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What’s The Difference Between Skin Tint, Foundation, BB Cream, and Tinted Moisturizer?

Long gone are the days where foundation was the only option for a makeup base. Now, you have foundation, skin tint, tinted moisturizer, BB cream, and more. With so many products comes so many benefits and drawbacks, it can be hard to figure out what’s best for you, your skin tone, and your skin type.

The simplest way to find what’s best for you is to learn about each product and determine what aligns with your makeup goals.

Let’s Recap What We Know About Foundation

Foundation is usually the default option since there are hundreds of different foundations out there. The nice thing is, there’s plenty of different shades so you can - hopefully - find the perfect match for your skin. Between Foundation, BB Cream, Tinted Moisturizer, and Skin Tint, foundation offers the fullest of coverage.

The downside, however, is that foundations are usually formulated to fit one type of skin. For example, a line of foundation might cater to mature skin, while another works best for those with dry skin. This can make things a little difficult because you might find a perfect shade in the wrong formula. This could leave you either to find a foundation shade that doesn’t match as well, or using a foundation that doesn’t really work with your skin type. 

Foundation is also notorious for getting stuck in your pores and causing pesky breakouts if you don’t wash your face regularly and thoroughly. 

Everything To Know About BB Cream

BB Cream - which stands for ‘Beauty Balm Cream’ - originates from Asia and has become popular in the U.S. due to its ability to prime and moisturize your skin while also providing a light coverage to even out your skin tone. Its coverage is light, but typically heavier than a tinted moisturizer.

BB Cream is great for light to medium coverage, and serves as a three-in-one product that eliminates the need for primer and moisturizer. But with any product, it has its drawbacks. If you want something with fuller coverage, BB Cream is not your go-to. Additionally, because of its formula, BB Cream can make your skin look oily and shiny. So if you have oily skin, or don’t want to look oily, BB Cream may not be the best option for you.

The Rundown On Tinted Moisturizer

Tinted Moisturizer is just that - a moisturizer. Its main purpose is to moisturize your skin while adding a slight tint in the process, allowing you to skip the moisturizing step in your beauty routine. If you have dry skin and want light coverage, then tinted moisturizer is a great option for you and your skin type.

Some tinted moisturizers also have SPF to help protect your skin from harmful UV rays. This helps you to skip another step in your beauty routine - using sunscreen! Each tinted moisturizer varies, so it's important to check the SPF level, if any.

Unfortunately, tinted moisturizer isn’t great if you have skin conditions like acne, rosacea, or hyper pigmentation. This is because tinted moisturizer is not meant for full coverage looks and does not do a great job at covering up more than clear skin. 

All About Skin Tint

Red Aspen Skin Tint gives you the best of every world thanks to its ingredients, coverage, and color. Our skin tint is made with good-for-you ingredients that help to nourish your skin, while giving you a stunning finish. Red Aspen Skin Tint includes ingredients like Niacinamide to help brighten and smooth your skin. 

The curse of using many foundation-like products is the way they soak into your pores, but with Red Aspen Skin Tint, that won’t be a problem. Our skin tint is clinically tested to be non-comedogenic. This means it’s formulated to not clog or block pores!

The coverage of skin tint is another great benefit because it’s buildable! If you want a lighter look today, and a full coverage look tomorrow, then go for it! Red Aspen Skin Tint is buildable so you can achieve the look you desire, even if it changes daily. 

Red Aspen Skin Tint comes in 11 flexible and inclusive shades. “What does flexible mean?” - you ask? Great question! When it comes to skin tint, flexible shades means multiple skin types and tones can wear skin tint. Many foundations are formulated to work best with oily skin or even mature skin, but Red Aspen Skin Tint is both flexible and inclusive so no matter your skin type, you’ll look stunning. 

That same flexibility can be said for our shade range as well. Our skin tint is formulated to work with multiple skin tones, which can make buying a shade online less scary! If you think you may be in between shades 9 and 10, then it's very likely either shade would work. You can look at the listed undertone - 9 compliments bronze hues while 10 is a neutral shade - and see what may work best.

Red Aspen Skin Tint Shades and Hues

01- Joyful - Ultra Light: The lightest porcelain neutral shade 

02- Playful - Light: A light neutral shade 

03 - Meaningful - Light Medium: A light medium neutral shade 

04 - Successful - Medium Light: A medium light neutral shade 

05 - Masterful - Medium: A medium neutral shade. Complements light olive shades. 

06 - Hopeful - Medium Tan: A deep medium shade. Complements honey hues.

07 - Cheerful - Tan: A neutral tan shade. Complements olive shades.

08 - Peaceful - Deepest Tan: A deep tan shade. Complements caramel hues.

09 - Powerful - Deep Bronze: A deep bronze shade. Complements bronze hues.

10 - Wonderful - Deep: A deep neutral shade.

11 - Beautiful - Ultra Deep: An ultra deep neutral shade.

For more information on Red Aspen Skin Tint, check out our blog “Upgrade Your Everyday Beauty Routine with Red Aspen Skin Tint”!

So… Which One Is The Best?

It’s hard to pick an overall winner, since each product has its own unique benefits. For a three-in-one product, BB Cream takes the cake. For best sun protection, tinted moisturizer is your go-to. But if you’re looking for something versatile that can check your boxes for ingredients and coverage, Red Aspen Skin Tint is the way to go.

Made to double as skincare, and to fit every skin type, Red Aspen Skin Tint offers coverage ranging from light to full, all depending on what you want! For light coverage, apply a thin layer with our Makeup Sponge or Precision Makeup Sponge. For medium coverage, apply one layer with our kabuki style Buffing Brush. For medium-to-full coverage, apply a second layer with our Liquid Foundation Brush!

Shop Red Aspen Skin Tint!

Now that you have the rundown on everything from BB Cream to Skin Tint, you’re ready to try out the product that’s best for you. 

Get yourself a bottle of Red Aspen Skin Tint, available now at!

Written by: Kelly Ann Asker

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