Spring has sprung and many of us are itching to get outside and enjoy the sunshine! Personally, I’m looking forward to taking more walks in my neighborhood and hiking with my husband and dogs. No matter what type of outdoor activities you enjoy, sun protection is a must! My favorite sunscreen is Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Sunscreen, but it’s not the best option for on-the-go protection. My top pick for portable sun protection is the Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick.
Reapplication of sunscreen is very important to ensure sufficient protection from the sun’s harmful rays. It should be reapplied after swimming, sweating, or being in the sun for 80 minutes (that time may vary with other sunscreens). There are a few convenient options for reapplying sunscreen while out and about, but I think sunscreen sticks are the most reliable one for thorough coverage.
I chose the tinted sunscreen stick from Beauty by Earth because it was one of few sunscreen sticks I’d found that’s tinted, and it’s formulated with natural ingredients! The ingredients in a lot of sunscreens are questionable, but you won’t find any of that junk in this product. Please continue reading for a full review of the Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick.
Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick product claims directly from BeautybyEarth.com
Natural sun protection and just a hint of color: it’s a match made in heaven. Lightweight, easy, and just the right amount of coverage color. Our sunstick gives you SPF 30 protection for your face and neck without any muss or fuss. This sunscreen is made for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin! Once rubbed into your skin, this sunscreen is ready for daylight!
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Other product details
- Price: $15.99
- Net weight: 0.49 oz. | 14 g
- Made in the USA
- Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
- Made with natural ingredients
- Free of chemical sunscreens, soy, gluten, SLS, SLES, parabens, synthetic dyes, and fragrance
- Broad spectrum SPF 30 sun protection
- Water-resistant up to 80 minutes
- Available in three shades (plus an untinted version)
- Creme for light skin tones
- Latte for medium skin tones
- Chestnut for dark skin tones
- Shelf life: 12 months
- Where to buy:
- Creme: BeautybyEarth.com or Amazon.com
- Latte: BeautybyEarth.com or Amazon.com
- Chestnut: BeautybyEarth.com or Amazon.com
- Untinted: BeautybyEarth.com or Amazon.com
- BeautybyEarth.com ships internationally for a flat fee of $28.00. (U.S. orders of $50+ ship free)
- Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
- Overall rating: 8.8/10
- Packaging/ease of use: 10/10
- Sun protection: 8/10
- Ingredients: 10/10
- Team player: 7/10
- Price: 9/10
Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.
Packaging/ease of use
The Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick is packaged just like every other sunscreen stick that I’ve seen through the years. It comes in a plastic tube that twists up from the bottom; it looks very similar to deodorant, but much smaller. The size of this product makes it perfect for carrying it in your pocket, purse, backpack, or beach tote with ease.
The sunscreen itself is very creamy and smooth. Because of that nice texture, it glides easily over the skin with very little tugging. Once sunscreen is applied all over the face directly from the stick, it’s very important to blend it in to make sure every bit of skin is covered. I find it very easy to blend this sunscreen with my fingers, even though it is quite thick.
As I mentioned in the intro, reapplication of sunscreen is very important, especially when spending extended periods of time outside. This sunscreen works great for reapplication. It goes on just as easily when reapplying as it does for the first layer.
Ease of application is an important consideration, but so is ease of removal. Some sunscreens, especially water-resistant ones, can be quite difficult to wash off at the end of the day with a simple face wash. Since this sunscreen is water-resistant, that was a concern of mine. Fortunately, this one is much easier to remove than other water-resistant sunscreens I’ve used.
None of my rating categories are directly related to inclusivity/shade range, so I’m going to lump that in here. Most of the sunscreen sticks I’ve seen are not tinted. That isn’t usually a problem with chemical sunscreens, but it commonly is for mineral sunscreens like this one. That’s because mineral sunscreens, especially those formulated with zinc oxide, tend to leave an unattractive white cast on the skin that’s especially obvious on deeper skin tones.
I think it’s great that Beauty by Earth offers a sunscreen stick that comes in options for light, medium, and dark skin tones, as well as an untinted version. I have this sunscreen stick in the shade “Creme” for light skin tones. In the this arm swatch photo, I swiped a few times to show as much of the color as possible on my fair skin. I’ve found that this sunscreen doesn’t contain very much pigment, so each shade will be flexible. For example, my shade is meant for light skin tones but the color blends perfectly into my fair complexion.
The most important part of every sunscreen, of course, is the level of sun protection provided. First, sunscreen should be labeled as “broad spectrum,” which means that the product will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreens that do not offer broad spectrum protection will not protect you from UVA rays. UVA rays were not always fully understood like they are today, but we need to be protected from them since UVA rays, like UVB, damage the skin’s DNA and can lead to skin cancer. UVA rays also penetrate the skin deeply to cause premature signs of aging. Fortunately, this sunscreen does provide broad spectrum protection!
The second thing to note is SPF factor. Sunscreens with an SPF factor of 15 provide 93% protection from UV rays (7% of UV rays are able to reach your skin), while SPF 30 provides 97% protection and SPF 50 provides 98% protection. No sunscreen can provide 100% protection, though SPF 100 is very close with 99% protection. The Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick has an SPF factor of 30, so it provides 97% protection, which is not bad. Since I am fair-skinned and burn easily, I wish it was SPF 50 or higher (to be fair, most if not all mineral sunscreens are SPF 50 or lower).
