Today I’m revealing a list of the best French tinted moisturizers for healthy-looking skin. If you always wondered the secret of the perfect French girl makeup look, here is the answer: a reliable tinted moisturizer! Specifically designed for those who can’t decide between a moisturizer or a full-coverage foundation, a tinted moisturizer is a hybrid product that melds makeup and skincare to give the best of both worlds. In short, a tinted moisturizer is a facial moisturizer that is also slightly tinted with makeup pigments (like a foundation or a BB cream).
A good tinted moisturizer blur blemishes, cover dark spots, protect the skin from the sun, boosts hydration while leaving you with a natural-looking glow. It’s the perfect makeup product for getting that French makeup no-makeup look. In addition, many tinted moisturizers are now packed with additional skincare ingredients that actually improve your skin while blurring imperfections. Whatever your skin type, there is a full range of different tinted moisturizers. For example, you can choose one with an inbuilt SPF to protect your skin against the sun, with hyaluronic acid to plump up, with glycerin to moisturize, or with niacinamide to reduce pore size. Whether you have sensitive, dry or oily skin, I’ve compiled a list of the 10 best French tinted moisturizers for every skin type!
Why French Girls Use Tinted Moisturizers Instead Of Foundations
French girls usually don’t wear any foundation but instead, they prefer using a tinted moisturizer, a BB or CC cream. Rather than reaching for a host of heavy foundations, concealers, and powders, French girls instead spent time layering moisturizers, primers, and tinted moisturizers to give a truly healthy radiance to their complexion.
And there are several reasons why French girls say no to foundations. First, a good tinted moisturizer allows your skin to “breathe” whereas daily usage of foundation can clog pores and lead to breakouts, especially for those who have naturally oily skin. Occluding the skin with a full-coverage foundation can cause pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads. It can also cause the skin to look dull, especially if a heavy amount of makeup is applied and not removed.
The second reason why French girls say no to foundations is that wearing a full face of makeup can add several years to your appearance. Especially if you’re not using the right shade which should match the natural color of your skin. Or if you have dry skin, your foundation can look “cakey” on your face throughout the day. What’s more, popular foundations contain many chemicals that can actually cause your skin to age faster. Avoid older looking, drier skin and simultaneously ensure that your skin will look naturally radiant in the years to come. Compared to foundations, tinted moisturizers are a great choice if you want to provide your skin with instant hydration while adding a touch of pigment for dewy and glowing skin. So skip the heavy coverage in favor of these lightweight French tinted moisturizers for healthy-looking skin!
Best French Tinted Moisturizers For Every Skin Type
1. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
The lightweight, moisturizing formula adds a soft hint of color that evens and enhances skin without hiding it. I’m using the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in place of foundation for an effortless, natural dewy complexion with a fresh glow. This tinted moisturizer delivers advanced skin-caring benefits: hyaluronic acid hydrates and softens fine and dry lines. While SPF 30, vitamins C and E help protect skin from the damaging effects of the environment. The coverage is light so I will recommend using it in combination with a concealer if you have redness, acne scars or blemishes to cover. I just place a small amount on the back of my hand and I apply with fingertips by focusing on one area at a time. The texture is very liquid but very easy to blend, I really love the natural finish.
2. La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur
La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur is the best French tinted moisturizer for oily or acne-prone skin. It’s an instant oil-absorbing coverage cream mousse that minimizes the appearance of large pores and covers blemishes. It provides an all-day matte skin as it utilizes silica to help absorb excess oil production and a mineral broad-spectrum SPF 20 protection. This tinted moisturizer is really perfect to camouflage imperfections and leaves an even, matte appearance with its creamy lightweight texture.
3. Caudalie Teint Divin Tinted Moisturizer
The Caudalie Teint Divin is more like a complexion enhancer. This cream instantly moisturizes, evens and illuminates the complexion for a healthy refreshed glow. The texture selves adjust for a natural finish. The formula is suitable for all skin types and is available in two shades. I love using this tinted moisturizer in the summer as it moisturizes the skin and illuminates the complexion. The coverage is really light, so I recommend using it in combination with a concealer.
