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:

88 out of 100
(Based on 271 Reviews)
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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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???

  5. Bonbon
    Reviewed on Sunday, October 26, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    A bit drying
    • It has a good matte finish, and the light coverage I wanted is just right. But it's not moisturizing enough for my dry-very dry skin. I was hoping this tinted moisturizer would work both as a moisturizer and foundation, but I have to apply another layer of moisturizer under which defeats the purpose of a 2 in 1. Also I have a fairly light eastern Asian complexion and the level 3 is just right, so these are definitely on the fairer side.

  6. Noah R.
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Simply the best!
    • If you are looking for a tinted moisturizer/BB cream/sheer foundation, look no further. I've tried many similar products from low-end and high-end brands, and this is the best. A pea sized amount is the perfect amount for my face, and it smooths and blends out so easily with my hands: no brushes or other tools required. It also has an spf of 30, which is a huge bonus. Paula's Choice gets 5 stars on this one, for sure!

  7. Melissa B.
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Simply Gorgeous!
    • Once I found this product, I threw out every other tinted moisturizer/foundation I owned. Powder foundations were making my skin look older and this makes me look younger and healthier. My search is over and my skin has never looked better! This is a beautiful product for my very fair, sensitive combination skin. The coverage is sheer, but covers imperfections and gives my skin a sort of radiant glow. The only other face makeup I need is a little concealer and powder in my slightly oily T zone.

  8. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 18, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Nice product...not much of it, though!
    • Nice product but I won't buy it again...too expensive for the small amount.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    Thanks for your comments! This product's size is in line with what's standard for tinted moisturizers with sunscreen.

    —Admin
  9. Tanya
    Reviewed on Tuesday, October 07, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Disappointed....
    • It dried out my oily skin... Disappointed.... A couple of hours after applying the face feels dehydrated.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    We're sorry you had a bad experience with this product.Please contact us so that we may process a refund or exchange for you.

    —Admin
  10. Heather W.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, October 07, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Had to throw them out
    • None of these fit my skin color, and I have an easy one to match (Mac 25; revlon buff). All of them are too dark and too yellow.

  11. Sophia
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 04, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    No longer the perfect tone of the old "Fair"
    • Neither the number one or the number 2 have what used to be the perfect tint of the old "Fair" for me. I understand they had to cover up the higher level of zinc oxide. I love zinc oxide, but, living in a low sunlight area, I'd happily go down to SPF 15 if the old tones could be brought back. The new ones make me look sallow. I keep buying it because the feel and consistency is great. In fact, were it not for the tint, this would be my #1 product from Paula.

  12. Nicky
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best tinted sunscreen I have found
    • Very light coverage, looks very natural, nicely blends in a few problem red areas around the cheeks and nose. The shade 3 is perfect for my medium fair skin. I use PC antioxidant serum as a primer and there is no "balling" or flaking because both are silicone based. I like that this foundation has lots of goodies for the skin, and I have stocked up because I never want to run out of this. However, it would have been good to have been able to buy a sample first. They're never in stock!

  13. Maggie
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Perfect satin-matte finish
    • I've tried lots of tinted moisturizers and this is the best. I have very fair skin and use the lightest shade. For those that feel it isn't matte enough, I do think the description "satin-matte" is exactly right. I have combination skin and it does give me a slightly dewey look in my oily areas, but it never feels too drying. The perfect solution is to use Paula's Shine Stopper over the tinted moisturizer just where you need it! I'm 32 and I get compliments on my skin all the time.

  14. Allison S.
    Reviewed on Monday, September 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Lovely!
    • This product is awesome! It is indeed BARELY there- which is the kind of tint I like- and it's great under powder foundation. I have extremely sensitive, acne prone skin, and most BB-type creams don't work well for me. This one, however, is a keeper!

