Best mineral sunscreens review & demo ☀️| everyone has an opinion

Best mineral sunscreens review & demo ☀️| everyone has an opinion

Today’s video, we’re doing reviews of 6+ different mineral sunscreens (aka physical sunscreens) on the hunt for no white cast! I found: best overall incl. sensitive skin, best for makeup lovers, and best for oily skin! Open for more info +++


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In the US, I’d suggest getting mineral sunscreens over chemical ones because our requirements are not as strict on UVA protection (SPF measures UVB protection–what causes sunburn, but UVA is actually what causes aging). Mineral filters like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide protect against UVA and UVB while many others are only good for UVB. In other countries, where more chemical filters are approved with stronger requirements for UVA protection, chem sunscreens can be a better bet.

☀️Products reviewed:

╰ Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen:
╰ Australian Gold Botanical – Tinted:
╰ Cotz Face Sunscreen (tinted):
╰ Cotz Face Sunscreen (no tint):
╰ Elta MD UV Physical:
╰ Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer:
╰ A’Pieu Power Block Mild:
╰ Etude House Sunprise Mild: (forgot to mention in the video, but this does have alcohol has an ingredient so if you’re sensitive to that, skip it!)
╰ ColoreScience Sunforgettable:


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Comments (32)

  • Judy K Reply

    I’m really trying hard to love the eltaMD tinted sunscreen
    as I’ve heard a lot of great reviews for it, so I thought I’d give it a try. I
    got my first bottle just the other day and I really feel like tossing it in the
    bin. The consistency is not even close to being smooth and creamy like what I’ve
    seen in this video and many others from other reviewers. It’s almost as if the
    mousse texture is dried out and when I try to spread it, it creates flakey bits
    on my face as I’m rubbing the cream in – almost like eraser dust, but when I
    see Jo demo it in this video, her rubbing it in ends in a smooth finish. Did
    anyone ever experienced this before? Why is mine so weird like it’s gone bad, I
    checked the expiration date and it’s not expiring anytime soon. Did I just
    happen to get one from a bad batch?? L

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Maison David Reply

    Does the elta md wash off easily?

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Nora Rosario Reply

    i will be buying the Cotz Sensitive Sunscreen spf 40 because its around my budget yes i have a budget! hopefully is as good as websites say it is. its top 3 out of a top 8 list. thanks for the review

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Ms. Ming lifestyle Reply

    The drunk elephant one is very moisturizing, blend well with foundations and make up

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • greentree Reply

    Have you tried CoTZ Sensitive spf 40 (untinted) with 20% zinc oxide, or CoTZ Flawless Complexion spf 50 (tinted with iron oxides) with 20% zinc oxide? I use and LOVE both because they do not leave a white cast and the second one has a slight universal tint to even out skin tone. You need to review these 2 also and they aren’t expensive.

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Sariah Lace Reply

    Have you ever used the Australian gold,the one in this video,under foundation.Just wanted to know,if it messed up,your makeup in anyway.

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Sariah Lace Reply

    It’s been said,that you should apply sunscreen by spreading it lightly and evenly on the skin then allowing it to sit on the face to sink in,or pat in into the skin,and then allow it to sink into the skin,instead of rubbing on and in,like you have.If you apply your sunscreen like this everyday,not the correct way.

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Moonbeam Lucas Reply

    Doesn’t the Australian Gold have a lot of ALUMINIUM content? In Europe there’s been a lot of scare about aluminium in products such as deodorants and aluminium is thought to present a health hazard potentially…………

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Karen Nennstiel Reply

    The tinted version of Australian Gold has no scent.

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • LaNae REINERTSEN Reply

    Thanks so much for this review. Elta MD 47 (untinted) is the one that I consistantly reach for. Second is the Coola SPF 30 mineral BB cream. I actually like it better. It's a nice moisturizing mousse. But the price point is higher so on lazy mornings when I don't feel like opening two sunscreens (face and body) I just do Elta MD all over. Too many products/steps with hair and makeup. Simplify!
    Also don't forget to apply to your ears. I have Disciod Skin Lupus which is highly photorective and developed a DSL rash on my ear from the UVA coming through my car window (since I don't wear a hat driving and wasn't applying sunscreen there!)

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • bellerella36 Reply

    Love how informative and thorough you are

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Chrissy Rasmussen Reply

    You should try the Colorscience face and body sunscreens. I really love them! Also the clinique SPF 50 Pep start one is a physical SPF that blends in wonderfully!

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Julie Barnes Reply

    I’ve tried the Cotz and it was too thick I’m in to the Etude House Sunprise I buy it over and over I subscribed! I’m new Hi from SC👋

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Nancy McGaw Reply

    Thanks Jo for that review….I love, love love Elta MD UV clear…I have tried so many sunscreens and this came out tops for me.

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Melissa H. McCormack Reply

    Jo – have you tried Elta MD UV elements? I am curious how it compares to the UV 41

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Poemi10304 Reply

    Very much appreciated!!!! 😆😆😆😆👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Siansonea Orande Reply

    I can't use the Elta MD tinted sunscreen. The pilling is just out of control. I guess I should try it on absolutely bare skin, but I just don't know if it would give enough moisture in that case.

