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theBalm BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer SPF 18, 2.15 fl. oz.

This weightless, silky-smooth tinted moisturizer with SPF 18 offers sun protection for everyday drama while helping to improve the look of your skin’s tone and texture, leaving you with a polished complexion.

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A nice little bit of coverage

I tried this tinted moisturizer because I dont like to wear foundation, I find most brands are too thick, sticky & I tend to sweat during the day and foundation just becomes a big smeared mess. I was very happy with theBalm tinted moisturizer, it smells kinda like beachy sunscreen, it goes on smooth and blends well, looks like I’m not wearing makeup, but my face just looks fresh & evens out my red splotches without covering up my awsome freckles. I like that after a day of wearing it my face didnt feel sticky or heavy with makeup. A++ in my book 🙂

Sharron Nisbet, PA


I usually have clear, even toned skin. However, when my husband and i started the IVF process my skin turned into a teenagers. So i went to a make up specialist in town and had her teach me to cover my acne professionally. She used this product. It’s tinted enough that when she was applying it i thought it was a foundation. However, when its on, it covers up my acne pretty well and evened out my now uneven tone skin. She then used “Senna “Neutral” Light concealer to cover just the acne spots. My face looked amazing. So, all in all, this product did not cover up my acne enough for me. But with this product and touch up concealer your skin looks so even and beautiful! I will use this product even when my skin HOPEFULLY comes back to normal!UPDATE Sept 2 2013::Ive been using this product for a couple years now. I still Absolutely love it. Im now a mother of TWINS Which means I do not have the time to do my make up. So i put on my daily moisturizer and than throw this on. Thats it (most days)! It still evens my skin tone out wonderfully. I am so so so happy with this product. I bought my last one in April and it is now Sept and i am here ordering another one. That is a full 5 months using it DAILY!!!

Dawn Comstock, MI

So far so good……

I’m loving this right now, I’ve used Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer for that last 2 years, very expensive. If this stuff works out, I’m going to be so happy. It’s winter here in Colorado, need to use a moisturizer under this tinted moisturizer, but that’s ok. Going to Cabo for the super bowl and that will be the big test, if it with stands the heat there, the dry here…..then it will definitely be my go to product. I’ve bought many a tinted moisturizers and have never really found a true perfect match, oh and I got the med. which is perfect for my non-tan winter skin. Not sure what I would do in the summer, probably be too light in the summer. ;(

Allison Southfield, MA

Not bad, great for pool/beach make up

I bought this to use as "foundation" for going to the pool in Mexico. I have to say this coupled with theBALMs Hot Mama blush and a little bronzer is awesome. Has sunscreen in it, evens skin tone just enough, and moisturizes. Will be my forever beach make up!

Jeannette Gap, PA

I’m So Happy!

I have been looking for a tinted moisturizer with sunblock and this is PERFECT! It feels so light to the touch. It blends in nicely and smooths out the look of my face. My favorite part is that it has sunblock. I also like the fact that it does not have a scent. (If it does it must be very soft) I purchased the light/medium and cannot say enough about how pleased I am with this purchase. It shipped very fast and I will be purchasing this product again.

Mavis Proctorville, NC

too orange

The color is too orange for my skin tone. And ut seems to wash offwith in a tew hrs. It blends nicely and is not too thick.

Katherine Shock, WV

Ok tinted moisturizer

I have been looking for a good tinted moisturizer and this one came close. Unfortunately it was too dark and very shiny (too dewy). I did like the coverage and the feel of it, but I had to return it.

Maritza Nunnelly, TN

Love this SPF tinted moisturizer! Smooth application and evens out skin tone, plus works well with all of my foundations!

I generally like a little more coverage than this offers. I have mature skin and I CAN go with just this Balm Shelter after using primer.However, I like a little more coverage so typically apply one of my liquid foundations once this Balm Shelter has had time to settle in my skin.This is THE best SPF tinted moisturizer I’ve ever used! Because either used alone (if you don’t need much coverage and just want a fresh, evened-out skin tone) or if applying foundation later, it meshes SO well with any and all of my foundation brands!Highly recommend!

Miriam Martinsburg, NY

too thick

this tinted moisturizer is more like a liquid foundation. It is very opaque and a bit dull . The color is not flattering; as it appears a bit on the orange side.

Ladonna North Olmsted, OH

Tinted Moisturizer

This is the first time I have tried this product and I was very surprised how dry it felt. I will actually have to blend it in another mositurizer so I don’t think that’s a good thing. BUT if you are looking for something dry in a tube this is the right product for you.

