Best Tinted Compact Mineral Sunscreens: Review

Ella Mar 10, 2024
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Table of Contents
  1. What are mineral sunscreens?
  2. Best compact mineral sunscreens
    1. 1. AveneMineral Tinted Compact SPF 50
    2. 2.URIAGE EAU THERMALE - WATER CREAM TINTED COMPACT SPF30
    3. 3.HELIOCARE Color Compact Oil-Free SPF 50
    4. 4. Sensilis Photocorrection [Make Up] SPF 50+
    5. 5. BIODERMA Photoderm Compact MINERAL SPF50+
  3. Main Takeaway

In today's fast-paced world, convenience is key, and that includes staying protected from the sun's harmful rays on-the-go. Compact sunscreens, with their portable packaging and easy application, offer the perfect solution for busy individuals who need reliable SPF protection wherever they go.

Whether you're a frequent traveler, an outdoor enthusiast, or simply looking for a fuss-free way to stay sun-safe, together let us discover the best compact sunscreens offering high broad spectrum sun protection to keep your skin protected and radiant all year round.

Based on my experience and research, I have selected and reviewed 5 compact mineral sunscreens with high SPF that I recommend to try if you are looking for a convenient way to get high sun protection for your face and neck combined with a tinted coverage - let me know if you would like me to do a review video of any of these sunscreens on my Instagram page!

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What are mineral sunscreens?

Mineral sunscreens, also known as physical sunscreens, harness the power of naturally occurring minerals to provide protection against the sun's harmful UV rays. Unlike chemical sunscreens, which use chemical (also sometimes referred to as organic) filters, mineral sunscreens use such non-organic ingredients as filters, which work by partly reflecting and partly absorbing the UV rays and transforming them to heat energy (similar to chemical filters).

The primary active ingredients in mineral sunscreens are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, both of which are naturally derived minerals. These minerals possess unique properties that make them effective at blocking UV radiation across the entire spectrum, including both UVA and UVB rays. Zinc oxide, in particular, is highly regarded for its broad-spectrum protection and photostability, making it a popular choice for mineral sunscreen formulations.

One of the key advantages of mineral sunscreens is their gentle and non-irritating nature, making them suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and reactive skin. Unlike chemical sunscreens, which can sometimes cause irritation or allergic reactions, mineral sunscreens are less likely to cause skin sensitivity, making them ideal for individuals with delicate or easily irritated skin.

Another notable benefit of mineral sunscreens is their eco-friendly and reef-safe properties. Unlike certain chemical UV filters, which have been linked to coral bleaching and environmental damage, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are considered safe for marine ecosystems, making mineral sunscreens a more sustainable choice for both your skin and the environment.

Best compact mineral sunscreens

1. Avene Mineral Tinted Compact SPF 50

50 SPF powered mineral sunscreen in compact - Avene

✅Benefits: 

  • Broad spectrum SPF 50

  • Mineral filters only (Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide)

  • Photostable Vitamin E that provides antioxidant protection against free radicals

  • Creamy, dry powder-like finish - the texture is really pleasant and blended into my skin perfectly, leaving no greasy residue

  • Fragrance-free

  • Paraben-free

  • Alcohol-free

  • Mineral Oil-free

❌Drawbacks: 

  • Available in two shades only (beige and honey): the lightest- beige option was a little too dark on my face, so I use it for contouring

  • It is quite pricey: one packaging costs around 43 $, however, it only contains 10 grams/ 0.35 oz so the cost for unit is pretty steep! I guess that is the price for convenience of application and quality of ingredients you have to pay!

2. URIAGE EAU THERMALE - WATER CREAM TINTED COMPACT SPF30

EAU THERMALE - Water Cream Tinted Compact SPF30

✅Benefits: 

  • Broad spectrum SPF 30

  • Mineral filters only (Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide)

  • Contains Vitamin E and Vitamin C derivatives

  • Highly hydrating - perfect for dry skin

  • Non-comedogenic

  • Creamy and hydrating texture 

❌Drawbacks: 

  • Available in one shade only (light beige): the shade was almost perfect for my skin, it could be 2% lighter, then I could say it was perfect. Overall - not suited for a wide range of skin colors, obviously, that is definitely a big drawback.