  15. Jacqui N.
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 24, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Nice finish
    • Because of my crappy skin i am a bit of a foundation junkie-i have spent lots on high end & drug store brands over the years. I wasn't expecting much but i must admit i was pleasantly surprised. Now i am 33 with fine lines under my eyes i am facing the battle of matte finishes looking cakey & aging me (oily old girl conundrum) but altho this is matte is doesnt stick into fine lines or pores. 1 coat looks natural like skin w/ a lil coverage-2 coats gives medium coverage! Thumbs up all around :)

  16. Anakah B.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love it!!
    • I really love this product. I've been using mineral makeup for years but lately I felt like it was settling into lines and looking a bit cakey. I like sheer coverage and the tinted moisturizer is perfect. As another person said "a little concealer and powder and your good to go". Goes on smooth, no streaks, or as liquid foundation has always done on me, no clumping up. Perfect!!

  17. Kat M.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Versatile and Must Have!
    • I get both the Level 1 and Level 2 in this, and Nude All Bases Covered. My fair skin is just a bit darker in the summer; I can customize by mixing colors/formulas to fit the season and the current condition of my skin. I can use only non-chemical sunscreen, and these are not greasy or chalky. I have sensitive, breakout prone, dryish (age 58) skin, and this works! This is not a moisturizer or a mattifier; has a neutral finish. You adjust by using the appropriate product along with it. Love Paula!

  18. Won Hee P.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Literally "barely there"
    • I am so sad to leave a bad review for a Paula's Choice product! I agree with other reviewers that the product is slightly drying. I don't get strong reactions, but my skin feels tight by the end of the day. Also, I don't really have skin troubles I need to cover, but I would have liked a little more coverage. I end up using far more than I'd like because I barely see any difference on my skin when I apply the product, too. I'm sad to say that this won't be a part of my daily makeup regimen.

  19. Marian
    Reviewed on Monday, July 21, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Loving it
    • I did not like this product right away. It felt so greasy at first and so I did not use it for couple of months. I waited till oiliness had calmed down (using PC products), pimples were gone and decided to use it again. I'm so happy with this product and I hope the 30ml size will always be available since I am a traveler. It's a 3 in 1 product, sunscreen-foundation-Vit C. Loving it.

  20. Kaye M.
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 17, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not what I was expecting!
    • The consistency of this tinted moisturizer is nice, it feels light and almost whipped. The color blends really well. BUT it is nowhere near being matte. I have normal/combo oily skin and applied this after my regular morning PC skincare routine. I bought this product because it states that it has a matte finish. It made my skin look slick and super greasy! Which is unfortunate because I really wanted to love this product

  21. Abbey
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 02, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    perfection
    • best tinted moisturizer i've ever used and it's really hard for me to find one that suits my skin because i have a oily/comb very sensitive skin that reacts to a lot of things. my sister, who has normal/dry skin, also sings its praises. get on this people, this is fantastic.

  22. Van
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 01, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    It's going back
    • I had high hopes. Used moisturizer under it as suggested in one of the reviews, but still found the formulation drying. Not a good fit for me.

  23. Kelsey, M
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 28, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    (would be nice in larger size)
    • Live this stuff... please start making a larger size, it's a pain to reorder often xP

  24. Tracy M.
    Reviewed on Friday, June 27, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Decent on its own, great as a base
    • This stuff isn't going anywhere, once applied on your face. If you apply it on it's own, it might be drying. I use a moisturizer, then this, then touch it up with foundation in my more blotchy areas and under my eyes. It works amaaaazing as a base. Yeah, the color is a bit goofy, but a touch of powder or foundation will fix it. An anyone else in the world probably wouldn't notice anyway.

  25. Theresa S.
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 22, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love Love!
    • I have used this product for years. It is perfect for the "no makeup" makeup look with an efficacious sunscreen. It also works perfectly with Paula's powder, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish or Laura Geller Balance 'n' Brighten for a natural, medium coverage look. This is a holy grail product for me and I hope Paula never stops making it.

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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.

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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