Rare Beauty Tinted Moisturizer

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6.8Expert Score
Rare Beauty Tinted Moisturizer
I don’t think this Rare Beauty Tinted Moisturizer is a bad product, as I’ve seen multiple benefits; however, this is sadly not the right tinted moisturizer for me. I believe texture/pores and dry patches are the biggest reason why I couldn’t make this work for me.
Ease of Use
  • Contains SPF 20
  • It is lightweight and non-sticky
  • It doesn’t look or feel greasy
  • Separated around my nose and cheeks
  • Layed on top of my skin
  • Isn’t the most long-wearing

I’ll be honest; I really wanted to like the Rare Beauty Tinted Moisturizer because I love the brand’s mission to celebrate diversity and inclusion. Plus, I have a couple of other products, such as the Soft Pinch Blushes, that I love.

So when Rare Beauty revealed its tinted moisturizer launch, I was intrigued, so I decided to try it. I was really hoping that I would like it, but unfortunately, it just didn’t work for me. Why? Let me explain.

Rare Beauty Tinted Moisturizer Review 

I usually don’t have much luck with Rare Beauty base products such as foundation and concealer. Especially the concealer didn’t want to work for me. And again, this Tinted Moisturizer did give me a hard time. Every time I applied it, I struggled.

However, in the end, I could make it look quite good. This is why I didn’t want to give up my hopes of loving this eventually. But after trying lots and lots of times, I have to conclude that this isn’t the right tinted moisturizer for me. Even though I’ve noticed some positive sides as well, due to the struggle, I don’t see myself reaching for it anymore now that I’m done testing it.

I did half my face with just the tinted moisturizer to show you how it evens out the skin and the overall look compared to my actual skin. In the picture taken from the side, you can still see some clinging to the dry patches around my nose (even though this was the best time it ever looked) on the tip of my nose. It blended better on the dryer parts of my cheeks this time, for the first time.


The formula is actually quite nice if I ignore the way it looks on me most of the time. The formula feels lightweight on the skin, looks dewy but not greasy, and has quite some pigment. I also like that it has SPF, so I’m always protected. I didn’t notice or feel the SPF in any way; the formula doesn’t stay sticky as some sunscreens can make you feel. Formula-wise I genuinely think this is a great product!


I usually hate applying products with my hands, but in this case, it’s the best way to apply this Rare Beauty Tinted Moisturizer. If I used my hands to rub the product into the skin and then used a damp makeup sponge to dab everything into its place, it looked its best.

If you’re still more into applying it with a brush, try a really dense brush (something like the Sephora Collection Foundation Brush #70) for the best effect.

Application is quite easy, except when you have textured skin or dry patches. I believe this is why the tinted moisturizer seriously separated and looked horrible around my nose and cheeks. These are my dry areas, and pores are also playing a part in this.


I was surprised by the pigmentation! As this is a Tinted Moisturizer, it isn’t supposed to be full coverage, obviously. However, the Rare Tinted Moisturizer gave enough pigment to even out my skin tone and give me a fresh look. It covers while still very natural-looking and lightweight, which is very lovely!


The Rare Beauty Tinted Moisturizer stays on for quite a while, but during the day, it starts to fade slightly. I think a primer could improve the longevity; however, if I wore a primer beneath this it only made it looks worse for some reason so I eventually wore this without any primer for the best visible results.

The parts where it already looked separated became worse during the day and even started to crumble/pill a bit.


  • Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Skin Tint: I think the Fenty Skin Tint is a great alternative to the Rare Tinted Moisturizer, as the Skin Tint also has that lightweight, comfortable formula and the same evening out the skin; however, the finish is more on the matte side and doesn’t contain any SPF.
  • bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer: This is probably one of the best tinted moisturizers I’ve ever tried, so definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for an alternative. The bareMinerals Complexion Rescue also contains SPF, is comfortable, leaves a dewy finish, and is lightweight. The only con would be the prices, compared to the Rare Beauty price.

Final Verdict

I don’t think this Rare Beauty Tinted Moisturizer is a bad product, as I’ve seen multiple benefits; however, this is sadly not the right tinted moisturizer for me. My nose and close to the under eye area looked separated 9 of the ten times, laid on top of my skin, got only more crumbled and separated during the day, and didn’t look good.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my recent stories on how this Tinted Moisturizer all of a sudden looked amazing on me (I was freaking shocked) when I wanted to take close-up photos from the separation as I forgot to do earlier. Clearly, it can work; if it works, it looks amazing!

This Tinted Moisturizer is probably not the ideal option for people with very dry skin/dry patches or people with quite some texture. I feel like this is the problem for me!

What Is The Rare Beauty Tinted Moisturizer

This weightless, breathable, tinted formula blends like moisturizer into a blurred, hydrated, naturally radiant, and non-sticky finish that lasts. With built-in Broad Spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen plus vitamin E, you get the sun protection you need, minus the ick of traditional sunscreens. Never sticky or greasy, your skin feels nice and moisturized. This tinted moisturizer is non-comedogenic.

How To Use

Shake it up, then massage a few drops into the skin using your fingertips. Or, if you want, use a brush or damp beauty sponge to blend. For extra coverage, add a few more drops.

Things To Note

The Rare Beauty Tinted Moisturizer is free of parabens. It is also vegan and cruelty-free.

Where To Buy

The Rare Beauty Tinted Moisturizer is available at the Rare Beauty website rarebeauty.com and Sephora.


PRODUCT NAMEPositive Light tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
WEIGHT1 Oz. / 30 ml.


Active ingredients:
Homosalate: 9.0%
Titanium Dioxide: 1.8%
Zinc Oxide: 0.9%

Inactive ingredients: Water/Aqua, Dimethicone, Talc, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isododecane, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Isopentyldiol, Sorbitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Magnesium Sulfate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Potassium Sorbate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Lecithin, Benzoic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Alumina, Dehydroacetic Acid, Propylene Carbonate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Nymphaea Odorata Root Extract, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

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