SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer
1.7 fl. oz. for $42
Category:Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Tinted Moisturizer w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer has an in-part titanium dioxide–based sunscreen, and the silicone-based formula has a light but noticeably moist feel on the skin. The colors are exceptional and include options for porcelain to dark skin tones. This is an outstanding tinted moisturizer for normal to slightly dry skin. As expected, coverage is sheer and even. The tiny amount of fragrance chemicals is not cause for concern, though without question the formula would be better off without them.

This product was reformulated and repackaged in mid-2011, but the ingredient list remained nearly identical to the previous version. The most notable change was the removal of the paraben preservative system.

Note: This foundation’s rating is due to its overall performance rather than its SPF rating. Due to concerns about people not applying sunscreen liberally enough to get the amount of SPF protection stated on the label, it is often recommended to look for SPFs with ratings higher than 15. If you plan to use foundation as your sole source of facial sun protection, consider using one rated SPF 20 or greater. If the foundation with sunscreen you choose is rated less than an SPF 20, we strongly advise applying it over a daytime moisturizer rated SPF 15 or greater and following it with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater. That way, you’re ensuring sufficient broad-spectrum protection which is essential for having and maintaining healthy, younger-looking skin at any age.


Active: Octinoxate 7.5%; Titanium Dioxide 3%; Inactive: Water, Phenyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraoctanoate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Petrolatum, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Steareth-21, Glyceryl Sterate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Steareth-2, Potassium Stearate, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Polysorbate 80, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide

Brand Overview

Bobbi Brown At-A-Glance

Strengths: A good cleanser and eye makeup removers; some impressive foundations, with options for all skin types and preferences; very good blushes and eyeshadows (powder and cream); several top-notch mascaras; the Gel Eyeliner and Shimmer Brick are impressive; mostly excellent brushes..

Weaknesses: As with most Lauder-owned companies, the well-formulated moisturizers are hindered by jar packaging, which compromises the effectiveness of light- and air-sensitive ingredients; several otherwise effective products marred by irritating fragrant oils or fragrance components; concealers and lip glosses are unimpressive; CC cream leaves skin looking worse, not better.

It all began with lipsticks. In 1991, New York based makeup artist Bobbi Brown debuted a collection of ten lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman, expecting to sell about one hundred units in a month. She sold more than that the first day. From there, it's been mostly success after success, as Brown launched her classic foundation stick, wrote her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Resource, and enjoyed continued attention as an in-demand makeup artist and beauty educator.

The popularity of the line, particularly the makeup, did not go unnoticed by Estee Lauder, who acquired Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in 1995. Since Lauder has been at the helm the line has expanded well beyond what Brown likely envisioned back in the early 1990s, and it now includes fragrance and body-care products, among others. Yet it is Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations (though the ones without sufficient UVA protection disappoint), true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to a woman's classic makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many women, it's one-stop shopping that combines classic makeup application techniques with enough fun-yet-functional products to keep customer's interest piqued season to season.

Turning to the skin-care collection, there isn't a great deal to say or extol. The prices are rather steep, especially when you consider how many well-intentioned products use jar packaging, and fragrant irritants are a common thread, including in most of the sunscreens, which is a shame. Color is Bobbi Brown's strong point, but you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of mostly inadequate or problematic skin-care products.

For more information about Bobbi Brown, owned by Estee Lauder, call (877) 310-9222 or visit www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

Bobbi Brown Makeup

We admire Brown's latest philosophy on beauty. She says, "The secret to beauty is simple—be who you are." No arguments here! However, it's clear from promotional materials for this line that Brown believes being who you are should involve some amount of makeup, a concept many women may disagree with. Still, there's no question that the right makeup, applied and blended correctly, can make a world of positive difference to a woman, and in this regard Brown's counter staff is well-prepared. It was nice to overhear the makeup artists explaining step-by-step application tips to customers, rather than just pushing products. With just a few exceptions, this is a makeup collection its namesake creator should be proud of—not only for the products, but also for the level of service and education provided.

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Great Color Choices, Excellent Product!

I have always liked sheer coverage in my foundations and can't use anything with octisalate. Texture-wise, the Tinted Moisturizer is thick and creamy, but the coverage is sheer. The initial dewy glow drys down to a satin matte finish and my skin feels comfortable, although I still need a moisturizer/serum under this. GREAT color selections! Coverage last 8+ hours. Tube packaging is easy to use/store. Only thing that could make this better in my opinion would be a higher SPF. Pricey but worth it!

Reviewed by
Susan G
Just OK.

Being the foundation hoarder that I am, I veered off of Paula's line to try Bobbi's. Have to say, Paula's Barely There Tinted Moisturizer is much better. This tinted moisturizer was too fragrant for starters. When you can still smell it on your face after you apply, it's too much. It's also pretty heavy for a tinted moisturizer. Maybe that's just me. I like them sheer. It also was looked really dry on my face after the day. Like it was sloughing off. I'll be returning it.

Reviewed by
Stef P.
I've Stopped Using This

I've been using Bobbi Brown for a long time and have been particularly happy with their foundation products since I always get a good color match. Through my twenties and thirties, my uber-oily skin limited my foundation options to oil-free, ultra-matte textures. I have matured to a true combination complexion (oily nose, dry forehead, normal everywhere else) and I love tinted moisturizers. I've worn Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer in Alabaster regularly and kept a tube in my office for the last two years. It smooths on nicely and leaves a creamy, pretty finish. I've also used it around my eyes without problems. I am discontinuing use of this and all Bobbi Brown products due to use of animal testing in this product line.

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A M.
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