Bettie Boyd, MN

almost a great product

this product causes me to break out every time i try to use it, other then that if you are not acne prone this is a great product, it feels good on the skin and not greasy and gives a nice even tone, it gives a dewy finish

Cherry Orient, WA

Was disappointed after reading all the great reviews

Meh…Really not all that impressed. Was disappointed after reading all the great reviews. Seems very thick and much darker than I expected. More like a foundation than a light tinted moisturizer. Won’t be buying this again – and The Great Tinted Moisturizer Search continues…

Marietta Lebanon, TN

Good coverage

This reasonably priced moisturizer gives medium coverage and also provides sunscreen. Goes on smoothly and is good for everyday use.

Shana Holdingford, MN

I really love this

I will probably use this more in the warmer months when I have a bit of a tan and tend not to use foundation. It gives nice light coverage without feeling like your wearing anything.

Jacklyn Andrews Air Force Base, MD

Finally found my perfect tinted moisturizer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!~

Natural. FINALLY, something truly natural-looking!A little background on my skin. I have very pale skin withpeach and red undertones. I have a lot of redness andblotchiness from acne in my past, and a few pimples in mypresent. For years I picked at my skin and subjected it to harshchemicals which ultimately made it worse for me (don’t do that,ladies!! If you have acne…the more gentle the better!) I wentback to basics with cleansing with coconut oil and baking sodaon exfoliation days and my skin has cleared up dramatically.I like to let my skin breathe and this lets it BREATHE. It hasjust enough coverage and gives you a glow that makes youlook super-healthy without shimmer or orange bull crap that youwould get in luminizers and bronzers. I feel naturally beautiful withthis. My only gripe is that I haven’t been able to find out so far whetheror not this product is cruelty-free, which is pretty important for me.UPDATE: I still love this tinted moisturizer, but I have to say that it does tend to oxidize a loton the skin during daily wear. If you leave some in the cap you can see that as well, as it getsa lot darker. I also find that this is a little too dark if touched up during the day.

Lynette Harmony, CA

Good for the summer

I like this moisturizer, unless you have major issues with your skin it is sufficient enough to use in place of foundation. It is light weight, I enjoy using it during the summer (especially since it has some spf)

Lorraine Elliott, SC

my new fave tinted moisturizer

I love this stuff and will definitely repurchase. I am working on finishing up Laura Mercier ™ (previously considered my “best” tinted moisturizer). I find theBalm’s product to be a bit thicker than LM’s, gives better coverage, and it lasts better on my skin. I get a “your skin but better” look from this. The peachy-colored tube may throw you off, but that is not indicative of the color of the product inside. I bought the LIght shade in theBalm; I wear Nude shade in LM TM. There is also a shade lighter than Light, but I’ve only seen it on theBalm’s website.

Ina Orlando, OK


The colour is a little darker than I’d thought – but it’s a great product. Love the ingredients list, love the staying power (haven’t used with a primer yet or worn in the summer/sweat). Since it is darker than my skin tone, I’ve mixed it with a too light bb cream – and it works perfectly. Blends very well. Also have worn it on it’s own when I want to look like I’ve got a healthy bit of sun.My advice is dont apply with a brush – use your fingers or damp sponge. I prefer the sponge – only takes a small amount for your whole face and blend into the neck.Your mileage may vary.Love their matte eyeshadows and finishing powders as well. WONDERFUL products.

Lindsey Rogers, KY


“CAUTION: YOU CANNOT RETURN THIS! I did try to return it and was told it was non-returnable. I did not like it at first (too dry), but after putting it on with a moist sponge, the good news is I think it’s OK. HOWEVER, I do prefer Olay’s 7 tinted moisturizerOlay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging UV Moisturizer, SPF 15, 1.7 Ounce9/2/13Despite some glowing reviews, I would have to drop this to a 2 star… I really wanted to like it…but it is heavy and NOT a tinted moisturizer on my face. If you have mature skin, head for a true tinted moisturizer. This is more like foundation.

Luella Quinn, SD

Great with one tiny flaw

I love how this makes my skin look and feel. The coverage is great on my fair skin and with the SPF it helps for the times I am outside. the only down side is that I have sensitive eyes and when I put the balm under my eyes they water up like Niagara falls. Ill just have to keep it away from my under eye area.

Gertrude Butler, OK

Love it so much!!

It’s the fourth time I bought it. It is the best make up product ever!!!Honestly, I tried a bunch of expensive foundations and tinted moisturizes, and nothing can compete with the Balm Shelter. It is so makes your skin look very smooth, covers redness and not visible at all. I have normal skin, and I like that this product doesn’t make my skin look oil, nor does it dry my skin. And it is also a sunscreen! Honestly, it doesn’t do a lot of moisturizing, but it’s a make up product, so it’s completely ok with me.

Irene Perkinston, MS