A Case for Skin Tints: The Better Alternative for Foundation

Spring is here, and even though I'm indoors, a good skin tint still does wonders.
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Mar. 25
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you! Spring is here and my skin needs a break... From foundation, that is. While I'm safely at home, shielding myself from allergies, getting some spring cleaning done, and letting my skin breathe, I do feel the need to polish my look for those oh-so-important video conferences. Enter skin tints, the lighter, airer, cousin to foundation. I have dry skin and don't like to feel smothered by foundation, so a skin tint sounded like a perfect fit for a new springtime look for me. In my opinion, most foundations don't have a lot of benefits for the skin either, but skin tints have a lot of good ingredients that can support healthy skin. The test is simple: over 5 days, I tried 3 different skin tints from 3 different brands. I also decided to wear them all for 2 days in a row to give them a fair shot, just in case one day was a dud. If you happen to be looking for a skin tint to switch up your makeup look for spring, these results are for you. Test 1: Kosas Tinted Face Oil Foundation
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The range: 14 shades, I wear shade 05. The look: Oily, patchy, and pore-magnifying. The benefits: - Jojoba Seed Oil: Soothes and balances. - Avocado Oil: Cushions and thoroughly hydrates. - Red Raspberry Seed Oil: Tones and supports natural reparative processes. My thoughts: This skin tint is oil-based, so it obviously has an oily texture. That being said, it was very messy to apply, especially because I use my fingertips before blending. Those with dry skin beware: this will make your pores look much more visible. This product also doesn't contain an SPF (sigh.) The verdict: Kosas Tinted Face Oil Foundation? This tint is not it.Test 2: Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint
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The range: 18 shades, I wear shade Paloma ST9. The look: Dewy, bright, and ultrablendable. The benefits: - Plant-Based Squalane: Helps support skin and improves the appearance of elasticity. - Non-Nano Zinc Oxide: A clean, mineral sunscreen that safely shields skin from UVA, UVB, UVC, blue light and infrared. - Hyaluronic Acids (Macro + Micro): Helps to visibly plump skin and seal in hydration. - Niacinamide: Visibly improves and smooths skin texture. My thoughts: Smoothing and glowy, the Ilia skin tint feels just like a serum and doesn't look or feel cakey at all! Throughout the day, this skin tint was so lightweight that I didn't even notice I was wearing makeup at all. It's easy to apply, contains zinc oxide 12%, and layerable for fuller coverage. The verdict: The Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint is everything I want in a breathable, lightweight skin tint for spring! Test 3: MILK Sunshine Skin Tint
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The range: 7 shades, I wear shade medium. The look: Unblended, thick, and all-around average. The benefits: - A weightless, sheer liquid foundation that hydrates skin while providing buildable, natural-looking coverage and sun protection. - Glides onto skin with roller My thoughts: The formula is very thick and sticky, so it can be difficult to blend out with the included applicator. Speaking of the applicator, it was very awkward to use — it was very hard to pump and the ball didn't really work. The look on the skin was very average and thick like a regular foundation, so I don't think it falls under the category of "skin tint." The verdict: The MILK Sunshine Skin Tint is another bust — save your money and opt for a drugstore foundation.Overall, the Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint came out on top for me! I love the fact that it felt like a true serum and tint and not like a foundation and the sunscreen was definitely an added bonus as well! I loved that it was quick and easy to apply unlike the other tints I tested and it definitely will be giving my skin a much-needed break from traditional foundation. My recommendation? The Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint every time!
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