9 Tinted-Moisturizer Dupes With Better Reviews Than Their Expensive Counterparts

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Tinted moisturizers, BB creams, CC creams… Call them what you like, but they're (typically) pretty interchangeable in terms of formula and are a great product alternative if you're A) looking to give your skin a break from heavier foundations at the moment or B) just happen to prefer lighter, skincare-enhanced formulas. Another perk? The drugstore is secretly overflowing with top-rated formulas that perform just as (or sometimes better!) than some of the pricey, wider-known formulas.

We're all about getting the most bang for your buck without having to sacrifice the finish, durability, or end result of our makeup application. So we took to beauty retailers like Amazon and Ulta, which feature a wide range of both luxury makeup brands and more affordable drugstore labels. Then, we searched for the top-rated, drugstore-priced tinted moisturizer formulas that had similar (if not nearly identical) ingredient recipes as more expensive names. Spoiler: We found quite a few! Below, we're sharing nine of the best drugstore tinted moisturizers to try if you're looking for an expensive-looking finish sans sticker shock. Keep scrolling! 

Best Drugstore Moisturizers for Oily Skin



If You Love: Laura Mercier Tinted Oil-Free Moisturizer

Try: Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream

Average rating: 4.3/5 stars

I'll be the first to admit that Laura Mercier is one of my favorite prestige beauty brands, and it also happens to make the most iconic tinted moisturizers in the industry. That said, its matte, oil-free version comes up short compared to Covergirl's drugstore formula on Ulta's website. It boasts a new clean formula, applies and dries to a flattering matte finish, and is $42 less expensive.

Customer review: "I have super oily skin, and this BB cream helped me. I break out a ton but didn't [when] using this. It was a great shade, and covered all of my pimples and acne scars. It is a great price for such a good product. I just love this product so so much!"

If You Love: Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint

Try: ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Tinted Moisturizer

Average rating: 4.2/5 stars

Even though both of these have great ingredients (like ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid), ColourPop's lesser-known-but-still-fabulous alternative is $33 cheaper and has a 4.2-star average rating on Ulta's website compared to Ilia's 3.7.

Customer review: "This product has replaced a full face of foundation. I only use foundation as my concealer now. This is amazing as your moisturizer and provides beautiful coverage if you prefer light to medium coverage. The color choices are incredible, too. I use Medium 11N—a rosy (but not overly pink) undertone on a medium complexion."

If You Love: Origins Ginzing Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer

Try: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Radiant Tinted Facial Moisturizer

Average rating: 4.3/5 stars

If you opt for Neutrogena's fan-favorite drugstore tinted moisturizer instead of Origins' iconic zingy formula, you'll still nab an oil-free, hydrating formula, a boost of glow, and lots of antioxidants, but you'll walk away with $33 more dollars in your pocket.

Customer review: "Love this product! It's light, blends well, and gives my skin a summery glow without feeling heavy at all. Always looking for easy ways to incorporate SPF into my routine without using heavy sunscreens, so [I] appreciate the ease of using this as a base layer on a daily basis."

Best Drugstore Tinted Moisturizers



If You Love: Lumene Instant Glowy Beauty Serum

Try: L'Oréal Visible Lift Luminous Serum Tint

Average rating: 4.2/5 stars

Both of these serum-like tinted moisturizers offer glow-inducing ingredients for a lightweight, dewy finish. The former, however, actually wins out with a significantly smaller price tag.

Customer review: "This is a great product that gives lightweight coverage like a tinted moisturizer should. I wear it daily over my retinol cream. It's great for adding a touch of color when a full coverage foundation isn't needed."

If You Love: Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream

Try: Nyx Professional Makeup Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil

Average rating: 4.4/5 stars

So there are a few differences between these two tinted moisturizers. Nyx's drugstore formula isn't as clean as Juice Beauty's, and it also lacks SPF and the brand's plant stem cell technology. That said, it's vegan, PETA-certified, noncomedogenic, boosted with aloe and cucumber extracts, less expensive, and absolutely teeming with glowing reviews. Plus, it promises an impressive eight hours of hydration and lightweight coverage.

Customer review: "As a redhead, it's hard to find a product pale enough for me, but NYX always has me covered. I really appreciate how this company actually has products for redheads! This is a medium-coverage foundation, so it's not pasty. I am in my late 30s, so the fact that it doesn't settle into fine lines is really a plus. Wears well over sunscreen—nongreasy. The product was exactly as promised and arrived quickly."

If You Love: Saie Beauty Slip Tint

Try: Wet n Wild Bare Focus Tinted Hydrator

Average rating: 4.3/5 stars

This tinted drugstore moisturizer from Wet n Wild is a bit more matte than Saie's dewy formula, but it's still chock-full of hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and squalane that help keep skin moisturized throughout the day. It's also incredibly budget-friendly at just $5 and has a slightly higher rating than Saie's.

Customer review: "Run, don't walk. This cream is the perfect consistency and coverage. I am not sure why it isn't breaking the internet. It is that good. Gives your face the perfect amount of moisture while also providing the perfect amount of coverage for those days you aren't looking for a full-on foundation coverage. I can't recommend it enough."

Best Drugstore Tinted Moisturizers



If You Love: Paula's Choice Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense Tinted Moisturizer

Try: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector Tinted Moisturizer

Average rating: 4.4/5 stars

The main selling point of both of these tinted moisturizers is their stellar anti-aging properties. Both are highly rated (though Neutrogena's actually has more ratings on Amazon, which bumps up its street cred). However, Neutrogena's drugstore-priced formula is especially cool, thanks to the fact that it contains the holy-grail ingredient retinol alongside SPF, vitamins, and other antioxidants. In other words, it's a powerhouse tinted moisturizer if you have fine lines or wrinkles.

Customer review: "I purchased this to wear on 'no makeup' days only to have it replace my regular foundation. This offers pretty good coverage for a tinted product. It blends well and doesn't leave my face feeling greasy. Love it!"

If You Love: Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Tinted Moisturizer

Try: Maybelline Dream Fresh 8-in-1 Skin Perfector

Average rating: 4/5 stars

This multitasking tinted moisturizer–BB cream hybrid from loved drugstore brand Maybelline truly does it all. It blurs imperfections, evens out skin tone, brightens, smooths, hydrates, protects with SPF, and won't clog pores thanks to the oil-free, noncomedogenic formula. Dr. Jart's formula touts many of the same benefits, but it will cost you an extra $35.

Customer review: "I've been using this for years, and while I always try new things, this is the one I go back to; it never fails. I have normal to dry aging skin, and this gives just enough coverage to blurt imperfections. I prefer a natural look, and this gives that, plus SPF30 is a huge bonus. You'd never know it contained sunscreen. Seriously, a near-perfect product."

If You Love: Lancôme's UV Expert Mineral CC Cream

Try: Garnier SkinActive Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream

Average rating: 4.6/5 stars

Fun fact: Garnier actually makes two different versions of this drugstore tinted moisture—this one is geared toward oily or combination skin types and another specifically targeted for anti-aging. Edging out Lancôme's comparable formula ratings-wise, Garnier's helps cover up any imperfections you're looking to camouflage; delivers oil-free, long-lasting moisture; and has a helpful dose of skin-protecting SPF.

This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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