Which Tinted Moisturiser?

One of the more frequent questions I am posed, aside from who is my favourite in The Great British Bake Off (FYI, I can’t pick one – can I just say Mel and Sue?) is for advice when it comes to tinted moisturisers. Tinted moisturiser A VS. tinted moisturiser B? What one for oily skinned gals? Best all-rounder? Is the Chantecaille Just Skin worth it? Just a snippet of what my twitter timeline looks like along with pictures you guys tweet me of Anna-enabled purchases and Ryan Gosling GIFs – keep ‘em coming. So I thought I’d break it down into my four favourites; the pros, cons and who’s gonna love it.

The one that’s a good all-rounder: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser (I have the shade Alaska) -£28 – from Space NK. When I first tried NARS’ offering I wasn’t wowed. But now with a new appreciation for a sheer complexion and a decreased aversion to dewiness, I see the appeal. Enough coverage to satisfy good skin days and a humongous range of shades to boot, it ticks all the boxes of your standard T.M formula; adding glow, moisture and a hint of tint. Greasy gals may need a little powder and a touch of concealer may be required here and there, but overall it’s a good place to start in the tinted moisturiser world.

The one with coverage: Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser (I have the shade Bisque, though could do with Nude) – £33 – from Space NK. When it comes to tinted moisturiser, leave it to Laura Mercier – she knows what she’s doing. Her range features a whole wardrobe of ’em, but my favourite is the Oil-Free formula. Now only do I find it to have the most longevity out of the bunch, it also has the most coverage; making it a possible shopping list addition for tinted moisturiser newbies wishing to dip their toes into the light-er coverage base pool. There’s also a tonne of shades. See? Told you she has you covered.

The one for some serious glow: Chantecaille Just Skin Anti-Smog Tinted Moisturiser (I have the shade Glow for summer and Nude for winter) – £57 – from Space NK. This takes the biscuit for one of the most expensive products in my stash ever, but also one of my favourites too. Darn. Falling more into the light coverage foundation category this has a fair dose of tint along with a heavy dose of glow; making it ideal for dewy skin lovers or those with a drier complexion. In fact this is the only base product that my foundation-phobe Mother will wear. If you want to see what this looks like on the skin, look no further.

The one for greasy gals: Jouer Matte Moisture Tint (I have the shade Linen) – £29 from Cult Beauty. This option is a one of a kind. A light veil of coverage paired with just the right balance of skin-like texture but without too much of a glow – I’m not really sure how it does it. Now this isn’t matte matte, though it’s the most oil-controlling I’ve found. A truly matte finish goes against the tinted moisturiser roster, but a bit of powder should solve that problem. The secret is to a mix a blob of this with their luminizing offering (shhhh!), but for those with an oiler complexion this is the one for you. There’s a full rave with swatches here if this has wet your whistle.

In terms of a more purse friendly option – I’ll report back on that one. Though Revlon’s Nearly Naked Foundation is the best tinted moisturiser-esque product I’ve found in the aisles, despite its name. But take your pick from the above – they’re all good’uns. Perhaps you’d like a battle of the BB’s? Now that’s a whole different story.


  • OfficialSarah

    Gotta love that Chantecaille product. It’s my favorite product ever and will definitely repurchase (even though Space NK as 10 pounds shipping costs over to Denmark). But a girl’s gotta have what she’s gotta have, right? It’s especially suitable for people with drier skin or dry patches but also for people with the typical T-Zone (I manage to have an oily t-zone but also dry patches around former blemishes). Thankfully I still have about half a year to go until I actually will need to repurchase. But it will happen!!!

    • Jeanette Havmand

      Hvis du køber for mere end 100 £, fragten er gratis. Det kræver selvfølgelig, at man planlægger flere køb, og samler dem 🙂

  • I have really oily skin and have always struggled with tinted moisturisers, this post is great! I was going to try the Laura Mercier one but the Jouer one seems the best for me! Thank you 🙂

  • Hannah

    Thanks for this! I can’t decide between LM and Nars- it looks like Nars has got a bigger shade range but LM has got more coverage. Oh, the dilemmas of a beauty obsessive…


  • Anna Blush

    I wish I was confident enough with my skin to opt for a sheer base. One day I will be and I’ll definitely be picking up one from Laura Mercier! x

  • I really want to try that NARS one – their range of colours really impresses me as I’m such an inbetweeny shade, quite pale but not porcelain.

