There are simply days whereby the thought of slapping on a full face of foundation becomes a dreadful chore. Every makeup-loving person would have gone through such an ordeal on their lazy down-days.

Providing lightweight and minimal coverage with less hassle, tinted moisturisers are the go-to products when you intend to swap out your regular, heavy foundation. Very handy on days you don’t wish to go through that much effort!

What is a tinted moisturiser?

Like its name suggests, tinted moisturisers are typically a moisturising cream/gel/lotion that has a percentage of tint in it, allowing you to achieve minimal skin coverage with its lightweight consistency. As tinted moisturisers do not promise to completely conceal facial imperfections, users with poor skin complexions may not find tinted moisturisers suitable.

If you’re game to switch up your makeup routine for a product that provides a fuss-free application, by all means! The best part is, there’s one targeted product for every skin type. Here’s a lowdown of our favourite 13 picks!

1. bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

Don’t we all hate days when we notice dry patches and the feeling of dehydrated skin, especially in our country’s sweltering hot and humid weather? Users who consistently need to deal with dry or dry-combination skin understand this far too well.

The Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream by bareMinerals would be perfect for injecting a boost of moisture and much needed SPF30 too. Dry skin users are thankful for this little gem of a gel-cream which is non-cakey with sheer coverage; showing off sheen and glow for a radiant, healthy-looking skin. The gel cream provides a ‘barely there’ feeling and no powder application is needed.

Skin type: Dry/Dry-combination

Not available in Sephora, but you may find it on Lookfantastic which retails at SGD41 (discounted!).

2.  Clarins Hydraquench Tinted Moisturiser

If you’re one who is more concerned with evening out your skin tone and are also of a drier skin type, this may be your cup of tea.

Priced slightly on the high end side, the Clarins Hydraquench Tinted Moisturizer promises to intensively restore your skin’s moisture levels with added benefits. It contains hyluronic acid which is a huge moisture magnet and supplements your skin with a plumped texture. The hyaluronic acid also helps with skin healing, so it’s beneficial if you suffer from flaky, scarred or acne-prone skin.

However, this product is more moisturiser than it is tint, so it may not provide your ideal desired coverage. A few dabs of concealer would do the trick if you wish to build on more coverage.

Skin type: Dry/Dry-combination

Can be found at any Clarins counter within department stores and retails for SGD59.

3. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20


For many beauty enthusiasts, this Laura Mercier’s product is the first to come to mind when we talk about tinted moisturisers.

A cult favourite, this tinted moisturiser is suitable for all skin types and has a sheer to buildable coverage with a hint of stay-true colour to even out your skin tone, and soften your fine and dry lines if you have any. Non-greasy and hydrating, it also claims to provide an almost silky texture with the required moisture for your skin. It’s no wonder Laura Mercier is likeable by many for its range of products despite its hefty price tag.

Skin type: All skin types

Available at Laura Mercier counters and Sephora for SGD66.

4. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser

With an oil-free formula and SPF 30 sunscreen, the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted moisturiser provides a translucent veil of colour with added sun protection to the mix. Friendly on the skin with naturally derived botanicals, it is an immediate aid for thirsty skin begging for hydration.

With 50ml worth of product, it offers good value despite its expensive price compared to many other brands that on average contain only 30ml. For users who prefer a fragrance-free moisturiser, you would not be a huge fan of this one as it comes with a light and almost fruity scent to it. Fans cite it feeling like “your skin but better”, making it feel like this tinted moisturiser is one with your skin.

Skin type: All skin types

Available in NARS counters and Sephora for SGD70.

5. Bobbi Brown Extra Tinted Moisturizing Balm SPF25


Seasoned makeup-artists might be all too familiar with the likes of Bobbi Brown and its extensive range of products. Priced notably in the high-end shelves, the Bobbi Brown Extra Tinted Moisturizing Balm SPF25 is enriched with glorious moisturising ingredients that provides seamless easy blending. It offers a dewy, radiant look and coverage is light. This is best for dry skin types, and protects skin from damage caused by UV Rays.

