Mineral Sheer Tint SPF 20
1.7 fl. oz. for $20
Category:Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen
Last Updated:11.02.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Unknown
Review Overview

This fluid liquid mineral makeup is packaged in a tube, which isn’t the best given its runny texture (and the tube’s opening is rather large). Despite packaging that doesn’t work with this foundation’s texture, it applies smoothly, offers sheer coverage, and has a soft matte finish that helps keep excess shine in check. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are on hand for gentle but effective sun protection, making this a good all-in-one choice for those with oily skin; someone with dry skin is bound to find Mineral Sheer Tint’s finish unappealing. The antioxidants it contains may look good on the label, but they’re present in amounts too small to have much, if any, benefit for your skin. One problem: The stores we visited typically offered this only in one shade (Medium), which is noticeably orange. Salespeople told us more shades were available, but couldn’t explain why they weren’t being stocked. Given that the one shade you’re most likely to find is a dud, there really is no reason to consider this one at all.


Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 7.5%; Zinc Oxide 5.5%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Mica, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Bis-PEG/PPG-20/20 Dimethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Aluminum Hydroxide, Methicone, Phenoxyethanol, Cera Microcrystallina, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Methylparaben, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Propylene Carbonate, Boron Nitride, Propylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phytantriol, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylene Glycol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Magnesium Chloride, Lysine, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Chloride, Potassium Sorbate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Tocopherol, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

Brand Overview

Quo At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; testers are available for every product; two superb foundations, including one with reliable sunscreen; notable eyeshadows, powder blush, and cream blush; wonderful lipsticks and lip liner; the best makeup brushes available at Canadian drugstores.

Weaknesses: Underachieving concealers and powders; terrible liquid eyeliner; the Faux Glow shimmer powder.

This relatively small but comprehensive makeup line is sold exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, and is one of their star performers among a backdrop of other name-brand drugstore product lines. The impetus behind this simple but elegantly packaged line was the need to bring makeup artist–quality cosmetics into a mainstream drugstore. As heroic a claim as that may be, the truth is that there have always been superior makeup formulations at the drugstorein fact, some of those products have set the standards that the rest of the industry tries to keep up with.

Despite their unconvincing excuse for launching yet another cosmetics line, many of Quo's products have velvety, smooth textures, even application, and a pleasing mix of classic and contemporary shades, including neutral-toned foundations. As was the case when we reviewed this line a few years ago, the standout products are the powder eyeshadows and the makeup brushes; however, the lipsticks and lip liners are also worth your attention. A significant improvement from my last visit is that now the Quo displays feature testers for every product, and the staff at Shoppers Drug Mart encourages you to use them! We wish more drugstore cosmetic lines would incorporate this feature, but for now, this is another area where Quo really stands out, and it deserves serious consideration by Canadian residents and visitors alike.

Of course, not everything Quo offers is remarkable and, if anything, their expanded roster of products seems more gimmicky than innovative, although some of the newer items are outstanding and, given the new testers, now you can try before you buy. The concealer category is the weakest, followed by the powders, which, with one exception, aren't keeping pace with advances in this area, especially compared with the preferred options from L'Oreal and Revlon (often sold right next to Quo). 

For more information about Quo Cosmetics, visit www.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

Note: All prices for Quo Cosmetics products are in Canadian dollars.

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