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Merly Cardona Reply

    great video!!! I love the way you explain everything so I just subscribe to your chanel and I've been watching you since yesterday and it's been so fun. Please if you can do a video about just drug store mineral suncreen (no white cast – inexpensive – matte finish) that woul be very helpful!!! I'm a stay at home mom so I'm on a buget.
    thanks for sharing whit us all of this amazing information 😘

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Ana Pebble Reply

    I notice I sweat more with mineral sunscreens (using it on all exposed areas, not just my face). I literally have to bring wipes and extra deodorant during the summer when I wear mineral. I wonder why that is???

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Veronica Q Reply

    The Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Mineral Lotion contains eucalyptus oil which is an irritant and can sensitize skin! Some budget-friendly options I like: for my face, Skin Aqua Super Moisture milk SPF50 PA ++++ and for my body, Banana boat for kidz tear free which is a mineral sunscreen.

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Trace Reply

    I like the Australian Gold, the same version that you showed. I am very fair though, so after 10-15 mins, the white cast disappears. I do agree that the scent is a problem. For anyone interested, they do have a new version for children, which is unscented. I am going to try that as soon as I finish my current bottle. The ingredients appear to be the same, but are listed in a different order.

    I also like Drunk Elephant (no tint), but I do have to let it dry down for 30 mins or more before putting on my mineral foundation. The white cast is not a problem for me, but it does make me look more oily. It works best for me in winter. You are right about it not being watersweat resistant and to their credit their labeling states that you should use another sunscreen for water exposure.

    Nice review.

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Grahernandez Reply

    Thank you for taking your time to review all these products. It is very generous of you to dedicate your time and money to these projects. I will definitely be purchasing the etude sunprise. I'm so glad I stumbled onto your channel. ❤

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • GretchenVaughn Reply

    Sorry, one more comment: How does everyone like the Farmacy Green Screen SPF 30? I liked it except it's not sweat-resistant ran into my eyes. I think for winter it will be perfect, especially with the protection from indirect and blue lighting. I love the Green Clean cleansing balm (which I noticed is made in Korea).

    Hi, Joanna! New subscriber. I finally found your channel! I think YouTube knows I watch mineral sunscreen testing videos — and Asian beauty bloggers. That took awhile for YT to figure out. ☹️ I watch Gothamista, Serein Wu and Judy C. a lot. Judy C. has the best eyeshadow tutorials anywhere, especially for Asian and hooded eyes. Finally, found a cut crease technique that works for my 47 year old peepers.

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • GretchenVaughn Reply

    2/2 1) My favorite sunscreen for under makeup is the Coola Daydream Mineral Primer SPF 30. Skin looks a tad lighter but better even without makeup. It is lightly moisturizing. It is water-resistant which is important in the summer. It comes in a glass bottle, so it's hard to get it all out. The pump clogs. I have to shake it or it will start pilling. 2) The best mineral sunscreen no one talks about is Andalou 1000 Roses Color + Correct SPF 30. It's water-resistant, comes in two shades of sheer tint, and is also great skincare. My skin looks more even overall even on days I don't use this. It needs a little mattifying. I like the NYX Stay Matte Not Flat powder foundation. It pills when I use it with my liquid foundations.

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • GretchenVaughn Reply

    1/2 I have tried so many mineral sunscreens that I have to divide this into two comments! My current favorite is the Sunprise. If I wear full makeup with any sunscreen, I use Skindinavia Primer Spray (no silicone!). A couple of tips for others listed: 1) Cotz facial untinted is for light skin tones. I have to set it on my nose as soon as I put it on or it will slide while applying makeup. I use the Supergoop Invincible SPF 45 setting powder. 2) Australian Gold for face tinted changes the color of my foundation, emphasizes texture; but I like it on its own. It is waterproof and won't run into your eyes.

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Zuly Reply

    Thank you for such an informative video. I use Elta MD and I'm looking for other options… What about the invisible zinc?? Is it good under makeup?

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Roseanne Braverman Reply

    Hello, great video! I have the Australian Gold tinted, no strong scent, but a scent that reminds me of school glue (like Elmers). I have combination skin, prone to breakouts and I find this a little drying.
    I’ve been wanting to try the Elta MD and will probably order some next.
    A review of chemical sunscreen, especially Asian sunscreens would be appreciated 😊

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Marta Vieira Reply

    Thanks for a super informative video! Have you tried the (untinted) Elta MD clear SPF 46? It’s been my favorite for years and I’d be curious to see how it compares to the Elta MD one you like.

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Laura Kang Reply

    I use Juice Beauty’s daily face moisturizer plus spf 30. It’s not tinted but it has like a slight color, and I have really tan skin yet it leaves no cast, and best of all it has no silicones:)

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • May A. Reply

    Thanks for your review. I only use physical sunscreens and am always on the hunt for the “one”… have you tried Make p:rem UV defense me? I enjoy this one a lot. Before I was using the Elta MD that you mentioned on your video, but since I am a lot more tanned than you, the tint always looked a little weird on me.

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Bonnie Garner Reply

    Great video, super informative 👍 Thank you 💕

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Kelly Marie Reply

    I love the Australian Gold tinted and Elta MD tinted. The regular Australian Gold I use on my body and my kids. Worked great for Disney but hard to remove. Thank you for the review!

    December 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm

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