It wasn’t that long ago that a good mineral sunscreen was hard to find—let alone one that would give your skin some color and coverage. If you’ve been searching for the perfect tinted mineral sunscreen, you’ll be happy to know that now you’ve got more options than ever!
Today I bring you a roundup of the best tinted mineral sunscreens that are sheer and lightweight with an elegant texture & finish, and provide reliable SPF protection — without any white cast!
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Here’s why I love these tinted sunscreens:
- Lightweight and absorb quickly
- Easy to blend, leave NO white cast
- Not sticky or tacky
- Hydrating but not heavy or greasy
- Wear well under makeup without pilling
- Gentle formula doesn’t irritate skin or sting around the eyes
- Great for sensitive skin
Whether you prefer dewy, satin or matte finish, this list has options for every skin tone and type, at all price points! So, here are the best tinted mineral sunscreens with an elegantly lightweight feel and silky sheer finish that’ll make you look forward to applying your SPF daily!
Let’s begin with the drugstore options…
Best Drugstore Tinted Mineral Sunscreens
Available in 4 shades from light to deep, this mineral sunscreen with 21.6% zinc oxide + 3.2% titanium dioxide has a fragrance-free formula that’s water resistant (80 minutes). The sheer tint doesn’t provide any coverage but enhances your skin tone and blurs imperfections while giving you a healthy glow.
The formula is moisturizing but not greasy and has a beautiful satin finish that would be great for all skin types. It also layers easily under makeup with a lightweight feeling.
Formulated with 17.53% zinc oxide, this silicone-free sunscreen has a silky-smooth texture with a sheer peachy tint (warm undertones) that blends in easily with a dewy finish. Best for normal to dry skin, the formula is lightweight but moisturizing and adds a healthy, hydrated glow without being greasy or sticky.
This sunscreen also contains Niacinamide, sea buckthorn oil, kakadu plum extract and vitamin E to provide protection against free radicals. Also, it’s non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) making it suitable for acne-prone skin. Here’s my detailed review.
This tinted mineral sunscreen with 12% zinc oxide has a hydrating, fragrance-free formula that’s also water-resistant for up to 40 min. It has a lightweight fluid serum-like texture that applies smoothly with a moisturizing feel and wears perfectly alone or under makeup.
It has a warm-toned sheer tint that blends in easily and works best for light-medium skin tones. With its dewy finish, the formula is suitable for normal to dry and combination skin. Also, it’s infused with Niacinamide, Tremella mushroom, Raspberry seed, jojoba and vitamin E for antioxidant benefits. It’s silicone-free and non-comedogenic. Also available on Amazon.com
This tinted mineral sunscreen combines 24% zinc oxide for broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with an advanced antioxidant complex – Licochalcone A, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, VItamin E, Vitamin C and Oxynex – to protect against environmental stressors. It comes in one sheer tint that works well for light-to-medium and deep skin tones.
Texture-wise, this sunscreen has a whipped creamy consistency that’s lightweight and applies smoothly without a greasy or sticky feel. It has a noticeable dewy finish that’s best for normal to dry skin. Those with oily skin might find the finish quite shiny! Here’s my detailed review. The formula is fragrance-free and non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
True to its name, this sunscreen has a watery, serum-like texture that blends easily and dries to a velvety skin-like finish. It comes in two shade options: light/medium and medium/dark. For a tinted sunscreen, the coverage is pretty good and evens out skin tone beautifully with sheer to light coverage.
In addition to 13.5% zinc oxide, the formula is also infused with Vitamin C, antioxidant-rich pomegranate seed oil, Ferulic acid and Resveratrol to provide an antioxidant boost and fend off free radicals. Plus, it also contains shea butter, hyaluronic acid and vegan Squalane. The formula is vegan, silicone-free and cruelty-free.
Formulated with 20.8% zinc oxide, this mineral sunscreen is also infused with antioxidants vitamin C and vitamin E, apple cell extract and kakadu plum. Lightweight and sheer, this sunscreen has a warm-toned tint that would work best for light-medium skin tones. Suitable for all skin types, it sets to a natural matte finish and the formula is free of silicones but not fragrance-free.
This is a great sunscreen overall but I noticed that if my skin is really dry or I haven’t exfoliated for a while, this sunscreen doesn’t apply as smoothly and tends to cling to the dry patches on my face.
Check out my Instagram reels below to see the textures of these sunscreens
Now let’s talk about the higher-end formulas….
This is a luxuriously lightweight mineral sunscreen with an ultra-sheer tint that blends seamlessly into all skin tones with a satin finish. Formulated with 22% zinc oxide, it has a silky liquid formula with a barely-there feel and delivers a soft blur effect for the perfect “no-makeup makeup” look.
It also layers well and doesn’t pill or ball up under makeup. Great for all skin types, this sunscreen is non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), vegan, cruelty-free and reef safe.
Formulated with peptides, ceramides, hyaluronic acid and allantoin, this tinted mineral sunscreen with a peachy-pink hue plumps, smoothes and hydrates skin like a serum while protecting against UV damage with 21.7% zinc oxide.
The moisturizing formula melts into skin with a lightweight, comfy feel and provides the perfect base for makeup with a radiant finish. Also, it’s water-resistant, silicone-free, non-acnegenic, vegan and cruelty-free.
Perfect for oily and combination skin, this tinted sunscreen has a very lightweight fluid texture that blurs the look of pores and serves as a makeup primer + SPF in one. The sheer, pore-smoothing formula absorbs quickly with a natural matte finish (yet it doesn’t feel drying)
Besides providing SPF 30 with 10% zinc oxide, the formula also boasts of antioxidant-rich floral extracts like desert rose, hibiscus and jasmine to defend against environmental stressors. Vegan and cruelty-free.
Available in 17 flexible shades to accommodate a variety of skin tones, this 2-in-1 mineral sunscreen (with 12.6% zinc oxide) not only protects skin from sun damage but also provides light-medium buildable coverage with a natural satin finish. It’s lightweight and moisturizing without being greasy, and doesn’t contain any pore-clogging ingredients.
Prickly pear and white sage extract in the formula additionally help protect skin from blue light and free radicals, respectively. The formula is fragrance-free, vegan and cruelty-free.
Enriched with hyaluronic acid, this moisturizing mineral sunscreen comes in a sheer universal tint that blends easily for most skin tones. Along with 15% zinc oxide, the formula also contains antioxidants vitamin C and E plus aloe vera to brighten and nourish skin.
Best for normal to dry skin, it goes on like a lightweight moisturizer and leaves behind a dewy glow that looks fresh, not chalky. Also, it’s reef-safe and cruelty-free.
Formulated with 18% zinc oxide, this tinted mineral sunscreen not only protects skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays and blue light but also doubles as a makeup primer. It comes in one sheer tint that blends seamlessly into the skin, giving it a natural glow without any white cast on all skin tones.
The fragrance-free formula also provides lightweight hydration with a satin matte finish, and is most suitable for normal to oily and combination skin types. Vegan and cruelty-free.
So, these are the best tinted mineral sunscreens you’ll want to wear every single day! Which of these will you be trying first?
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