Melanie Sykes - Tinted Moisturiser With SPF

Our Favourite Tinted Moisturisers

A good tinted moisturiser with SPF should be a staple in your makeup bag, as it’s the most effortless way of adding a bit of colour and sun protection to your morning routine, especially if you don’t have the time or inclination to wear a lot of makeup.

Whether the sun is out or not, you need SPF – even if you don’t want to go all out with factor 50 every time you leave the house, daily factor 15 – 20 buys you quite a few extra years of great skin and protects you against skin cancer.

The best tinted moisturisers with SPF come at all price points, and we’ve sent our researchers out to find the best that give good colour, good protection and won’t break your skin out.

Melanie Sykes La Prairie

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser

They say:

“This advanced, oil-free formula provides a translucent veil of color and sun protection while helping to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots in just four weeks. Infused with lush, naturally derived botanicals and ingredients to immediately help thirsty skin feel hydrated. Kopara from French Polynesia and mineral rich seawater revive and re-mineralize skin for a softer, smoother, and brighter natural glow.”

We say:

Fantastic finish, and won’t make even acne-prone skin break out, even in the heat.  The range of colours isn’t fantastic, it has a great light scent and definitely ticks the “your skin but better” boxes.

It goes on very easily, lasts pretty much all day and is a great alternative to foundation.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20

They say: Give skin a healthy no-makeup look with a hint of colour that evens and enhances without hiding the skin.

We say: Great colour range for pale skin, so you can be sure of a good match, and goes on very easily and smoothly, with no break-outs or clogged pores (some SPF products can be problematic like this).

We have been using this one for a long time and love it.  It has sheer coverage, so it’s great for a no-makeup makeup look, although it’s not hugely moisturising, so your normal moisturiser underneath might be called for, especially if you have quite dry skin.

La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Transforming Cream SPF 30

They say: A triple action treatment product, Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Transforming Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 combines the benefits of skincare, color, and sun protection in one. Skin tone is intuitively balanced with natural-looking color to counteract dullness and signs of fatigue all while helping defend and build resistance to skin aging stress.

We say: Okay, this one is expensive, but it’s also fantastic and does several jobs at once. It has a sheer coverage that you can build up if you need to, and it has a very skin-smoothing effect and natural finish, as it combines the functions of a moisturiser, sunscreen, primer and colour corrector.  It only comes in four colours, but the product is designed so that you should still be able to find a good match.  The packaging is beautiful, and it comes with a tiny buffing brush.


Melanie Sykes - No 7 Tinted Moisturiser
Melanie Sykes - Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Work It! Marathonista Tinted Moisturizer SPF 40

No 7 Triple Protection Tinted Moisturiser

They say: Our natural, skin perfecting Tinted Moisturiser is the perfect all season solution and the first to have 5-Star UVA protection. It also contains Hyaluronic acid, to provide 24-hour moisturisation, optical blurrers and vitamin A and E, all in a lightweight creamy texture to leave skin looking and feeling radiant.

We say: This is a great priced product, that glides on smoothly and lasts all day. It’s light, non-sticky and very hydrating, leaving your skin smooth and soft without being shiny.  It has a very natural glow, providing good colour and coverage, even with only three shades to choose from.

Bobbi Brown Extra Spf 25 Tinted Moisturising Balm

They say: A lightweight foundation alternative for dry, dehydrated skin, this formula is ultra-rich and blends easily, giving skin a dewy look with light coverage. For those with dry skin who want an incredibly emollient tinted moisturiser with sun protection too that’s great for layering over other skincare favourites.

We say: This provides a fantastically dewy finish even on very dry or mature skin, providing a very sheer coverage (too sheer?) that lasts all day.  The amazing Lisa Eldridge uses this in one of her tutorials for older skin, and we can see why – it melts in beautifully, leaving none of that cakey look that some foundations can leave on your skin as you get older.  Which is not to say that this product is aimed only at older skin at all – any dry skin will thank you for this one.

Finally, one from the US: Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Work It! Marathonista Tinted Moisturizer SPF 40

They say: Revolutionary do-it-all formula combines the benefits of a tinted moisturizer with skin-nourishing natural & organic ingredients and high-performance natural sunscreens. Ultra-lightweight cream delivers heavy-weight performance that keeps you perfected & protected through even your toughest workout: Hydrates, Nourishes, Protects + Defends, Soothes, Brightens. 100% of the Ingredients are of Natural Origin. 70% of the Ingredients are Organic.

We say: As the name suggests, this is fantastic for working out, as even when you break a sweat, its lightweight formula won’t break you out or clog your skin up.  It’s a great texture for oily or combination skin, and is very slightly mattifying or dewy depending on your skin type, with excellent coverage.   The colour range isn’t fantastic though.  You can order it in the UK here.