In this article, I’m going to be talking through what a tinted SPF even is why it’s absolutely something that you want to make sure that you’re including into your skincare routine. And then of course talking through my tinted SPF doleful collection.
So we have quite a few tinted SPS to get through some of my all-time favorite sunscreens.
We have some beautiful ones here, so I do apply all of these SPF to my face so you can get a true idea for what that tint looks like.
Let’s start off by talking through what a tinted SPF even is and why you need to be using it.
So when I say tinted SPF, I don’t mean tinted in the sense of adding a lot of coverage like a CC cream would or a foundation one tinted when it comes to an SPF, just means that there is a little bit of additional color to it. So it helps to remove that white cast.
There are a few different reasons why you may want to start using an SPF
The first is just to ensure that you’re getting adequate protection from damaging UV rays when you apply tented SPF as a second application, that can help to fill in any spots that you may have missed with your first SPF application, whether that be an done tinted or a tinted SPF.
Another reason that tinted SPF are awesome is because they can help to remove some of that white cast that untended SPS may have from high concentrations of zinc oxide. So if you have ever tried a 100% mineral SPF and kind of gotten that ghostly looking face where it’s just completely white, then you know what I’m talking about if not that can often happen with a lot of mineral SPF due to the high amounts of zinc oxide in them.
So what you can do to try to help to get rid of some of that aside from putting makeup on top it with a tinted SPF.
And the final and arguably a most important reason, I mean they’re all important. I shouldn’t say that but the reason that I think a lot of people don’t realize is because tinted SPF contain an ingredient called iron oxides and iron oxides are more effective at protecting your skin from developing, hyperpigmentation / melasma.
If you’re not familiar with melasma, I really want to write a post on this in the future on how my mom got rid of her melasma. She used to have really intense brown spots all around her jawline region. It’s very common due to hormonal changes that happen in women, and they are extremely difficult to get rid of.
So of course the best thing you can do up front is to protect yourself adequately, so that you don’t develop them, but a lot of the times you don’t know that you’re developing them and tell you actually see them come through on the surface, so I really really really want to show you before and after pictures of her. Let me know if you want to see that because I feel like that would help a lot of people seriously they’re gone.
Let me kind of explain iron oxides and a little bit more depth before we move on to my SPF collection
Iron oxides are essentially coloring agents / pigments within makeup, cosmetics and skin care products. And sunscreens that contain iron oxides are actually proven to be more effective at protecting our skin from melasma hyperpigmentation
Then the same sunscreen that does not have iron oxide, so does that make sense if we have the same sunscreen kind of if. We’re doing this like from a scientific method perspective we’re keeping our variables consistent. We have the same sunscreen if all we do is add iron oxides that sunscreen is automatically more effective at protecting us from those brown spots
Iron oxides also help to protect our skin against damaging blue light rays and the longer wavelengths of damaging UVA rays. If you’re not familiar with UVA rays, those are the kinds of raids that essentially cause damage to our skin, that lead to signs of aging, so if you get kind of confused between the types of UV rays, UVA stands for aging, UVB it stands for burning, so UVB rays are going to give you that sunburn which then also contributes to aging as well, and UVA rays are present year-round.
So even in the winter, if you feel like you’re safe and you don’t need to wear SPF that is not correct UVA rays are present in the winter, that can penetrate clouds, they can penetrate glass so through your windows. We’re not ever safe, so we need to wear SPF daily.
And then, last point I want to bring up because I feel like this is probably something that a lot of people are wondering is okay what if I have a foundation that has SPF in it does that count as my tinted SPF or as my standalone SPF.
Am I totally covered and good to go if that’s all I use and the answer is NO.
You should never be relying on just your foundation to provide you adequate SPF coverage. In studies, it’s been proven that people do not use enough SPF just from their cosmetic product alone, so it’s really important to make sure that you are using Brett stand alone SPF product even if your foundation does have a mineral SPF in it.
So how I personally like to use tinted SPF is in combination with an untended SPF. You don’t need to do it that way your tinted SPF product if it’s a mineral SPF and has ink oxide in it can definitely be your standalone SPF, but regardless you want to apply to applications to make sure that you’re filling in any spots that you missed.