  • It is relatively cheap compared to the other products of this kind - one packaging costs 23 $, and it contains 10 grams/ 0.35 oz - the cost for unit is still kind of high if compared to regular tinted mineral sunscreens.

3. HELIOCARE Color Compact Oil-Free SPF 50

✅Benefits: 

  • Broad spectrum SPF 50

  • Contains antioxidants

  • Non-comedogenic

  • Matte texture - suited for acne prone and oily skin

  • Available is 3 different shades: brown, light and fair

❌Drawbacks: 

  • Contains both mineral AND chemical filters, might not be suited for sensitive skin or individuals who prefer mineral sunscreens for various reasons.

  • It is highly priced compared to the other products of this kind - one packaging costs around 38 $, and it contains 10 grams/ 0.35 oz so the cost for unit is very high if compared to regular tinted mineral sunscreens.

4.  Sensilis Photocorrection [Make Up] SPF 50+

✅Benefits: 

  • Broad spectrum SPF 50+

  • Mineral filters only (Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide)

  • Contains moisturizing ingredients, like Hyaluronic Acid, Schisandra Chinensis, Bisabolol and Vitamin E

  • Sweat resistant

  • Non-comedogenic

  • Hypoallergic

  • Matte texture - suited for acne prone and oily skin

  • Available is 3 different shades: natural rose, golden and bronze

❌Drawbacks: 

  • The available shades as not suited for fair skinned individuals - they could be used as blush or bronzer, though.

  • It is averagely priced compared to the other products of this kind - one packaging costs around 34 $, and it contains 10 grams/ 0.35 oz, the cost for unit is still very high if compared to regular tinted mineral sunscreens.

5. BIODERMA Photoderm Compact MINERAL SPF50+

✅Benefits: 

  • Broad spectrum SPF 50+

  • Mineral filters only (Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide)

  • Resistant to water, heat and high humidity

  • Matte finish

  • Non-comedogenic

  • Suited for oily, acne prone skin

  • Fragrance-free

❌Drawbacks: 

  • Available in two shades only (light and dark)

  • Only available in stores/online stores in Spain, some Latin American countries

  • It is relatively cheap -  one packaging costs around 20 $, however, it only contains 10 grams/ 0.35 oz - the cost for unit is still kind of high if compared to regular tinted mineral sunscreens.

Main Takeaway

In conclusion, there are many great compact sunscreens offering high broad spectrum SPF on the market. Here is a comparison of all the reviewed brand products:

Brand

Avene 

Uriage

Heliocare

Sensilis

Bioderma

Protection

SPF50

SPF30

SPF50

SPF50+

SPF50+

Shades

2

1

3

3

2

Filters

100%mineral

100%mineral

Mineral+chemical

100%mineral

100%mineral

Finish

Matte

Sheer

Matte

Matte

Matte

Price

43$

23$

38$

34$

20$

In general, the compact SPFs by Uriage and Bioderma fall into the "most affordable" category, while the one by Uriage is the most suited one for people with dry skin. All of the other ones are mostly suited for people with combination to oily skin as they offer a matte finish.

It should be mentioned that the compact SPF by Heliocare contains both mineral AND chemical filters, so it might not be suited for people with sensitive skin or a preference for 100% mineral filters in their sunscreen.

Both Heliocare and Sensilis have their compact SPF available in the 3 different shades and they have options for darker skin tones.

In general, these are all great options if you are looking for a reliable and broad spectrum SPF that also offers a natural coverage and easy application, and everyone can find the most suited one based on their preferences, budget and skin type.

If you found this article useful, let me know if you would like me to add a review video on my Instagram page! Stay protected and healthy!🌞

Continue reading:

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Table of Contents
  1. What are mineral sunscreens?
  2. Best compact mineral sunscreens
    1. 1. AveneMineral Tinted Compact SPF 50
    2. 2.URIAGE EAU THERMALE - WATER CREAM TINTED COMPACT SPF30
    3. 3.HELIOCARE Color Compact Oil-Free SPF 50
    4. 4. Sensilis Photocorrection [Make Up] SPF 50+
    5. 5. BIODERMA Photoderm Compact MINERAL SPF50+
  3. Main Takeaway