An honest, unbiased review of the entire line of MadHippie sunscreen. Get full details including the pros and cons and which ones are actually worth the purchase.
Finding the right skincare product can be a hit and miss process. Sometimes you get lucky and find a keeper, other times you feel like you’ve wasted your money.
And then of course there’s times you find a hidden gem on a friend’s recommendation. That’s where I come in! I’ve tried all five MadHippie SPF sunscreens, and I’m ready to share my hits (and misses) with you.
Of course what works for one person won’t always work for another. It’s always a good idea to consider your personal skincare needs, and avoid anything with ingredients you know will irritate your skin.
By the end of this post, I hope you’ll feel more informed on which MadHippie sunscreen could be right for you!
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MadHippie Sunscreen Is:
- Made with non-nano Zinc Oxide.
- Broad spectrum protection against UVA & UVB rays.
- Reef safe.
- Cruelty-free, vegan, and PETA Approved.
- Free from parabens, synthetic fragrance, dyes, petrochemicals, and sodium laurel sulfate.
- USA made.
Frequently Asked Questions
All except the tinted sunscreen (Sheer Tint) leave a white cast. Although formulated with “clear zinc”, the reality is, no zinc will be totally invisible.
The porous texture of clear zinc lessens its light reflection quality, but all zinc oxides leave some type of white cast.
Considering all their sunscreens contain Zinc Oxide (the gold standard of sun protection) and additional nourishing ingredients, MadHippie is very good!
Both mineral and chemical sunscreens should be reapplied every two hours and immediately after swimming or sweating.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher when indoors and SPF 30 or higher when outdoors.
Basically, non-nano Zinc is considered safer than nano Zinc, because it has larger particles that won’t be able to find their way into your bloodstream.
Tip: Natural Isn’t Always Better
Just because a product uses natural ingredients doesn’t mean your skin won’t be irritated by it. In the same token, many synthetic ingredients can be very soothing.
MadHippie Sunscreen Review
MadHippie Daily Protective Serum
A UVA/UVB broad spectrum mineral sunscreen with an SPF 30+ and water resistant up to 80 minutes. This watery formula is priced at $24.99 for a 1.02 fluid ounce bottle.
non-nano Zinc Oxide 12.7%, Buriti Fruit Oil (antioxidant), Polyglutamic Acid (hydrates), Pongamia Glabra Seed Oil (antioxidant), Resveratrol (antioxidant), Hyaluronic Acid (hydrates), Schisandra Chinensis Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Sodium PCA (hydrates), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (antioxidant).
- Silky serum-like formula.
- Dries down soft and matte without settling into my fine lines.
- White cast disappears under my makeup.
- Leaves a white cast. If you’re a non-makeup wearer and want an invisible sunscreen for daily use, this probably won’t work for you.
- The dispenser splatters as the sunscreen nears the end.
- Small amount of product.
Is it Worth it?
If you wear foundation daily and love serums, Daily Protective Serum could be a great option!
Ultra Sheer Body SPF
A UVA/UVB broad spectrum mineral sunscreen with an SPF 40+ and water resistant up to 80 minutes. Ultra Sheer’s lotion formula is silky, lightweight, and full of skin care ingredients.
non-nano Zinc Oxide 20.5%, Cocoa Seed (hydrating), Quercetin (antioxidants), Sea Buckthorn (vitamins & fatty acids), Hyaluronic Acid (hydrating), Vegan Squalene (antioxidant), Milk Thistle (fatty acid).
- High SPF 40+ coverage.
- Comes in a generous 4.0 fluid ounce bottle. The tube it comes in is airtight and easy to dispense.
- It’s a sunscreen for the body, but works great on my face also. No breakouts or irritation and looks invisible under makeup.
- Leaves a white cast.
Is it Worth it?
Yes! Out of all five sunscreens, Ultra Sheer provides the highest SPF protection, the most amount of product (4.0 fluid ounces), and is priced the lowest at $18.99.
Hydrating Facial SPF
A UVA/UVB broad spectrum mineral sunscreen with an SPF 25+ and water resistant up to 80 minutes. Priced at $24.99, this 2.0 fluid ounce formula contains fatty acids and antioxidants.
non-nano Zinc Oxide 15.7%, Shea Butter (moisturizing), Ferulic Acid (antioxidant), Hyaluronic Acid (hydrates), Cocoa Seed Butter (moisturizing).
- It contains an SPF.
- Very strong white cast.
- Settled into my fine lines, and glued itself around my hairline and eyebrows.
- Not hydrating…at all. This stuff dries extremely fast, and anything I put on top of it seemed to get absorbed into the sunscreen film left on my face.
Is it Worth it?
Generally I can get behind most of MadHippie’s products, but the Hydrating Facial SPF was a hard pass for me.
Sheer Tint Sun Serum
A UVA/UVB broad spectrum mineral sunscreen with an SPF 29. Sheer Tint’s watery, serum-like texture blends like a dream and comes in two shade options: light/medium and medium/dark. $22.99 gets you 1.02 fluid ounces.
non-nano Zinc Oxide 13.5%, Vitamin C (antioxidant), Shea Butter (moisturizer), Pomegranate Seed Oil (antioxidant), Resveratrol (antioxidant), Vegan Squalene (antioxidant), Hyaluronic Acid (hydrating).
- Dries to a velvety skin-like finish.
- Provides medium coverage.
- Acts like a skin treatment and foundation in one!
- No white cast.
- Beautiful fluid-like texture.
- Blends easily.
- Only two shades.
- Dispenser would splatter near the end.
Is it Worth it?
Yes! With an SPF 29, and foundation like coverage, it’s a gorgeous sunscreen worth trying.
Luminizing Facial SPF
A UVA/UVB broad spectrum mineral sunscreen with an SPF 29+, water resistant up to 80 minutes. Costs $24.99 for 2 fluid ounces. This watery lotion contains fair trade mica which gives it a super shimmery glow.
non-nano Zinc Oxide 16.5%, Squalene (antioxidant), Green Tea (antioxidant), Resveratrol (antioxidant), Niacinamide (antioxidant), Quercetin (protects from UV damage), Polyglutamic Acid (hydrates), Hyaluronic Acid (hydrates).
- If highlighting is your thing, you’ll love the shimmery glow.
- The SPF formula contains blue light protection from electronic devices.
- Not easy to blend.
- Pass if you’re looking for a matte finish. (Did I mention it’s shimmery?)
Is it Worth it?
If you love a super highlightery look, then you’ll probably love Luminizing! For me, it’s too much all over shimmer, but it works great as a liquid highlighter for my cheekbones.
MadHippie Sunscreen: Final Thoughts
It’s not MadHippie’s “natural ingredient” claim that draws me, but the fact that they use Zinc Oxide, the gold standard of SPF protection, in all their sunscreens.
Sheer Tint really stands out as the star of the lineup. It runs on the pricier end of the drugstore market, but with so few tinted mineral sunscreens out there, it’s a beautiful option!
Have you tried any of MadHippie’s products yet? Share your favorites below!
Very helpful post. Thank you very much