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Like your facial suncream with a hint of colour? These are the newest and best tinted SPFs

June 14th 2019 / Jessica Morgan / 0 comment

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These sunscreens give you a subtle hint of colour and skincare benefits too. Find your match with our edit...

Experts are all in agreement that sun protection is the one skincare step we all need to be incorporating into our daily routines. And while many foundations and contain SPF, remember you need to top up with a teaspoonful on the face and neck every two hours to keep up the level of protection it says on the bottle, which is a whole lot of pigment. This is where the tinted SPF comes into its own; it's sun protection first and foremost, but one you can top up throughout the day with that extra bit of colour or coverage.

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These magical bases come in several different formulas (liquid, cream, powder) as well as finishes (dewy, matte, satin) and feature super sheer, medium, and full-coverage options.

A limitation when buying a tinted SPF is the shade range - we found mostly light-to-medium options and remember they are generally tints rather than foundation-like perfect matches. Some feature a hint of colour in one shade to dial down the whiteness that can come from zinc oxide in a physical barrier formula.

Here are the best tinted SPFs tried and tested.

Avene Sun Care Very High Protection B-Protect SPF50+, £13 for 30ml

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This lightweight sunscreen is specially formulated for those with highly sensitive skin. It's a very slightly tinted cream that protects against UVA and UVB and pollution, while its SunSitive protection, Pre-Tocopheryl, Avene Thermal Spring Water and B-Protect give high-level sun and pollution protection. It contains microencapsulated pigments which release upon application delivering a subtle hint of colour, whilst keeping the skin hydrated and dewy.

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Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF30, £30 for 60ml

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If you want a slight hint of colour, Drunk Elephant's Umbre Tint sunscreen is a perfect choice. The mineral formula is enriched with antioxidants drawn from sunflower shoot extract and grape juice which both work together to reduce photo ageing and encourage a younger-looking complexion. It doesn't contain any silicones or fragrance, a great option for those with dry, combination or sensitive skin.

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Jan Marini Antioxidant physical protectant SPF30, £55 for 57g

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There has been a bit of a buzz around Jan Marini's skincare products, with celebrities such as Cher, Amber Valletta, Naomi Watts and Sadie Frost waxing lyrical about her superior sunscreen line. This weightless sunscreen features a universal tint and has a sheer, matte finish. The formula contains green tea extract, alpha bisabolol that provide enhanced free radical protection while soothing and calming the skin. It is water resistant for up to 80m and fragrance-free.

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SkinCeuticals Mineral Matte UV Defense 30, £41 for 50ml

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For a mineral sunscreen, this universal tinted SPF from SkinCeuticals has an oilier, more hydrating feel, and is incredibly sheer. It makes a great option for those who want a weightless SPF that sits nicely under makeup. It gives both UVA and UVB protection, while its formula is infused with translucent colour spheres that blend easily on the skin, delivering an even skin tone, although we found it looked a little grey on dark skin.

It's great for when you want to skip the foundation and is also suitable for use after a chemical peel to reduce redness and protect it from harmful rays. Buy it now

Neostrata Targeted Treatment Sheer Physical Protection SPF50, £32.78 for 50ml

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A solid derm favourite, NeoStrata's Sheer Physical Protection sunscreen is known for its ultra-sheer, mattifying finish that provides UVA and UVB protection. It offers a sheer tint that complements every skin tone as it blends into the skin beautifully without leaving any white marks or uneven patches.

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Sisley Paris Tinted Sunscreen Cream SPF30, £121 for 40ml

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If you want an even tan after your holiday to St Tropez then Sisley's offering should be a no-brainer. Not only does it offer both UVA/UVB protection, but its non-greasy formula melts into the skin and helps to smooth fine lines and minimise dark spots without clogging the pores. Scented with sage and marjoram essential oils and enriched with camellia and shea butter oils, this SPF will hydrate, moisturise and protect. Available in Natural, Golden and Deep Amber.

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Ultrasun Sun Protection Tinted Face Fluid SPF50+, £28 for 40ml

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This tinted sunscreen shields your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, while giving your complexion that St Tropez glow. It is a universal tint that suits all skin shades and doesn't leave a white film upon application. The formula contains ectoin, a naturally-occurring enzyme that works to minimise photo ageing. It's also suitable for all skin types (including you sensitive lot) as it contains no perfumes or essential oils and is rich enough to take the place of a moisturiser.

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Heliocare Colour Gelcream Brown, £21.40

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Not only does this sunscreen have amazing reviews online, with users branding the product as a 'miracle worker' but it's also widely recommended by dermatologists and aestheticians. If you hate going completely makeup-free at the beach and want more than a little bit of a tint in your skin but don't want to compromise on sun protection. Heliocare's sunscreen is lightweight, non-greasy and comes in two skin-enhancing shades that are designed to blend into every skin tone. The brand's 'Fernblock' technology provides antioxidant protection to prevent DNA damage within the cells. There are a few formula options including oil-free. This can easily take the place of a medium-coverage foundation.

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