Skin type: Dry skin type

Available at Bobbi Brown counters and retails at SGD92.

6. theBalm BalmShelter Tinted Moisturiser

The BalmShelter Tinted Moisturiser by theBalm offers seven different shades, so obtaining your perfect match won’t be too tricky in order for you to achieve a polished and flawless look. It is generally suitable for all skin types but will make a go-to product for those with dry skin who want a makeup-free look for the day. Best part? It’s easy on the wallet too!

Skin type: All skin types

Available in Sephora at SGD39.90.

7. 3CE Tinted Moisture Cushion CC

Popular among K-Pop lovers and enthusiasts, 3CE is a household name to K-pop fans. This one comes in a cushion compact while delivering the benefits of tinted moisturisers. The 3CE Tinted Moisture Cushion CC contains a hydrating complex to create a moisture layer for that desired dewy radiance all Korean fans fall head over heels with. Ideal for on-the-go and touchups, this can be added on top of applied makeup to add a moisturising layer to freshen up your look.

Skin type: All skin types

Available in Sephora for SGD61.

8. Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF15

The Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser SPF15 is one to give you a dose of colour with an instant boost of moisture. Its refreshingly lightweight formula provides a no-makeup feel, yet covers imperfections with a natural, hydrating touch. With added protection from the sun, Clinique is one to give a shot if you’re wary of fragrances and sensitive to other cosmetics brands as Clinique is known to be tested for allergen and allergic reactions.

Skin type: Dry/Dry-combination

This is not available in Singapore at the moment, but you’ll be able to find it at Selfridges & Co at SGD37 approximately.

9. Estelle & Thild Biohydrate All In One Tinted Moisturizer

Formulated with a light sweet fragrance and a watery texture, the Estelle & Thild Biohydrate All-In-One Tinted Moisturiser flaunts a sheer and buildable coverage with a radiant finish.  This tinted moisturiser offers a dewy look that will sit well with the rest of your makeup if you’re into Korean makeup trends, but can feel a little sticky.

Skin type: All skin types. 

This retails at Sephora, at SGD63.

10. Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

The Tarte Tinted Moisturizer is a water-based formula that blends into your skin easily. It is favoured by users who are prone to clogged pores because of its oil-free formula. At the same time, it’s brilliant at concealing blemishes, making it a dream for those who want coverage without a heavy look.

Skin type: Oily/oily-combination. 

Tarte Tinted Moisturizer is available in Sephora at SGD55.

11. Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint

If your skin requires something with medium-to-full coverage foundation look, this one from Hourglass is likely to be worth your penny. Targeted mainly at users with more than one area of concern, the Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint  smooths out the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin with an illuminating glow. The hydrating formula is great at evening out skin tone for a natural-looking finish.

Skin type: Dry/dry-combination. 

The Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint is available in Sephora at SGD92.

12. M.A.C Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 with Radiance Booster

The unique complex in M.A.C’s Lightful collection corrects your overall complexion while providing your skin the needed coverage it deserves. If you’re particular about reducing the appearance of pores, dark spots, or hyper-pigmentation, this could be your ultimate go-to for that effortless no-makeup look.

An added bonus? Its radiance booster! It leaves skin looking more luminous. You’ll also like that it provides SPF30 to protect your skin.

Skin type: All skin types.

Available at M.A.C. counters and stores.

13. Origins GinZing SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer


The Origins GinZing SPF40 is a show-stopper for its lightweight, oil-free tinted moisturiser that has a sheer finish to let skin shine through. It combats dullness, energises the look of skin, and provides high SPF coverage. You can consider using this in place of your regular sunscreen. Take note that a little go a long way with this product, and it can get greasy if you over-apply.

Skin type: All skin types.

This product is not available in Asia. If you’re looking for a similar alternative, you can consider the Origins GinZing SPF 35 Hydrating Prettifying Finisher (SGD63). Note that besides the lower SPF, it is also said to have slightly less coverage.

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