    Great post, as always 🙂

    Faye x
    Sugar Spun Sisters – A blog about cosmetics, clothes & coeliac disease

  • Bree

    I’ve been planning on getting the Laura Mercier one for ages, I just have to get to a Space NK to get colour matched.

    Colour Shimmer Sparkle

    Bree 🙂

  • Anya Cross

    I’ve been umming and ahing over the Jouer one – purely out of price and the fact I can’t swatch it! But I don’t think I can resist it much longer x

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    I’d love to get a Laura Mercier moisturiser, that might need to go on next month’s shopping list! Xx

  • Jeanette Havmand

    How would you compare the matte and the luminous ones from jouer (Coverage wise)?

  • Ruby@TotalModisch

    Loved reading this post, I like a lighter base! Heavy coverage feels too much for every day. (Ruby’s my favourite for GBBO, by the way! 😉 )

    My LFW Vlog is up!


  • PeonyandPeach

    This is a really useful post, thank you! Think I’ll be trying the Laura Mercier one for it’s slightly heavier coverage, just wish it contained a higher SPF!

  • I love the chantecaille one! Its so expensive though not sure I will repurchase it anytime soon! I also love mac face and body I know its not a tinted moisturiser but its so light I would consider it in the same category!

  • Gita Bončina

    It was just yesterday that I was scrolling trough the Cult Beauty page and deciding which Jouer shade should I pick – I was thinking Chamomile, hopefully it won’t be too dark on my tone :/. Great post!


  • Cecília Alvares

    Battle of the BB’s, yes!!!

  • Joysteib

    Now that would open our eyes….battle of the BB’S!! While all seem so amazing, I’ve really become fond of Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation this summer! It was quite the hit and not bad in the pockets either! Was truly impressed!!

  • Parisian To Be

    I’m a tinted moisturizer fiend as well and I just can’t get enough of the stuff. I lump the BB and CC potions in with the tinted moisturizers, and my favorite, at the moment, is the Clinique CC Cream. Darn–I really want to get my hand on the Chantecaille.

    xo Lillian from

  • Great post! I’m really getting into tinted moisturisers. I’ve started with the obvious – Laura Mercier and love it! x

  • Beautyandtheb

    I really want to try the chantecaille t.m, but I literally cannot justify the price! Such a shame 🙁

    B xx

  • Mara

    Laura Mercier does know her Tinted Moisturizer! I just finished my bottle… waiting to repurchase!

  • Louise Bullock

    No mention of one of my favouries..Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint! I absolutely love it 🙂 x

  • 1Alouette

    ALWAYS Nars.

  • Missmacbeauty

    I love the laura mercier tinted moisturizer. I would love to try the others!


  • Pink Elephant Blog

    I love the Laura Mercier one – an oldie but a goodie 😉

  • Sophie Atherton

    Please do a BB cream review Anna! Love your blog and also your skin looked flawless in the Chantecaille review photos! xx

  • Thanks for your help on twitter. I was debating between the Nars and the laura mercier oil free. I sampled both and i decided to go with the laura mercier because I wanted more coverage. I’m glad to report that i really love it! I really want to try the jouer one next or even the Chantecaille!! I have a blog post on two bb cream battles if you like to read it.

  • Millie Robinson

    Great post! I love my Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser but as it’s running out the Revlon one may have to be purchased 🙂 ♥

  • I do love Laura Mercier’s TM! I really want to try the Jouer Matte TM. It sounds like it would be a good one for my occasional oil slick of a face.

