This Cindy Crawford-Approved Tinted SPF Is Like an IRL "Instagram Filter," According to Shoppers

It goes on silky smooth and hides everything from wrinkles and pores to melasma.
By InStyle
July 19, 2021
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This story originally appeared on by Eva Thomas.

Summer is a difficult time to navigate through the world of makeup. My skin tends to veer to the oily side, so when it's hot and humid, I don't like to wear a full face of anything. The combination of humidity, foundation, and my oily T-zone is a recipe for a mess I just don't want to deal with when I'm out. I prefer lightweight skin tints, but haven't found my holy grail just yet, though I'm currently eyeing Ilia's Super Serum Skin Tint (Buy It, $48, that has Cindy Crawford's stamp of approval.

The supermodel recently shared her summertime beauty routine with The Zoe Report, which includes a well-rounded lineup of hair and skin care products like Rene Furterer's protective hair oil (Buy It, $28, that shoppers say is the "best SPF for hair out there," and this top-rated Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint with SPF 40 that 60-year-old reviewers say gives them porcelain skin like nothing else. See why I was intrigued? 

What makes Ilia's serum so appealing is its inclusion of SPF: It's a two-in-one product (a skin tint-SPF hybrid, if you will) that provides a clean, light coverage, as well as SPF 40 protection. After all, it's a given that you must use SPF year-round, but it's also the first thing too many people forget to apply. With Illia's formula, you're already covered.

"It's a skin tint, an SPF 40, and has a little bit of that glow, so I love that for summer," Crawford shared. And she's not the only one who reaches for the Ilia serum when temps go up. One shopper wrote, "Absolutely love this! Excellent for dry, aging skin. Lovely dewy finish." They added that it even held up for at least eight hours in hot Arizona desert temps. 

Ilia's Super Serum Skin Tint

The formula includes powerhouse ingredients like hyaluronic acid that plumps and hydrates, squalane that balances skin and improves elasticity, and niacinamide that smooths the skin's texture. Per the brand, the top-rated skin tint "evens tone, softens fine lines and imperfection, and dries down to a natural, dewy finish." Sounds like a winner to us.

In addition to all the good-for-you-skin ingredients, shoppers who've used the serum say it goes on silky smooth and blends well, doesn't settle into fine lines and pores (amazing!), and gives skin a glowy, dewy, no-makeup makeup look while still providing ample coverage. One reviewer said it offers enough coverage to conceal their meslama, another mentioned it hides their large pores entirely, so much so that their skin looks like porcelain, while one even said the skin tint is like "a real life Instagram filter." (Related: TikTokers Are Putting This Glowy Skin Tint On Half Their Faces to Prove It's the Perfect Filter)

"I've been looking for this makeup my whole life. Something that smoothed my complexion, yet doesn't cake on, wipe off, and make me breakout," read another review. "It blends, it's weightless, it's a miracle. My skin has never looked better."

This serum checks all the boxes: it stays put in extreme temperatures, conceals, and offers ample protection against UVA, UVB, UVC, blue light, and infrared rays. Shop the serum, plus more of Crawford's summer beauty staples, below.

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