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Barely There Sheer Matte Tint SPF 30

The best foundation you never see. This light and silky tint evens out your complexion with a hint of color while keeping out the sun’s rays.
Item #: 912
  • Rosacea
  • For All Skin Types
  • Sheer coverage
  • Protects from the #1 cause of brown spots and signs of aging

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Customer Ratings:

89 out of 100
(Based on 292 Reviews)
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  1. Kathryn C.
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 12, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Level 0 Needed
    • I really like this, but I really wish it came in a shade lighter than level 1. It's just a tad too dark.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, April 13, 2015

    Hello, and thanks for your feedback - we'll pass your comments along to our Product Development team!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  2. Melody L.
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 09, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love this!
    • I absolutely love this product! It gives me the light coverage I was looking for. I threw away the Bare Minerals Bare Skin oily sludge foundation that I was using. Pairing Barely There Sheer Matte Tint with Paula's Choice matte powder, I look pretty amazing for 62 years old! As a new customer of Paula's Choice, I like all the products I have tried so far. The free samples are a great way to try the products.

  3. Elise A.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 01, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    A No-Go for Barely There
    • I really thought I'd like this as everyone else seems to, but for some reason it totally doesn't work for me. My skin looks/feels better before I put it on. It leaves me with a shiny filmy sort of look to my skin....not nice at all. It also accentuates my pores and just overall gives my skin an odd look. It doesn't help even out coloration. Nothin'. I've also tried wearing it under my foundation, but it doesn't work well for that, either. It makes my foundation look weird too! It's a no for me.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, April 02, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  4. LYNETTE M.
    Reviewed on Friday, March 27, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Good Tinted Moisturizer
    • I do not wear makeup everyday because I am retired & live in the country. I have redness on my nose & cheek area (age-63yrs). I mix level 3&4 together to get the tint I like. Simple & works for me.

  5. kathy m
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 25, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    love this product - never d/c it!!!!
    • i bought this product a bit uncertain how it would look. I find these tinted moisturizers to make you look orange or too pale. I don't like liquid foundation because i think it ages you and have been looking for just a bit of coverage. I have pretty fair and bought shade 2. I can't tell you how many compliments i have had on how good my skin looks. Gives you a glowing complexion without being too shiny or yellow/orange. Feels great too. I hope you always have it. -

  6. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, March 19, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Lovely product for drier skin types
    • Silkiest mineral sunscreen I've ever tried, blends easily into skin without much effort. I have sensitive, acne-prone skin with fine lines and enlarging pores as I get further into my 30's. This is too moisturizing for my oily skin this time of year, I prefer Paula's Choice Best Face Forward because of that, but I would recommend it to anyone with dry skin and I'd consider purchasing the full size of this during very dry winter months.

  7. Tamara R
    Reviewed on Monday, March 16, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    When will this be available?
    • Help! When will this be back in stock? Level 1?

  8. Elena S.
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 15, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Fantastic tinted moisturizer with mineral sun protection
    • I am in love with this moisturizer which I first ordered when I lived in the UK. Colder winter was not an issue with it. It is moisturizing enough without being greasy, very natural finish, stays put very long hours, creates beautiful base for my makeup. I love it mainly because of its ingredients that work so well with my rosacea issue. I use non-SPF moisturizer under it. Now I am in the US and I see my Level 1 is being out of stock. How sad. I hope to see it around soon.

  9. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 17, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Just Enough Coverage
    • Very beautiful coverage. Not too heavy and not too light. No smell of SPF and great for my combination skin. However, I purchased the sample pack and when I went to order in the regular size, the color indicators were not shown (example: Light, Light/Medium). It was confusing because I did not remember the number it coincided with on the sample pack, until I went to look at the sample pack page.

  10. Jenny
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 15, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Where's Level 1?
    • This product is terrific, and Level 1 is the perfect color for my skin. Several here have inquired after it -- could you please reply to us with information about if/when this product will ever be available again? I don't want to, but I am on the verge of shopping for a new product -- one that will be available on a consistent basis (as this is not the first time I've had this problem with your company). No matter how good your products are, you'll eventually lose business this way.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    Hello, and thanks for the question! We anticipate it being back in stock in a couple of weeks.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  11. Danielle, L
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 08, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Don't forget about us light gals!
    • Looks like there have been several other comments for over a month wondering where level 1 has gone? Please don't forget about us. I can't use the other mineral spf moisturizer from PC due to the color being to dark and I'm finding that some other brands are breaking me out.

  12. CHRISTINE b.
    Reviewed on Monday, February 02, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Awesome!!!
    • I love this stuff!! I'm 44, and this works great as a foundation for me when I use the technique (from Goss make up artist) of applying my moisturizer first, then a setting powder, and then the Barely There Sheer Matte Tint. I actually get a little better coverage this way without it looking mask like, settling into pores/wrinkles, etc. Level 2 matches my skin shade perfectly. Thanks, Paula!!!!

