Our favourite 10 facial sunscreens to wear daily – with or without makeup

By Josefin Forsberg

Photo: Verso

Perilous pilling is a nightmare when applying makeup over sunscreen. If you (like us) have had enough of pigments that separate and SPF that doesn't stay put, read on to discover our top ten favourite products to protect daily against the sun – all while remaining mess-free for makeup wearers



CC cream super active complete correction spf 50

Via Chanel

Chanel CC Cream Super Active Complete Correction SPF 50

Chanel's CC Cream Super Active Complete Correction SPF 50 is the very definition of multifunctional skincare. This lavish CC cream is a one-stop shop for high sun protection and complete coverage, reducing the appearance of imperfections. “I am a bit lazy, so while it is a bit pricey, it has become my go-to during summer days in the office. It is just so nice to slim down the number of steps in my routine,” a panellist remarked.


What we like about the product:

  • High SPF with complete skin coverage
  • Reduces appearance of imperfections
  • Contains murunga plum extract for antioxidant protection
  • Luxurious, smooth texture

Beauty of Joseon

Relief sun: rice + probiotics spf 50

Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun Rice + Probiotics SPF50+

This unique formula, fusing traditional ingredients with modern science, is enriched with rice extract and probiotics, effectively strengthening the skin's barrier while ensuring high UV protection. Easy to apply, it quickly sinks in without leaving a white cast. “I have more or less used it as a day cream for the past month, as it moisturises without feeling greasy or sticky,” said one tester. “And it works great under makeup too, taking on almost a primer-like finish. My only wish is that it came in a bigger tube, as it will run out soon.”

What we like about the product:

  • Enriched with rice extract and probiotics for a strong skin barrier
  • Provides a soft and radiant finish
  • Gentle and nourishing, suitable for sensitive skin
  • No white cast, blends seamlessly into the skin

IS Clinical

Eclipse spf 50+

Via Skin City

iS Clinical Eclipse SPF 50+

iS Clinical's Eclipse SPF 50+ offers unparalleled protection in an ultra-sheer formula that comes in both a clear and tinted version. Ideal for those with an active lifestyle, it provides water-resistant protection without feeling heavy or sticky. Better yet, its blend of antioxidants and vitamins nourishes the skin, providing additional environmental protection. “Chemical sunscreens burn my watery eyes but I have no issues with this sunscreen,” said one panellist. “It feels a little sticky at first, but as soon as it’s dry it melts right into my skin and the tinted version is great on a makeup free day.”

What we like about the product:

  • Ultra-sheer, lightweight texture
  • Water-resistant, suitable for sports and swimming
  • Contains antioxidants for enhanced skin protection
  • Fragrance-free, suitable for sensitive skin

Dr. Ceuracle

Cica regen vegan sun

Dr. Ceuracle Cica Regen Vegan Sun SPF 50

Dr. Ceuracle's Cica Regen Vegan Sun SPF 50 is a testament to the power of plants in sun protection. This 100 per cent vegan formula impressed our panel with its soothing and regenerative properties, courtesy of the cica extract. “It's gentle yet effective, perfect for my sensitive skin,” one editor noted. The non-greasy formula absorbs quickly, leaving no white cast, making it an excellent choice for daily use for those with superficially dry skin. “It is moisturising but doesn't clog the pores, keeping any acne at bay.”

What we like about the product:

  • Vegan formula with soothing cica extract
  • Gentle on sensitive skin, with no irritation
  • Quick absorption with no white cast
  • Eco-friendly packaging


Glowscreen spf 40

Via Supergoop!

Supergoop! Glowscreen SPF 40

Living somewhere between sunscreen and primer, Supergoop!'s Glowscreen SPF 40 is the perfect base layer for any lit-from-within looks. Enriched with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5, it hydrates and nourishes, ensuring the skin stays supple and radiant. It is simple: this product defends against UV rays, all while imparting a luminous sheen, making it the ultimate primer/sunscreen hybrid for makeup uses. “It gives my skin a healthy glow without looking greasy and somehow helps makeup stay lustrous all day,” a tester raved.

