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The best BB cream/tinted moisturizer

Posted on January 10, 2013 by

It is funny - I LOVE makeup! I can spend hours in Sephora and Ulta playing with all of the colors. But when it comes down to day to day makeup I really keep it light. Some days I walk out the door wearing only mascara! And then I found Paula's Choice Barely There Tint.

But before I talk about my new favorite BB cream and tinted moisturizer, a little history:

I have been looking for a light makeup or tinted moisturizer for years. And with the new BB cream rage I thought I would find one of those I would love. But it has been a constant search and nothing is quite right. The tinted moisturizers and BB creams I have tried have been too light (not enough coverage), too shimmery (very common) or too dark (too much coverage).

Here is a short list of what I have tried:
*Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer (I look too greasy wearing this)
*Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (not enough color to it and it dries funny, almost crumbly? I wonder if I had a bad tube?)
*Smashbox Camera Ready BB cream (colors were just not right)
*Estee Lauder DayWear BB cream (only color ends up too dark - it starts out white - and the perfume! Wow, the perfume. It amazes me how much fragrance they add to makeup and I could never wear anything from the Estee Lauder brand)
*Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer (way, way, way too shimmery!)
*Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (too shimmery)
*Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer (too shimmery)
*Cover FX Skin Tint FX Moisturizing Treatment & Tint (too shimmery)

I recently found the Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm. I really like it but it is serious stuff - it isn't a light and fluffy traditional tinted moisturizer or BB cream. I will say it is very thick and the coverage is very heavy for a BB cream. But it dries and this stuff is hard core! I wear it to weddings where I sweat A LOT and this doesn't budge! At the end of the night when I remove my makeup it FEELS hard to remove. And then when I swipe toner on my skin after cleansing there is always makeup remaining. They should advertise the Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm as waterproof! I think it is! So this is probably my favorite foundation overall for work - mainly because of the SPF 20. If I am going out for a date night or working inside all day I prefer Make Up Forever's HD Invisible Cover Foundation. It is still thick but it doesn't have that waterproof feeling that Too Faced has in their Beauty Balm.

I have posted many times about Paula's Choice and how I love her skincare line. I have tried her All Bases Covered Foundation and I like it. But it still wasn't my perfect makeup. But now that I have found the Barely There Sheer Tint I am done searching!

It is funny, the product is labeled as "matte" and I don't really think of it as having a matte finish. But it doesn't have the illuminizing/luminizer cream shimmer that nearly every other BB cream has - thank goodness!

Barely There Sheer Matte Tint SPF 30

The best parts - it is light but has coverage and it has a built in SPF. It is perfect! If Paula's Choice ever discontinues this makeup I will be in trouble!

I still haven't tried the Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer (it was always sold out in my color) or the Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizing Balm but I don't think I will even try them now that I have found the Paula's Choice Barely There makeup.

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