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The Ordinary. Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 | REVIEW

Leslie here, and it is time for another new product from The Ordinary! It has been a few months since I picked up the Mineral UV Filters SPF 30, The Ordinary’s sunscreen offering, and I am here to bring you the official spill.


The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 with Antioxidants, 50 ml for 9.70 USD. They also have an SPF 15 version for 8.90 USD, but I have not tried that one.
The Ordinary range of Mineral UV Filters formulas’ offer SPF protection along with antioxidant, hydration, and anti-irritant support.
This product comes in a UV protected tube.


The Ordinary says their formula avoids the use of ‘nanoparticles’. Nanoparticles are, exactly what it sounds like, tiny particles. There is no proof that long-term use of nanoparticles is harmful, but there is also no proof that it is completely safe. So I guess The Ordinary is just avoiding them all together. (They do however still use the word ‘micronized’ which to me means the particles are shrunken down in some way, but what do I know. I’m not a scientist.) In doing that, and making the Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide (the physical sunscreens in the formula) “non-nano”, they are seen in their truest form. WHITE. But we’ll dive a little more into that in a second. These non-nano, but micronized particles are dispersed in flexible non-comedogenic silicones.


Like just about every product I use and end up reviewing, I have scoured through this ingredient list. It is kind of long, and I want to know what the heck-and-bob I am putting on my face! And wouldn’t you know it – there are a TON of things on there I have never in my life seen. So let’s see if we can break this puppy down. The Ordinary breaks the formula down into a few key technologies, and it is always my mission to ‘fact check’ things like that. Is the proof in the puddin’, if you will.

Bio-Active Antioxidant Network

A potent combination that scavenges and neutralizes free radicals, minimizes the intensity of UV radiation penetrating the skin, visibly protects biological membranes and supports the skin response to UV exposure.

My research leads me to believe that the following are part of this ‘network’ within the formula:  Astaxanthin,  Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract, Picea Mariana Bark Extract, Arginine, & Aspartic Acid Astaxanthin is an antioxidant with known UV blocking properties. Others on the list are anti-irritant, and Arginine helps build collagen production.

Bio-Sugar Complex

A unique blend of hygroscopic molecules with Multi-layer coverage providing both short and long-term hydration and also naturally increases skin’s own capacity to hold water. 

Ingredients that relate to this complex:  Glucose, Maltose, Fructose, Trehalose

Skin Identical Lipids

Lipids that visibly restore the compromised barrier and prevents transepidermal water loss (TEWL).

These lipids include Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Triolein, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, Polyglyceryl-5 Trioleate, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate.

Tasmanian Pepperberry

Rich in flavanones, anthocyanins, and minerals, this active technology helps to calm stressed skin, acting almost immediately.

This is listed in the ingredient deck as Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract. I also see a lot of amino acids – some of which could fall into either the Antioxidant Network or the Skin Identical Lipids. Aside from the tons of antioxidants, lipids, ETCETERA from the above categories, the rest of the formula is basically silicones, a few oils, and emollients. Which I found very surprising after using a few times, because as you will read more about below, this is not greasy and does not make me oily throughout the day.


Ok. This sunscreen has a white cast. Like. Ghostly.  
Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 with Antioxidants white cast on skin, flashback
last photo is with flash, outdoors.
But, because I choose to wear this under color products like a BB cream or foundation, the white cast is not an issue. Also because I’m not in flash photography at all during any period of my normal life….the white cast is not an issue. But remember, I am a pale white girl. It is a very lightweight formula and doesn’t tug when you try to blend it out. Which is what I usually find is the issue with most physical sunscreens. I also quite like the scent of this product. It doesn’t have that strong sunscreen smell. Just a very earthy, mineraly sunscreeny scent.


This works surprisingly well under makeup. There are no issues with blending products on top, no pilling (#PETPEEVE).And I find that for me and my skin tone, the white cast actually provides a brightening effect underneath any foundation. It dries down a tad sticky on the skin, which in turn really grabs the makeup. This helped to keep my makeup in place and not an oil slick during an outdoor concert in the South Carolina heat and humidity in August. We’re talking. DAMP. And my makeup looked great at the end of the night!
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This is one of the easiest (while also being inexpensive) SPFs that I have tried. It doesn’t interfere with anything else on my face, and it doesn’t make me greasy. So it kind of just lays there like the UV blocking filter that it is. And I love that! So I would definitely recommend checking out the Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 from The Ordinary if you have been struggling to find a sunscreen that seamlessly flows with the other products that you have going on. Get the SPF 30 here. -LH