I’ve always struggled with the foundation part of my makeup routine. I like my makeup to look natural, but I also want to cover breakouts and even out my skin tone. The trick is to find a foundation that gives me the coverage I desire without looking (or feeling) thick and cake-y.
In search of this perfect balance, I’ve tried all types of formulas, applicators and products from the priciest of buys to the most affordable. Then I landed on First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer, $28.
Already a fan of First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration, I couldn’t wait to give the brand’s tinted moisturizer a try. I first noticed its incredible hydration—thanks to vitamin E and hyaluronic acid—which makes it the perfect pick for my winter skin that I can never keep flake free. It’s also SPF 30, ensuring that I have sun protection even in the darker months when I tend to forget my sunscreen.
Since it is so hydrating, this product feels slippery when first applied, which initially was a turnoff. Given some time, however, the formula settles in so it doesn’t leave the skin looking greasy. Instead, my complexion appears just radiant enough to look healthy. Just a light layer is enough to cover up redness without it looking makeup-y. Ingredients like colloidal oatmeal and allantoin also calm irritation, especially around my nose and cheeks.
At $28 per tube, it’s not the least expensive tinted moisturizer on the market. However, since the product is quite pigmented, a little goes a long way, and my 1-ounce tube has lasted me since July! It’s just about empty now, but I’ll be making a Sephora run for a new one soon. And I don’t remember the last time I ran to Sephora for anything.