So what I typically like to do is first apply one application of an untended SPF, then I will go on top of that with my tinted SPF after that has had time to dry of course and the tinted SPF then can help to remove any white cast if there is one.
The reason I like to do that and not use two applications of the tinted SPF is usually I’m wearing makeup, and I don’t want that 10 to the SPF to add too much color to my face.
I really just want to use it to help to remove any white cast that my intent at SPF has, and then also add the additional protection from those iron oxides as far as how much SPF to use.
It’s recommended that you use about a half teaspoon for your face. I’ve seen anywhere from 1/4 of a teaspoon to one half but that’s hard to say as a blanket recommendation, because not everybody of course has the same sized face.
So that’s just another reason why you’re always going to be safer with two applications than just one, and then the last thing I wanted to make sure that I called out because I get this question quite often is when should I apply SPF. People are confused should it be before moisturizer or after. SPF should always be the last step in your skincare routine, regardless of if you’re going in with makeup or not.
Now let’s get to the Tinted Moisturizer With SPF
1. Colorescience Total Protection Face Shield SPF 50
This is a broad-spectrum SPF 50 it’s a 100% mineral SPF. I am obsessed with this SPF. It’s a gorgeous formulation, lightweight, silky smooth and I love that it’s 100% mineral. So if you’re curious, this has 12% zinc oxide in it.
It’s fragrance free, which is a must-have for me. I have started to do so much research on fragrance and essential oils within skincare.
This is one of them as far as the tint for this SPF. You can see here that it does not add any coverage to me the tint really just removes that white cast that would exist from the zinc oxide so I really don’t get any extra color from this or pigmentation to my skin.
Whatsoever on me I would say this dries to a natural radiant finish, none of these SPF at least on me, dries super completely matte which I prefer anyway because I don’t want to look like.
I have really really dry matte skin but just as an FYI if you are somebody that likes that you of course could go overtop any of them with a powder but this one is kind of a dummy matte natural radiant.
You know what I mean those are like the same things and then I want to highlight a couple ingredients within each SPF. Of course without reading the entire ingredient list, we do not have time for hat but just tell you guys kind of reasons why I love them. So this particular SPF has niacinamide in it.
You probably know by now I love niacinamide. The reason I love it is because it’s super versatile and has a lot of different benefits. It has anti-aging benefits, it helps to soothe calm and brighten the skin. It helps to balance sebum production, it helps to improve texture and just a lot more, so we love niacinamide. I get so excited anytime.
2. DRMTLGY Anti-Aging Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 46
All right next is my DRMTLGY Anti-Aging Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 46. It says it has a universal tint and it’s anti-aging this
SPF fragrance free and unlike the colorscience one, this is actually a mineral and chemical blend.
So we have zinc oxide as the act of mineral ingredient, that’s a 12% and then we have 7.5% octinoxate. If you have extremely sensitive or acne prone skin, this may not be something that works for you, because in general chemical filters can definitely cause skin irritation.
However I have sensitive skin, I have acne prone skin and this SPF it works beautifully for me without any issues. So obviously everyone’s skin is different but I need to call that out of course.
As far as the tint do you guys can see here. It’s pretty similar to colorscience and that it does not add really any additional color to my skin.
It just helps to remove any potential white cast, so I would say compared to colorscience it has a little bit more of a tint, but once it’s all blended in at just I mean it doesn’t really make a difference.
This SPF definitely dries down much glow and dewy than that colorscience SPF so if you have really oily skin, this also might not work out for you. My skin type is combination and leans more oily than dry. Again I am obsessed with this, I have no issues with that.
I love a good glow to the skin and especially if I’m going to be applying foundation and powder on top of it. Anything extra glowy underneath just really helps my skin come to life, you know what I mean, I don’t like to look extra matte, I don’t need that and then ingredient highlights for the dermatology SPF this also has nice.
This has sodium hyaluronic in it, which is actually the salt form of hyaluronic acid. It’s supposed to be more effective when used in skin care products and pure hyaluronic acid on its own so amazing.
