Best Japanese Tinted Sunscreens

Must-Buy Japanese Tone Up Sunscreens for Face and Body

Sunscreens are essential beauty item for our daily lives specially during summer, but how great if they provide additional beauty benefits/effects while protecting our skin from UV damage?? Multi-function/all-in-one cosmetics products have been a big beauty trend in Japan over the past years, and many sunscreens offers unique features and effects, for example, providing coverage and colour to your skin.

Tinted sunscreens are becoming more popular and common here in Japan, and various products can be found at stores today. Tinted sunscreens are available with several different formulas, shades and finishes for face and body such as light to medium coverage, colour correction and skin glowing effect. They even out skin tone and create smooth and beautiful looking skin, and of course, they have strong UV protection factor just like regular sunscreens. Some products are also safe to use for sensitive skin.

Many Japanese cosmetics brands produce tinted sunscreens, but which one should you choose? In this article, I would like to introduce some of the latest and top-selling Japanese tinted sunscreens for face and body. If you are considering to try tinted sunscreens this year, this list might help you to pick one. So let’s check them out!

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1. SKIN AQUA Tone Up UV Essence

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SKIN AQUA Tone Up UV Essence (スキンアクアトーンアップUV エッセンス) is a very popular Japanese sunscreen that won multiple beauty awards. The lightweight sunscreen essence can be used for face and body.

The lavender shade sunscreen has colour-correcting effect and brightens up the skin tone with translucent and luminous finish. It’s formulated with micro-fine strobe pearl particles that reflect sunlight and light, and give a 3D shine. The sunscreen essence contains several skin care ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and vitamin c derivatives to keep the skin moisturized. It’s super waterproof, but can be removed easily by soap. It’s available with milk and spray formulas, too.

Besides the lavender shade, the brand offers mint green shade that covers redness and acne scars and improves the skin clarity.

SPF 50+/PA++++

Price: 1,000 yen (80g)

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▷ SKIN AQUA Tone Up UV Essence (Lavender)
▷ SKIN AQUA Tone Up UV Essence (Mint Green)

2. SUNCUT Tone UP UV Essence

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SUNCUT Tone Up UV Essence (サンカット トーンアップUV エッセンス) is a tinted sunscreen with a colour controlling effect for brighter and more luminous skin. It’s formulated with lavender pigments that suppress skin dullness and light pink pearl particles that reflect light. It boosts the translucence of the skin and creates picture-perfect skin.

It also features “Aller Guard” that protects the skin from environmental stressors such as pollen, dust and dirt. The long-lasting sunscreen withstands sweat, water, sebum and friction while protecting the skin from UV rays with Japan’s highest sun protection factor, yet it can be easily washed off with soap.

The mint green shade has been added to the lineup recently, which helps to reduce redness and acne spots.

SPF 50+/PA++++

Price: 880 yen (80g)【Shop Online】

3. Parasola Neo Illumi Skin UV Essence

Parasola Neo Illumi Skin UV Essence (パラソーラネオイルミスキン UVエッセンス) is a tinted sunscreen that corrects and brightens up the skin tone. It’s available with 2 shades: Lavender for translucent skin and Pink for radiant skin.

The light gel texture sunscreen essence spreads smoothly on the skin. It’s formulated with the “Soft Focus Powder” that covers pores and unevenness of the skin. Also sweat-absorbing powder keeps the skin smooth and non-sticky throughout the day. It’s blended with 10 kinds of skin care ingredients including vitamin c derivatives, hyaluronic acid and collagen that moisturize and improve the skin clarity.

SPF 50+/PA++++

Price: 880 yen (70g)

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▷ Parasola Neo Illumi Skin UV Essence (Lavender)
▷ Parasola Neo Illumi Skin UV Essence (Pink)

4. SEKKISEI Skin Care UV Tone Up

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SEKKISEI is one of the most popular Japanese skin care brands. SEKKISEI’s skin care series is formulated with oriental herbs which help to brighten the skin tone and improve its clarity. SEKKISEI Skin Care UV Tone UP (雪肌精 スキンケア UV トーンアップ) is a face sunscreen with a skin tone-up effect and can be used as a makeup primer. The lavender-coloured essence brightens up the skin complexion by sweeping away dullness and gives a natural glow.

It features the dry protect formula which prevents the skin from dryness, roughness and dark spots while protecting from UV ray. It contains 80% beauty serum (fermented coix seed extract) which leads to clear and bright skin with each use. It can be removed easily with regular face wash. It’s chemical-free formula and allergy tested.


