Which Tinted Moisturizer is Best For Your Skin Type?

As a (loud and proud) K-Beauty junkie, I truly believe that tinted moisturizer might be one of the best Korean skincare innovations we've had. Hear me out, a tinted face moisturizer gives you the best of both worlds: the hydrating properties of a moisturizer AND the radiant, evenly-toned skin glow without the heaviness of a foundation. From tinted moisturizer with SPF to non-comedogenic tinted moisturizer, this daily staple is no stranger to K-Beauty addicts who strive for the coveted airy, natural glow-skin complexion. So if you're new to the tinted moisturizer game, read on to see everything you NTK on how to apply tinted moisturizer in your daily Korean skincare routine with our seasonal best tinted moisturizer for your skin type!


What is tinted moisturizer, really?

Tinted moisturizer is basically a moisturizer with a tint that provides a natural, lightweight coverage while hydrating the skin with a glowy finish. Think of it as a BB cream or a tone-up cream that serves double-duty: hydration + coverage, or sometimes triple-duty with SPF in the mix. With more and more innovative formulas in the spotlight, the lines between tinted moisturizer, BB cream or CC cream and a tone-up cream are getting blurry, and they are all great choices for base makeup.

innisfree tinted moisturizer

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Tinted Moisturizer vs Foundation: Any difference?

When people ask us about tinted moisturizer vs foundation, our conclusion is that, unlike foundations or concealers, tinted moisturizer combines the benefit of skincare + makeup so you can have a full-coverage face while keeping your skin hydrated. The major reason why tinted moisturizer is such a hype in the spring/summer season is that it is effortless and delivers lightweight coverage without the heaviness of a foundation or concealer.


Best Tinted Moisturizers for Your Skin Type

No. 1

innisfree - Simple Label Tinted Moisturizer

innisfree Tinted Moisturizer

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Best Tinted Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: Available in 3 natural shades, innisfree’s Simple Label Tinted Moisturizer is a vegan-certified tone correction makeup base that is gentle on the skin with soothing hydrangea leaf extract from Jeju Island as the star ingredient. For those who want a hypoallergenic, fragrance-free tinted moisturizer that also serves as a physical sunscreen, you can turn to this fan-favorite tinted moisturizer for your Korean makeup routine. Prefer a little SPF coverage for your daytime routine? You might also want to try the innisfree Tone Up No Sebum Sunscreen for a tone-up, shine-free protection when you're out and about for the day!


No. 2

PURITO - Cica Clearing BB Cream

PURITO - Cica Clearing BB Cream

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Best Cica-Infused Tinted Moisturizer

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: We love it when a makeup product doubles as a skincare product. That's why when PURITO launches its latest PURITO's Cica Clearing BB Cream, everyone from our beauty team is going hearty eyes over it! The reason why we're obsessed with it? This vegan, cruelty-free BB cream delivers flawless coverage with SPF protection which ensures a healthy-looking glow for your daily makeup look. Not to mention the cica-infused formula that makes it even more skin-loving, like PURITO always does.


No. 3

The Saem - Eco Soul Real Serum BB SPF42 PA+++

The Saem - Eco Soul Real Serum BB SPF42 PA+++

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Best Tinted Moisturizer with SPF

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: The Saem's Cover Perfection Tip Concealer has always been our beauty team's favorite, and the cosmetic brand's latest tinted moisturizer is no different. Consider The Saem Eco Soul Real Serum BB a 3-in-1 multi-tasker for your Korean skincare routine as it serves as a moisturizing serum with a tinted coverage featuring a broad-spectrum UV protection of SPF42. Not to mention the high performing cover powder that will deliver a bright, flawless, and shine-free complexion for particularly oily skin.


No. 4

CLIO - Nudism Hyaluronic Tone Up Cream

CLIO - Nudism Hyaluronic Tone Up Cream

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Best Tinted Moisturizer for Dry Skin

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: If you're someone who perks up at the mention of hyaluronic acid (who doesn't love this hydration powerhouse, right?), then you should consider the CLIO Nudism Hyaluronic Tone Up Cream your latest favorite skin-quencher that comes with a tone-up effect to brighten up your complexion. This tinted moisturizer features our favorite hyaluronic acid as the star ingredient to keep your dry skin nourished and moisturized. It helps refine your skin tone and make it stay shine-free throughout the day, thanks to the sebum-absorbing boron nitride.


No. 5

make p:rem - UV Defense Me. Calming Tone Up Sun Cream

make p:rem - UV Defense Me. Calming Tone Up Sun Cream

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Best Tinted Moisturizer with Sunscreen for Dull Skin

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: Formulated to work wonders on your dull lackluster skin, this make p:rem UV Defense Me. Calming Tone Up Sun Cream is an effective sun-blocking tone-up cream that contains calamine, which is effective for soothing, to naturally tone up and brighten with a subtle pink color and block UVA and UVB. Wrap up your morning skincare with a thin layer of this sun cream which will help to improve your skin tone and overall complexion. For sensitive skin, this sunscreen also contains bamboo water + the brand's very own City Proof Complex that will provide extra care for your skin and protect it from the external environmental stressor.


No. 6

MISSHA - Cho Bo Yang BB Cream

MISSHA Cho Bo Yang BB Cream

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Best Tinted Moisturizer for Mature Skin

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: Going for that you-don't-look-a-day-over-30 look? Turn to the blendable and long-wearing MISSHA Cho Bo Yang BB Cream for the perfect fix. This wrinkle-fighting tinted moisturizer is enriched with a Korean Hanbang dream team — wild ginseng, cordyceps and medicinal Asian plant extracts — to help you trade your age-worn skin for a more youthful look. The creamy texture also provides smooth and natural coverage on your skin, which is perfect for a day-time look in spring.


No. 7

SOME BY MI - Rose Intensive Toneup Cream

SOME BY MI Rose Intensive Toneup Cream

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Best Tinted Moisturizer for Rose Lovers

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: Spring is a "rose-mantic" season, which explains why we’re currently obsessed with the SOME BY MI Rose Intensive Toneup Cream. But that's not all — when glutathione, niacinamide, and arbutin join forces for this SOME BY MI Toneup Cream, we know it would be a love-at-first-try right away. Brimming with 70% western rose water, this tinted moisturizer helps lighten and brighten your skin tone while leaving your skin with a lovely pinkish glow (with NO artificial colorants, of course). It also enhances elasticity as it smooths away the look of wrinkles with vitamin B12.


No. 8

Hanskin - Premium Super Magic BB Cream

Hanskin - Premium Super Magic BB Cream

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Best Tinted Moisturizer to Cover Acne Scars

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: If you're struggling with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, Hanskin Premium Super Magic BB Cream offers the perfect coverage to conceal skin blemishes with various vegetable extracts. Formulated with Hanskin's exclusive Bio-PEP Science technique, this 3-in-1 tinted moisturizer with sunscreen has a multi-cover skin care functions that combine skin-brightening, UV-block + anti-wrinkle into one solution, checking all the boxes for a cult-favorite pick.


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