My hunt for the best tinted moisturizer is over. Beautycounter Dew Skin is the only one I’ll buy from now on, after trying dozens of brands.
About 4 years ago, I posted on Facebook that I was looking for a tinted moisturizer or natural-looking foundation. I had previously tried Laura Mercier, Tarte, and Bare Minerals and didn’t love any of them, which is why I always brand hopped. They were fine, but nothing I was pumped about. I did try a Trish McEvoy Beauty Balm sample that I loved, but when I looked it up, it was a pricey $87. And then, I looked up the ingredients and learned it contained oxybenzone, EDTA and PEGs, which I do my very best to always avoid.
After getting tons of recommendations from friends and readers, I finally settled on Beautycounter’s Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer that my friend/blog reader Ally recommended. It sounded exactly like what I was looking for and after using it for a month, I was OBSESSED. All this time later, I still am. You can see the product here.
That bottle of Dew Skin was my gateway drug into the world of Beautycounter. I had never heard of the brand then, and now it’s a big part of my life. I eventually switched all my skincare and most of my makeup to Beautycounter. (You can see everything I use here.) I find their products work better than the high-end products I was using before and they’re better for my health. Win win. If you’re not familiar with how Beautycounter is different from other brands, read this post.
Beautycounter Dew Skin Review
Okay, let’s dive into why I love it so much!
You really don’t need to use much – just 2-3 pumps, at most — so it lasts forever. I find it lasts about 6-8 months and it costs $45. I was previously paying $40-$60 for tinted moisturizers, BBs, CCs, foundations that ran out in 2-3 months and didn’t really love any of them. You can buy Dew Skin here.
Natural coverage for glowy skin
Once you apply it, it absorbs right into your skin and gives that perfect, dewy, glowing look. I am all about the Dew Skin’s sheer-coverage moisturizer which really helps even out my skin tone. Since so many people are working from home right now, it’s a great option to help you feel like you got ready without putting too much effort into makeup during this crazy time!
Shades are forgiving
Dew Skin’s shades are very forgiving, which is nice since bottles last forever and my tan/pale levels obviously change throughout the seasons. Most of the year I wear No. 1 (fair) or No. 2 (light). If I do get a tan, I wear No. 3 (medium). But it’s so sheer, that even if my skin is a little more pale or a little more tan, I can get away with any of them without that dreaded line from my jaw to my neck. And even though it’s sheer, it still helps even out my skin tone and makes me look a little more polished. It comes in five shades and it’s honestly hard to go wrong unless you choose No 5 when you’re really a No. 1, but this shade chart is handy too.
Can wear alone or layer
Some days I wear only Dew Skin if I want very sheer coverage. But, if I want a little more coverage, it works beautifully under foundation and pairs nicely with concealer. I like the glowy look, but if you prefer a more matte look, just follow it with a powder. (I switched to this Mattifying Powder after I learned that the Laura Mercier one I used previously contains parabens. This explains why to avoid parabens.)
I also like that it has SPF 20 built-in for protection from UVA and UVB rays because I am all about avoiding sun damage to help prevent aging and skin cancer. While I spend most of my day inside working, my home office is in my sunroom so the windows are letting in sunshine all day. I love all the natural light, but I also need to protect my skin!
And, because Beautycounter only uses safer products, the sun protection comes from zinc-oxide, a mineral-based sunscreen, rather than chemical-based ones like oxybenzone or avobenzone found in mainstream sunblock. Chemical-based sunscreens not only damage the coral reefs (they’re actually banned in Hawaii), but they are also endocrine disruptors, which mean they mess with your hormones and can lead to fertility issues. (Source)
And, if I’m going outside just to enjoy some time in the sun, I always make sure I have it on! (Oh, how I miss porch sitting with my sweet girl Maizey!)
How to use it
You can use Dew Skin alone or on top of your moisturizer if you have dry skin. I recommend applying it on top of your moisturizer since it’s not really designed to be used as your main moisturizer and moisturizers have other ingredients to help protect your skin. But, it’s certainly better than nothing. It may take a few minutes to fully absorb given the SPF, so don’t be alarmed if your skin looks a little greasy at first!
Dew Skin has a really light feel to it so it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin like some BBs and CCs I used to wear. I don’t even mind working out in Dew Skin and when I was hitting the gym in the mornings multiple times a week for personal training, I would apply it before my workout. I like just a little bit of coverage before I face the world. 🙂 Most days when I get ready for the day, I follow the Dew Skin with Skin Twin Foundation (review here) for a little more coverage or at the very least, the Skin Twin Creamy Concealer (review here) for my under-eye circles and reddish nose!
At the end of the day, I use the Cleansing Balm to remove my makeup and then follow with my full skincare routine. I like a double cleanse most nights, but it’s not necessary. (If you need skincare help, fill this short form out and I’m happy to help you! I love talking about skincare!)
Dew Skin Ingredients
Dew Skin uses ingredients like black currant, peony flower root extract and Vitamin C to help even and brighten skin. Hyaluronic acid helps boost hydration.
Black currant seed oil:
Evens skin tone and enhances radiance
Peony flower root extract:
Brightens the skin’s complexion
Supports water retention and nutrient absorption, i.e. helps your skin stay hydrated and absorb the other good ingredients in the moisturizer!
Helps enhance skin brightness, evens out skin tones and helps promote firmer, smoother looking skin. Basically, it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines.**
Non-Nano Zinc Oxide:
This is a mineral that protects the skin from sun damage. Like I mentioned above, it doesn’t harm the ocean like other sunblock lotions out there on the market and it doesn’t harm your body either.
I always like knowing what ingredients are in my skincare and makeup, not only for safety purposes but also because I think it’s interesting to know how things work! And, I want skincare and make-up products that WORK. I don’t want a mess every time I use something even if it’s safer (cough, who tried the coconut oil cleansing trend? Guilty) but I definitely don’t want a product that is full of scary ingredients. Finding products that performed well and weren’t a pain to use was actually pretty hard, until I came across Beautycounter. But before that, I just gave up and tried not to think about what I was putting in my body.
Before I got on the Beautycounter bandwagon, I didn’t care that much about skincare safety (or at least I didn’t think I did) until I read up on the company and their mission. Thinking back, it was kind of dumb how careful I was about the food I eat, but I didn’t give much thought to what I slather on my skin (which obviously absorbs into my body). I most definitely do now! Once you learn this stuff, you can’t unlearn it.
The EWG Skin Deep website is super helpful to help you evaluate your current products’ safety. And, if you want more information on how I prioritized what products to switch first (I didn’t overhaul all at once), sign up for my beauty newsletter here.