You’ve probably seen BB, CC and DD creams wherever you buy your makeup, and it’s probably starting to feel a bit overwhelming. Like, what’s next, EE cream to XYZ cream? Well, there is a new breed of beauty product, but they don’t come with any initials that require a lengthy explanation. These new tinted moisturizers and foundations come with anti-aging and serum-like properties that combine the benefits of those double-letter formulas. They colour correct, smooth the complexion, hide imperfections, protect from UV rays and moisturize all at once.
Here’s what to look for in your new best friend if you’ve got…
Algenist Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer SPF 30, $53 at Sephora
This tinted moisturizer comes in four shades that range from light to tan. It promises a luminous complexion, but also offers ingredients like plant collagen that hydrates and fights the signs of aging. Most importantly, Algenist’s Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer has an instant blurring effect, softening the look of fine lines and imperfections as soon as it’s applied.
Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer Tint, $90 at Sephora
With an SPF 30, this is the perfect no-makeup product for those days when you only have time for moisturizer, but want to look as polished as possible. It comes in one “self-adjusting, medium-beige” shade that is supposed to complement all skin tones and uses alpha lipoic acid to help smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles over time. Plus, it has vitamin C ester to support collagen production and brighten the complexion. Want more coverage? Apply this Finishing Moisturizer Tint under your makeup and you’ll find you need much less foundation than usual.
Best for tired-looking skin
Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow, $60 at The Bay
Give your complexion a boost with this adorably named SPF 25 tinted moisturizer. In three shades, this “light revealing” product promises to brighten and luminize your complexion instantly. It also smooths and plumps the skin with mask-like skincare benefits. No matter how little sleep you got, this product will make you look well-rested and continue to hydrate throughout the day.
Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum SPF 20, $53 at Sephora
Skincare serum meets makeup with this Dior foundation. The lightweight formula comes in eight shades, from ivory to mocha, and has a natural, velvety finish. Infused with a mix of natural oils, vitamins and minerals, Dior promises an instantly revitalized complexion with long-term skincare benefits.
Best for the foundation devotee
Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 With Radiance Booster, $42 at M.A.C Cosmetics
If you like the coverage of your usual foundation and need a little help smoothing out your complexion—whether that’s for pores or pigmentation—M.A.C’s Lightful C will give you a lighter makeup application that colour corrects and reduces the appearance of pores and hyper-pigmentation over time. Like most of M.A.C’s foundations, it comes in a range of nine shades from Extra Light to Dark Deep to suit any skin tone.
BareMinerals COMPLEXION RESCUE™ Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, $36 at Sephora
This tinted moisturizer boasts the most shades with 10, from Opal to Sienna. Its gel cream consistency gives a dewy finish with sheer to medium coverage that can be layered if you need more. Skincare ingredients like marine botanicals promise to hydrate, while mineral electrolytes energize and a natural antioxidant protects against environmental damage. It also features an SPF of 30.