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 ~ Good On Their Own & Good Under Makeup

Elta MD UV Elements SPF 44 ~ Tinted & moisturizing best for medium skintones!
http://bit.ly/2Q0JbrE (Dermstore), http://bit.ly/2PZIezI (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!
https://amzn.to/2us35iB (Amazon), http://bit.ly/30oWvYd (YesStyle)

Make P:rem Blue Ray Sun Cream SPF 50+ PA ++++ ~ Creamier & more luminous than the lotion version (above) but smaller bottle
http://bit.ly/2ITcG7H (Glow Recipe), http://bit.ly/2ISMius (eBay), https://amzn.to/2HoaxyH (Amazon)

Australian Gold Botanical Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 ~ Tinted cream with matte finish best for combo to oily skin types & light cool skin tones.  http://bit.ly/2pLB4yE (Ulta), http://amzn.to/2q50quv (Amazon)

Hydropeptide Solar Defense Non-Tinted SPF 50 ~ Lightweight luminous finish with antioxidants
http://bit.ly/2qBdvrS (Dermstore), http://bit.ly/2h6WCp7 (Skinstore)

Etude House Sunprise Airy Finish Sunscreen SPF 50+ PA+++ ~ Very lightweight liquid leaves slight white cast, contains high sd alcohol so not great for dry skin. http://bit.ly/2v3hZ16 (YesStyle), http://amzn.to/2wjjJ3v (Amazon)

Hydropeptide Solar Defense SPF 30 ~ Tinted cream with luminous finish & no white cast.
http://bit.ly/2y1CbgK (Dermstore), http://bit.ly/2h7HTus (Skinstore)

Really Good But . . .

Exuviance Sheer Daily Protector SPF 50 PA++++ ~ Lightweight tinted formula with antioxidants best for light, cool skin tones
http://bit.ly/1Iaq9p2 (Ulta), http://bit.ly/1VGNFwk (Amazon)

NeoStrata Sheer Physical Protection SPF 50 ~ Exact same as Exuviance but costs less! http://amzn.to/24V146P (Amazon) 

Neutrogena Healthy Defense PureScreen SPF 50 ~ Moisturizer with sunscreen, leaves slight white cast, not greasy, good under powder makeup! http://bit.ly/1TweDai (Ulta)

Bare Minerals Prep Step SPF 50: http://bit.ly/1WPQlLJ (Ulta), http://bit.ly/1S876da (Sephora), http://bit.ly/1WPPvPc (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.
Get 10% Off + Free Shipping with my code angiefan at Maelove.com: http://bit.ly/2x3sGOG (1st time customers) Repeat customers get 7% Off + Free Shipping with code goangie

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. http://amzn.to/1BXIflm

EltaMD UV Physical SPF 41 Sunscreen: http://bit.ly/1Qb0xJN (Amazon)

Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face SPF 50: http://bit.ly/1S89rol (Nordstrom), http://bit.ly/1S8akgK (Sephora)

Clinique For Men SPF 50 Sunscreen: http://amzn.to/1rmStxv (Amazon), http://bit.ly/1MJsEkF (Sephora), http://bit.ly/1T0BzuN (Nordstrom)

Cane + Austin Prime & Protect Mattifying Primer SPF 50: http://bit.ly/2qGlOCx (Sephora), http://amzn.to/2qKA2Ck (Amazon)

MyChelle Sun Shield Liquid Tint SPF 50: http://bit.ly/2JSVCyn (Dermstore), https://amzn.to/2rkZkZG (Amazon)

Ulta Tinted Mineral Face Lotion SPF 30: http://bit.ly/2IfUlEo

Perricone MD Pre:Empt Series SPF 30: http://bit.ly/2raSAyd (Sephora), http://bit.ly/2Idvyk5 (Ulta)

Murad City Skin Age Defense SPF 50 PA++++: http://bit.ly/2JMtFb6 (Nordstrom), http://bit.ly/2DzZ11X (Ulta), http://bit.ly/2roYCf5 (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 http://amzn.to/19S5BRU

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex ~ Lightweight lotion, no white cast, luminous finish, not good under makeup. http://amzn.to/1IZpliN

IT Cosmetics Anti-Aging Armour SPF 50: http://bit.ly/2moBgT4

Dr. Dennis Gross Dark Spot Sun Defense SPF 50: http://bit.ly/2JImXDa (Nordstrom), http://bit.ly/2JGero8 (Sephora)

La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral SPF 50: http://bit.ly/2JN5sBJ (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
http://amzn.to/1Ivhngt

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

Shiseido

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

Shiseido

Rejuvelle

Biosance

Pacifica

Drunk Elephant Tinted

Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Defense SPF 45

Avene

Juice Beauty

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