When you don’t want to wear foundation, but you’re still looking for a bit of coverage, tinted moisturizers tend to be a perfect compromise. I’ve had these three products in rotation and it turns out that each one has its specificity.
It took me numerous takes, and this is normally the accurate color of the products (with/without light). As you can see, the tinted nutrient day cream for Josh Rosebrook is the darkest tone. Josh Rosebrook came up with a medium shade, which can adapt to fair to medium skin tones. Green People Age Defy tinted DD moisturizer in “Light” is more beige, while Madara’s Moon flower tinting fluid is the fairest.
The silky soft protecting moisturizer: Josh Rosebrook Tinted Nutrient day cream
Another hit from the Josh Rosebrook. The tinted version of the Nutrient Day Cream is a keeper for anyone looking for a fuss free product with a high performance. Does it cover spots and blemishes? Not really, but it softly evens out the skin, and leaves my skin perfectly hydrated. If you want extra coverage, you follow up with a bit of mineral concealer on your problem areas, but I like to use it alone. The texture feels really pleasant to use and wear: light, non-greasy and it immediately blends into the skin. Unlike some products with sun protection, the Nutrient day cream is one of the most lightweight products I’ve ever tried. I haven’t experienced any breakouts, on the contrary my skin is balanced and calm.
I reach out for this one when I know I’ll be outside a lot, because it keeps my skin protected. Formulated with mineral non-nano zinc oxide (SPF 30!) to provide a solid sun protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays. If you’re familiar with the brand, you won’t be surprised by the stellar ingredient list. The hydrating base is made of aloe juice and shea butter and it’s infused with botanical goodness. Some of the ingredients are already to be found in the moisturizing cleanser, so click here, if you want more details on certain ingredients) Oh and did I mention the sweet vanilla-cocoa scent? Truly delicious, and the best scent by far . I ordered The tinted Nutrient day cream on Reina Organics (who also recently just stocked W3ll People!)
Price: Eur. 66.00
Ingredients: Certified organic aloe juice; certified
organic shea butter; organic oils of: evening primrose, hemp seed,
jojoba, borage, almond, grapeseed, sesame and sea buckthorn; zinc oxide
(min. 12%), certified organic lecithin; organic herbal infusions of:
calendula flowers, bilberry, chamomile, burdock root, rosemary, fennel
seed, dandelion, rose hips, catnip, chickweed, neem, skullcap, ginkgo
leaf, linden flowers, hawthorn berry, green tea, flaxseed, nettles,
sage, marshmallow root, cayenne, ginseng, peppermint, St. John’s Wort
and alfalfa; certified organic vitamin E Oil; wild-crafted candelilla
wax; certified organic guar gum and gum arabic; plant sourced xanthan
gum & potassium sorbate, mica and organic benzoin tree resin.
The one giving a dewy, glowy finish: Madara Moon flower Rose Beige tinting fluid* (travel size)
Madara Moon flower rose beige tinting fluid is the fairest of them all. It counteracts redness and provides a beautiful glow. Moon flower has a pink understone, but the brand also has a yellow-based tinting fluid (Sun flower) for those longing for a sun-kissed look. However, I’m really enjoying Moon Flower because of the gorgeous glow it imparts. I love how radiant and my complexion looks after using this
product. It revives dull skin instantly, illuminates the complexion (without a shiny disco-ball effect of course 😉 Among the ingredients, we have rose, calendula and chamomille, which calm the skin, while Plantago Major is a natural source of Salicylic acid, which helps reduce acne breakouts. Madara uses alcohol as preservative (ethyl/ceteraryl alcohol to be more precise) and personally I didn’t experience any issues with it, but each skin is different. It is very lightweight and blends effortlessly. I didn’t report any breakout since using it. Even if I don’t wear it on a daily basis, I don’t think it would block my pores and provoke a reaction if I used it more often.
Available via Madara’s webshop (here) and if you’re looking for samples sachets, Naturisimo sells them (here). Also kudos to Madara’s website with their hypertextual ingredient list: every single ingredient comes with a little definition. How awesome is that? The scent is quite strong at first but it swiftly dissipates.