What we like about the product:

  • Provides a radiant glow suitable for under makeup
  • Hydrating formula with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5
  • Protects against UV and blue light
  • Reef-safe ingredients

La Roche-Posay

Anthelios uvmune ultra light creme spf 50+

Via Kronans Apotek

La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMune 400 Invisible Fluid SPF50+

La Roche-Posay's Anthelios UVMune 400 Invisible Fluid SPF50+ is considered cult for a reason – its revolutionary UBMune 400 technology offers unmatched protection against ultra-long UVA rays without leaving any hint of pilling sunscreen on the skin. Testers were amazed by its invisible finish, even on darker skin tones. “It's like a protective veil that's completely undetectable,” shared one panellist. “It's really runny in texture so be careful when using it. I put a large amount in the palm of my hand first, then I put it on my face,” said another.

What we like about the product:

  • Invisible finish, suitable for all skin tones
  • High protection against the broadest spectrum of UV rays
  • Formulated for sensitive skin
  • Non-greasy, matte finish

La Mer

The broad spectrum spf 50 uv protecting fluid

Via La Mer

La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid

Despite the somewhat steep price tag, La Mer's SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid is our Beauty Editor Josefin Forsberg's holy grail of sunscreen. "With a slight green tint and a featherlight fluid texture, it is the only formula that does it for me – keeping on top of every common issue that usually comes with wearing SPF." The formula offers broad-spectrum protection and infuses the skin with La Mer's famed Miracle Broth™, improving skin health while protecting it from the sun.

What we like about the product:

  • Infused with La Mer's Miracle Broth™ for skin healing
  • Lightweight, easily absorbed
  • Enhances skin radiance
  • Water-resistant formula

Dr. Barbara Sturm

Sun drops spf 50

Via Dr. Barbara Sturm

Dr. Sturm Sun Drops SPF50

Dr. Sturm's Sun Drops SPF50 is “worth every penny,” according to our testers. Are you a high-class sun protection for connoisseurs? Then you'll find that this product is one of a kind. “I have never before tried a sunscreen that neither tightens nor gives a glossy finish,” our panelists said. “These precious drops leave the skin hydrated and provide good sun protection throughout the day.” Works when worn as is, mixed with skin cream or worn under makeup, creating an costumisable solution to your sunscreen.

What we like about the product:

  • Serum-like texture that hydrates and protects
  • Dropper application for customizable use
  • Can be mixed with moisturizer or foundation
  • Suitable for sensitive skin

Elixir Cosmeceuticals

Nova drops spf 50+

Via Elixir Cosmeceuticals

Elixir Cosmeceuticals Nova Drops SPF 50

Another ‘Rolls Royce’ of unparalleled sun protection comes courtesy of Elixir Cosmeceuticals Nova Drops SPF 50. Utilising a similar drop system to Dr. Sturm, our testing panel was impressed by its lightweight formula that blends seamlessly into the skin without leaving any white residue. “It really feels like wearing nothing,” shared one editor. The clever formulation, enriched with antioxidants, not only shields from harmful UV rays but also combats free radical damage.

What we like about the product:

  • Ultra-lightweight, invisible on the skin
  • High SPF for superior sun protection
  • Antioxidant-rich formula to combat skin aging
  • Non-comedogenic, suitable for all skin types


PowerBright moisturizer spf 50

Via Dermatologica

Dermalogica Powerbright Moisturizer SPF50

Dermalogica's Powerbright Moisturizer SPF50 shields your skin from the sun and tackles hyperpigmentation. “I have acne-prone skin, so I have always struggled with finding a moisturiser and SPF duo that doesn't break me out,” shared one panellist. That duo turned out to be the Powerbright Moisturizer SPF 50. “It is super lightweight on my skin, doesn't cause me to break out, and it lasts for months. It has also simplified my skincare routine, and when you have acne, less is more.”

What we like about the product:

  • Brightens and evens out skin tone
  • Hydrating without being greasy
  • High SPF protection with a lightweight feel
  • Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin