8 tinted sunscreen formulas for coverage in more ways than one
Complexion perfectors that protect
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / October 23 2023
As far as we’re concerned, when the seasons change and summer rolls in, sun protection heads straight to the top of our ‘must-haves’ list.
Leave your single-purpose products — like your favourite drugstore foundation — for the winter months, because we’re stockpiling tinted complexion-perfectors that are packed full of SPF and ready to work overtime.
Regardless of your coverage concerns or shade selection, we’ve discovered all the best tinted sunscreens that perform double duty as a foundation and face sunscreen. Freeing up brain space for more important things (like what lipgloss you’re going to wear to the beach)...
MILK MAKEUP Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30
We’re starting things off light (in all senses of the word) with SPF 30 coverage and a sheer, natural-finish skin tint from Milk Makeup. Enriched with avocado, mandarin, jojoba, grapeseed, and olive oils for a dewy sheen and lasting hydration, while the rollerball applicator allows for easy on-the-go touch-ups throughout the day.
$64 at Sephora
ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40
This vegan, tinted mineral sunscreen offers a lovely helping of UV protection (SPF 40 to be precise), and is packed full of hydrating hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and squalane. Not only will your precious skin be protected but it will also enjoy some delicious smoothing and plumping effects from all the skin care-inspired ingredients in this lightweight pick.
$68 at MECCA
ULTRA VIOLETTE Dream Screen SPF50 Tinted Veil
Fresh on the block, Ultra Violette’s Dream Screen does what it says on the tin and provides skin with a complexion-perfecting veil of tinted sunscreen. You’ll get a whopping dose of SPF 50 in this formula, alongside antioxidant-rich Kakadu plum for longer-lasting sun protection and a glowy sheen that's perfect for the summer months.
$55 at Sephora
Morphe Glowstunner Hydrating Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This budget-friendly pick from Morphe is a triple threat, combining the powers of a reef-safe SPF 30 sunscreen and sheer-finish foundation with some serious skin care heroes. It contains skin brightening lactic acid, soothing allantoin, antioxidants vitamin E and citric acid, plus hydrating hyaluronic acid and glycerin. It’s looking like glowy, hydrated skin for the next 24 hours (well, after you’ve applied it that is).
$26 at Morphe
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream
This tinted moisturiser from Bare Minerals has a fanbase consisting of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Hailey Beiber thanks to its lightweight gel texture and SPF 30 coverage. The infusion of olive-derived squalane to relieve dehydrated skin and moisture-replenishing mineral electrolytes doesn’t hurt its reputation either.
$47 at MECCA
IT COSMETICS Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream SPF 50
We can’t talk about SPF-infused base products without giving a shout out to IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+. With an impressive SPF 50 promise and a full coverage finish, this is our number one pick for outdoor events *cough* wedding season *cough*. This CC cream is also enriched with hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins, while also claiming to replace seven products in your beauty routine (foundation, colour corrector, serum, primer, concealer and moisturiser). But we’ll let you decide how many products you want to pile on your face when you do your makeup.
$63 at Sephora
Bali Body Tinted Super Serum SPF30
Bearing a light, skin-evening tint, Bali Body's SPF formula glides on like a serum. The thin fluid sits comfortably under makeup, delivering a sun-kissed glow without the sun damage. For 'my skin but better', look no further.
$31.95 at Bali Body
Tower 28 SunnyDays Tinted SPF
This 2-in-1 sunscreen/mineral foundation is the ultimate natural-looking base product. You can expect light, glow-inducing coverage combined with SPF 30 and the blue light protectant prickly pear extract delivers good skin with every wear.
$55.73 at REVOLVE
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.