Lastly, if you plan on sweating a lot or spending time in water, it’s important to look for a sunscreen that is water-resistant. Otherwise, it will quickly wash away leaving your skin unprotected. This Beauty by Earth sunscreen is water-resistant, so you can feel confident that you’ll be protected while swimming or sweating outdoors.
Beauty by Earth almost exclusively uses natural ingredients in its formulas, and this sunscreen stick is no exception! The active ingredient is non-nano uncoated zinc oxide, which is considered to be the safest sunscreen available. It is a mineral/physical sunscreen, which means that it reflects UV rays instead of absorbing them. All inactive ingredients are completely natural and several are very good for the skin! In total, there are 15 ingredients in this product (please note that I’m including each iron oxide as a separate ingredient), which really is not very many at all for a sunscreen!
Inactive ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol (Sunflower Derived), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera) Powder*, Mica (CI:77019), Iron Oxides (CI:77492) (CI:77491) (CI:77499)
*Certified Organic Ingredients
Please note that the untinted version of this sunscreen stick contains coconut oil in place of the caprylic/capric triglyceride. It also does not contain mica or iron oxides.
This product’s inactive ingredient list consists of both “good” skin-loving ingredients, and also several “neutral” ingredients. Those “neutral” ingredients are necessary for making the sunscreen stick hold its form and glide smoothly over the skin. The mica and iron oxides, which I also consider to be “neutral,” provide the tint to the three tinted options.
Let’s get into the good stuff, the ingredients that skin loves (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary)!
- Sunflower seed oil
- Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
- Loaded with fatty acids
- Shea butter
- Emollient moisturizer
- Rich in antioxidants
- Tocopherol (vitamin E)
- Strengthens skin barrier
- Cocoa seed butter
- Rich emollient that’s highly moisturizing and nourishing
- Contains fatty acids, vitamin E, and polyphenols
- Aloe vera juice powder
- Dried version of aloe leaf juice
While this isn’t the most extensive list of skin-loving ingredients, it’s quite good for a sunscreen! I’m very happy with the ingredients Beauty by Earth chose for this formula. They’re simple, yet effective!
This sunscreen is not the type that will soak into the skin and “dry down” to a matte finish. It is quite thick and emollient, and stays a bit tacky on the skin. This formula does not lend itself to being the greatest “team player” compared to some other sunscreens.
Sunscreen should be the final step in every morning skincare routine. In some cases, like mine, that means it’s being applied over a few other products. My current morning skincare routine (after cleansing) consists of toner, serum, a treatment cream, eye cream, and moisturizer. That’s quite a bit of product already sitting on my skin before I apply my sunscreen. When I blend this sunscreen into my skin, it does pill up. However, I’ve noticed that the pilling is minimal when I use my lightweight Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream instead of heavier moisturizers.
I think this sunscreen stick is best worn without makeup, partly because it is designed with the idea of easy reapplication in mind (and you wouldn’t want to apply this sunscreen stick over makeup). For the sake of this review, I tested this sunscreen with a tinted moisturizer and powder foundation. I was able to make both work, but the tinted moisturizer looked best. The powder foundation looked a bit cakey, probably due to the thickness of this sunscreen’s texture. I wouldn’t recommend liquid or cream foundations with this sunscreen either because I think they would also look cakey on the skin.
Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick is $15.99 for a small amount of product, only 0.49 oz. ($32.63/oz.). I admit, that is very expensive compared to the price per ounce of a lot of other sunscreens, particularly at the drugstore.
There’s a lot to consider when thinking about the fairness of this product’s price. First off, most people aren’t going to use a sunscreen stick for daily sun protection unless they work outdoors or spend more time outdoors than the average person. People like me, that wear sunscreen daily but don’t necessarily spend time outside every day, are more likely to use a traditional sunscreen more often than a sunscreen stick. I think of sunscreen sticks as my “on the go” sun protection, but not for everyday use. That means this little stick will last me quite a while.
I’m picky with sunscreens and it was tough for me to find a sunscreen stick that checked all my boxes; this one gets pretty close! It provides sufficient sun protection, it’s tinted to hide the white cast from the zinc oxide, doesn’t contain any irritating ingredients, and it glides over the skin effortlessly. I also think it should get bonus points for having a short list of ingredients (some of which are really good for the skin) and three shade options for different skin tones.
When looking at other sunscreen sticks, this one seems to be priced somewhere in the middle. There are some options that are less expensive, but some that are considerably more expensive. I’ve tried at least a couple that are less expensive than this one and they weren’t nearly as high quality. For that reason, I think $15.99 is definitely a fair price!
Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick is not my perfect sunscreen, but I do think it’s as perfect as a sunscreen stick can get! It’s important to keep in mind that sunscreen sticks have to be formulated differently in order to stay in stick form. That means that they are going to feel different than most other sunscreen formulas, and that’s OK!
I would highly recommend the Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Sticks to anyone looking for a product to provide portable sun protection. Everyone needs sun protection, and reapplication of sun protection, when spending time outdoors. I think this sunscreen stick is perfect for every type of activity whether you plan to hit the beach, hiking trails, or a baseball game.
Do you ever use sunscreen sticks? Do you use them daily, or only for reapplication when you’re out and about? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!