High-coverage foundation is beautiful and perfecting, but it is also high-maintenance. First off, you have to make sure you get a nearly perfect shade match because full-coverage foundation is very opaque. It can also feel heavy and drying on the skin. My biggest pet peeve about full-coverage foundations is that it’s very obvious if any gets scratched or rubbed off the skin. You have to be very careful not to touch your face so it stays looking perfect! Some people prefer high-coverage foundations and wear them daily, but for many of us, high-coverage is reserved for special occasions.
Light- to medium-coverage products are much more manageable for daily wear. If you want to even your skin tone and reduce redness, but don’t need a whole lot of coverage, tinted moisturizer might be a good option for you. You can pair tinted moisturizer with concealer to get more coverage where you need it.
I have only tried one tinted moisturizer so far, and it provides just enough coverage for me most days. I use the Colourpop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Tinted Moisturizer. If you’ve been interested in makeup for a while, you’ve probably heard of this product. It is extremely popular!
I think lighter coverage products like this one have gained popularity this year since most of us are wearing masks in public and lighter-coverage products are more comfortable. Plus, if some of it gets rubbed off on your mask, it won’t be nearly as obvious as if you were to wear a fuller-coverage product.
Product claims directly from Colourpop.com
A hydrating, oil-free tinted moisturizer with lightweight coverage that evens skin tone and leaves your skin looking fresh and healthy. Formulated with hyaluronic acid (aka HA) and coconut water to support skin hydration without adding oil, this tinted moisturizer works for all skin types and makeup styles.
Other product details
- Price: $14.00
- Net weight: 1.45 oz.
- Made in the USA
- 24 shades ranging from very fair to very deep (only 21 shades available at Ulta)
- Natural finish
- Special ingredients:
- Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that attracts 1,000x its weight in water
- Coconut water moisturizes and nourishes the skin
- Where to buy: Colourpop.com and Ulta.com
- Overall rating: 9/10
- Inclusivity: 10/10
- Ease of application: 10/10
- Hydration: 8/10
- Staying power: 7/10
- Price: 10/10
24 shades don’t sound like very many for a coverage product, I know. Since this tinted moisturizer provides light-coverage, however, each shade is flexible enough to be worn by a more than one skin tone. For example, I have this tinted moisturizer in the shade Fair 4N (fair neutral), but I think it would also work for “very fair” or “very light” skin tones.
I think Colourpop did an excellent job at making sure there would be a shade for every skin tone and undertone in this tinted moisturizer. There are four shades for each of the six skin tone categories:
- Medium dark
- Deep dark
Ease of application
I really like the way Colourpop packaged this tinted moisturizer. It comes in a squeeze tube that has a pump. The pump makes it very easy to get just the right amount of product needed. I usually use one and a half to two pumps to get the amount of coverage that I like.
The texture of this product is very lightweight and smooth, so it is easy to blend into the skin. It can be applied with a brush, sponge, or fingers. I prefer to use a brush with most of my coverage products. For testing purposes, I used a brush for application on the right side of my face (left side in the photo) and a sponge to apply the product to the left side of my face (right side in the photo). There isn’t a big difference since this is a light-coverage product, but I did get slightly more coverage with the brush than the sponge. That was the expected result since makeup sponges absorb more product than a brush.
Based on the name of this product, it should be very hydrating! It includes hyaluronic acid and coconut water which are both great at keeping the skin hydrated. I do think this tinted moisturizer is hydrating, and that is noticeable during application. Once it sets, however, I don’t notice the added hydration on my skin. I will say that it never looks dry or cakey, and that is a big plus!
For this section, please keep in mind that I have a combination skin type. This is not the product to reach for on days that you need your makeup to look perfect all day, if you have skin similar to mine. If you have a dry or normal skin type, this tinted moisturizer might wear well on you all day!
Setting powder is a must for me when I wear this tinted moisturizer. That definitely extends the wear time. I also usually use setting spray as an extra step to lock everything in.
I did a wear test to illustrate the wear-down of the coverage from this product. I didn’t use any primer, but I did use setting powder and setting spray.
It started out strong and looked really good for a few hours, but by the 4-hour mark, it started to break down on my chin. Some of it had also worn off of my nose because I have allergies and it’s not really an option for me to go all day without touching my nose! The area under my nose got worse over the next four hours and the product was also breaking up around my smile lines. The coverage on the rest of my face still looked good. There was very little change during the remainder of the time that I had this makeup on. Overall, not too shabby for someone with a combination skin type wearing a tinted moisturizer!
It is important to keep in mind that this is a tinted moisturizer, not a foundation. The expectation for staying power should be lower for tinted moisturizer compared to a foundation.
This Colourpop tinted moisturizer is $14.00. That is on the higher end for “drugstore” pricing, but still within that affordable range. I appreciate that this product is 1.45 ounces instead of the 1 ounce size of most foundations because I use more of this product than I would of any foundation. That adds to the value, in my eyes.
I think $14.00 is a very fair price for this product. It is comfortable, easy to work with, quick to apply, and adds some extra hydration. All of these things make for a great coverage product and I think the price is very reasonable.
Other products in the Colourpop Pretty Fresh Collection
If hydrating complexion products are of interest to you, you may also want to try some of the other products in the Colourpop Pretty Fresh Collection:
- Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Primer
- Hyaluronic Creamy Concealer
- Hyaluronic Acid Setting Mist
Colourpop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Tinted Moisturizer is a terrific product, and after doing this wear test I think I will be wearing it more often from now on!
I think this tinted moisturizer is a great choice for a lot of people, especially anyone with a dry or normal skin type. It’s hydrating, comfortable, and the ease of use makes it perfect for every day wear!
Have you ever tried a tinted moisturizer? If not, you might find that they’re a little different from any other type of coverage product you’ve used before…in a good way. 🙂