By Dianna Esteves Vieira
If you’re like me, you’re thrilled to finally be crawling out of hibernation and hitting the sunshine. But what’s that going to do to your skin? Sure, you can apply an SPF then makeup, but that can be a bit heavy and time consuming. Why not go for a 2-in-1 product instead?
I’m personally in the middle of switching brands, so I’ve been on the hunt for a lightweight one. I prefer a dewy finish, and normally apply a tinted moisturizer with a brush all over my face. For my oily T-zone, I apply a light dusting of loose mineral powder with a kabuki brush and skip my cheeks. But it’s all a matter of personal preferences, right?
With a plethora of clean, green foundations on the market, there’s really no excuse not to treat your skin to nourishing ingredients and sun protection, no matter what kind of skin you have or how often you’re out in the sun. I tried and tested over a dozen vegan foundations with built-in SPF and narrowed it down to 10 of the best for you.
Of course, none of the brands I featured here use parabens, petroleum, propylene, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes, synthetic fragrances, or any nasty chemicals, and they’re all cruelty-free, too.
10 Great Vegan Foundations with SPF
Before you even start with a foundation, prep your skin with this excellent (and best selling) product by Hynt Beauty. It naturally shields delicate skin from UVA/UVB rays with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich organic plant extracts such as rhatany root, green tea leaf, wild pansy and licorice that soothe and protect the skin while creating a flawless base.
Lightweight with a transparent, non-greasy finish, this organic sun protectant, moisturizer and primer-in-one is free of all ingredients that are irritable or can increase skin’s sensitivity – and did I mention it smells delicious? A bit like vanilla mixed with cucumber…
Price: Around $60
Beauty-boosting skincare, sunscreen and makeup all in one! This vegan foundations with SPF gives your skin medium cover that’s formulated without oils or silicones. Vitamins and peptides work to reduce the signs of aging, while non-nano zinc oxide and melanin provide Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and blue light protection from your laptop (yep – that light does damage your skin as much as sunlight!)
The fact that the tint is flattering, velvety and luminous makes this one of my favourite products in my makeup bag.
This vegan friendly, cruelty free formula is enriched with antioxidant-packed super-fruits and is coloured from the pigments of fruits and vegetables, rather than from minerals or synthetic dyes. Whilst it’s only got an SPF of 20, this is fine for the winter months when you’re not spending too much time outdoors, and is also fine if you work from home and are mainly exposed to sunlight from windows (like me!)
Prefer a mineral powder-based foundation? Inika offers a wonderful one! Its soothing and anti-oxidant properties help calm the skin and reduce redness, making it gentle enough for use even after cosmetic and facial procedures. The SPF comes from Titanium and Zinc Oxides, which provide a natural, inbuilt sun protection of SPF 25.
Price: Around $35
This is a delightful, semi-matte formula that melted into my skin quickly. I really liked the hint of translucent colour it gave; it truly made me glow! Aloe Vera aids in long-lasting hydration, while White Tea and Rosemary Extracts act to combat free radicals. With its soothing botanicals, gluten free ingredients and even coverage, this formula is a real treat and is one of my new favourites.
W3LL People’s pure zinc-formulated SPF 30 protects the skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays, while premium natural pigments correct imperfections and reduce the appearance of pores. Organic active botanicals make this gentle enough for even the most sensitive of skins, as they nourish and rejuvenate with a host of essential vitamins and antioxidants. And of all the vegan foundations with SPF in our list, this is one of the most economical, too.
With 25 shades to choose from, Tarte has you “covered” (ha ha!) with its unique formula. It’s made with Amazonian clay, which helps absorb impurities from your skin. This has been specifically formulated to basically last until you take it off – perfect for long days out of the house – but note the SPF is only 15, so it’s not great for the beach.
Price: Around $50
Juice Beauty has extended their line to makeup recently! Woop woop! This BB cream multi-tasker evened out my skin tone so well that I didn’t even have to wear a concealer – the coverage is quite thorough, as is the sun protection. The formula is hydrating, anti-aging and long wearing. And the best part – it’s mainly formulated with certified organic ingredients.
Despite the popularity of the brand, I really hadn’t had any previous experience with a Lily Lolo product, so I was really happy to get my hands on this formula. I like how the finely milled mineral foundation buffs into the skin effortlessly. It offers custom coverage, it’s buildable, high performing and water resistant.
The best part? After using this for a few weeks, I was a bit surprised to find that it minimized my breakouts and blemishes overall.
Price: Around $20
I was so excited to try this mineral foundation from Jane Iredale! It’s brand new to her arsenal of incredibly hard-working clean beauty products. The foundation is a pressed powder that comes in a lovely, refillable compact, and I was surprised to find that the makeup is fully water resistant for up to 40 minutes.
Basically, this is a foundation, powder, and concealer with broad range spectrum of SFP 20 all in one package. After wearing it all day on a really sunny Saturday, I was happy to see when I removed it, there was pretty much zero evidence of having been in the sun at all on my face.
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