Editor’s Picks: 27 of the Best Tinted Sunscreens for Every Skin Tone

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Tinted sunscreen

It wasn't that long ago that a good mineral sunscreen was hard to find—let alone one that would give your skin some colour and coverage.

But if you've been searching for your perfect tinted sunscreen, you'll be happy to know that you've got more options than ever.

Tinted sunscreen is ideal for anyone who wants to avoid the notorious white cast associated with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. (Usually, it's caused by the latter ingredient, says Dr. Sharyn Laughlin.) With a tinted SPF, you have the flexibility to either wear it on its own or mix it with another sunscreen to reduce any whitening effect.

You can also use tinted sunscreen the same way you'd wear a foundation, BB cream or CC cream. Many formulas now come in an array of shades to match every skin tone, and give you sheer-to-medium coverage that blurs imperfections.

And the best part? There's no need to sacrifice on sun protection, because many tinted formulas are made with high concentrations of active ingredients, just like regular sunscreens!

Keeping reading for my guide to the 20+ best tinted sunscreens, and why I chose them.

What to Look for in a Tinted Sunscreen

Before you buy a tinted sunscreen, decide where you plan to wear it. If you'll be layering it over a high-protection zinc oxide sunscreen for your face, then you can probably get away with a lower concentration of active ingredients. (The same goes for sunscreen on your body, where you might be comfortable with slightly less protection.)

But if a tinted SPF is going to be your only go-to facial sunscreen, then you definitely want a product that protects to the fullest against sun damage.

Either way, I recommend choosing a mineral formula, which won't absorb into the bloodstream or cause hormonal disruption. Furthermore, zinc oxide is the ONLY active sunscreen ingredient in North America that offers extensive filtering of both UVA and UVB rays.

With that in mind, here's what I look for. (See my sunscreen ingredients tutorial for more details!)

  • High in zinc oxide: To get a true broad-spectrum SPF 30, you have two options. Go for formulas containing at least 20 percent zinc oxide OR 15 to 20 percent zinc oxide with at least five percent titanium dioxide. In this guide, I've listed these options as "high-zinc." (Note: Ava Isa is included in this designation because even though it only contains 15 percent zinc oxide, it's boosted by patent-pending Bio UVA Ultra.)
  • Low in PUFAs: Oils high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are highly volatile and interact with UV light to cause cellular damage. They shouldn't be present in high concentrations, so I avoid products that contain them in the first five ingredients.
  • Low in fragrance: As fragrance is the main trigger for skin irritations, it's best to limit or avoid it, especially if you have sensitive skin. 
  • Low in silicones: Although it's a matter of personal preference, I limit silicones because they form a film on the skin that can trigger breakouts and interfere with natural cell renewal. However, they are generally considered safe, so this guide includes both silicone-based and silicone-free options.

For each of the products below, I've listed these ingredients for quick reference, plus whether they are water-resistant, reef-safe and/or cruelty-free.

The Best Tinted Sunscreens

Akt Therapy D-Luxe Daily Bronzer SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Fragrance-free ✓Silicone-free ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

Akt Therapy D-Luxe Daily Bronzer SPF 30

Akt Therapy D-Luxe Daily Bronzer SPF 30

Akt Therapy D-Luxe Daily Bronzer SPF 30 has a sheer bronze tint that helps to disguise redness and uneven tone, and leaves your skin with a luminous finish. Meanwhile, it's fully protecting you with 25 percent zinc oxide in a base of olive oil, beeswax and vitamin E.

Ava Isa Aurora Rose Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Silicone-free ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

Ava Isa Aurora Rose Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen

Ava Isa Aurora Rose Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen

Ava Isa Aurora Rose Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen has a light nude-rose tint and is infused with gold shimmer (although it's so subtle, I can't even detect it on my skin). It also happens to be one of the most effective formulas, thanks to the combination of 15 percent zinc oxide and Bio UVA Ultra. The latter increases the UVA protection by up to 60 percent!

