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When it comes to beauty products, especially skin care, what works for some people might not work for you. Like, is a celebrity-endorsed product just watered-down marketing? Will a sunscreen that works for a lighter skin tone still work the same on a darker skin tone? So many questions!
Still, if one of your 2022 resolutions was to wear more SPF in the new year (a very good idea!), then you need to invest in a sunscreen that is both good for your skin and good for your wallet. Lucky for you, I took the liberty of hunting down the top-rated sunscreens at Sephora that customers love and purchase over and over again.
Here's the thing, all the products still had to meet certain criteria. To be included in this roundup, they had to have a substantial number of reviews and they had to be under $50. We're trying to encourage repeated SPF wearing here, people! Ideally, you're buying these over and over the minute the bottle is empty without ruining your budget.
Take care of your delicate skin and shop the most popular, top-rated and customer-vetted sunscreens from Sephora below. (FYI: The customer reviews have been lightly edited for clarity and punctuation but are all 100% real!)
What it is: A totally invisible, weightless, scentless, and makeup-gripping daily primer with SPF 40.
Actual Customer Review: "So far I am loving this. As a Black woman, it's really hard to find a sunscreen that won't leave a white cast. It's also hard to find a sunscreen that works well with makeup and my moisturizer. So far this is doing great and I will be keeping it around."
What it is: A lightweight, water-based SPF 36 sunscreen that delivers invisible sun protection while hydrating and soothing skin.
Actual customer review: "This SPF is wonderful, super lightweight and has a very pleasant smell. Great for brown skin!!!"
What it is: A gentle chemical and mineral sunscreen that quickly hydrates and boosts glow while visibly evening skin tone over time with niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and aloe.
Actual customer review: "My skin is dry and sensitive, and have had lots of issues with sunscreens drying me out or burning my skin. This sunscreen did neither. It wasn’t super moisturizing, so my skin would get dry throughout the day, but it was enough paired with a light moisturizer and reapplication. This sunscreen hasn’t given me any breakouts, no pilling, no eye-stinging, doesn’t dry me out, the white cast is minor and fades fast, and has a very glowy and dewy finish. The texture is a lightweight lotion, and it’s super easy to apply."
What it is: A powerhouse face oil that fortifies the skin barrier, locks in moisture, nourishes skin, and delivers hydration with SPF to protect from future damage.
Actual customer review: "I'm deep in the throes of a Retin A purge and my face is incredibly sensitized, peeling, the whole deal. I live in fear of that sunscreen sting on my vulnerable skin and had to seek out all new products. This is a joy to use, no irritation, totally clear out of the bottle and so never even a temporary white cast, and it soaks in pretty quickly so I'm not waiting for it to set down or forcing it to do so. Woo hoo!"
What it is: A clear sunscreen stick with SPF 50+ that works over and under makeup for sun protection on the go.
Actual customer review: "Amazing sunscreen you can reapply throughout the day without touching your face. It gives you a nice glow effect. P.S. Don’t get it close to your eye area because it will irritate your eyes."
What it is: An oil-free, weightless liquid sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection and key antioxidants that protect against and address visible signs of aging.
Actual customer review: "I have very oily and acne-prone skin so I’m always a bit worried about trying a new sunscreen. This one felt nice on the skin and didn’t break me out. I do like a dewy look on my skin and this did a nice glowy but not too oily look. My only complaint about this sunscreen is that it tends to pill when it dries. I’m not sure if it’s just me but I’m trying to figure out if it’s another product I use. So far I do recommend it!"
What it is: A lightweight, daily SPF 50+ sunscreen that hydrates and soothes skin with an invisible finish, plus it is hypoallergenic, and dermatologist tested.
Actual customer review: "I love this sunscreen so much! It doesn’t leave a white cast, it’s fragrance-free and most importantly it does not irritate my super sensitive skin. I apply it every morning as Instructed by my dermatologist."
What it is: An invisible sunscreen veil that becomes stronger when exposed to heat, water, and sweat.
Actual customer review: "I'm obsessed with this! I have very fair, sensitive skin, so SPF is something I take very seriously. This formula is great. It has a very mild smell and a nice texture. It's a very slack formula that spreads over your skin very smoothly. It dries down matte and silky and clear!! It is a great layer under makeup, and my makeup is still able to stay in place."
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