  13. Ally c
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 01, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Holy grail
    • I purchased the level 1 for my fair skinned daughter last year after we discovered she was reacting to her Laura mercier product. This has been fantastic! No stinging no break outs and no rashes. Better still, she is applying a little bit of sunscreen on a regular basis to her sensitive skin. Thank you for having a product with mineral-based sun screen only! Please don't run out of the light shades!

  14. Pam O
    Reviewed on Friday, January 16, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Coverage for a variety of ills
    • Light, elastic coverage that doesn't sit in wrinkles and pores. Great for Rosacea or Eczema-prone flakey skin. Whereas most foundations make flakey skin look like fur, this product smooths and minimizes flakes. Some complain of yellow tint. It's a good color for covering red outbreaks, blue skin around eyes, and brown age spots. You can compensate for yellow cast by altering make-up into peach and coral accents (blush and lipstick.) Or use a pinkey powder over foundation to color correct.

  15. sara
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent
    • When will the lightest shade be back in stock? I sure hope it is not discontinued...

  16. Barbara C
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 10, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    PLEASE MAKE A LIGHTER SHADE
    • This is one of the few tinted moisturizers that I can use on my skin. My irritate skin calms down after using this product. However, the lightest shade is too yellow and dark for me. Please make a lighter shade.

  17. nikyla s.
    Reviewed on Friday, January 09, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Level 1?
    • I'd love to order this but is the lightest shade discontinued? Or just out of stock? If it's out of stock, how long until things are usually available again?

  18. SARAH
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 07, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Lighter shade please!
    • The absolute ONLY spf that I do not have an allergic reaction to.... (no film formers, no unnecessary sensitizing extracts)...but alas, my (not very) pale skin is too light! Please Paula: as more and more women protect their skin, more of us will fall into the "zero" shade. Don't leave us out.

  19. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, December 19, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Please offer a lighter shade!
    • In everything but shade, this is an HG product for me. It doesn't provide coverage in an opaque way, but has a magical all over tone correcting quality for reddish skin. It's invisible in terms of finish - just like applying a lotion. It doesn't make me oily, but it doesn't mattify so much as to deaden my skin. Still leaves my cheekbones dewy and I take care of my nose with a little Shine Stopper. However Level 1 on my nw15 skin has people asking why I look more "tan". Level 0 pretty please!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, December 19, 2014

    Hello, and thanks for your comments! We're always taking the possibility of new shades into consideration, so we will pass your comments along!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  20. Lisa
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 17, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Pleasantly surprised
    • I was pleasantly surprised how much I ended up liking this product. I initially wanted to try PC's foundations with spf, and while I put those in my cart, I, at the last minute, decided to try this one at the same time. Funnily enough, I ended up liking this one the best out of all of them. A very light coverage (but more coverage than most tinted moisturizers) gives a very natural pretty look, and I LOVE that it has broad spectrum spf 30. I like applying this over hydralight spf to layer. :-)

  21. Tom Godfrey
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best I have used
    • I gave this product five starts because it uses physical sunblock. It is lightweight on your skin. It does provide an SPF30 which is the level at which I proportion of the suns rays are not penetrating. The gem of this product though is that it helps blend melasma or blemishes and helps them look more natural as in part of your face instead of a clear anomaly. The crucial thing then is does it cause irritation or acne. The answer was no for me. It was a good sun protection

  22. Sabina
    Reviewed on Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Really nice
    • I must say that I never thought that I was the kind of girl that could wear just a tinted moisturizer. This is really my first purchase of Paula's Choice makeup and I actually love it. I have a lot of flaws, acne scarring along cheeks, start of wrinkles and spots that no makeup will cover. I use 2 light layers and top of with PF BB powder and a little bronzer and I am good to go. I have combo skin and I never look greasy or dry. Just perfect. Love it.

  23. Joslyn A.
    Reviewed on Monday, November 24, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Might not buy again
    • I ordered this after reading PC review of Stila's tinted moisturizer that said the formula was similar but cost less. Since she raised the price on this, that's no longer true, but the formula does feel similar but it doesn't look similar. On the plus side, it's more matte than Stila's, but the shades are a little off. After the second lightest (where I fall on Stilas shades) was too yellow, I got the sample pack that came out and none of the others was an improvement. Probably won't reorder.

  24. Beth K.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    First time I've finished a foundation!
    • I'm just squeezing out the last little bit of this tinted moisturizer. It's the very 1st time I've ever gotten to the bottom of this kind of product and that says a lot-I'm in my 40's. Whenever I've used others I've always ended up washing my face and starting again with this. It evens skin tone (along with concealer) and isn't heavy or cake-y. I have fair skin and wear level 1.

  25. Beth K.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    First time I've finished a foundation!
    • I'm just squeezing out the last little bit of this tinted moisturizer. It's the very 1st time I've ever gotten to the bottom of this kind of product and that says a lot-I'm in my 40's. Whenever I've used others I've always ended up washing my face and starting again with this. It evens skin tone (along with concealer) and isn't heavy or cake-y. I have fair skin and wear level 1. I'm so grateful Paula adds spf, but is it possible to make the same product w/o spf for night???