Beautycounter Countersun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30

✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free Water-resistant ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

Beautycounter Countersun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30

Beautycounter Countersun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30

Beautycounter Countersun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30 is a spray-on sunscreen available in two shades, Light/Medium and Medium/Deep. In terms of protection, you're getting 14.5 percent zinc oxide plus 80 minutes of water-resistance—so I'd use this on your body, especially if you'll be swimming or sweating. 

Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

✓Low-PUFA ✓Low-silicone ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 comes in six shades ranging from Fair to Deep, so everyone should be able to find their match. The texture is a cream-gel, and as per the name, the finish is dewy (although you could certainly layer powder on top). Since it has just 14 percent zinc oxide, this is only an SPF 20, so it's best to layer it over another sunscreen.

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Fragrance-free ✓Silicone-free ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 has a sheer tint and a thin, fluid texture, just like a dry-oil foundation. I find this one tends to stay on top of the skin more than other formulas, with a dewy finish—so it works well as a replacement for foundation. (It just may be a little dark if you are fair.) At SPF 50, with 25 percent zinc oxide, this is also an ultra protective sunscreen.

Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream SPF 30+

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Silicone-free ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream SPF 30

Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream SPF 30+

Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream SPF 30+ is a tinted BB cream offering light-to-medium coverage in five shades (from Fair to Deep). Keep in mind that the colours tend to run dark and warm, so you may need to go lighter than normal. This formula protects with a 20 percent concentration of zinc oxide.

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Fragrance-free ✓Low-silicone ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 has a sheer, warm tint that should work for medium to dark skin tones. (If you're fair to light, I'd stick with the non-tinted Umbra Sheer version.) The finish is dewy, with some fine shimmer running through it—although for what it's worth, I can never see it on my face! In terms of protection, you're getting 20 percent zinc oxide in here.

First Aid Beauty Weightless Liquid Mineral Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide SPF 30

✓PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Low-silicone ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

First Aid Beauty Weightless Liquid Mineral Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide SPF 30

First Aid Beauty Weightless Liquid Mineral Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide SPF 30

First Aid Beauty Weightless Liquid Mineral Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide SPF 30 has a sheer tint and the texture of a lightweight, semi-matte foundation, which gives your skin a more perfected look. Just keep in mind that the colour is darker than depicted, so it probably won't work for fair and light skin tones. Since it only has 16.8 percent zinc oxide, I'd layer this over another sunscreen or wear it on days when you won't be outside for long.

ILIA Super Serum Tint SPF 40

✓PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Silicone-free ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

ILIA Super Serum Tint SPF 40

ILIA Super Serum Tint SPF 40

ILIA Super Serum Tint SPF 40 offers by the far the widest shade range—there are an impressive 18 tones to choose from! So whether you're a Rendezvous or a Roque, a match is virtually guaranteed. This formula gives you sheer and dewy coverage, and is boosted by two percent niacinamide and 0.5 percent hyaluronic acid for extra skincare benefits. But since the zinc oxide concentration is on the low side at 12 percent, this should definitely be worn on top of a more protective sunscreen.

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer is a BB cream that is available in three tints as well as Sheer. Unfortunately, it only goes as dark as Tan, so the brand doesn't have an option here for deeper tones (try the Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30 instead). This is a moisturizing formula, delivering light coverage as well as 20 percent zinc oxide protection. 

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30 is a super sheer CC cream, with only enough coverage to even out your skin tone. With five shades—from Natural Glow to Deep Glow—there's an option for everyone. I find this is one of the dewiest formulas, so consider finishing off with translucent powder if you like to look more matte. There's a generous amount of zinc oxide in here, at 20 percent.

Kinship Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 32

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

Kinship Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 32

Kinship Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 32

Kinship Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 32 has a light pinky-beige tint that disappears on the skin—just enough to eliminate any potential white cast. Since it's designed for acne-prone skin, it dries down with a pore-blurring effect (even though there are no silicones) and a subtle glow. To protect your skin, it also has one of the higher concentrations of zinc oxide, 22.4 percent.