That’s one of the reasons it helps to make your skin look really nice and glow and this has not weed extract in it, which I also had never heard of before and that’s actually supposed to help to protect our skin against damage from infrared radiation infrared.
So that’s pretty cool as well I also love this one. I would say between the two honestly it’s a toss-up for me. I love them both, but it’s just going to depend on your skin type, and if you’re okay with that added chemical filter.
3. MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield Stick SPF 50
Next we have the MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield Stick SPF 50. I have the shade nude light/medium here.
This is a broad spectrum SPF. All of these SPF in this article are broad-spectrum, so I won’t call that out for each one because I got you there.
This has actually recently been repackaged, so I will insert a photo of what this looks like now. It’s actually really nice because now it comes in a dropper bottle versus this little squeezy topper.
This one fragrance free and then this one is also 100% mineral, It has 16.1% zinc oxide in it. The tint for this one also does not add a lot of additional color to my skin.
However I’m looking at their site right now so they have light medium which I have here and then they also have medium dark.
So that’s awesome if you have a deeper skin tone you do have that option. Available to you this one says that it dries down to a matte finish. I don’t know that I would say it’s completely matte on me if anything it probably falls more into the category of Demi matte.
But that’s what I love. I feel like anything that’s completely matte just I mean at least in my interpretation, means it’s like really dry and flat looking, and this definitely does not do that to skin. It makes my skin look healthy but without being oily.
Some ingredient call-outs here so this has safflower seed extract in it, which is a plant extract that has antioxidant properties and it’s an emollient. It’s really great for the skin. It also has jojoba esters, which are also emollient plant extracts and taco. I don’t think it’s taco right here more antioxidants essentially and this one compared to at DRMTLGY and Colorscience is definitely the most liquidy of the three goes like this: least liquidy, medium, most liquidy, so it just depends again on what you prefer
4. CLINIQUE Pep-Start Daily UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Then the last kind of higher to mid price point SPF that I have is the CLINIQUE Pep-Start Daily UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50.
This one also fragrance free and this is 100% mineral. Oh yeah this one doesn’t say it on the bottle and to look it up, It has four percent zinc oxide and 6.3 percent titanium dioxide. The tint here does not add any color to my skin just cuts the white cast, and then this one is also very very liquidy. So if you prefer that kind of formulation you may really enjoy this. It feels nice on the skin however.
As far as the ingredient label when I was looking through that there aren’t really any amazing ingredient call-outs that I can make here aside from the fact that it does have iron oxides in it. So I would say if you’re looking to purchase a mid price point SPF, I would just stick to one of these three so my shell colorscience or DRMTLGY and just skip this one.
It’s not a bad SPF by any means I do like the way that it feels on my skin. It’s a really nice silky smooth finish, but if I can get on oxides in a formulation that also has ingredients like niacinamide or some of the other ones that I called out, then I would rather do that. I was testing out a new hydrating product, I feel like it’s making me look a little oily.
5. Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Tinted Face Mineral Lotion SPF 50
Right now we are moving on to the more affordable category, so the first is this Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Tinted Face Mineral Lotion SPF 50.
This SPF is definitely more affordable than those other ones and fragrance free this SPF is 100% mineral, so it has 4 percent titanium dioxide and four percent zinc oxide and it the finish of this one. I would say dries to a nice Demi matte finish it definitely is not as glowy as some of those other SPS that I just talked through.
So compared to DRMTLGY, it’s definitely more on the matte side than that one, so as far as the tint in this one you guys can see here this does look like it has a fair amount of color when you first kind of squeeze it out of the tube, but as you fully rub it into the skin, it doesn’t add a ton of additional coverage and ingredient calls for this one.
This has a lot of awesome ingredients like shea butter, which is a skin replenishing ingredient. It has squalene which is an antioxidant, that helps to hydrate the skin and it also has a vitamin b5 which helps our skin to attract and retain moisture, so a really beautiful option for an affordable SPF.
I’ve been reaching for this one a lot. I’ve really been liking it and I think it’s just because the formulation is pretty unique, so it’s definitely more of a wit almost like moosie if you will. I don’t know if that’s the right word but you guys can see the difference between that formulation and some of the others while.