Price: 15ml- EUR.10/ 50ml – EUR.27.00
Simmondsia Chinensis, Helianthus Annuus (Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol,
Algae, Stearic Acid,
Aroma, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides
The one with the most coverage: Green People Age Defy + Tinted SPF15 moisturizer (light)*
This Green People Age Defy + Tinted Spf 15 was the closest to a foundation for me. It’s more on the matte side, yet still does look a bit shiny on me, but a little bit of RMS tinted un-powder up solves the problem. The tinted moisturizer aims to hydrate, cover up and offer more defense against premature skin aging. Sweet almond oil (high in vitamin E) is known for its skin tightening/firming properties. What really impressed me was how nice my skin look at the end of the day. Pollution and all the grime accumulated during the day don’t seem to have an impact when I’m wearing it, it holds up all day. There are two shades available for now, and I tried the shade “Light”. Smooth and easily blendable, you can use both your things or a foundation brush to apply it. For autumn/winter, I’m fine with SPF 15 but for the rest of the year, I prefer a higher SPF. A completely new ingredient to me was “Galactoarabinan” which contributes in helping the skin hold onto moisture, for plumper skin and fewer visible lines. Looking closer at the ingredients, I was at first a bit overwhelmed by its rather big amount, but it’s not unusual for BB/CC/DD creams to be so concentrated. Green People’s formula remains one of the best so far. I
was initially a bit worried about the coconut oil (not caprylic/capryl triglycerides), but its
quantity is rather limited, so I’m assuming this is why I haven’t
had a reaction to it, along with the fact I’m not using it on a daily basis. In case you’re wondering about the use of preservatives in the product, Green People replied to Natasa, from Nature of Europe several months ago, about Sodium Dehydroacetate (organic salt used as a preservative, now ecocert labelled) and Magnesium Alluminium Sillicate, whose uses are discussed. I’ve found a recent study showcasing that Sodium Dehydroacetate and Dehydroacetic Acid are safe to use in limited quantities in comsetics (see article here). Regarding Magnesium Alluminium Sillicate (anything linked to alluminium compounds has to be treated with caution), it’s still worth noting that in that form, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate has
unusually large molecules, making it
unable to be absorbed into the skin.Green People Age Defy + Tinted moisturizer SPF15 is available on Green People’s webshop (here)
Ingredients: AQUA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, ISOAMYL LAURATE, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET
ALMOND) OIL*, HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL) WATER*, SIMMONDSIA
CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, CETEARYL OLIVATE, GLYCERIN, SORBITAN
OLIVATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, LAURYL
OLIVATE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER*, POLYGLYCERYL-2 CAPRATE,
BENZYL ALCOHOL, SODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, MAGNESIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE,
CETYL PALMITATE, SORBITAN PALMITATE, SUCROSE STEARATE, STEARIC ACID,
ALUMINA, TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) STARCH*, SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE,
XANTHAN GUM, AROMA [NATURAL], TOCOPHEROL, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, SQUALANE,
ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH*, CRITHMUM MARITIMUM (SEA FENNEL) CALLUS CULTURE
FILTRATE, DEHYDROACETIC ACID, GALACTOARABINAN, SODIUM PHYTATE,
HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, ELAEIS
GUINEENSIS (PALM) OIL, GOSSYPIUM HERBACEUM (COTTON) SEED OIL, COCOS
NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, BIDENS PILOSA EXTRACT, LINUM USITATISSIMUM
(LINSEED) SEED OIL, SODIUM BENZOATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, GARDENIA
TAHITENSIS FLOWER EXTRACT, LACTIC ACID, CITRONELLOL, GERANIOL, LIMONENE,
LINALOOL. MAY CONTAIN +/-: CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 77492 (IRON
OXIDES), CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES).
In terms of hydration, I feel like I’m not always able to report how exactly how nourishing a product feels because of my oily skin. It doesn’t take much for me to feel my skin moisturized. All the three products above were hydrating enough for me. Josh Rosebrook tinted Nutrient day cream has a thicker consistency and is less oily compared to the others, however it is the only one void of alcohol, and the latter ingredient can have a drying effect on some people. I’d recommend to prep your skin beforehand with a good face oil first. It will serve as a base, ease up the tinted cream application and keep your skin hydrated.
Have you tried these products? What is your favorite tinted moisturizer?