All the Mineral Face Sunscreens I’ve Tested

Listed from Best to Worst

Now that I’ve been testing mineral sunscreens for 5 years I feel like I need a list of them all in one place for quick and easy reference (I keep forgetting which ones I’ve tested) and it might be convenient for those looking for a quick sunscreen recommendation too!

Thanks for visiting, this post is still a work in progress, some info. is incomplete…

The Best ~ Great On Their Own AND Great Under Makeup!

Elta MD UV Elements SPF 44 ~ Tinted & moisturizing best for medium skintones! (Dermstore), (Walmart)

Make P:rem UV Defense Me. Blue Ray Sun Fluid SPF 50+ PA++++ ~ Lightweight Korean botanical sunscreen, no white cast, 6.75 oz. bottle! (Amazon), (YesStyle)

Make P:rem Blue Ray Sun Cream SPF 50+ PA ++++ ~ Creamier & more luminous than the lotion version (above) but smaller bottle (Glow Recipe), (eBay), (Amazon)

Australian Gold Botanical Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 ~ Tinted cream with matte finish best for combo to oily skin types & light cool skin tones. (Ulta), (Amazon)

Paula’s Choice Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30: ~ Tinted cream with satin finish best for light cool skin tones. (Amazon), (PC)

Hydropeptide Solar Defense Non-Tinted SPF 50 ~ Lightweight luminous finish with antioxidants, no white cast. (Dermstore), (Skinstore)

Etude House Sunprise Airy Finish Sunscreen SPF 50+ PA+++ ~ Very lightweight liquid leaves slight white cast, contains high sd alcohol best for normal to oily skin. (YesStyle), (Amazon)

Hydropeptide Solar Defense SPF 30 ~ Tinted cream with luminous finish & no white cast. (Dermstore), (Skinstore)

Exuviance Sheer Daily Protector SPF 50 PA++++ ~ Lightweight tinted formula with antioxidants best for light, cool skin tones (Ulta), (Amazon)

NeoStrata Sheer Physical Protection SPF 50 ~ Exact same formula as Exuviance but costs less! (Amazon) 

Neutrogena Healthy Defense PureScreen SPF 50 ~ Moisturizer with sunscreen, leaves slight white cast, not greasy, good under powder makeup! (Ulta)

Bare Minerals Prep Step SPF 50 ~ Lightweight liquid that works like a primer, best for dry skin. (Ulta), (Sephora), (Nordstrom)

Maelove Sun Protector SPF 30: High zinc oxide sunscreen that leaves a slight cast & doesn’t blend perfectly around hairline/brows. Good under makeup.

Good on Its Own but Not Good Under Makeup

Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 ~ Runny tinted liquid, clings to dry skin, no white cast, satin/matte finish.

EltaMD UV Physical SPF 41 ~ Tinted cream with antioxidants, best for light cool skintones. (Amazon)

Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face SPF 50 ~ Lightweight liquid, no white cast. (Nordstrom), (Sephora)

Cane + Austin Prime & Protect Mattifying Primer SPF 50: (Sephora), (Amazon)

MyChelle Sun Shield Liquid Tint SPF 50: (Dermstore), (Amazon)

Ulta Tinted Mineral Face Lotion SPF 30:

Perricone MD Pre:Empt Series SPF 30: (Sephora), (Ulta)

Murad City Skin Age Defense SPF 50 PA++++: (Nordstrom), (Ulta), (Sephora)

Replenix UltiMatte Perfection SPF 50+

Not Bad But Just Not For Me

MD Solar Sciences Mineral Tinted Cream ~ A tinted gel/cream with lots of silicone, leaves slight white cast, slides around on my combo skin

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex ~ Lightweight lotion, no white cast, luminous finish, not good under makeup.

IT Cosmetics Anti-Aging Armour SPF 50:

Dr. Dennis Gross Dark Spot Sun Defense SPF 50: (Nordstrom), (Sephora)

La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral SPF 50: (Ulta)

Cotz Plus Healthy Mineral Complex SPF 58

MD Solar Sciences MD Creme Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50

Not Enough Zinc Oxide in These (Weak UVA Protection)

Coola Face Mineral Sunscreen Cucumber Matte Finish ~ Only 1.8% zinc oxide, greasy feel, leaves slight white cast, matte finish

La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted SPF 50 ~ No zinc oxide

Coola Face Matte Tinted SPF 30

Sun Bum Mineral Tinted Face Lotion SPF 30

So Shiny

Cotz Flawless Complexion Soothing Mineral Complex SPF 50 ~ Whipped texture with lots of silicones, feels heavy & greasy, very shiny finish

Paula’s Choice Hydro-Light Shine-Free SPF 30

Peter Thomas Roth Max Mineral Naked SPF 45 Lotion

The Worst ~ Completely Unwearable

CeraVe Face Lotion Invisible Zinc SPF 50 ~ White cast

MyChelle Replenishing Solar Defense SPF 30

Jan Marini Physical Protectant SPF 45

Avene Mineral Light Hydrating Lotion SPF 50

Burnout Eco

Missha All-Around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk SPF 50+/PA+++

Drunk Elephant

First Aid Beauty

Image Prevention+ Daily Matte Moisturizer SPF 32

Josie Maran

Kate Somerville

La Roche Posay

Mineral Fusion Mineral SPF 40 Moisturizer

Obagi Mineral Sun Shield SPF 50


Tarte TarteGuard

Think Sport Everyday Face SPF 30+

Tizo3 Tinted Facial Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40

Farmacy Green Screen SPF 30

Neutrogena SheerZinc Dry-Touch Face SPF 50

Mad Hippie Facial SPF 30





Drunk Elephant Tinted

Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Defense SPF 45


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