It looks a lot thicker and it is it doesn’t feel thick or heavy on the skin when you’re applying or afterwards so love that
6. CeraVe Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 30
Then we have the CeraVe Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 30 with a sheer tint. It’s fragrance free and it’s 100% mineral so compared to the tint and the other SPS that we have talked through the tinted CeraVe SPF is definite the most apparent and shows up the most on my skin tone.
So obviously that won’t be the case for everyone. I have a very fair complexion on my face not on the rest of my body, which is self tanned but.
I just wanted to call that out because it says shear tent and on me it’s definitely not a shear tent. I thought that that was interesting because the other SPS that I have here don’t necessarily claim to be shear even though they are and then this one which does it shows up a bit darker on me.
So just be aware of that but I actually really like it because if I do have an SPF that has an intense white cast, it helps to remove that this one again dries to a natural finish. I feel like I sound like a broken record with that but a lot of them are similar in that sense and then ingredient call-outs.
This one of course this has three essential ceramides all CeraVe products have that ceramides helped you lock in moisture and also help to restore the protective skin barrier so that actually reminds me if you guys want to see before and after pictures of that skin barrier damage, that I had and what I did there’s one product that I use from CeraVe to help to heal that, because it would not go away for weeks.
Let me know in the comments below I can definitely do a post on that one and then aside from the three essential serum eyes.
It also has a nice an amide in it and hyaluronic acid so I enjoy this one a lot it’s definitely on the thicker side as well more comparable to this Australian gold one, but even thicker than that so keep that in mind.
I would say though compared to their on tinted SPF it’s not nearly as thick and cakey looking as that one is so I will use this over their untended SPF and I feel like that does help to cut that cast down and I like that combination and it’s affordable
7. Cetaphil Redness Relieving Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 20
Last but not least we have the Cetaphil Redness Relieving Daily Facial Moisturizer With Broad-Spectrum SPF 20. This is supposed to be for redness prone skin.
It says the tinted formula helps to neutralize the appearance of redness. This is fragrance free and this is 100% mineral so it has 10.1% titanium dioxide and 7.8 percent zinc oxide the tint in this Cetaphil SPF. I would say is moderate it’s not as dark as this.
We won but it does have a little bit more of a tint to it than maybe like the colorscience one does or the Clinique SPF so if you want something that has a tiny bit more color to it this will be a great option for you. This also dries to a nice natural radiant finish and then ingredient call-outs here.
This one didn’t have a ton but it does have glycerin which is an awesome skin replenishing. Ingredient glycerin is a humectant which again helps to draw moisture to the surface of the skin and then what I noticed in this ingredient label is that it has caffeine in it.
Caffeine is an interesting ingredient because one of the benefits could be that it helps to reduce the appearance of redness on the skin but I also was reading online that caffeine can actually irritate the skin if you have sensitive skin or acne prone skin.
So definitely something to be aware of even though it is supposed to be redness relieving which makes it sound like it would be for sensitive skin types or those people that have certain skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis.
That ingredient may actually end up aggravating the skin so just make sure to keep an eye out for that when using it but I have not had that issue yet
Then the formulation of this one I really really liked as well it’s kind of similar to the Australian gold formulation a little bit whipped and moose ear than some of those other really liquidy formulations but of course this one is only an SPF 20 so I always like to make sure that I’m using this in combination with an SPF 50 to make sure that I am getting all of the protection okay
Please don’t tip so that is my entire tinted SPF collection. I hope that was helpful for you guys just me kind of breaking down some of the call-outs with them and then also showing you the application on my skin. I went honestly. I recommend all of these I mean except for you how I feel about this Clinique wanna. It’s not like I wouldn’t recommend it. I just would recommend these other ones over that so I don’t feel like you can go wrong here it just depends on your skin type and what you’re looking for in a formulation. So that’s everything I have to say I hope that you enjoyed this post. I hope it was helpful for you. Definitely let me know in the comments below if you have any of these SPF already and what your thoughts are on them or do you already have some of these or what are your favorite tinted SPF.