Foundation vs. Tinted Moisturizer: Which Is Best For Your Skin?

When it comes to deciding between tinted moisturizer and foundation, it really comes down to personal preference. After all, there are many similarities but also many differences between these two products. Therefore, it’s all about deciding on which results you need from your base. Once you know that, you can move onto discovering which products will best provide them. 

Luckily for you, we here at the Anushka Spa & Salon are here to help. Read on as we talk you through the best formulas out there. We’ll recommend our favorites and tell you just what you can expect in terms of application and wear time. The flawless finish of your dreams is right around the corner!

Foundation And Tinted Moisturizer: What’s The Difference?


The most obvious difference between foundation and tinted moisturizer is the amount of coverage that each offers. If you’re looking for coverage as well as color, foundation is probably best for you. That’s because it has a much higher pigment than tinted moisturizers do. Pigment is the fine loose powder element within your foundation that’s responsible for color correction and coverage. It also works to conceal blemishes, pimples, and fine lines.

If, however, a moisturized finish with a hint of color is all you need, we’d recommend the lighter base of a tinted moisturizer. While these low pigment formulas won’t conceal imperfections, they will offer a dewy glow and plenty of moisture. This lightweight finish is what often makes them so popular during the summer months and for those on vacation! 

Cream Foundations

Cream Foundation

Cream foundations are undoubtedly one of the most popular formulas in terms of base options. No matter your age or your skin tone, there will be a cream foundation out there that’s perfect for you. 

Why do we love them? Aside from the fact they’re great for all skin types and complexions, cream foundations are easily applied. They create a buildable base which means you can make your coverage as light or heavy as you desire! Also, you can touch them up with ease throughout the day. Cream foundations show no signs of cracking or caking either. So, even when you’ve gone for complete coverage, it’ll look so natural, nobody will know your beauty secret! 

If this sounds like the perfect foundation for you, we have an incredible recommendation. The Velvet Lifting Foundation by Makeup Factory. This luxurious, velvety formula is creamy-smooth and provides an instant, soft-focus look. Due to its intuitive pigments and fine gold particles, it effectively softens fine lines too. As if that wasn’t enough, this foundation is also proven to visibly lift your skin. This is thanks to the anti-aging ingredient, Matrixyl™ which supports the reduction of wrinkles. Meanwhile, the inclusion of polysilicon-11 creates a firmer appearance in conjunction with Poly-Lift® which smooths the skin. Finally, its hyaluronic acid content effectively plumps and moisturizes your skin for a long-lasting, youthful finish.

Oil-Free Foundations

Oil-Free Foundations

Adding liquid foundation with excess oil to oily skin is never a great idea. Not only will your skin appear shiny and wet rather than dewy, it’ll also mess with your skin’s natural balance. That’s why oil-free foundations are such a great option for those with oily skin. Instead of that greasy shine which causes all of your other makeup to become displaced, you’ll be left with a gorgeous matte finish instead. This is because oil-free foundations work to actively reduce that shine. Especially in key areas such as the nose, forehead, and chin. 

So, which oil-free foundation do we recommend and swear by? The 3-1 Foundation-Powder Concealer Matte Foundation by Makeup Factory It’s available in 10 gorgeous shades, all of which contain special oil-binding substances that reduce oily shine. Additionally, it has a light texture for even application that’s simply perfect, even in super hot weather. Once applied, you’ll notice visibly reduced pores and a dreamy airbrushed finish like never before. 

This foundation also contains hyaluronic acid which keeps your skin fresh and moist without creating shine. It’s perfect for those with acne too as it covers imperfections whilst remaining gentle and light to the touch.

CC Cream & CC Foundations

CC Foundations

Familiar with BB creams but wondering what the benefits of CC creams and CC Foundations are? We can explain! Whilst BB stands for blemish balm or beauty balm, CC, stands for color correcting. Therefore, CC creams offer all the benefits that BB creams do with the added help of correcting any imperfections. 

When it comes to CC foundations, you’re looking at a base that offers color correction with even more coverage! We can’t get enough of the CC Foundation SPF 10 by Makeup Factory. This luxurious formula reduces brown spots and blemishes for an even finish. It also contains Cayoma® olive, an extract from olive leaves and fruits. This aids color correction and also protects your skin from premature aging and free radicals. Meanwhile, its Gatuline® In-tense extract from subtropical flowers improves the density and firmness of the skin. This tightens your complexion and visibly reduces age lines alongside the SPF 10. 

Simply apply your base using the Makeup Factory Multi-Talent makeup artists brush for a flawless finish!

Tinted SPF 

We all know that when it comes to skincare, protecting ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays is a must! As much as we want to perfect our makeup base for a silky smooth finish, we need to start with protection. That’s why finding a tinted SPF that really works is so amazing! We get all the anti-aging benefits of sunscreen whilst also preventing damaged or dry skin. 

Not sure where to start? No problem. The Sheerfoam Body & Face Tinted Sunscreen is everything you’ll ever need. This patented, universally tinted mineral sunscreen gives your skin weightless protection. Also, it dries virtually invisible on every complexion and won’t degrade in the sunlight. If you’re taking in on vacation you’ll also be glad to know it’s reef-friendly and water-resistant for 40 minutes. No other SPF 30 leaves a dewy finish quite like Sheerfoam Body & Face Sunscreen does!