Skip the foundation and go light with these best tinted moisturisers – you won’t even notice it’s there. 

You know those days – you’re too lazy to go through the entire process of putting on primer, blending out your foundation to perfection and baking your under-eye concealer. At the same time, you don’t want to head out with a completely bare face. What’s a girl (or guy – we don’t judge) to do? A tinted moisturiser, of course. 

Tinted moisturisers are your answer to days when you need minimal coverage without choking your pores. It’s lightweight enough to provide some coverage, but not too thick that you need extra effort to put it on. It’s your perfect bare skin day essential, although we all know that bare skin days still require a little bit of help. 

If you don’t already have a tinted moisturiser in your makeup arsenal, allow us to recommend 10 of the best tinted moisturisers we think is out there. You might even get hooked on this. 

(Featured image credit: Olivia Rubin)

Shiseido Waso Color-Smart Day Moisturizer

This tinted moisturiser from Shiseido Waso doesn’t have a specific tone. Instead, it starts out white but changes to a light tint that will match your skin tone for minimal coverage throughout the day. It comes with SPF30 for a touch of sun protection too. 

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Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint

Malaysians might find it a little tough to shop for iconic beauty brand Glossier, but we know there’s always a way. One of the items you have to purchase is the cult-favourite Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint. It has a lightweight, ultra-thin formula that will let your skin breathe while giving you a dewy glow and minimal coverage. With 12 shades available, it’s almost like a foundation, but without the high coverage. 


RM108 (approx.)
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Colourpop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturizer

Colourpop is a fairly easy international brand to ship to our Malaysian shores. The brand’s recent Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturizer is slowly becoming a popular must-have, boasting lightweight coverage while being supercharged with hyaluronic acid for added hydration. 

RM58 (approx.)
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Pixi H2O Skintint Tinted Face Gel

Nothing feels quite as amazing on the skin as a lightweight gel that also happens to have some form of coverage on it. This tinted gel moisturiser from Pixi promises flawless skin while being suited to all skin types. 

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NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser

There’s a reason why the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser has remained such an iconic classic throughout the years – it just works. For a tinted moisturiser, it has relatively good coverage and is long-lasting while being lightweight enough to not pass off as a foundation. 

(Available in all NARS outlets)

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF20

Another longtime favourite is the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer that comes with SPF20. In fact, Laura Mercier herself was the one who basically invented the tinted moisturiser, so you can expect this will be good. There are 15 shades available to suit your skin tone, and there are also other variations for different skin types including an oil-free version. 

(Available in all Laura Mercier outlets)

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Estee Lauder DayWear Sheer Tint Release Moisturiser SPF15

If you have mature skin, this is the tinted moisturiser for you. Not only does it enhance your skin tone with a very lightweight tint, but the product also comes powered with anti-oxidants to fight free radicals and prevent skin ageing. 

(Available in all Estee Lauder counters)

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Clinique Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer

If what you want is a lightweight, fuss-free tinted moisturiser with no extra bells and whistles, the Clinique Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer is your gal. This oil-free tinted moisturiser will give you that healthy glow you covet without resorting to layers of foundation and highlighter. 

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La Mer The Reparative SkinTint SPF30

Before La Mer debuted its latest generation of Skincolor base makeup, there was The Reparative SkinTint. Naturally, this product is infused with the brand’s iconic Miracle Broth, which means you’re healing your skin as you apply this tinted moisturiser. However, the product is a little drier in texture, making it more suited for oilier skin types. 

(Available in all La Mer counters)

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Nudestix Tinted Blur Stick

Who said that a tinted moisturiser needed to be in a liquid format? We’re sure you’ll have fun with this stick version from Nudestix. As its name suggests, it has a blurring effect with a lightweight coverage to ensure those pores stay hidden while blemishes and an uneven skin tone can be given a softer focus. 

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PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.