innbeauty Project Mineral Sun Glow SPF 43 PA+++ – Surprisingly good! | Doctors Review

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The best sunscreen is the one you actually wear, which is why I jumped at the opportunity to test the innbeauty Project Mineral Sun Glow Sunscreen SPF 43. If you have been around for a while, you might know that I prefer organic aka chemical sunscreens and am rarely seen wearing less than SPF 50 and that the word “glow” is usually enough to make me refrain from purchasing the product.

 

A tube of innbeauty Project Mineral Sun Glow SPF 43 standing in front of a dark background with white flowers
innbeauty Project Mineral Sun Glow SPF 43

 

But this isn’t all about my preferences, it is also about what you, reading this, have access to. And as the majority of you are from the US, I wanted to show you something you can easily get without needing to order from abroad.

Without further ado – what did I think about the innbeauty Project Mineral Sun Glow Sunscreen?

 

 

What the innbeauty Project Mineral Sun Glow Sunscreen claims

Mineral Sun Glow is a lightweight mineral broad spectrum SPF 43 PA+++ with a gorgeous sheer glow. This hydrating, antioxidant rich formula provides broad spectrum protection against UVA, UVB & blue light.

 

Facts about the innbeauty Project Mineral Sun Glow Sunscreen

Prize and size

One pump bottle – I will tell you why I love it in a bit – contains 50 ml and is available for 35 $ on the website here. The sunscreen is fragrance-free and vegan and comes in two colors, fair-medium (which I use) and medium-dark.

 

Texture and smell

Many inorganic or mineral sunscreens leave a white cast even on pale skins like mine, and to prevent that are often tinted. Here the color is a light peach that works well with my skin tone – I have neutral to warm undertones – without turning orange over time. There is no noticeable scent.

 

A closeup of the innbeauty Project Glow Mineral Sunscreen, a light brown cream, on a mirrored surface.
It is tinted, but not orange.

 

How to use the innbeauty Project Mineral Sun Glow Sunscreen

It is packaged in a pump bottle, which I adore, as it means you have control about how much you get out of it – one pump is usually roughly similar in quantity, while pressing something out of a tube or using a pipette could often lead to varying amounts with each application. (More info: How much sunscreen you really need)

I use 4 pumps for my face and neck and blend it all over, even up to my eyes. Unlike other tinted sunscreens I have tried in the past it doesn’t oxidize and turn orange, but while it evens out the skin tone, it is not enough to cover the left over redness of a blemish or any hyperpigmentation. If you want flawless skin, you will need to pair it with a foundation, if you just want to look a little better and don’t have many areas you want to cover up, it is enough on its own.

The finish is, like the name would suggest, very glowy and while it tones down a tiny bit over time, I needed to powder it down after the sunscreen had set, and even then it was more dewy than I actually like.

While the sunscreen feels hydrating during the day, when I wore it during a colder period and consecutively for a whole week my skin got drier as it usually did, which might be due to the Zinc Oxide.

 

Ingredients of the innbeauty Project Mineral Sun Glow Sunscreen

Water/Aqua solv, Zinc Oxide sunsc 0 1, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride emo, Propanediol solv|h, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate emo, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate emo|emu|surf 0 2, Dimethicone emo 0 1, Butyloctyl Salicylate solv, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate emo|emu, Squalane sii|emo 0 1, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate emu, Methyl Dihydroabietate vc, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 cci, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 cci, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 cci, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate aox|sb, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract abrasive/scrub, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Extract emo, Niacinamide cci|sb|aacne|h, Superoxide Dismutase aox, Resveratrol aox, Bisabolol so, Allantoin so 0 0, Rhodomyrtus Tomentosa Fruit Extract h, Pongamia Pinnata Seed Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate amic|pres, Polygonum Aviculare Extract aox|emo, Glycerin sii|h 0 0, Butylene Glycol h|solv 0 1, Phospholipids sii|emo, Sorbitol h 0 0, Sodium Lactate buff|h, Serine sii, Urea sii|h, 1,2-Hexanediol solv, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer vc, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate emu|vc, Lecithin emo|emu, Polyhydroxystearic Acid emu, Isostearic Acid surf|emu, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate emo|amic, Xanthan Gum vc, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer vc, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate emu 0 4, Pentylene Glycol solv|h, Polysilicone-11, Caprylhydroxamic Acid chel, Sodium Phytate chel, Lactic Acid exf|h|buff, Palmitic Acid sii|emo|emu 0 2, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer vc, Sodium Chloride vc, Cetearyl Olivate emu, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6 vc, Tocopherol aox 03 03, Hydrogenated Lecithin emo|emu, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil emo|perf 0 3, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate aox|pres, Sorbitan Laurate emu 12 12, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride emo, C18-36 Acid Glycol Ester emo|emu|surf

Hover the mouse over an ingredient for short explanation. Read more on INCIDecoder.

Zinc Oxide is the only filter used here, which is why you get the slightly odd number of SPF 43, but broad spectrum protection against UVB and UVA I and UVA II. (More info: The difference between organic and inorganic filters explained) If you don’t have access to the newer filters, it is the best you can get, especially if, like it is the case here, it is well formulated. On top of being a sunscreen filter, Zinc Oxide is also anti-irritant and can help with excess oil, so you will often see it recommended for oily or acne-prone skin. (More info: What is the best sunscreen for acne prone skin?)

Other than that you have quite a few antioxidants including Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, a Vitamin C derivative, Resveratrol and Niacinamide, the Natural Moisturizing Factors and Glycerin for hydration, Squalane and Phospholipids and, which surprised me a little, three peptides. Two of them are from the Matrixyl 3000 complex, aiming to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve signs of premature aging, and then Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, also called Syn-Coll, which claims to boost collagen production. (More info: The benefits of Vitamin C in skincare explained, The benefits of Niacinamide in skincare explained, The benefits of Natural Moisturizing Factors in skincare explained and The benefits of peptides in skincare explained)

The protection against blue light comes from the added Iron Oxides. (More info: Is blue light from your phone harming your skin?)

More info: How to read the skincare ingredient list

 

Does it live up to its claims?

Yes.

It has broad spectrum protection, is lightweight and has a sheer glowy finish.

 

How does it compare to…

 

A bottle of DRMTLGY Universal Tinted Moisturizer SPF46 standing in front of a dark background with white flowers
DRMTLGY Universal Tinted Moisturizer SPF46

 

DRMTLGY Universal Tinted SPF 46

Another US sunscreen relying heavily on Zinc Oxide, but this time pairing it with Octinoxate, so a hybrid sunscreen. It feels a little more hydrating and has a similar glowy finish, but turns too orange on my skin tone.

You can read my full review of the DRMTLGY Universal Tinted SPF 46 here.

 

NIOD Survival 30 Tinted SPF 30 Review
NIOD Survival 30 – Tinted SPF 30

 

NIOD Survival 30

This is actually a sunscreen using only inorganic filters – Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide – that isn’t too orange on me, but on the contrary looks way too ashy. When applied I didn’t like the initial feel, but that improved after 15-20 minutes, after which it looked like foundation, with more coverage than the innbeauty Project one.

You can read my full review of the NIOD Survival 30 here.

 

Would I repurchase and which skin types do I recommend the innbeauty Project Mineral Sun Glow Sunscreen to?

While I was pleasantly surprised by the innbeauty Project Mineral Sun Glow Sunscreen, it is by far my favorite inorganic sunscreen, it will most likely not replace my sunscreen favorites. I prefer the new sunscreen filters and a finish that is less dewy. But if I lived someplace where I couldn’t as easily get modern filters, this one would be the one I’d go for.

 

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