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Five Sunscreens I Like Wearing Under Makeup

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Sunscreens To Wear Under MakeupSunscreen used to be my least favorite skincare product to put on my face each day. The formulas were often greasy, uncomfortable and did not wear well under makeup. I would wear it because I’m super fair and know the importance of wearing sunscreen every single day but I did NOT like it. Fast forward to today and sunscreen formulas have improved 100%. More often than not they feel like a regular moisturizer or serum and not like a traditional sunscreen. I have quite a few that I rotate between and love wearing because they are comfortable, make my skin look great and most importantly for this makeup lover – look great under makeup. Nothing is worse than a sunscreen that breaks apart your foundation or makes you infinitely more greasy as the day goes on. Yuck.

I continuously test sunscreens and am always on the hunt for formulas that can do both – protect my skin AND look great under makeup. I refuse to accept anything less. Thankfully I have not had to and have found a handful of formulas that are absolutely amazing. I have normal to dry skin so I don’t mind a moisturizing or dewy formula but it cannot get greasy throughout the day. All of these sunscreens I have in today’s post do just that though if you have oily or combination skin, some of these may be too dewy for your preference. They have all been tested for months (some years) so I know they work really well under makeup which is my prerequisite at this point for an SPF formulation. Here are my top recommendations:

Sunscreens To Wear Under Makeup

Sunscreens To Wear Under Makeup

Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

This is a long time favorite sunscreen and a regular repurchase for me. I prefer the clear version but there is a tinted version as well. I love wearing it under makeup but it is also the sunscreen that I bring with me to the beach/park etc because it gives such great sun protection. And I also like to recommend this sunscreen for anyone that has acne prone skin, rosacea or hyperpigmentation.

Tatcha The Silk Sunscreen SPF 50

Tatcha recently repackaged their top selling Silk Sunscreen but the formula is still as good as ever. This has a slight peachy tint to even out the complexion but doesn’t give enough coverage to be worn as a skin tint/foundation. I love this because it slightly blurs imperfections and acts as the best makeup primer!

RMS SuperNatural Radiance Serum SPF 30 (discount code: Maree-15)

There are a few glowy sunscreens that I enjoy but this is hands down my holy grail. It simultaneously gives the most radiant lit from within glow, blurs imperfections and gives a tad bit of coverage. It’s not too greasy, doesn’t make me shiny throughout the day, wears beautifully under makeup but also looks great worn alone. It’s truly one of the best formulas I have ever tried. There are three shades in this formula and manage to work well on a wide range of skin tones. (I have a more in depth review of this sunscreen in a prior post)

INNBEAUTY Mineral Sun Glow Broad Spectrum SPF 43

This was the first product that I tried from INNBEAUTY and it instantly made me want to try the rest of the line. This is another glowy sunscreen but much more sheer than the RMS Beauty. It gives a gorgeous glowy look to the skin without managing to emphasize skin texture, pore size or fine lines. It doesn’t give any coverage but I still love to reach for this on the weekends when my skin is looking dull and I want a bit of freshness without opting for foundation or a skin tint. This one only comes in two shades and I wear the shade Fair/Medium.

Bloomeffects Tulip Dew Sunscreen Serum SPF 50 (discount code: Maree)

I had seen buzz about this sunscreen serum on my social media for the past few months. I finally ordered it to see what all the fuss was about. From the first time I tried this sunscreen serum, I understood all the hype. This DOES not feel like a sunscreen at all and instead feels like a moisturizing serum. It has a tint to it which at first made me concerned because it looked way too dark for my pale skin. However, once I applied it, it seems to self adjust and looked beautiful.

This made my skin look fresh, radiant and healthy without being glowy or shimmery. It gives more of a “just had a facial” glow rather than a shimmery glow. I think this could work for those with oily skin but I definitely recommend it more for those with normal to dry skin and especially mature skin! This is an absolute dream on mature skin. (I have a more in depth review of this sunscreen in a prior post)

Naturium Dew-Glow Moisturizer SPF 50

The newest addition to my sunscreen lineup but an instant love. This does not surprise me however because nearly every product I have tried from Naturium is amazing and the price points are SO AFFORDABLE! While the name is Dew-Glow, I would say this is the least dewy sunscreens out of this entire list. It’s creamy, moisturizing and leaves my skin with a natural finish. I can skip moisturizer on the days that I use this because it preps my skin so well for makeup.

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Makeup by Mario Eyeshadow Palette

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Makeup by Mario Eyeshadow PaletteI’ve been trying out more cool toned makeup recently and was curious about the Makeup by Mario Master Mattes Eyeshadow Palette: The Neutrals because it’s mostly shades that skew more cool than warm. Makeup by Mario is a brand founded by celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic and offers a wide range of products that have a makeup artist quality to them but are still suitable for everyday. I have tried a handful of products from Makeup by Mario and so far have enjoyed everything I’ve tried. However, this palette was a bit of a disappointment for me and I’ll explain why in this post.