MDSolarSciences MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50

✓PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

MDSolarSciences MD Creme Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50

MDSolarSciences MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50

MDSolarSciences MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50 is a sheer, matte BB cream that comes in two shades: Light/Medium and Medium/Dark. Although there's not much coverage, it's infused with niacinamide, green tea and caffeine to calm and fight free radicals. The active ingredients are 17 percent zinc oxide and two percent titanium dioxide; an additional five percent of the latter would be ideal, but this is still giving decent protection. It's also a good option for outdoor activities since you're getting 80 minutes of water-resistance (probably due to the silicones).

MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30

✓PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Creme SPF 30

MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30

MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30 comes in a single matte tint to blend with most skin tones. It's sheer, so the brand suggests wearing it as a primer under foundation if you need more coverage. Just like the MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50, it protects with 17 percent zinc oxide and two percent titanium dioxide, and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. However, it is high in silicone.

Naturally Serious Mineral Sun Defense Moisturizer SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

Naturally Serious Mineral Sun Defense Moisturizer SPF 30

Naturally Serious Mineral Sun Defense Moisturizer SPF 30

Naturally Serious Mineral Sun Defense Moisturizer SPF 30 has a lotion texture and a light tint that blends with light to medium skin, but may not be suitable for deeper tones. Rather than absorbing in, this formula tends to work more like a sheer, skin-perfecting foundation. Best of all, it gives you an extremely high level of protection with 25 percent zinc oxide and four percent titanium dioxide. 

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face Shade Coconut Glow SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Silicone-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face Shade Coconut Glow SPF 30

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face Shade Coconut Glow SPF 30

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face Shade Coconut Glow SPF 30 might appear to be a self-tanner, but it's actually a wash-off, bronze-tinted facial sunscreen with subtle shimmer. That makes it ideal for darker tones, or anyone seeking a sun-kissed glow. It contains 20 percent zinc oxide, and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Sunscreen Pineapple Flower SPF 30

PUFA-free ✓Silicone-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Sunscreen Pineapple Flower SPF 30

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Sunscreen Pineapple Flower SPF 30

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Sunscreen Pineapple Flower SPF 30 is spray-on sunscreen for the body with a bronze tint. So it should blend in well with medium to dark tones, but if you have light skin, it will make you appear tanned. Just be careful to spray it away from clothes, as it could stain before it dries down. This one has 14.5 percent zinc oxide, plus 80 minutes of water-resistance.

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Bronzing Body Butter Coconut

✓High-zinc PUFA-free ✓Silicone-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Bronzing Body Butter Coconut

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Bronzing Body Butter Coconut

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Bronzing Body Butter Coconut is a rich, moisturizing tinted sunscreen specifically for your body. It comes in one deep bronze tint, so expect to take a bit of extra time blending it out (and again, keeping it away from clothes until it dries). It gives you 80 minutes of water-resistance plus a high 22 percent zinc oxide for complete UVA and UVB protection.

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Bronzing Body Butter Crystal Shimmer

PUFA-free ✓Silicone-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Bronzing Body Butter Crystal Shimmer

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Bronzing Body Butter Crystal Shimmer

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Bronzing Body Butter Crystal Shimmer gives your body not only a bronze tint, but also a dose of shimmer. So it could be a good substitute for "leg makeup" if you want to disguise imperfections with a tanned, illuminated look. Like the brand's other formulas, it is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. You're also getting a good amount of sun protection with 19.5 percent zinc oxide.

Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Fragrance-free ✓Low-silicone ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30

Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30

Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30 is available in four shades—but surprisingly, despite being one of the OG tinted sunscreens, it only goes as dark as Medium. (Fortunately, the brand's Impeccable Skin Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30 has more options for darker tones.) This product has the texture and light coverage of a BB cream, and dries down with a natural, semi-matte finish. It's also quite protective thanks to the 20 percent zinc oxide.

