11 best tinted moisturisers

Pack away your foundation and move into barely-there summer skin with a tinted moisturiser

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From the anti-ageing properties of Nars’ Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, to naturally botanical Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint, whatever coverage or shade you need, there's a cream to suit.

1. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF20: £34, johnlewis.com


Finger-dippingly easy to use (just sweep on like moisturiser), this is an industry award-winning cult classic for flawless skin. It gives a really dewy, healthy glow and softens fine lines around the eyes and lips. You can layer it up or use a sponge to apply if you want stronger coverage and it's available in 15 shades.

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2. Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30: £29, narscosmetics.co.uk


If you prefer your SPF high in the summer, go for this one. Its translucent finish gives a really natural, pared-back coverage; skin is evened-out and perfected, but barely looks made-up. Hi-tech skincare ingredients help reduce hyper pigmentation and dark spots within 4 weeks and it's oil-free, too.

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3. Urban Decay Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm SPF20: £23.50, urbandecay.com

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This luminosity-enhancing, lightweight, oil-free cream melts right into the skin immediately and contains clever optical blurring technology to smooth away the appearance of fine lines, pores and even some lighter wrinkles. It's like living life in soft focus.

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4. Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint SPF15: £22.25, lizearle.com

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Rich and creamy, with a mineral UV protection and botanicals including borage, avocado and vitamin E, natural beauty junkies will love this radiance-boosting, medium coverage skin-tint.

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5. Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturiser: £29, bobbibrown.co.uk

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A no-fuss approach to natural makeup makes Bobbi Brown the obvious place to find one of the best tinted moisturisers on the market. Sheer colour, hydration and sun protection in a lightweight non-greasy formula that comes in 8 shades; skin looks like skin, just a bit better.

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6. Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturiser SPF20: £27, caudalie.com


Mineral pigments blend with the skin to give an ultra-even, natural coverage to smooth out the complexion. It's oil-free – great if you're prone to shiny summer skin – and SPF20 means you don't need additional sunscreen.

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7. Eve Lom Radiance Perfected Tinted Moisturiser SPF15: £48, evelom.com

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Anti-oxidant packed, this is a great blend of skin caring goodies and radiance-boosting coverage. Sand lily extract helps brighten dark spots and improve skintone, while raspberry stem cell technology protects and improves skin hydration. Available in a broad range of 12 shades.

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8. Clarins Hydra Quench Tinted Moisturiser SPF15: £30, clarins.co.uk


This lightweight cream delivers a powerful hydrating punch thanks to moisturising hyaluronic acid; great for dehydrated complexions requiring an extra boost. And if that wasn't enough, it protects against UV rays, pollution and free radicals and is available in 7 shades.

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9. Chantecaille Just Skin Anti-Smog Tinted Moisturiser SPF15: £58, spacenk.com


An ultra-lightweight texture and finish means this one is as easy for men to wear as women. Nourishing and with a non-toxic mineral sunscreen, it also contains honeysuckle, green tea and edelweiss for their anti-irritant, anti-oxidant and anti-pollution properties. Great for city-dwellers needing extra protection in the big smoke.

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10. Pur 4-in-1 Mineral Tinted Moisturiser: £24, marksandspencer.com


This is a moisturiser, primer, foundation and SPF20 in one easy-to-use tube that'll shave time off your morning beauty routine. It’s a mineral-based product, so it's perfect if you want to then apply mineral makeup on top, and is also ultra-hydrating and corrects uneven skintone over time.

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11. NYX Tinted Moisturiser: £10, very.co.uk


Oil-free, easy-to-blend and with a lightweight coverage and just a hint of sheer colour, this brilliant budget buy is ideal for younger skin that may be prone to break outs.

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Urban Decay Naked Skin is excellent for enhancing skin's radiance, while Laura Mercier's multi-award winning Tinted Moisturiser gives a beautiful dewy finish and is flexible enough to increase coverage and get a more made-up look.

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