13 Best Drugstore Tinted Moisturizers 2021: Our Fave BB And CC Creams

13 Best Drugstore Tinted Moisturizers That Save You Money And Time In The Mirror

July 3, 2019 Updated January 12, 2021

Drugstore Tinted Moisturizer

Drugstore tinted moisturizers are a beauty must-have for mamas who do it all. Yes, moms have superhuman powers— we all know it— from the ability to calm crying babies to making the house look livable despite piles of toddler toys clustered around the house. But waking up with every worry wrinkle, blemish, and dark mark of exhaustion fully concealed? Now that’s something even Mom of the Year has yet to master. Luckily, when it comes to perfecting a complexion, the best drugstore tinted moisturizers can multitask, kinda like you, Mom — except there’s no real comparison, of course.

Finding the right tinted moisturizer that will save you money and time can help you look flawless on a dime (especially if your wallet simply can’t handle purchasing a new tube of Laura Mercier or Nars). It’ll also provide sheer coverage and keep your skin moisturized feeling quenched. Whether you’re on the hunt for a lightweight BB cream or a tinted moisturizer with SPF, we’ve curated the best drugstore tinted moisturizers that won’t break the bank. Below, are favorite recommendations plus a few more answers to FAQ:

Why do moms need a tinted moisturizer?

Tinted moisturizer is a multi-faceted product that will nourish your skin, smooth over any impurities, give you light coverage, and leave you feeling fresh-er in every sense of the word. And whatever your daily mommy duties are, chances are mornings can be the most hectic time of day. Why not invest in a one-stop-shop, so you don’t have to spend extra minutes in front of the bathroom mirror?

How do moms apply drugstore tinted moisturizer?

All you’ll need to apply tinted moisturizer evenly are clean fingers. Steal 30 seconds with soap and water before heading to daycare. Dot a few drops of the product onto your face, focusing on under-eye circles, and gently dab for even application. Need to look more awake? Pick a product that adds a dose of glow versus a matte option.

Whoever said you need an Instagram-worthy vanity to get effortlessly glam was never a mom. Here are our favorite drugstore tinted moisturizers.

The Best Drugstore Tinted Moisturizers

NYX Bare with Me Tinted Skin Veil

NYX has a history of giving us flawless faces at prices that won’t break our bank. That’s right, no need to hide the receipts from your S.O., you can find this tinted moisturizer at your nearby drugstore with money to spare for a lip gloss or two.

The Bare with Me Tinted Skin Veil is a great alternative to foundation because sometimes, you just need a little boost to perk up that face when going to grab a latte after dropping off the kids. This weightless formula provides breathable coverage that gives your skin a satin finish while your skin enjoys up to eight hours of hydration. But this cream doesn’t just moisturize, it also conceals and comes in a variety of 12 tone-evening tinted shades from pale light and vanilla nude to deep rich and deep espresso. Even better, it’s cruelty-free so you can feel good while applying your tinted moisturizer.

$13.73 AT AMAZON

L'Oréal Paris’s True Match Lumi Glotion

Sometimes mamas let their inner glow go after the baby comes along, but just because the spotlight has shifted, doesn’t mean you need to dim down your radiance, Mom. Applying just a few drops of L’Oréal Paris’s True Match Lumi Glotion will enhance that all-natural glow you loved and lost, with the added benefit of providing your skin with a burst of hydration a la shea butter and glycerin. Plus, the lotion’s formula is incredibly airy, which is essential for you. You have enough weight on your shoulders.

You can also use it as a primer before adding your foundation to illuminate that beautiful face. If you want to go all out, you can choose a shade lighter than your skin tone to turn it into a highlighter or darker than your skin tone for a bronzer. You can also use a few shades to practice your contouring, but let’s just start with the tinted moisturizer and go from there.


Jergens Natural Glow Daily Facial Moisturizer

I’m sure if you look under the cabinet in your bathroom, you’ll find at least one bottle of Jergens lotion — probably half empty. Jergens is known for its rejuvenating moisture so you can expect nothing less from their Natural Glow daily moisturizer.

This lightweight, oil-free product comes with 20 SPF to give you added protection on super sunny days. Daily use will transform your skin tone and enhance its natural glow within a week, almost like a mild self-tanner. You could use it as a primer and add foundation afterward, but after a few weeks, your skin will have a natural tan which might render the foundation unnecessary depending on your skin type. 


Physicians Formula Organic Tinted Moisturizer

As much as we try to buy organic, sometimes those organic formulas cost an arm and a leg. When you’re already giving your heart and soul to the #momlife, you don’t always have the extra money to spend on something like a tinted moisturizer. Have no fear, we found a drugstore tinted moisturizer that’s clean, affordable, and travel-friendly for mamas-on-the-go who barely have time to breathe, let alone paint on a full face before heading out the door.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Tinted Moisturizer is comprised of 80% certified organic ingredients, like shea butter, fruit water, jojoba, sunflower seed, and avocado oils. This two-in-one formula supplies optimal hydration, with just a hint of SPF 15 to keep your complexion protected from sun exposure. It also offers sheer coverage and light color correction to take your face from incredibly wiped out, drained and undead to woke-up-flawless. That’s something we can get behind.

$11.90 AT AMAZON

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint

You tell your kids not to judge a book by its cover, so don’t judge a tinted moisturizer by its bottle.

