of the final tube, I decided it was finally time to search for a replacement. Here is the latest group of contenders that are currently in the running.



Chantecaille Just Skin Anti-Smog Tinted Moisturizer

Chantecaille’s formula is packed with botanicals like honeysuckle, edelweiss, and green tea, plus moisturizing sodium hyaluronate. The rich formula feels a bit more like a foundation than a tinted moisturizer, making it a viable option on the occasion when more coverage is needed. It is my hands-down winner in the packaging department, but be warned: Its good looks don’t come cheap.

$64, www.neimanmarcus.com.


Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer

As it’s entirely natural (100 percent of ingredients are from natural origin, and more than 80 percent from organic origin), Physician Formula’s offering is a great idea for those with more reactive skin—i.e. me, at least once a month. Remember to shake the tube first, otherwise the filmy formula tends to separate in an undesirable way. The coverage is lightweight enough for everyday use and absorbs easily. Bonus: It’s a total bargain.

$11.95, www.physiciansformula.com.


Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint

I count myself a big fan of Liz Earle’s skincare, so when I heard that the British naturalist was branching out into makeup I was understandably excited. Her first product to be available stateside is a tinted moisturizer packed with enough vitamin E, borage, and avocado for a super-creamy consistency. Though it was a little too rich for my summertime needs, once the temperature drops, my prediction is that it will feel just right.

$34, available beginning September 8 at www.uk.lizearle.com.


Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free

Brown’s original Tinted Moisturizer was a runaway hit with the beauty-buying public, and this gel-based version will certainly please the more oily-complected among us. The formula boasts skincare ingredients like collagen-boosting peptides that make it feel like it’s doing more than just camouflaging the skin—always a good thing.

$40, www.bobbibrown.com.


Ahava Mineral Makeup Care Light Foundation

I’m not usually a champion of anything in the mineral makeup category but Ahava’s little (seriously, a bigger tube, please!), antioxidant-loaded option does impress. The smoothing formula feels nourishing and gives you slightly more coverage than the typical tint. Please note: the finish is more matte and less light-reflective, if you’re into that kind of thing.

$28, www.ahavaus.com.


Aveda Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisturizer

Aveda’s formula is silky to the touch and imparts a really lovely dewy finish to the skin. I’m a fan of its illuminating quality (much like that old Prescriptives favorite), which comes from the tourmaline gemstone on the ingredient list. The only thing I wasn’t as nuts about was the scent; I like an essential-oil blend, just not in my makeup.

$28, www.aveda.com.


Urban Decay Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer

I really, really loved the super-illuminating quality of Urban Decay’s option; it seemed the most capable of the bunch of imbuing skin with an instant radiance. The gossamer-thin formula goes on very natural, which we appreciate, but it did take a bit more time than we anticipated to fully absorb.

$30, www.sephora.com.

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  1. pinkabu says:

    I know Prescriptives closed their counters, but the Traceless tint is still for sale on their site – is their website closing as well?

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