Suntegrity Impeccable Skin Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30

✓PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Silicone-free ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

Suntegrity Impeccable Skin Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30

Suntegrity Impeccable Skin Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30

Suntegrity Impeccable Skin Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30 is akin to a light-to-medium coverage foundation, with options for all skin tones. There are six shades to choose from, ranging from Ivory to Bronze, and it leaves skin with a glowing, dewy finish. Since the zinc oxide content is slightly low (15 percent), it would work best layered over another sunscreen or on days when you're getting minimal exposure.

Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35

✓High-zinc PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35 is a buildable CC cream that promises a higher level of coverage—about light to medium. Unfortunately, the four shades only go as dark as Medium, and the brand doesn't have any other offerings that cater to deeper tones. This has a semi-matte finish, and protects well with 20 percent zinc oxide and two percent titanium dioxide. Just be aware that it is high in silicones.

Supergoop! Mattescreen SPF 40

✓Low-PUFA ✓Fragrance-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

Supergoop Mattescreen SPF 40

Supergoop! Mattescreen SPF 40

Supergoop! Mattescreen SPF 40 comes in one sheer tint, and as the name suggests, it leaves a matte finish. While it doesn't deposit any colour on the skin, it does have velvety texture that helps to blur out pores. (That's because of the silicone content, FYI.) This one has 17 percent zinc oxide and 0.7 percent titanium dioxide—which is slightly low, so choose a higher-protection formula if you plan to spend significant time outside. It's also water-resistant for up to 40 minutes.

Supergoop! Zincscreen 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 40

✓PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Low-silicone ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

Supergoop Zincscreen 100 Mineral Lotion SPF 40

Supergoop! Zincscreen 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 40

Supergoop! Zincscreen 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 40 is tinted a light pink that becomes translucent on all skin tones, eliminating any white cast and imparting a brightening effect. It also has a lightweight texture and natural finish, with ingredients that won't aggravate sensitive and acne-prone skin types. The downside is that there's only 13 percent zinc oxide in here, so I'd save this for days with very minimal sun exposure.

Thinksport Everyday Face SPF 30+

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Fragrance-free ✓Low-silicone ✓Water-resistant ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

Thinksport Everyday Face SPF 30

Thinksport Everyday Face SPF 30+

Thinksport Everyday Face SPF 30+ is a non-greasy lotion that comes in one universal tint and leaves skin with a naturally semi-matte finish. While the shade should blend seamlessly into light to medium skin, I suspect it may be a little light for deep tones. In terms of protection, this has 20 percent zinc oxide, plus 80 minutes of water-resistance.

UnSun Mineral Tinted Broad Spectrum Face Sunscreen SPF 30

✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

UnSun Mineral Tinted Broad Spectrum Face Sunscreen SPF 30

UnSun Mineral Tinted Broad Spectrum Face Sunscreen SPF 30

UnSun Mineral Tinted Broad Spectrum Face Sunscreen SPF 30 was specifically developed with women of colour in mind, and comes in two shade options, Fair/Light and Medium/Dark. You're getting light coverage with a dewy finish, and no white or grey cast—but that's also because of the lower level of active ingredients. This formula contains just 6.5 percent zinc oxide and 5.5 percent titanium dioxide, so be sure to wear it over a more protective sunscreen if you plan to be outdoors.

W3ll People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Fragrance-free ✓Silicone-free ✓Reef-safe ✓Cruelty-free

W3ll People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30

W3ll People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30

W3ll People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30 offers the texture, coverage and colour selection of a light foundation. It's available in four tints, from Fair to Medium/Dark, which I've found tend to run deeper and warmer compared to other brands. Just like a foundation, you do need to take some time blending this out, but it is buildable up to a medium level of coverage, and gives skin a glowy finish. It also protects well thanks to 20 percent zinc oxide.

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