Editor's Picks: 16 of the Best Tinted Mineral Sunscreens for Your Face

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Just a few years ago, it was hard to find a good SPF 30 mineral sunscreen—let alone one with a tint!

Fortunately, that's no longer the case. Anyone who has experienced the notorious white cast from physical sunscreens will be happy to know that there are now PLENTY of non-whitening, tinted SPF alternatives.

Tinted sunscreen is also ideal if you're looking for a little more coverage, to perhaps even replace your usual BB or CC cream, tinted moisturizer or foundation.

What's more, you don't have to sacrifice on sun protection. The options below all meet or come very close to my criteria for sunscreens. That means they've got high enough levels of active ingredients to shield you from both UVA and UVB rays.

Now, there's no reason not to use a mineral SPF!

The Best Tinted Sunscreens

Tinted sunscreen

Tinted sunscreens from Juice Beauty, Drunk Elephant, W3ll People, Avène, Suntegrity, Ava Isa and Beautycounter.

First up, I'm sharing the best tinted sunscreens I've tried (so far), along with swatches so you can see them on the skin. Here's what I look for to prevent sun damage:

  • Zinc oxide: For complete UVA and UVB protection, I like to see at least 20 percent zinc oxide. (Or 15 to 20 percent zinc oxide with at least 7.5 percent titanium dioxide.) Note: I've included a few formulas that come close to these figures!
  • PUFA-free or low-PUFA: PUFAs are polyunsaturated fatty acids—unstable oils that interact with UV light to cause skin damage. They shouldn't be present in high concentrations (I look at the first five to 10 ingredients).
  • Free of AHAs and vitamin A: These ingredients can increase sun sensitivity (none are present in the products here!).

I've also noted the silicone, fragrance, and paraben content, and which products are cruelty-free and water-resistant.

Ready to discover your best tinted sun cream? Read on!

Ava Isa Aurora Rose Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Silicone-free Fragrance-free ✓Paraben-free ✓Cruelty-free

Ava Isa Aurora Rose Tinted SPF 45

Ava Isa Aurora Rose Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen. (Note: Final packaging will be in a larger 80 mL tube.)

Ava Isa Aurora Rose Tinted SPF 45 (swatches)

Swatches of Ava Isa Aurora Rose Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen.

Ava Isa Aurora Rose Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen is part of a new range from The Sunscreen Company. (They also make CyberDerm, another amazing SPF.) I think Ava Isa is their best sunscreen yet!

This comes in one tint, a nude-rose with subtle shimmer (as well as a matte, non-tinted version). I would describe the texture as a light cream-gel that dries down to feel like nothing is on your skin. And it's silicone-free!

It's the highest SPF they've offered to date (SPF 45), even though it only contains 15 percent zinc oxide. As outlined in my sunscreen ingredients tutorial, that would usually amount to an SPF 24. The reason it's higher is because they're now using a patent-pending, certified organic material that increases the UV protection by 60 percent.

This is different than what many companies are doing to get high SPF numbers—adding anti-inflammatories and antioxidants to their formulas. Because of the flawed way SPF ratings are calculated, ingredients that reduce redness will give a formula a higher "score." Even if it has low levels of actives and is not actually more protective!

The bottom line? Ava Isa is a TRUE SPF 45—you won't be disappointed!

Avène Complexion Correcting Shield SPF 50+

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free Fragrance-free ✓Paraben-free 

Avene Complexion Correcting Shield SPF 50

Avène Complexion Correcting Shield SPF 50+ in Light, Medium and Dark.

Avene Complexion Correcting Shield SPF 50 (swatches)

Swatches of Avène Complexion Correcting Shield SPF 50+ in Light, Medium and Dark.

If you're looking for a closer colour match, and the feel of a tinted moisturizer, Avène Complexion Correcting Shield SPF 50+ could be for you.

This formula comes in three shades—Light, Medium and Dark—and gives medium coverage. Going on, it's very pigmented, creamy and opaque, but becomes more sheer as you blend it out. Looking at the swatches, I think these colours lean warm rather than neutral, just FYI.

With 15.6 percent zinc oxide and 12.5 percent titanium dioxide, you're getting complete UVA and UVB protection. 

Beautycounter Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage SPF 20

✓Low-PUFA Fragrance-free ✓Paraben-free ✓Cruelty-free 

Beautycounter Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage SPF 20

Beautycounter Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage SPF 20.

