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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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Bloomeffects Tulip Dew Sunscreen Serum

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Bloomeffects Tulip Dew Sunscreen SerumI am a strict sunscreen wearer 365 days a year but it’s absolutely vital for me in spring and summer. Even though I wear sunscreen every single day and have for most of my adult life, it doesn’t mean I have always enjoyed it. In fact, sunscreen formulations for many years were awful. Especially for the face. They were greasy, heavy, would disrupt my makeup and overall felt icky on my skin. Fast forward to today where there are literally thousands of sunscreen options and so many of them feel nothing like a sunscreen. They feel, act and perform like a serum or moisturizer making them much more pleasant to wear and especially wear under makeup. I’ve been slowly experimenting with smaller beauty brands or new (to me) beauty brands over the past year and have found so many products that quickly became essential in my skincare routine.

I had seen reviews here and there on my social media about Bloomeffects skincare and was so intrigued. The brand reached out and offered to send me their cleansing balm to try as well as a discount code for my readers. I liked the cleansing balm but the Tulip Dew Sunscreen Serum was what I saw everyone raving about so I purchased it myself to see what all the buzz was about. OMG – it absolutely blew me away and I totally got the hype! It’s one of the most beautiful sunscreen products I have ever tried and wanted to dedicate an entire blog post to it. Additionally, my discount code for Bloomeffects is still active and works on their entire site if you want to try the sunscreen for yourself. Use code: Maree for 20% off.

Bloomeffects Tulip Dew Sunscreen Serum

Bloomeffects Tulip Dew Sunscreen Serum reviewThe Bloomeffects Tulip Dew Sunscreen Serum is a 100% mineral broad spectrum SPF 50 with a lightweight serum texture. It provides protection against UVA & UVB rays, pollution, blue light and free radicals. Their is a slight tint to it that evens out the complexion slightly and gives the skin a fresh radiant glow.


The Tulip Dew Sunscreen Serum is rich in antioxidants, amino acids and Bloomeffects proprietary Dutch Tulip complex.


I love the brand’s signature blue packaging and there is a pump dispenser that easily dispenses a dime sized amount with just one pump.

Price Point

This is a mid range price point at $65 for 55 ml (you can use my discount code: Maree for 20% off too!)


This is a lightweight serum texture that feels incredibly moisturizing. I normally don’t need to use any moisturizer before this because the sunscreen serum is hydrating enough to prep my skin.


There is a slight peachy beige tint that at first looked way too dark for my pale skin. But after application, it is quite sheer and doesn’t look too dark on my skin. It helps slightly even out the complexion but doesn’t provide actual coverage like a foundation.


The finish of this sunscreen serum is definitely more radiant and glowy. It settles down a bit after application and doesn’t get greasy throughout the day. It wears beautifully under makeup too!

Skin Type

It is designed for all skin types though those with normal, dry or mature skin may like this a bit more. It has a dewy finish which may not be preferred by those with oily skin types so it’s definitely worth mentioning. I have had feedback from followers on Instagram who have oily skin and love this formula which I wanted to share too.

Sun Protection

The sunscreen serum provides SPF 50 protection against UVA/UVB rays, pollution, free radicals and blue light.

How Does Bloomeffects Tulip Dew Sunscreen Serum Look On the Skin?

Bloomeffects Tulip Dew Sunscreen Serum on skinI swatched the serum on the back of my hand and also applied it all over the face to show a complete look at the finish. Initially it is quite dewy and radiant as shown on my hand, but it does settle down to look more like the finish on my face. It preps my skin so well for makeup and it’s become my preferred sunscreen to wear under makeup because of how well any foundation applies on top.

Where to Buy the Bloomeffects Tulip Dew Sunscreen Serum

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