About 6 months ago a lovely follower on Instagram asked if I had any recommendations for tinted facial sunscreens. Aside from the Andalou Naturals BB & CC creams that I reviewed last summer, I hadn’t really dipped my toe in the world of tinted sunscreens at all. Little did I know how difficult it would be to find tinted physical sunscreens that had a nice texture and a high enough SPF.

Tinted sunscreens are great if you don’t wear foundation or just want to create a nice priming base before applying your makeup. I wear them on my regular work and home days but if I was going to be in full sun I would opt for something with a higher SPF like the We Are Feel Good Inc Sensitive SPF 50 sunscreen. It goes without saying that if you want to prevent sun damage, slow down ageing and decrease your risk of skin cancer you should avoid the hottest periods of the day, wear a hat, sunglasses, protective clothing and just be smart about your time in the sun.

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Skin Juice Sun Juice CC Cream SPF 15

What I like about Sun Juice is that it has a lovely light texture and it makes my skin look very dewy and plump. This is no surprise because Skin Juice are a well established skincare company and use lovely botanical ingredients in their products. Because it is only SPF 15, I wear it on days that I know I won’t be exposed to much sun, for example if I’m just going to work that day or staying home and running a few errands. Some people might not have the luxury of owning multiple facial sunscreens so if you want an all rounder, I would suggest opting for something with a higher SPF.

Country of origin: Australia

Active Ingredient: Zinc-Oxide 20%

Shades: One shade offering sheer to light coverage.

Cost: AUD$49.00 for 60ml. Available at The Beauty Edit.

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Invisible Zinc Sheer Defence Facial Moisturiser SPF 50

The first few times I tried to use this sunscreen I was very frustrated. I would do my morning skincare routine, apply this product over the top and it would just make everything ball up like I’ve never seen before! The trick is not to use any facial oils underneath otherwise you will have some serious texture issues. I love facial oils, even in summer, so there is no way I will be ditching them just to accommodate a sunscreen. Instead, this will be my go to “beach” sunscreen because it has an SPF50. The texture of the product itself is light and nice to use plus it’s very affordable and easy to find.

Country of origin: Australia

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 27%

Shades: Light and Medium offering sheer to light coverage. Also available in an un-tinted version.

Cost: AUD$22.00 for 50g. Available at lots of retailers but Chemist Warehouse is the cheapest.

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Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream Tinted SPF 30

This sunscreen has the nicest texture out of all of the ones I have tried and because of this, it makes me want to slather on heaps. It also has lovely ingredients that elevate it to a luxury skincare product status, offering nourishment beyond the sun protection factor. Speaking of which, the active ingredient zinc oxide is at 12% which seems quite low in comparison to the others. I would be curious to know what SPF it would achieve in Australia. Similarly to Sun Juice, this is not a product I would rely on for a beach day but as an every day SPF I am very happy with it. It is the priciest out of all of the sunscreens I have reviewed in this post but if you have the budget for it, it is truly lovely.

Country of origin: USA

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 12%

Shades: One shade available offering sheer coverage.

Cost: AUD$83.00 for 30ml, AUD $143.00 for 60ml. Available at I Am Natural Store.

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Suntegrity 5 in 1 Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF 30

I already love the Suntegrity Natural Moisturising Face Sunscreen & Primer so I had high hopes for their tinted formula. It’s thick but it blends beautifully, sits well under makeup and looks glowy. It looks slightly grainy when it comes out of the pump but this disappears once you warm it up. Because I like to apply a good sized dollop of sunscreen on my face and neck, this one can feel a little bit heavy so I will probably not reach for it much in the peak of the Australian summer. I like that it has ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, cucumber extract and red algae. Please be aware that mineral derived cetyl dimethicone appears about half way down the list. I don’t find it to be particularly silicone-y or to clog my pores like other silicones have in the past.

Country of origin: USA

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20%

Shades: Light, Golden Light and Medium shades offering sheer to light coverage.

Cost: $63.45 for 50g. Available at Free People.

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Juice Beauty Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30

This tinted moisturiser by Juice Beauty is quite similar to the Suntegrity sunscreen. It looks even grainier out of the tube but blends nicely when warmed up. Once blended into the skin, I can’t detect much of a difference in texture between the two but one big difference is that the Juice Beauty one does not contain any cetyl dimethicone. It also contains a different line up of ingredients such as organic juice of apple, white grape and aloe leaf. If I had to choose between the two I would recommend Juice Beauty as it’s more affordable.

Country of origin: USA

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20%

Shades: Ivory, Sand and Tan offering sheer to light coverage. Also available in an untinted version.

Cost: $45.12 for 56.7g. Available at Free People.

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All of the facial sunscreens listed above offer broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays however, some of these are made in the United States that has “looser” regulations. I am waiting for more Australian brands to start making tinted physical sunscreens that have a nice texture and a decent SPF because I definitely think Australia’s regulations are strict for a reason (e.g. no ozone layer down here!). If you live in the land down under, please be conscious of that. It’s hard to find the perfect medium of great texture and high SPF and I think this category still has a long way to go.

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From top to bottom: Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream Tinted SPF30, Skin Juice Sun Juice CC Cream SPF 15, Juice Beauty Tinted Moisturiser SPF30, Suntegrity 5 in 1 Tinted Face Sunscreen and Invisible Zinc Sheer Defence Facial Moisturiser.

Let me know if you’ve tried a tinted physical sunscreen that you have loved by leaving a comment below, or email me and connect with me on Instagram and Facebook. To listen to the latest Fluke podcast, please visit iTunes.

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5 replies on “The search for the perfect tinted sunscreen

  1. Great post! I’ve tried the Juice Beauty one and it was pretty good. I usually just use one pump of foundation to two pumps of sunscreen and I apply it to my face and it works Wel l

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