It’s rare that I love everything from a makeup brand so I can still be a fan of a makeup brand even if I try products that I don’t enjoy. I really wanted to try the Makeup by Mario Ethereal Eyes palette which was more cool toned but it was limited edition and no longer available. I don’t have a ton of matte eyeshadows in my collection but from time to time I do enjoy a palette without any shimmer. So I had hoped this would work for me but ultimately I was not a fan. Here is a bit more about the Makeup by Mario Master Mattes Eyeshadow Palette and my thoughts on how it performed for me.

Makeup by Mario Eyeshadow Palette Review

Makeup by Mario Eyeshadow Palette reviewCurrently Makeup by Mario has a few eyeshadow palettes to choose from. Here’s a look at all available palettes and a bit more about them.

Makeup by Mario Master Mattes Eyeshadow Palette: The Neutrals

This is the palette I am reviewing today. It’s a matte finish neutral-toned palette with 12 wearable shades. It’s a mix of cool and warm tone shades that are designed to create timeless looks for day or night.

Makeup by Mario Master Matte Eyeshadow Palette

This matte eyeshadow palette launched first and contains 12 shades in varying neutral colors.  Most of the shades are very warm and there is a good mix of lighter shades, medium shades and dark shades to create a ton of looks.

Makeup by Mario Master Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

The final palette in the Makeup by Mario line is this metallic palette which contains 12 vibrant shades. There are some neutral shades but this is definitely a bit more colorful for simple everyday looks.

Since I have so many warm toned eyeshadow palettes, I wanted to add a palette with more cool tones to my collection. While some of the colors are definitely cooler, the majority of the shades still felt quite warm to me. They do blend easily but there is a bit of fallout when applying. This didn’t deter me because many matte formulas can perform this way. However I tried a few different combinations on the eyes and never really loved any of them. They felt too similar to palettes I already had.

The swatches below appear quite patchy which they are but when used with a makeup brush on the lids, they are smooth and opaque so don’t let the swatches turn you off from this palette. It only matters how it wears on the lids which was really beautiful. But I didn’t feel I would reach for this palette enough and never loved the eye looks I achieved with it so it is not a hit for me.

Makeup by Mario Master Mattes Eyeshadow Swatches

Makeup by Mario Master Mattes Eyeshadow SwatchesThe swatches are quite patchy and to be honest, it took a few tries to get an opaque swatch but often swatches on the arm are not indicative of the performance of the palette. Though the swatches were not that great, the shadows applied very evenly on the lid and using a brush to pick up the color was key for ensuring the product performed nicely. This is not a palette I would recommend using with your fingers, it most definitely needs to be applied with makeup brushes.  Here is a breakdown of all the colors in the palette with a short description of each shade:

  • MN1 (cream)
  • MN2 (peach nude)
  • MN3 (cool sand)
  • MN4 (muted beige)
  • MN5 (light taupe)
  • MN6 (midtone tan)
  • MN7 (pale mauve)
  • MN8 (ochre brown)
  • MN9 (brownish gray)
  • MN10 (intense cool brown)
  • MN11 (cool blue gray)
  • MN12 (intense black)

The palette has a ton of great qualities and performs really well but my issue with it was more personally tied it not matching what I was looking for (if that makes sense). I will say that the matte finish was nice on the lids but I do tend to prefer a shimmer finish or even a slight satin finish. The matte texture was a tad too powdery and flat for me.


These shadows are definitely very long wearing and lasted all day on me with little to no creasing. This is definitely a palette to wear for a night out or when you plan to have your makeup on for a long time.

Price Point

It’s definitely a mid range price point at $50 for 12 shades. To be honest, if you are going to spend that amount of money on an eyeshadow palette, my pick is the Natasha Denona I Need A Nude Palette or the Natasha Denona Glam Palette.


These shadows are incredibly smooth and VERY easy to blend. However you need to use a brush with them rather than your fingers. If you try to apply these with your fingers, you will not get a smooth and even finish.


Despite the swatches looking very patchy and not that pigmented, the palette is actually very richly pigmented. I would use a light hand when first applying and build up as needed. There is some fallout so be prepared especially when you are using the darker colors.

Cruelty Free

This product is cruelty free and gluten free.

Where To Buy Makeup By Mario Eyeshadow Palettes?

If you want a few more Makeup by Mario products to try that I really do love, the Makeup by Mario Skin Enhancer is absolutely gorgeous and a definite must have. I also love the Makeup by Mario MoistureGlow Plumping Lip Serum.

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