Friday, March 23, 2012

Battle of the Brands: Tinted Moisturizer

Hello beautiful darlings!
Now that it is spring time and my face is not totally hating me, I've switched over to my tinted moisturizers for a lighter fresher feel with more sheer coverage. I have 3 different TM's and so I thought I might share with you my experience with them and tell you which one I will be using this Spring/Summer. 
My 3 contenders are:

Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer with spf 30
It says that it "evens tone & texture with natural looking coverage", now I love Aveeno products but this one is definitely not my favorite. You do get a ton of product and I love that the bottle has a pump. However, my biggest problem is that I have a very hard time getting it to spread evenly. It tends to look very streaky and I feel likes it starts to breakdown badly throughout today giving me a somewhat splotchy appearance. Also, likely because the combination of the spf and my oily skin, I have to set it with a powder in order for me to not look like an oil slick. It's also a little pricey, around $17

Elf Studio Tinted Moisturizer with Spf 20
It claims "This lightweight and hydrating formula is breathable and provides anti-aging sun protection with UVA/UVB SPF 20". This was my go-to TM all last summer, which was before I really knew any better. It is a bit greasy because of the spf, so again, I definitely had to set it with powder. But the application with this is pretty easy and it does offer pretty decent coverage. If you have dry skin or don't mind setting your face with a powder I would definitely recommend this, since it is great bargain for only $3. The price was especially great since my skin color ranges drastically in the summer, and I could get several different shades.

Nuance Salma Hayek Flawless Wear Tinted Moisturizer
The Claim, "Flawless wear. Oil-free, sheer coverage delivers a healthy, radiant glow for all skin types". So I picked up this and a blush trio at CVS recently since it was bogo1/2 off, and I hadn't tried any Nuance products. It does have very sheer coverage, but it does have a way of evening everything out nicely. It has a great finish, not oily or greasy at all. It sets/dries pretty quickly. The only times I've used a powder is if I want more coverage. But alone it feels so comfortable, and makes my skin look and feel very soft. I got the light/medium 250 and it blends in beautifully. At CVS these are $13.99, but it seems like this brand almost always has some kind of sale.

Maybe I am just not a fan of things with spf, but in my mind there is a pretty clear winner here and that is the Nuance by Selma Hayek. It has the most natural and comfortable feel. I'm really surprised that I hadn't heard about it before. Did I mention that at CVS now, they have free mini samples of the TM, it's enough to get a color match which I think is great. 

What do you think? Have you tried any of these? What was your experience? Do you have any other TM's that you love?
XO-The Addict


  1. Just wondering did you recieve my package yet?? Let me know when you get it,hope it doesn't get lost in the post lol :)


    1. Yes darling! Thank you so much, I got it just the other day. Have you tried these cream shadows? It's stinking amazing! Haha :D I love it, thank you again!

    2. Nope didn't get the chance to buy one for myself yet but defiantly will have to try them out :)


  2. Thanks for posting this!! I was looking for a new TM because I use the Aveeno one but it makes me oily! I usually love Aveeno products too but I think I might stray in this case ;-)

    1. You are very welcome dear :)I have super oily skin so most things make me look like an oil slick, so I totally understand. I love Aveeno's moisturizers and cleansers, but they really need to reformulate the TM I think.


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