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint might look like an expensive, weighty foundation, but this drugstore tinted moisturizer is incredibly lightweight (and cheap). It’s also been formulated specifically with dry skin types in mind, to ensure parched complexions can find relief. It helps to even out your skin tone and is oil-free so you don’t have to worry about it clogging up your pores. Plus, the comfortable formula doesn’t enhance dry patches, it creates a smooth finish so you look and feel fresh all day long. Grab this product in 10 across-the-board shades.

$11.19 AT AMAZON

Burt's Bees BB Cream

You’re probably used to seeing Burt’s Bees in the form of a lip balm. You probably have a few floating around in the backseat of your car, swimming in the bottom of the diaper bag or the reusable grocery bag that you’ve turned into your diaper bag — been there, done that. Now, you can enjoy the same benefits that you used on your lips, on your face.

This BB moisturizer comes with noni extract which means your moisturizer is packing 9 benefits including the ability to even your tone, illuminate your skin, visibly reduce your fine lines and wrinkles and more. The balm comes in three shades designed to enhance your natural glow and. you can wear it alone or under makeup. All in all, this moisturizer is a happy medium between a lightweight foundation and moisturizing face lotion.

$15.41 AT AMAZON

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

If you’re on the hunt for a drugstore tinted moisturizer with a generous dose of sun protection, Maybelline takes the cake. Oily moms can appreciate this tinted moisturizer that doesn’t contain oil or harsh ingredients while it protects you from the sun’s beaming rays.

With a whopping 30 SPF, Maybelline’s water-gel Dream Fresh BB Cream comes in five shades, all of which brighten, smooth, hydrate, and yield a dewy finish. Translation: Mamas who aren’t making it to the beach very much this summer in the name of whiny toddlers need this.


Covergirl CG Smoothers BB Cream

Who has time for 11 steps of serums and balms on the regular — if ever — with a kid on their arm? No one. CoverGirl CG Smoothers are for Moms who’ve mastered the art of multitasking and expect the same from their makeup.

Available in three shade (fair to light, light to medium, and medium to dark), the product offers 10 skincare benefits in every tube, such as sheer color, 24-hour hydration, SPF 21, correction, and more. Plus, you know if it’s CoverGirl, it’s going to be easy-breezy to apply, and beautiful on the skin.


theBalm Balmshelter Tinted Moisturizer

Get ready for this to be your next go-to product. Need to be FaceTime ready in a matter of minutes? Look no further. The Balm’s entire branding radiates swag, and the BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer is no exception. The Balm adheres to a “beauty in five minutes” philosophy, so you don’t have to spend hours (that you don’t have) in front of the mirror.

This tinted moisturizer comes in seven different shades, is breathable, buildable, spreads on easy, and is compatible with all skin types. While wearing this tinted moisturizer, the added nutrients help to improve the look of your skin’s overall tone and texture, which leave you with a polished complexion. Now that’s the balm.

$28.00 AT AMAZON

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF 30

Given that bareMinerals has its own cult following, it’s no wonder that their Complexion Rescue tinted moisturizer is an Amazon bestseller.

This gel-cream hybrid hydrates skin and enables buildable coverage, and with an SPF of 30, it’s ideal for anyone looking for superior skin protection plus a sun-kissed glow. It’s also available in a spectrum of shades so it can easily blend with most skin tones, and bonus: It’s often cheaper on Amazon than elsewhere.

$33.00 AT AMAZON

Honest Company Tinted Moisturizer

In search of vegan makeup? Look no further than Honest Beauty’s tinted moisturizer/CC cream. This multi-purpose formula “primes, perfects, protects, blurs, brightens and locks in moisture for up to 12 hours,” which is an impressive six jobs, if you’re keeping count.

This clean pick contains vitamin C and SPF 30 to prevent environmental damage, and equally important is what’s not in it; namely, chemical sunscreens, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances. It also comes in four sheer, blend-able shades, available on Amazon as well as Honest.com.

$19.20 AT AMAZON

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30

Dull, uneven skin? First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer will resuscitated it. While it provides lightweight, clog-free coverage, it also works to repair skin for a brighter overall complexion. Ingredients like vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and colloidal oatmeal (a fancy name for oatmeal that nourishes skin) work together to calm redness, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and quench thirsty skin. Plus, a dose of SPF 30 helps prevent further damage from UVA and UVB exposure (yes, it’s even important in winter, gals!).

Also worth noting: This formula is free of harsh chemicals like phthalates, parabens, and alcohol so it’s suitable for sensitive skin. It’s also vegan, nut-free, and cruelty-free. Yesss!

$28.00 AT AMAZON

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfecter Tinted Moisturizer

Another top Neutrogena pick (that’s super affordable, to boot) this anti-aging formula works to turn back time. In addition to evening out your skin tone, it blurs the look of fine lines and wrinkles with ingredients like retinol, antioxidants, and vitamins. The result is smoother-looking skin overall, plus SPF 20 to help prevent further sun damage. A tint, sun block, and anti-ager, all in one? Now that, Mamas, is a multitasker.


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L'Oréal Paris’s True Match Lumi Gloti...
Physicians Formula Organic Tinted Moistu...
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
Covergirl CG Smoothers BB Cream
theBalm Balmshelter Tinted Moisturizer
NYX Bare with Me Tinted Skin Veil
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Facial Moistu...
Burt's Bees BB Cream
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hy...
Honest Company Tinted Moisturizer
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moi...
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfe...