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Chemical vs. Physical Sunscreens & Best Tinted Sunscreens ☀️

I’m all about protecting my skin from the ☀️ but also guilty of thinking you have to choose sunscreen OR makeup🤦‍♀️. After crawling out from the rock I was living under, I went on a mission to discover the different types and brands of tinted sunscreen that have solidified their place in this market.
Here’s the deal. Sunscreens are generally classified into 2 groups: chemical and physical. Each has its own method and ingredients to protect skin. For example chemical ones absorb the UV rays and transform them into heat. They contain organic carbon based compounds  (like octisalate, octinoxate and avobenzone) and are usually lighter in texture/consistency Physical (also known as mineral) sunscreens work by staying on top of your skin creating a barrier to reflect off UV rays. The 2 key ingredients in this type are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. While both types are effective there’s pros and cons with each. For example chemical may be too harsh for those with sensitive skin and physical may be too heavy for those with oily/acne prone skin. It’s worth noting that many sunscreens are both chemical and physical.
Luckily there are a range of products out there that provide coverage and protection. These tinted facial sunscreens prove that there’s something for everyone, it’s just a matter of finding which works for you (shade, coverage, protection, formula etc). Here are some of the standouts:
⭐️Physical and Chemical⭐️
Dermalogica Sheer Tint SPF 20 Sunscreen ($47)
Type: Physical and Chemical
Texture: Light cream
Coverage: Medium
Fragrance: No
Shade Range: 3: light, medium and dark
SPF: 20
Dior Hydra Life BB Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($60)
Type: Chemical and Physical
Texture: Cream
Coverage: Full
Fragrance: Light
Shade Range: 3
SPF: 30
EltaMD UV Daily Tinted Broad Spectrum SPF 40 ($29)
Type: Physical and chemical
Texture: Light Cream
Coverage: Light 
Fragrance: No
Shade Range: 1
SPF: 40
Cle De Peau UV Protective Cream Tinted Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ ($85)
Type: Chemical and Physical
Texture: Cream
Coverage: Full 
Fragrance: Yes
Shade Range: 3 light, medium and dark
SPF: 50
Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution’ Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Tinted Sunscreen Multi-Protection ($45)
Type: Chemical and Physical 
Texture: Light cream
Coverage: Medium
Fragrance: Yes
Shade Range: 2: light and dark 
SPF: 50
Shisiedo Sports BB Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ WetForce ($38)
Type: Chemical and Physical 
Texture: Cream
Coverage: Medium 
Fragrance: Yes
Shade Range: 3:light, medium and dark 
SPF: 50
Dr. Jart+ Dis-A-Pore Beauty Balm SPF 50+ ($36)
Type: Chemical and Physicial
Texture: Rich Cream
Coverage: Medium to Full
Fragrance: Light
Shade Range: 2
SPF: 50
⭐️Physical
IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ ($39.50)
Type: Physicial 
Texture: Cream
Coverage: Full
Fragrance: Yes
Shade Range: 12
SPF: 50
Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Hydrating Shield ($68)
Type: Physical 
Texture: Cream
Coverage: Light
Fragrance: No
Shade Range: 1
SPF: 50
Lancôme UV Expert Mineral CC Cream ($39)  
Type: Physical
Texture: Cream
Coverage: Full
Fragrance: Light
Shade Range: 5
SPF: 50
Avene Complexion Correcting Shield Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50  ($36)
Type: Physical 
Texture: Cream
Coverage: Medium to full
Fragrance: No
Shade Range: 3: light, medium and dark 
SPF: 50
Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Mineral Defense ($38)
Type: Physical
Texture: Liquid
Coverage: Light to Medium 
Fragrance: No
Shade Range: 1
SPF: 50
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid ($34)
Type: Physical
Texture: Liquid
Coverage: Light to medium 
Fragrance: No
Shade Range: 1
SPF: 50
iS Clinical Eclipse PerfectTint SPF 50 ($40)
Type: Physical 
Texture: Cream
Coverage: Medium
Fragrance: No
Shade Range: 2:light and dark 
SPF: 50
Epionce Daily Shield Lotion Tinted SPF 50 ($38)
Type: Physical 
Texture
Coverage
Fragrance: No
Shade Range: 1
SPF: 50
SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 ($34)
Type: Physical 
Coverage: Light to medium 
Fragrance: No
Shade Range:1
SPF: 50
Colorescience Even Up Clinical Pigment Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($120)
Type: Physical 
Coverage: Light to medium 
Fragrance:  No
Shade Range: 1
SPF: 50
ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 ($46)
Type: Physical /Mineral
Coverage: Light to medium  
Fragrance: No
Shade Range: 18
SPF: 40
Dr. Dennis Gross Instant Radiance Sun Defense SPF 40 ($42)
Type: Physical 
Coverage: Medium 
Fragrance: No
Shade Range: 2:light/medium and medium/dark
SPF: 40
Peter Thomas Roth Max Mineral Naked Broad Spectrum SPF 45 ($38)
Type: Physical
Coverage: Light to Medium
Shade Range: 1
SPF: 45
COOLA Mineral Sport Sunscreen Stick ($26)
Type: Physical/mineral
Coverage: Light to medium 
Fragrance: Yes
Shade Range: 1
|SPF: 50
|Alastin HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36 ($55)
Type: Physical
Texture: Cream
Coverage: Medium
Fragrance: No
Shade Range:1
SPF: 36
Sisley Tinted Sunscreen Cream SPF 30 ($170)
Type: Physical 
Coverage: Medium to full 
Fragrance: Yes
Shade Range: 2: light and tan
SPF: 30
HydroPeptide Solar Defense Tinted SPF 30 ($48)
Type: Physical 
Coverage: Light to medium 
Fragrance: Yes
Shade Range:1
SPF: 30
Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense ($36)
Type: Physical 
Coverage: Full 
Fragrance: No
Shade Range:1
SPF: 30
Suntegrity “5 in 1” Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30 ($45)
Type:Mineral

