22nd January 2021

The Inkey List 100% Mineral SPF

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A fairly new addition to the brand, The Inkey List SPF 30 Daily Sunscreen is currently the only SPF they make.

It is a completely mineral based (22% Zinc Oxide) and claims broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection.

It is also reef safe ensuring we aren’t damaging marine life when rinsing away. We love to see it.

When using SPF in your routine, it follows at the end of your skincare, after moisturiser. When it comes to removing the product at the end of the day remember to double cleanse, because SPF is designed to stay on skin.

INCI: Water (Aqua/Eau), Zinc Oxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Coconut Alkanes, Glyceryl Stearate, Caramel, Glycerin, Silica, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane/ Silica Crosspolymer, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/ Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysilicone-11, Squalane, Bisabolol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Ethylhexylglycerin, Panthenol, Lecithin, Polysorbate 60, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil.

I can see that a lot of effort has gone into making this inclusive, which is hard to do with a mineral SPF. It’s one of the most sophisticated textures of mineral SPF I have tried and this also comes across in the level of ashiness left after application.

However on my medium tan skin tone I was left with a tint lighter than my skintone and unless I was wearing make up I wouldn’t feel comfortable using this daily. I worry that this might mean people of colour are using less product to avoid this, and therefore not receiving their sun protection as expected.

I would love to see an increased range of inclusive tinted SPFs, which by the very nature of mineral products can be hard to do and so my personal preference is still chemical SPF, I’m not sure if The Inkey List like chemical sunscreen but I think it would be a great move for those who are sensitised by mineral SPF to cover all bases.

This product is best suited to light- medium skin tone is looking for a completely mineral SPF that leaves behind a sheer veil of coverage. It’s a good one, but not my go to!


The Inkey List is Cruelty Free and available at Selfridges, Cult Beauty, Boots, Sephora US and Shoppers Drug Mart Canada,  in addition to their own website where you can AskINKEY for specific product related support.

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