Makeup Wars ~ My Sunscreen Picks for Summer

This week the Makeup Wars team is sharing some of our favourite sunscreen products with you.


My absolute favourite makeup bases containing sunscreen are the shu uemura UV Under Base Mousses. There are several versions available and I have been testing out the ob for shu uemura adorably packaged POREraser in Pink formula as well as the BB version in Beige. These light foams are incredible. The finish they give is so beautiful I hate covering them up with makeup. In fact they even out my skintone enough that I often find myself skipping foundation all together. The SPF ranges from SPF 30 PA+++ to SPF 35 PA+++ depending on the version. They are amazing makeup primers giving your complexion all day lasting power and the fact they include adequate sun protection is such a bonus.

I wear sunscreen on my face year round but when summer comes I amp up the protection. I know the sun is going to be stronger and I am going to be spending more time in it. My favourite chemical based sunscreen continues to be the Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50. It performs beautifully under makeup, dries to a satiny finish, and leaves no white residue.

I have been trying to turn to physical sunscreens more often. I make sure they contain both Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide for broad spectrum protection. The trick with mineral sunscreens can be finding ones that aren’t overly greasy, or that don’t leave a ghostly mask on your face. I have been really loving the Lavanila The Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 Face Cream (recommended by the beautiful Phyrra) and the Kiss My Face Sunscreen with Hydresia SPF 40. With adequate blending they both blend in clear and offer my skin sufficient hydration without a greasy feel. I do find I have to be careful to blend in really well around my hairline and eyebrows as some whiteness can build up around the hairs if I’m not careful. They both work great under makeup for me. The Lavinila offers a lovely satin finish and the Kiss my Face a quite matte effect. I find they both look really great when I opt to not wear any makeup which I sometimes do at the cottage. It can be hard to find mineral sunscreens that don’t make you look like a greasy ghost!

For face and body I am still loving the MD Solar Sciences line. You can read more about these great products in my original review. I have no complaints with this excellent lineup of broad spectrum mineral sunscreens.

For convenience I love the Ombrelle SPF 60 Face Stick. I can keep it in my purse with me at all times and quickly swipe on my nose or other high points of my face for extra protection. It has a dry touch finish and is totally invisible.

My go to for body sunscreen is the KINeSYS SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray. I started buying the kid’s version in the orange bottle when my daughter was a baby 5 years ago. It has a hazard warning of only 3 on the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database which is why I chose it. I suppose I should have continued trying to find one of the sunscreens with a 0-2 low hazard rating but I just loved this one so much and it works so well. My children have never had the slightest bit of a burn or a tan. They maintain their gloriously white porcelain skin year round. It is super easy to use as it is a clear spray and rubs in easily. It is so hard with kids to get them to sit still long enough to rub thick white goopey sunscreen all over them. Then they end up with every bit of sand and grass stuck to them. This is totally non sticky, fast drying, and invisible. Those are all the reasons I started using this sunscreen on myself. Now it is pretty much all my family uses. It is a chemical sunscreen and not a mineral one. I think I will start trying to use the mineral versions I’ve been loving for my face more on my kids like the MD Solar Sciences.

The only other body sunscreen I sometimes use is the Australian Gold SPF 15 Spray Gel with Bronzer. It smells amazing and helps me build a little bit of colour on my legs while still remaining protected with the broad spectrum protection. I must admit it is the smell and lovely bronze sheen of this product that keeps me searching high and low for it each summer. It can be very hard to find for some reason near me.

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So that is my arsenal of sunscreens. It may not be the best curated as I haven’t invested a bunch of money testing out different formulas. I have stuck with what has worked for me. I’m sure there are many new and amazing formulas I should be checking out. I’m looking forward to hearing the other Makeup Wars members recommendations as well as YOURS so please comment below! Make sure to check out the Favourite Sunscreen Products of the other Makeup Wars members. Just click on the thumbnails below or use the Previous and Next buttons at the top of this post. If you have missed out on the previous Makeup Wars posts then be sure to check them out, including our Favourite Waterproof Makeup ProductsFavourite MasksFavourite Non Powder Eye ShadowsApril Fools Day PrankSpa Pampering at HomePantone Color of the Year Emerald Green LooksTravel PicksValentines Day LookHoliday LookHoliday WishlistsFavourite MascarasFavourite Fall LookFavourite Red LipFavourite Makeup BrushFavourite Fall Nail Polish, and Most Expensive Makeup Look.

Some products contained in this post provided my the company’s PR for my consideration. As always all reviews are my own unbiased opinions. Post contains affiliate links which help support this site.

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