Mamamia’s Tried and Tested series is your weekly review of the latest to hit our desks in beauty, health and wellness. You won’t find any #sponsored content here, just honest, relatable and independent advice. This week, Senior Lifestyle Writer Amy Clark tried seven tinted moisturisers and BB creams.
Maybe it’s just me, but I cannot be effed wearing foundation right now.
I’ve gone on record and recommended lots of great foundations in the past, but it was winter then. It’s summer now, and I sweat far too much to justify the effort of applying and maintaining a lovely foundation base.
Tinted moisturiser and BB cream, I can get around. (Side note – watch the video below for a makeup artist’s tips for covering dark circles, post continues after video.)
I know you might think they aren’t up to the task of providing the coverage you feel you need, but they’ve grown up. Now, the humble tinted moisturiser and her overachieving cousin, the BB cream, provide some or all of the coverage of a sheer foundation in a lightweight formula you can apply with your eyes closed. (Or, in front of a fan using a small compact mirror.)
But with so many different products at Mecca, Priceline, Chemist Warehouse and the like, how are you meant to know which is the best BB cream or tinted moisturiser?
From the cult NARS and Laura Mercier tinted moisturisers to a brand new BB gel from Clinique, I road tested seven tinted moisturisers and BB creams over seven days to find out.
Below, you’ll find pictures of each product, as well as what they look like on my face on their own and with the rest of my makeup. All were applied with my fingers (literally, rub a pea-sized amount between your palms and go to town) and were worn over the top of an SPF50+ sunscreen.