What’s New In (Mostly) Tinted Sunscreen: 11 Of The Best To Try Now

You know I’m always harping on about wearing sunscreen every. single. day. It’s essential and the first piece of advice I give anyone when they ask me what my number one anti-aging non-negotiable is. I wear a sunscreen for my face or tinted sunscreen 365 days a year. Rain or shine. SPF blocks free radicals emitted by UV light, which causes skin to deteriorate. This can cause everything from fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, skin laxity and even skin cancer.

New Tinted Sunscreens

But I have to admit I prefer the sunscreens I wear on my face to be some sort of complexion-balancing tinted primer. I apply these base-products over a clean, freshly serumed and moisturized face to even out my skin tone, before my foundation. Yes, they used to not combine well with makeup but boy have they come a long way. Many tinted sunscreens even have skin-enhancing benefits like vitamins and antioxidants.

Keep in mind tinted sunscreens come in various formulas (liquid, cream, powder) and finishes (dewy, matte, satin), and feature sheer, medium and full-coverage options. Whether you’re looking for an incredible all-in-one product or just want to double up on your SPF, tinted sunscreens are the answer. Just remember to reapply every couple of hours. Especially of you are headed outdoors or driving in your car (harmful UVA rays penetrate the windows).


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11 Best Tinted Sunscreens for Your Face

There are some new sunscreens on the market which I had a chance to try. They range from SPF 15 all the way up to broad-spectrum SPF 50. Plus they come in mineral, chemical and hybrid formulas. But I have to admit, no SPF 15 made the cut because I feel that’s too low.

Here are my picks of tinted sunscreens and primers that protect, correct, blur and more.

1. Wander Beauty Pack Up & Glow Priming SPF Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Mineral Sunscreen, $36

This primer sunscreen is meant to be used pre-makeup, but if you like light, sheer coverage you may want to use it solo. Most mineral SPFs deposit a white, chalky cast, but not this one. It will give your skin a gorgeous, peachy-gold glow that enhances any skin tone. This sheer lightweight formula protects against UVA/UVB rays, free radicals and blue light while preventing moisture loss and photoaging. Pack Up & Glow is a blend of moisturizing squalane, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants vitamin D and green tea that repairs as it protects. 

2. ISDIN Eryfotona Ageless Tinted Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 Zinc Oxide, $66.50

Always a dermatologist favorite, this lightweight broad spectrum UVA/UVB and SPF 50 tinted sunscreen will give you a flawless finish. It’s one of my personal faves.

3. The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 with Antioxidants, $11.98

Before you get too excited about the price, this one is not tinted. However, it made the cut because it has antioxidants, is moisturizing and plays well with makeup. I thought from the packaging it had tint so I was a little bummed to find it didn’t. But when I saw how well my foundation applied after it had dried for 10 minutes, I was sold.

4. SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair SPF 34 Sunscreen Tinted, $70

Using an advanced antioxidant complex, this slightly tinted restorative formula goes beyond UVA and UVB protection. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improves the skin’s texture and evens skin tone with sheer coverage.

5. Naturally Serious Mineral Sun Defense Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30, $36

This super-hydrating moisturizer with a universal vanishing tint shields skin from aging UVA/UVB rays with broad spectrum SPF 30 mineral sunscreen. Skin-loving vitamin E, green tea, pomegranate and goji berry provide powerful anti-oxidant benefits, while avocado oil, argan oil and shea butter nourish and moisturize.

6. Glo Skin Beauty Tinted Primer SPF 30, $44

The coverage of this mineral-based primer is so good I can actually forgo foundation. The tinted semi-matte formula comes in four shades that can be built up to medium coverage.

7. Alastin HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36, $64

This lightweight, moisturizing all-mineral sunscreen evens and brightens skin with a glowing tint that is good for most skin tones. Powerful antioxidants help protect skin from pollution, IR rays and blue light. And it doesn’t leave white residue. It’s for good reason it won SHAPE Magazine’s “Best Tinted Moisturizer 2021” Beauty Award.

8. TiZO Ultra Zinc Tinted Mineral Sunscreen For Body & Face With Antioxidants C & E SPF 40, $45

This sunscreen from Tizo has been one of my favorites for years, but it has been updated and reformulated. This light-weight, mineral-based cream works to reflect and refract harmful rays. The gentle formula soothes and calms skin while antioxidants defend against free radical damage.

9. EltaMD UV Elements Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 44, $40

Another one preferred by dermatologists, EltaMD UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44 protects skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays to prevent premature signs of aging and burning. The tinted formula masks imperfections while protecting skin from harmful environmental aggressors. Hyaluronic acid quenches dry skin while antioxidants combat free radicals.

10. Neutrogena Mineral UV Tint Face Liquid Sunscreen SPF 30, $16.99

Here’s a tinted sunscreen that you can pick up at the drugstore for a great price. This tinted broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen improves the look of your skin, while blurring visible imperfections to give you a radient glow. It is available in 4 lightweight shades, each containing 100% mineral actives and antioxidant vitamin E to help prevent sun-induced wrinkles, dark spots and discoloration. It layers easily under makeup, leaves no white cast behind and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.Formulated without fragrance, parabens and oxybenzone, this one is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

11. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF 50, $37.99

If you can score one from France even better (read “Sunscreens: Myths, Facts and What You Need To Know” to find out why). But this lightly tinted

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Read some of my other beauty posts like 11 Of The Best Concealers For Mature Skin and 11 of The Best Creams To Try for Skin Barrier Repair.

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2 thoughts on “What’s New In (Mostly) Tinted Sunscreen: 11 Of The Best To Try Now”

  1. Hey- great article and very helpful. Fl. sun everyday is fantastic but protection is a must. Yep- you had me faked out at the photo of the products. I saw The Ordinary and went “what?”. Then read the article- great to know and I do like a clear sunscreen also as many times the tinted can accidentally rub off on things.
    Thanks again Lauren….Happy Sunshine- Happy Defense-Sunscreen daily!!


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