4. Chanel Les Beiges Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30
Chanel Les Beiges Tinted Moisturizer is a sheer, lightweight formula that glides on seamlessly for a sheer hint of color with a luminous, natural-looking finish. The formula contains Kalanchoe extract to protect the skin and a broad-spectrum protection SPF 30. I really like the sheer, luminous finish that Chanel’s tinted moisturizer gives, thanks to the Healthy Glow Booster pigments. The coverage is very light and it gives a sheer and luminous but not oily finish. Just use a brush or fingertips and gently blend the formula onto the entire face or on key areas; under the eyes, around the nose.
5. Clarins HydraQuench Tinted Moisturizer SPF15
Clarins HydraQuench Tinted Moisturizer is a lightweight hybrid product that blends the best of Clarins skin care with the finest color technology. The result? The skin is intensely hydrated and the complexion is radiant. The formula contains hyaluronic acid and Katafray Bark. Those natural moisturizers accelerate the skin’s own hydrating mechanisms and help protect and restore the skin. In addition, color pigments minimize imperfections and give an incredibly natural-looking, healthy glow.
6. L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer
L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion is a natural glow lotion that instantly hydrates and illuminates the skin. You can use it as a tinted moisturizer for an all-over glow look or you can use it as a highlighter above cheekbone, forehead, cupids bow and chin. The highlighting formula delivers an illuminating color tint to enhance your skin’s natural skin glow for a healthier, brighter complexion. The formula contains glycerin and shea butter for all-day hydration. It’s truly the best French tinted moisturizer for a luminous and glowy complexion.
7. Lancome Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin Tint SPF 23
Lancome Skin Feels Good Hydrating Tint is a lightweight skin tint made of vegetal glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and Moringa tree extract to improve and protect the skin. Its flawless sheer coverage provides a healthy luminous complexion, while its fresh water-made texture gives the skin an instant boost of hydration. Suitable for all skin types, the oil-free formula leaves facial skin feeling velvety smooth with a radiant glow.
8. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat All-in-One Glow
YSL Touche Éclat Tinted Moisturizer is an all-in-one medium coverage tinted moisturizer with SPF 20. It provides all the coverage and hydration your skin would ever need. This tinted moisturizer evens complexion eliminates dullness and smooths fine lines. In addition, the formula contains 70% water, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and antioxidants. The texture is incredibly light so skin feels fresh and comfortable all day.
9. DIOR Capture Dreamskin Cushion SPF 50
Dior Dreamskin Cushion is a tinted moisturizer that blurs imperfections and helps minimize visible signs of aging, leaving skin looking flawless. Upon application, its luxurious texture perfectly fuses with the skin to improve the appearance of redness, shine, and pores. Dreamskin Cushion formula is the perfect mix between skincare and makeup. Indeed, the formula delivers instant hydration and helps fight minimize fine lines and wrinkles. One of my favorite French tinted moisturizers for sure!
10. La Mer The Reparative SkinTint SPF 30
La Mer SkinTint is a sheer, lightweight tint that is ideal for all skin types, and especially for aging skin. Indeed, it’s the perfect tinted moisturizer to minimize fine lines, wrinkles, and dryness. In addition, the broad spectrum SPF30 helps protect the skin from harsh rays of the sun. The Reparative SkinTint SPF 30 promotes a plump and hydrated appearance thanks to the Perfecting Ferment. It also uses an antioxidant powerhouse to help protect against stress, environmental aggressors, and pollution that can add the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
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Hi, I'm Mathilde! I started my beauty blog in 2018 to share some of my favorites French skincare products, top makeup tips, and Parisian style inspiration. Leonce Chenal is a glimpse into my Parisian wardrobe, beauty shelf, and all things French of course! I'm originally from the French Alps, but I have lived in Prague and London for several years, now I'm based in Paris. - Enjoy!