Coverage: Medium 
Fragrance: No
Shade Range: 4
SPF: 30
Sephora Collection X Avasol Tinted Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 ($18)
Type: Mineral
Coverage: Light to Medium
Fragrance: Light
Shade Range: 3
SPF: 30
⭐️Chemical⭐️
Glo Skin Beauty Moisturizing Tint
Type: Chemical
Texture: Light Cream
Coverage: Light/Buildabe
Shade Range: 4
SPF:30
La Mer The Reparative SkinTint Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($95)
Type: Chemical
Texture: Cream
Coverage: Medium to Full 
Fragrance: No
Shade Range: 5
SPF: 30

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  • Dawn hughes

    Thank you for this great review. I use to use foundation with sun screen in it by clinique it changed its shades as we know our skin changes as the seasons. I now use olay for the natual tint and glow to my skin.some people buy expencive treatments i find olay just as my mom dod for years for the clean skin look it has sun block it. My mother was beautful all her life.we all want to look good no matter how old we get. Sunscreen in our foundati great idea. Stay young beautiful my friends.first we have to love ourselves

  • Y-D-O-J

    Great review!❤️

  • Esther

    Thank you!!! Amazing productss

  • Diana

    Pretty soon i try to get 2 or 3 of thus ones and see howthey work..on my skin.

  • Jenn

    Thanks for all the great detailed information!!! ❤️

  • Jesica Dillon

    Wond post. Shiseidos spf creams are hard to beat. Have not tried that one with peptides in the name, too bad is spf 30 only. Thanks xxx

  • camila

    no money lol

  • Ariyon

    Adding these to my shopping cart lol

  • Rita Whirls

    Great information, this will help a lot. Thanks for going so far to get all this info.

  • Katie

    This was very helpful!! Love how you really went in on this for us!!!

  • Jennifer Henning

    Wow sounds like really great products and a very informative review. Thanks for sharing these products.

  • Pauline

    Want to try the tinted moisturizer and Dior hydra life BB cream and others just not at the high cost but maybe to buy samples or at discount for these products your offering. Found this review very interesting and helpful. Good diagram for each and pic's too.

  • Sarah Wennihan

    Thank you for this wonderful, and thorough review! I will be checking out ILIA because of the shade range. I've tried a couple on this list. ❤️❤️ Thanks again for the review. Stay safe everyone.

  • Micheala

    Thank you for sharing this very detailed review about sunscreen. I'm have the time sceptical about wearing them. With or without sunscreen I still sun burn lol so yeah.this helps so much thanks😉

  • Marlena Fannin

    Thank you for sharing all these tinted sunscreens with us. It is a really informative review. I am sure anyone that gets out in the sun alot will need to check this out.

  • Rowi

    Amazing info 😊

  • Lindsay Piggott

    i really like how you found out about chemical vs physical

  • Katy Gutridge

    Thanks so the knowledge of the sunscreen review. Really nice and amazing to know of what different coverage of suncreen is out there. I for one try to find the right sunscreen and the more I know the better.!!! Thanks for sharing wonderful review 👏😎

  • Tonilynn Rosario

    wow what an intense ive review of products. I loved how indepth each product was.

  • Rowi

    Great Review 😊

  • Christy

    Wow! What an extensive list! Plenty of options to try!

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