Tinted Moisturizers

Blah! Hello all, I hope you're doing well and that 2010 is good so far. As with the title I'm going to share with you two tinted moisturizers that I have been using and have been enjoying the past few months. They're both affordable, easy accessible and work well - for me anyway. I'll be reviewing Cover Girl's Tinted Moisture and Neutrogena's Healthy Skin Enhancer. I have used both products for around two months now.

Why I choose to use tinted moisturizers:

- They provide a natural sheer coverage.
- Evens out my skin tone.
- Does not irritate my acne if I have any.
- Lightweight and lets my skin breathe.

Designed with AquaCurrent Science, this lightweight moisturizer with SPF 15 has a sheer tint of color to help even-out skin tone and hydrate skin. Its sunscreen provides UVA/UVB protection from everyday sun exposure, while the Gel Complex formula glides on for a barely-there coverage that's fresh and smooth.

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 6% , Zinc Oxide 3%

Ingredients: Water , Glycerin , Isohexadecane , Isopropyl Palmitate , Oleth-3 Phosphate , Sucrose Polycottonseedate , Tocopheryl Acetate , Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate , DMDM Hydantoin , Steareth-21 , Steareth-2 , Stearyl Alcohol , Behenyl Alcohol , Talc , Polyacrylamide , Dimethicone , Dimethiconol , Panthenol , C13-14 Isoparaffin , Disodium EDTA , BHT , Beta-Carotene , Methicone , Cetyl Alcohol , Laureth-7 , Titanium Dioxide , Iron Oxides

There are only 4 shades to choose from and the shade I got was 810 Light to Medium and purchased it for 5USD for 40ML of product. I know that the swatch looks really light, but this really blends into the skin. Sometimes, I think that you can over blend it too. I like that this is really moisturizing on its own. Though oily skin beware - it can become greasy towards the end of the day. I'd say people with dry skin would like this more. Coverage wise, this is extremely sheer, if you have nice skin - meaning no scars, large pores etc. then this would be nice for you to give a nice glow to your skin. The only complaint I have about it is that I do find that it tends to oxidize on me. I can say that when I first purchased this I didn't find that an issue, I guess over time something happened to the formula (?), so if I were you, if you're planning to purchase this, maybe use a small container with a bit of the product in your room and pop the tube in your fridge. Overall, an okay tinted moisturizer and I don't think I'll purchase this again.

1. Retinol Treatment
2. SPF 20 Moisturizer
3. Sheer Tint

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate (7%) (Sunscreen), Octisalate (3%) (Sunscreen), Titanium Dioxide (5.1%) (Sunscreen)

Inactive Ingredients: Water, Isopropyl Isostearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinol, Arginine, Olive Fruit Extract (Olea Europaea), BHT, Silica, Polysorbate 20, Sclerotium Gum, Tetrasodium EDTA, Erythorbic Acid, Isostearyl Palmitate, Polysilicone 11, PEG 100 Stearate, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, PEG 75 Stearate, Ceteth 20, Steareth 20, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides, Lauroyl Lysine

Healthy Skin Enhancer combines a vitamin-infused Retinol treatment to smooth fine lines, the protection of SPF 20 moisturizer and sheer, lightweight tint in a single application.

There were around 5-6 shades to choose from and the shade I got was Light to Medium 30 and the price was around 10-11USD for 30ML of product. The swatch looks a bit dark and orange but I can assure you that it goes on lighter when applied on the skin. I did noticed that this isn't as moisturizing as CG's Tinted Moisture, it provides just enough without leaving your skin greasy at the end of the day. Its said to contain Retinol, but I don't really see any of the effects from it so I guess maybe with longer use I might? Not sure, but I can update this post if I notice a difference. This has much better coverage than CG's Tinted Moisture and evens out the skin quite nicely. I don't find my skin getting oily at the end of the day either. You can also build up the coverage which is also nice if you're looking to conceal a little more. Half a pump or even one pump is more than enough to cover your entire face. I have not seen any oxidizing when using this. Overall, a good tinted moisturizer and I would purchase this again.

Most if not all of my EOTD/FOTD I am using these two tinted moisturizers. If you don't want to spend 42USD for a Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, then I would recommend Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer as it has more coverage and doesn't leave the skin oily at the end of the day.

My skin is acting up again, so I am once again looking for new products to heal and soothe and soothe my skin. I think I'm going to try Laneige next. I've been wanting to try Laneige's emulsions as I hear they absorb quickly and keeps the skin nicely hydrated. Has anyone tried them? What do you think about it?

DEAR FTC: I purchased these items with my own money. I'm in no way affiliated with the companies mentioned nor am I being paid to endorse this product. This is an honest, un-biased review. Please see disclaimer for more details.


  1. Aaalmost bought the Neutrogena when I dropped by Target last... month? I wasn't sure how it'll hold. I might have to reconsider buying it when I drop by a drugstore again. :)

    Thanks for the review, Dee! (OH. P.S. Screw Tumblr. I've decided I like blogging here on Blogger more. So this is official. + I got my palette! :D)

  2. I've never tried a Tinted Moisturizer before. Think I'll try it next time :)

    ryc: Thanks! I'll try to review them soon :)

  3. i'm planning to get some laneige products too! do you mean the pore range? i've been using the cleanser, strawberry yoghurt peeling gel and the white plus renew night cream - love them all!

    i really wanna try the neutrogena skin enhancer but we don't have it here :( guess i'll have to search online.

  4. Nice reviews! :)
    If you need some good cream for break-outs I recommend Normaderm by Vichy. It really healed my skin and now it's smooth and I dont have bigger skin problems. Also it mattifys very well and you forget what shiny, oily skin looks like.

  5. I like tinted moisturizers too because they don't feel so heavy on my face :) I have the Neutrogena one as well and it seems to work well so far.

    I haven't tried any laneige products so sorry can't help you there!

  6. I just read in the recent Vogue about how good the Neutrogena TM is. I won't know since the makeup range isn't available here.

    Try the waterbank range first. It's a water-based texture, suitable for hot weather and absorbs into the skin fairly quickly

  7. Thanks for the review. All the tinted moisturizers I've tried so far were too dark for me and made me look orange! I haven't tried the Laneige's emulsions so I can't help, sorry.

  8. Iris: Yay! I'll add your blog now! You should get it! So far, Neutrogena is superior to all of the TM's in the drugstore. I heard Sonia kashuk was good too, but they remade it so I'm not sure if its the same formula. I might try it next time.

    Dina: You should! They feels very nice on the skin! Thanks, I can't wait for the review!<3

    Kasia: Oh, thanks for the rec! I'll look for that.

    Amy: Yay! Nice to hear you like the TM too!

    AtelierGal: Waterbank? That's the EX one right? I'll check it out, thanks J!

    Gio: Really? Hmm, maybe you should look into Neutrogena's then, it may look dark/orange in the tube, but it comes off a bit lighter when applied so I think it might work for you.

  9. Hi I'm nc42, what shade do u thInk I should buy?..thx

  10. @Anon
    I would suggest getting a medium. (: