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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.
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Customer Ratings:

89 out of 100
(Based on 257 Reviews)
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  1. 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 :)

  2. 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!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Stacey H.
    Reviewed on Monday, June 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    true to skin color and stays all day
    • I have tried several drugstore tinted BB creams and they always made my skin have an orangey glow, plus they don't last all day. I have used this for a few weeks now and I love it! I have pretty fair skin and the color is perfect for my face. No orangey/overly tan look here. Now my face matches my real skin tone. Also, it lasts all day, even in the sun. It doesn't run or melt even when it's hot out.

  13. Christina C
    Reviewed on Monday, June 09, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    In love!
    • easily blends, moisturizing, perfect shade for my light, olive skin tone. I almost purchased All Bases Covered but wanted more of a skin care item. Doesn't hide every imperfection, but use some concealer &/or powder and voila! Just wish it came in a bigger size!!!!!!!

  14. Robyn T.
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I adore this Tint
    • I usually switch to this product from my other PC foundation in the summer, when it is hotter and I am more prone to getting a little moist in the face. I have oily-combination, blackhead and acne-prone skin. It is light on my skin, looks amazing on, and works incredibly well in my hot, humid climate. It honestly makes me look like I have naturally, flawlessly even, clear, skin. Well, I almost do because of PC products, but this gives me that extra umph! It is a wonderful product.

  15. Jenny A.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, May 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best!
    • I've tried a few tinted moisturizers (I had been alternating between Arcona Reozone SPF 40 and Tarte Amazonian clay BB tinted moisturizer SPF 20 for a while. Meh). This is the first one I've found that's both moisturizing and light! The others were either too heavy or too drying. This formula is perfect for my skin! This is also the first time I've found a colour that isn't too chalky or too dark for my pale but freckled complexion.

  16. Martha P.
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 17, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Almost perfect
    • This tinted moisturizer feels great on my skin, and really is barely there! Except, it's slightly too yellow and not light enough for my complexion. I would use RESIST foundation in porcelain, but it's too drying for my skin and too much coverage. I find that if I mix the two together it looks perfect! Won't be purchasing either products again though.

  17. KATE S.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great product
    • The first tinted moisturizer I've liked! I have combination skin and this neither dries me out nor makes me shine. I also have very fair skin and while most tinted moisturizers, even in their lightest color, tend to look orange on me, this one looks great! I love it.

  18. Vanessa
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Lovely
    • This is a great sunscreen, better than Clinique Super City Block which I found too greasy. I do like to set it with a bit of powder as its a bit too dewy for my liking. This was the first PC product I bought because I was looking for a mineral based sunscreen and a BB cream in one. Now I'm converted to PC products.

  19. Tina S.
    Reviewed on Monday, May 05, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Lightweight and Smooth
    • Do due my combination/oily skin and T-zone acne breakouts (a medication side effect), my skin can't handle traditional thick foundations that you find at the store. Similar to a BB cream, the product gives me decent coverage and doesn't worsen my acne breakouts which is wonderful. I will say, that I wish it came in a bigger container and I still need a good cover up for things like acne spots and darkness under my eyes but it's light and applies easily.

  20. Laura C.
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 03, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Perfect for me
    • I have dry skin so I use moisturizer under this and treat it as a very light coverage foundation that has sun screen. For the summer I don't really need the extra moisturizer in the AM if I use it at night in the summer. Looks very natural and when set with Paula's pressed powder with SPF, I'm ready to go for a day in light sun.

  21. Janice
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A great tinted moisturizer
    • I really love this tinted moisturizer! This is better than the 1st one Paula came out with. I have very dry skin & use this over my moisturizer. Blends very well, looks so natural, & nice coverage for a tinted moisturizer. Colors are great, very natural. I have level 3 & 4. 3 for the winter, 4 for summer. Sometimes I mix the 2. Just a great product, better than any tinted moisturizer I've tried, high-end & drugstore, oh! & many compliments on my skin while wearing this.

  22. Ariana M
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 26, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Two thumbs down
    • Did not work for my combination, olive complexion. The medium tan looked orange and did not apply well.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, April 28, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We're sorry this product disappointed you. Please feel free to contact us to discuss a return or exchange.

    —Admin
  23. Diane from Canada eh!
    Reviewed on Friday, April 18, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Barely There Sheer Matte Tint SPF 30
    • Love this product! Whoever passed the comment that this product was too drying for her, do you exfoliate? It does help to absorb moisturizer and foundation. As it is described, it is a sheer foundation, if you need more coverage, you need to go to her "all bases covered". Diane

  24. Tanis S
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 17, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Wished for more...
    • Very disappointed with this product. I thought this would act like a tinted moisturizer, I can't even classify it as a foundation for its very low coverage. It does go on thick but it really doesn't provide much if any coverage and I used Level 3, I was actually going to order Level 2 but it was sold out, good thing I didn't. It is very drying, it felt like sandpaper and made my skin itchy. Definitely not much of a moisturizer either. Thumbs down, sorry.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, April 17, 2014

    We're sorry this porduct did not meet your needs. It is not a foundation, it is meant to be a sheer tint with sunscreen. The formula contains several hydrating ingredients, but those with dry skin will want to apply moisturizer first. Please contact us to arrange for a refund or exchange.

    —Admin
  25. Jennifer K.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 12, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    love it!
    • I love this tinted SPF. Gives some sheer coverage, very natural looking. I am pale and shade 1 works well for me. It hasn't irritated my sensitive skin or caused breakouts. My skin is on the drier side and I do need to use another moisturizer underneath.

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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 15 for normal to dry skin) and Best Face Forward Foundation SPF 15 (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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