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Tinted Moisturizers For Oily/Acne-Prone Skin

Three Glowy Tinted Moisturizers That Won't Aggravate Acne

If you're blemish-prone, wearing foundation or tinted moisturizer can raise a bevy of questions. Will it break you out? Will it make your skin look greasy? And will you look like you're wearing a mask? For the following three tinted moisturizers, the answer to those questions is no. Plus, each one gives skin a pretty, I-just-happen-to-have-gorgeous-skin glow. For the rundown, keep reading.

If you need real moisture:
Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint ($38) pulls off the tricky feat of lending a slightly dewy glow to skin without looking shiny. Oil- and fragrance-free, it provides light, semisheer coverage with SPF 20 protection. And it actually does moisturize; I wore this while visiting Portland recently, and it kept my skin adequately hydrated even during a cold, windy weekend spent outside.

If you only want a hint of tint:
I want to rave about Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer ($11) because it's reasonably priced and filled with botanical ingredients, but it's more of a "kinda like" than "love" thing. Its coverage is extremely sheer, and the lavender scent might put some people off. (I'm neutral on it.) It doesn't moisturize very much and can also be a little difficult to blend. What is great about this paraben-free formula, though, is its ability to make skin look naturally glowing. If you're having a perfect skin day and just want a little lit-from-within boost, this does the job without aggravating acne. SPF 15.

If you want to know my absolute favorite:
Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer ($42) has a loyal following, and it's easy to see why. First, it has a good range of colors for fair, medium, and dark complexions. Secondly, it moisturizes and slightly luminizes without being greasy — which is key if your skin tends to become slick by mid-afternoon. It provides sheer-to-medium coverage that will smooth over small imperfections without looking makeuppy. To cover serious blemishes, I still use concealer, but otherwise, this tinted moisturizer is all I need to fake perfectly healthy-looking, glowing skin.

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sonjabe44 sonjabe44 4 years
I have medium South Asian skin- neither fair nor dark. I have oily acne prone skin that tends to break out when ever I make a change to my skin care regime. Nothing of the sort happened when I used the Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum from Made from Earth. It goes on easy, disappears instantaneously. I didnt see any dramatic results but after about 2 months of regular usage, twice a day after cleansing, I noticed my skin tone is more even than it was before. I used to get sun spots on my skin,that doesnt happen that frequently now. I had started to get pigmentaion spots on my arms, I dont see the pigmentation progressing like it was. It works but you need to give it time and be regular and patient in usage. Its no magic potion, but sure does what it claims to do. It has a pleasant citrusy smell and is soft and non greasy.
sonjabe44 sonjabe44 4 years
I have medium South Asian skin- neither fair nor dark. I have oily acne prone skin that tends to break out when ever I make a change to my skin care regime. Nothing of the sort happened when I used the Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum from Made from Earth. It goes on easy, disappears instantaneously. I didnt see any dramatic results but after about 2 months of regular usage, twice a day after cleansing, I noticed my skin tone is more even than it was before. I used to get sun spots on my skin,that doesnt happen that frequently now. I had started to get pigmentaion spots on my arms, I dont see the pigmentation progressing like it was. It works but you need to give it time and be regular and patient in usage. Its no magic potion, but sure does what it claims to do. It has a pleasant citrusy smell and is soft and non greasy.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
Thanks for letting me know, P! xo
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
Annie, I love Paula's Choice products! They are excellent for sensitive skin because it's all fragrance-free (unless otherwise specified) and I have never had any irritation from her products. I love her skincare a lot more than her makeup, actually. The makeup isn't bad, but I find a lot of the shades a little boring. But her skincare gets an A+ in my book!
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
PMS, have you tried other Paula's Choice products? I've heard good things about her skin care. GJ, isn't she cute? I love freckles.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
PMS, have you tried other Paula's Choice products? I've heard good things about her skin care. GJ, isn't she cute? I love freckles.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
I have nothing to say about the article, but I wanted to mention that the model in the pic is gorgeous. :D I love that smile! And those freckles!
daisy23 daisy23 5 years
Oily skinned me goes for powder in the summer and tinted moisturizer in the winter. Even a hint of lotion no matter how light in the summer leads to big time break outs.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
I love tinted moisturizer in the summer, but I have to say that finding one for pale skin is sooo difficult. They always seem to run a lot darker than foundation. So thanks for letting us Casper girls know that, risqueredhead! I will definitely be checking this out as spring rolls around :) Although the ivory shade is still a bit too dark for me, I do like the wear, coverage, and texture of Paula's Choice tinted moisturizer.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
I love tinted moisturizer in the summer, but I have to say that finding one for pale skin is sooo difficult. They always seem to run a lot darker than foundation. So thanks for letting us Casper girls know that, risqueredhead! I will definitely be checking this out as spring rolls around :)Although the ivory shade is still a bit too dark for me, I do like the wear, coverage, and texture of Paula's Choice tinted moisturizer.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
Yeah, it's a good one, isn't it? It doesn't look like makeup at all, just like fresh skin. And as you said, red, there's a nice variety of shades available.
risqueredhead risqueredhead 5 years
I own the Laura Mercier Oil-Free tinted moisturizer, and it is worth every penny! The right amount of coverage, and, most importantly, an excellent selection of shades! It is IMPOSSIBLE to find a good TM for pale skin, since most only come in a couple shades, but this is amazing.
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