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What makes this product unique?
Barely There Sheer Matte Tint SPF 30 is an unbelievably light and silky tinted moisturizer that blends effortlessly to even out your complexion while allowing your natural skin tone to show through. You'll get a smooth, satin-matte finish with sheer coverage and a hint of color to enliven skin. All this, plus broad-spectrum sun protection via pure titanium dioxide and zinc oxide make it the perfect beginning to your makeup application!

This product is 100% fragrance-free.

Who is this product for?
Barely There Sheer Matte Tint is recommended for all skin types and may be used by those with rosacea.

Level 1 expires 9/2016
Level 2-4 expires 10/2016

Sources to support the claims made for Barely There Sheer Matte Tint SPF 30

Clinics in Dermatology, November-December 2008, pages 614–626; Skin Therapy Letter, September 2008, pages 5–9; Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, July 2008, pages S7–S12; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 136–149; Pharmazie, January 2008, pages 58–60; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 322–329; The Lancet, August 2007, pages 528–537; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2005, pages 253–262; http://www.aad.org/public/publications/pamphlets/common_melasma.html; and http://www.emedicine.com/DERM/topic260.htm.

Key Ingredients: sodium hyaluronate, titanium dioxide, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc oxide

Product Ingredients:

Active: Titanium Dioxide 5%; Zinc Oxide 5% (mineral-based sunscreens); Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Propylene Glycol (water-binding agent), PEG/PPG-18/18-Dimethicone (silicone-based emulsifier), Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate (thickener), Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane (silicone slip agents), Talc (absorbent), Phytantriol (water-binding agent), Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (antioxidants vitamin E and C), Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-repairing ingredients), Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid (thickeners), Triethoxycaprylylsilane (slip agent), Boron Nitride (absorbent), Sodium Dehydroacetate (preservative), Palmitic Acid (thickener), Dextrin Palmitate (emulsifier), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben (all preservatives). May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide (pigments).

DIRECTIONS: Apply after using your usual skin-care routine. You can use this tinted moisturizer with sunscreen over your daytime moisturizer whether it also contains sunscreen or not. It is fine to layer sunscreens. Apply with a makeup sponge, foundation brush, or clean fingertips. Dab the tint over the central part of the face, and blend downward using short, smooth strokes. Layer as needed to build desired coverage and then smooth out any excess product. If desired, follow with a pressed powder.

Barely There Sheer Matte Tint SPF 30 can be layered for additional color and a bit more coverage. Since this is a tint, the level of coverage increases only subtly as you add layers (not substantially as it would with a foundation).

Since the shades are sheer, it is not critical to get an exact match. If you are in-between two shades, we recommend going with the shade that is slightly darker (instead of lighter) than your skin tone. This will add a touch of translucent color to your face, though you will want to make sure the shade matches your neck/jawline as closely as possible (samples of each shade are available).

Do I need to use a separate moisturizer with Barely There Sheer Matte Tint SPF 30?

Unless you have dry skin or dry areas, Barely There Sheer Matte Tint can be used comfortably on its own. It is designed for all skin types, but someone with dry to very dry skin may prefer to apply a moisturizer first for additional hydration. Those with normal to oily skin will likely appreciate the light feel and natural matte finish Barely There Sheer Matte Tint provides, though for this skin type a lightweight moisturizer can be applied to dry areas if needed.

Is Barely There Sheer Matte Tint SPF 30 closer to a tinted moisturizer or a foundation?

It is closer to a tinted moisturizer, but offers more coverage than most tinted moisturizers do. It does not provide coverage on par with liquid foundations, including All Bases Covered Foundation SPF 25 for normal to dry skin) and Best Face Forward Foundation SPF 25 (normal to oily/combination skin).

Is Barely There Sheer Matte Tint SPF 30 safe for breakout-prone skin?

It is a good choice due to the fact that it isn't heavy, thick or greasy. However, we cannot guarantee it won't cause or worsen blemishes. For some people, this product's active ingredients (the mineral sunscreens titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) can cause clogged pores. The only way to know if any product will cause or worsen breakouts is to try it and see how your skin responds.

How come this foundation's SPF rating increased from SPF 20 to SPF 30? Did the formula change?

Rest assured the formula has not changed. What happened is that we retested Barely There Sheer Matte Tint to comply with the latest FDA regulations. We were thrilled to find out that not only does this sunscreen meet the FDA's new broad-spectrum protection standards, but also that its mineral-based SPF rating is higher than previous testing revealed. It's the same sheer foundation you've been enjoying—only now you're getting a greater amount of critical sun protection!

Help! I'm confused by the new shade names. How do I know which shade to buy now?

Our goal with switching from shade names to shade levels (intensities) was used to make the process easier, but we recognize that fans of this product may be confused as to which level matches their ideal shade. Here's how it breaks down:

Used to use Sheer Fair? The new shade name is Level 1.

Used to use Sheer Ivory? The new shade name is Level 2.

Used to use Sheer Neutral? The new shade name is Level 3.

Used to use Sheer Beige? The new shade name is Level 4.

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