  • Louise

    I really want the laura mercier tinted moisteriser 🙂


  • Sarah

    battle of the bbs!! that would be amazing I love posts like this

  • Maddy Cane

    I really like the look of the jouer one, but then they all look incredible! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • most. helpful.blogpost. ever!! thank you :))) jouer has definitely moved to the top of my wishlist now! i’ve tried the nars one but its a bit too radiant for my oily skin… so jouer is my next bet 😉

    rachel x

  • Katie North

    thankyou never thought i would be able too wear a tinted moisturiser with my oily skin so definitely going to try the jouer one!


  • Mercedes Nicole

    I currently am using Laura Merciers product and have been in love with it since applying it on my face for the first time. Like you mentioned, it does give you a lot of coverage…plus, it highly moisturizes dry skin.

    Great post!!

    Cupcakes & Heels

  • Edel

    Love the Nars one. Good coverage and staying power.

  • Emma and Emily

    love the look of the jouer and the nars!

  • Oh I would love you to do a similar post on the best bb creams 🙂

  • Lauren Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer has been on my radar for the longest time! It’s so hard finding the perfect tinted moisturizer because skin is so picky! I hope this will do the trick 🙂


  • GeorginaTheLibrarian

    I’ve currently abandoned my TM’s for one BB in particular, but once that is done I really want to try either the Nars or Jouer. I’ve already given Laura Mercier a go and it was my favourite so far, but not the oil free formula so next time I may give that one a go.

  • Evi

    I really want to try the Laura Mercier one!!

  • Alice Porter

    When I want a review of a tinted moisturiser, you really are the first person I think of! Thankyou for the help 🙂


  • Isabelle McWilliam

    Desperate to try the jouer one and after this review I shall make it my mission to get my grubby mits on it! x

  • Ellen Findley

    I finally pulled the trigger on the Laura Mercier Oil-Free one (I have dry skin, but you and Lily Pebbles convinced me), but I have a soft spot in my heart for the sample of NARS. Oh, NARS, I wish I could quit you…

  • Morgan @ Hyacinth Girl

    I’ve tried the NARS one in two shades, first was Groenland but I thought it was a bit yellow for me. I went down to Alaska and it’s better but what I suspect I was seeing as yellowness was actually the product oxidising 🙁

  • Saskia

    SO helpful (as usual!) – thank you Anna!! The Jouer one sounds like my best bet so will be tempted to give that a go 🙂

    Saskia x
    Sassy’s Space Blog

  • YoungMild&Free

    I love the NARS one. Such an all-around great product.


  • Abbie

    Jouer Matte sounds lovely, to be honest I’ve found myself really disappointed with NARS Foundation so I wouldn’t ever opt for any of their base products again, sigh.

  • Emily Allen

    I need the jouer matte moisture tint, it sounds amazing and ticks all the boxes for my oily skin, ah it’s expensive but the reviews are all good so I may treat myself 🙂 Oh and I’d love to hear your thoughts on bb creams anna! xx Emmi

  • Megan Roisin

    “Greasy gal”… Guess that’s my nickname now! 🙂

    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

  • Esterlyn Ottenwarden

    I’ve been undecided between the NARS and Laura Mercier for some time now, I’ve tried the one by Jouer but just wasn’t satisfied. Think I might pick up the NARS since you say its an all around good product! Great post!

  • Lore

    Yes please!! Haha do a battle of BB’s !!

  • i find the nars has more coverage than laura mercier’s if you pat it on instead of rubbing it in like a moisturizer. It does better on any redness for me anyway.

  • Ellie

    i’m allergic to both the oil free and normal laura mercier ones. i had the weirdest reaction to it ever. bumpy skin and severely dry patches. sad times. i’m dying to try the Chantecaille!

  • Caitie

    Late to this party..I am a ‘greasy gal’ and Jouer matt moisture tint is awful on me! It is almost as if the oil controlling ingredients induce extra oil production on my nose. Funnily enough the Jouer Luminizing moisture tint is way better. Think I will try Laura Mercier.

  • Deea Draghici

    Do you think The Chantacaille Nude shade is a NC 25 or darker ? i dont have where to try the shades so i have to buy it online , help pls