Beautycounter Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage SPF 20 in No. 1 (swatches)

Swatches of Beautycounter Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage SPF 20 in No. 1.

Beautycounter Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage SPF 20 is a low-silicone tinted moisturizer that delivers sheer coverage and a bit of sun protection.

This is a cream-gel that comes in five shades, so everyone should be able to find their match! (No. 1, the lightest, is mine.) As per the product name, the finish is dewy, although you could certainly powder that down in your T-zone.

Since the active ingredient is 14 percent zinc oxide, they're only claiming SPF 20 for this formula—not enough for the beach, but perfect for summer office days.

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free Fragrance-free ✓Paraben-free ✓Cruelty-free

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra Sun Whip SPF 50 (swatches)

Swatches of CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50.

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 is a new and improved version of the original Simply Zinc, which I've used and loved for years. I've been testing a lab sample for a few months, and I'm so impressed!

It is now tinted, with a unique texture that reminds me of dry-oil fluid foundations. (Think: Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup.) In other words, it's very thin, fluid and easy to spread, giving you sheer coverage—and unlike Armani, no silicones! Once it dries, there is no texture on the skin.

The reformulated Simply Zinc Ultra also features the highest level of zinc oxide I've ever seen (25 percent!) and a higher SPF (SPF 50!). 

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free Fragrance-free ✓Paraben-free ✓Cruelty-free

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30.

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 (swatches)

Swatches of Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 is a true tinted sunscreen—no coverage, but ideal if you're looking for a lightweight, non-whitening SPF.

It comes in just one tint, which should be suitable for all but the very fair, because it is so sheer. Out of the tube, it has a refreshing gel-like quality that is easy to spread and blend (no silicones). Similar to Beautycounter Dew Skin, it doesn't really dry down and stays dewy, so you may find you need to strategically powder. There is also some fine shimmer running through it, but for what it's worth, I can never see it on my face!

In terms of protection, you're getting an excellent 20 percent zinc oxide in here.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free ✓Paraben-free ✓Cruelty-free

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30 in Natural Glow.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30 (swatches)

Swatches of Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30 in Natural Glow.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30 is a CC cream with broad-spectrum sun protection and tons of natural ingredients. The first thing you will notice is how incredible it smells!

There are five shades (my match is the lightest one, Natural Glow), offering very sheer coverage—maybe just enough to even out your tone. This is also one of the dewiest formulas. It doesn't really dry down, but paired with a translucent powder, it's totally fine, and feels great on the skin. I also appreciate that it doesn't have silicones.

Despite the near-invisible texture, there's a generous amount of zinc oxide in here—20 percent!

Kosmea Moisturising Lotion SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free ✓Paraben-free ✓Cruelty-free

Kosmea Moisturising Lotion SPF 30

Kosmea Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30.

Kosmea Moisturising Lotion SPF 30 (swatches)

Swatches of Kosmea Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30.

If you're looking for a lightweight, silicone-free option, try Kosmea Moisturising Lotion SPF 30. It's one of my new favourites this year!

It has a super-refreshing, almost watery lotion texture that becomes clear as soon as you spread it around. It comes in just the one tint, which gives no coverage, but because it is so light, you could easily wear this under foundation without feeling greasy. And I love that it doesn't contain any silicones.

There's 20 percent zinc oxide, so you are also fully protected.

Suntegrity 5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Low-silicone ✓Fragrance-free ✓Paraben-free ✓Cruelty-free

Suntegrity 5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30

Suntegrity 5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30. (Note: This is the old packaging.)

Suntegrity 5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30 in Fair (swatches)

Swatches of Suntegrity 5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30 in Fair.

Suntegrity 5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30 was one of the first tinted sunscreens made with mineral filters... maybe even THE first! Dubbed a "5-in-1" product, it treats the skin with antioxidants; hydrates; protects; primes; and covers.

This one is available in four shades, although it only goes as dark as a Medium. Compared to the others, it dispenses as a somewhat thick, opaque gel. Blended out, it has the texture and light coverage of a BB cream. Initially it gives a dewy finish, but it you leave it a few minutes to dry down, it becomes semi-matte.

This is another high-zinc formula, at 20 percent.

W3ll People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free Fragrance-free ✓Paraben-free ✓Cruelty-free

W3ll People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30

W3ll People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30.

W3ll People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30 in Fair and Light (swatches)

Swatches of W3ll People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30 in Fair and Light.