Price: 1,650 yen 【Shop Online】

5. Biore UV: Aqua Rich Light Up Essence

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Biore is a popular Japanese drugstore skin care brand, offering a wide variety of highly effective yet affordable sunscreens. Biore UV Aqua Rich Light Essence (ビオレUV アクアリッチ ライトアップエッセンス) is a new lightweight sunscreen from the Biore UV Aqua Rich series. It features the new “Visible Light Control Technology” that forms microfine light-diffusing veil and creates smooth and bright looking skin. It gives skin natural sheer glow and improve transparency while protecting from UV rays and environmental stressors.


Price: 1,078 yen (70g)【Shop Online】

6. Coppertone Kireimise UV

Coppertone Perfect UV Cut Kireimise (コパトーンキレイ魅せ UV) is a series of colour-correcting sunscreen gels available in 4 shades. Each shade brings different beauty effect and can be chosen according to how you want your skin to look.

Blue is for bright and clear skin. It’s formulated with natural white powder to achieve marshmallow-like skin. Red has a skin illuminating effect. It provides natural pearl effect with Kira Kira powder (glitter powder). Yellow is for smooth and poreless skin. The yellow-beige control colour gel is blended gold pearl particles and evens out the skin tone. Green offers slimming effect. The mint green gel contains bright pearl particles creating natural shades.

All products are blended with skin care ingredients to keep the skin smooth and moisturized. They also features strong UV protection with water- and sweat-proof effect.

SPF 50+/PA++++

Price: 900 yen (40g)

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▷ Coppertone Perfect UV Cut Kireimise m (Blue)
▷ Coppertone Perfect UV Cut Kireimise k (Red)
▷ Coppertone Perfect UV Cut Nameraka (Yellow)
▷ Coppertone Perfect UV Cut Hosomise (Green)

7. ANESSA Perfect UV Skin Care BB Foundation

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ANESSA Perfect UV Skin Care BB Foundation (アネッサ パーフェクトUV スキンケアBB ファンデーション) is a tinted sunscreen designed to use for base makeup and it acts both as primer and foundation. It provides natural coverage for spots and pores while protecting the skin from UV damages. Available with 2 shades: Bright Natural and Healthy Natural.

It offers a powerful UV protection with a water and sweat resistant effect just like ANESSA’s original sunscreen products. It features “Aqua Booster Technology” that enhances the UV protection ability with water or sweat exposure. It contains skin care powder that prevents skin roughness. Also formulated with selected beauty ingredients and protects the skin from dryness and UV damage. Despite its durability to water and sweat, it can be washed off effortlessly with regular makeup remover.

SPF 50+/PA++++

Price: 2,200 yen

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▷ ANESSA Perfect UV Skin Care BB Foundation (Bright Natural)
▷ ANESSA Perfect UV Skin Care BB Foundation (Healthy Natural)

8. ALLIE Color Tuning UV

ALLIE Color Tuning UV (アリィー カラーチューニングUV) is a colour-correcting sunscreen gel for face, available in 2 shades. Ennui Purple improves skin clarity and blurs skin dullness and pores. Sunny Apricot brightens up skin complexion and covers dark spots.

The product is a perfect for days that you don’t want to wear foundation, but want light coverage and protection against daily UV exposure. The long-wearing sunscreen is friction-proof formula and prevents from smudging on face masks or towels. It’s also designed to be resistant against water, sweat and sebum. It contains beauty ingredients to keep the skin moisturized.

SPF 50+/PA++++

Price: 1,800 yen (40g)

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▷ ALLIE Color Tuning UV (Purple)
▷ ALLIE Color Tuning UV (Apricot)

9. COSME DECORTE Sun Shelter Tone Up CC

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COSME DECORTE Sun Shelter Tone Up CC (コスメデコルテ サンシェルタートーンアップCC) is an award-winning makeup primer that provides skincare effect and powerful UV protection. This sunscreen makeup primer provides natural coverage for visible pores and uneven skin tone while protecting the skin not only from UV rays but also environmental stress such as dryness and air pollution.

The lightweight, emulsion cream spreads on the skin pleasantly, promoting luminous complexion and helps foundation to appear and last better. It also prevent dark spots and freckles caused by sunburn. It’s available with 3 shades: Light Beige, Beige and Lavender Rose.


Price: 3,300 yen (35g) 【Shop Online】

10. MINON Amino Moist Bright Up Base UV


Minon Amino Moist series offers gentle and moisturizing skin care products formulated with 9 kinds of amino acid. Minon Amino Moist Bright Up Base UV (ミノンアミノモイスト ブライトアップベース UV) is a tinted face sunscreen designed for dry and sensitive skin.

The sunscreen with light beige colour can be used for makeup base as it corrects skin tone and provides natural coverage. It protects the skin from damages caused by UV rays and dryness as well as environment stressors such as pollution and pollen. The non-chemical, gentle-formula sunscreen is free of alcohol, fragrance, colorant, parabens and UV absorber, and tested for non-comedogenic and allergy.

SPF 47/PA+++

Price: 1,600 yen (25g)【Shop Online】

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