Similar to Avène, the W3ll People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30 is a silicone-free tinted moisturizer that could replace your current makeup.

It's available in four tints, and after trying two of them (Fair and Light), I will say that this range runs on the darker, warmer side. I think I'll only be able to get away with Fair when I have a bit more colour! That said, I love the buildable, light-to-medium coverage and silicone-free formula. As you blend, it dries to a glowy, semi-matte finish. (Make sure you blend well, though—it tends to separate a little in the tube.)

This one boasts 20 percent zinc oxide, as well!

More Tinted Sunscreens to Try

And now for a few more options I've found to put on your radar. I haven't tried these ones yet (some are not yet available in Canada), but they, too, meet or come close to my criteria for active ingredients!

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free ✓Paraben-free ✓Cruelty-free

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer. 

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer is a BB cream suitable for normal to dry or mature skin. Like their CC Cream, it gives ultra-light coverage and is silicone-free, however, this formula is said to be more moisturizing. It comes in three tints, as well as a sheer version.

It was recently reformulated, so now all the shades contain 20 percent zinc oxide!

MDSolarSciences MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50

✓High-zinc ✓Fragrance-free ✓Paraben-free ✓Cruelty-free ✓Water-resistant

MDSolarSciences MD Creme Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50

MDSolarSciences MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50.

MDSolarSciences MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50 is a sheer, matte BB cream with antioxidants. There are two shades: Light/Medium and Medium/Dark. It is one of the only tinted sunscreens I've found that is water-resistant, for up to 80 minutes. (This is probably due to the high silicone content.)

This one has 17 percent zinc oxide and two percent titanium dioxide. (An additional five percent of the latter would've been better.) But this is still giving decent protection, particularly if you plan to be swimming—or sweating!

MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓Fragrance-free ✓Paraben-free ✓Cruelty-free ✓Water-resistant

MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Creme SPF 30

MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30.

MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30 is a matte sunscreen that comes in one tint, which should blend with most skin tones. It's sheer, so they suggest wearing it as a primer under makeup if you need more coverage. This one is also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes (but is high in silicones).

And it, too, contains 17 percent zinc oxide and two percent titanium dioxide. (See how this one is only claimed to be an SPF 30, but their Beauty Balm is an SPF 50? That's because the latter has antioxidants to artificially inflate its rating—but both have the exact same levels of actives!)

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield Liquid Tint SPF 50

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Paraben-free ✓Cruelty-free

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield Liquid Tint SPF 50

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield Liquid Tint SPF 50.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield Liquid Tint SPF 50 comes in two sheer tints, Nude and Natural Tan (as well as a non-tinted version). It's high in bentonite clay, which absorbs oil, as well as silicone-free, so it would be a good choice for oily and acne-prone skin.

Since it's slightly low on zinc oxide (16.1 percent), I would suggest wearing this on low-sun days, not when you're outdoors for hours on end.

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face Shade Coconut Glow SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free ✓Paraben-free ✓Cruelty-free ✓Water-resistant 

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face Shade Coconut Glow SPF 30

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face Shade Coconut Glow SPF 30.

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face Shade Coconut Glow SPF 30 is a new silicone-free sunscreen with a bronze tint. (From the product name, it almost sounds like a self-tanner, but it's not!) What is really impressive about this one is that it's water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, despite not containing any silicones.

It also contains 20 percent zinc oxide, for full UVA and UVB protection.

Note: There is a body version of this tinted sunscreen, which I talk about here.

Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35+

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Paraben-free ✓Cruelty-free

Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35+.

Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35+ is a hydrating CC cream that promises higher coverage than a tinted moisturizer. It comes in three shades, Fair/Light, Light/Medium and Medium/Dark, and has some mica (shimmer) to reflect the light.

Although not silicone-free, this sunscreen is giving you complete protection with 20 percent zinc oxide.

Thinksport Everyday Face SPF 30+

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA Paraben-free ✓Cruelty-free ✓Water-resistant 

Thinksport Everyday Face SPF 30

Thinksport Everyday Face SPF 30+.

Thinksport Everyday Face SPF 30+ is a gentle, moisturizing sunscreen lotion that comes in one tint, which they say will blend into all skin tones. Bonus: It's also water-resistant (even though it's not that high in silicone).

And it, too, contains 20 percent zinc oxide.

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