Beautycounter Countersun Daily Sheer Defense Review (best face sunscreen I’ve tried!)


Wearing sunscreen under makeup often doesn’t go well so we skip it (sound familiar?). I LOVE this one and have used it faithfully every day since I got it. Read more to see why I love the new Beautycounter Countersun Daily Sheer Defense SPF for face!

Summer is here and Beautycounter’s newest product came at a perfect time for these long, sunny days. Last month, they launched the Countersun Daily Sheer Defense for Face with SPF 25. (Although don’t forget that sunscreen is important year round!!) A face lotion with SPF has been one of the most-requested Beautycounter products for YEARS and they finally have one! This is different from the other Beautycounter sunscreen products because this is made to go under your makeup for daily wear.

I’ve always known that I should wear SPF every day, but I was never super consistent with it. Most sunscreens were too greasy and heavy for daily wear. And when I found face products with SPF built in (e.g. moisturizer or foundation), I was always worried that I wasn’t actually getting enough SPF from it. But this is one that I actually like and have finally been consistent with applying daily. It’s an extra step to my routine, but it doesn’t bother me one bit. Plus, I’m always proud when I apply it! I’m finally practicing what I preach or had heard others preach!

Beautycounter Face Sunscreen Review: Countersun Daily Sheer Defense

This is different from the other Beautycounter sunscreen products because this is made to go under your makeup for daily wear.

Why I Love It

It’s lightweight and fast-absorbing

It does NOT leave a greasy feeling or feel like it clogs my pores like so many sunscreen.

Protects from the sun and electronics

All Beautycounter Countersun products provide protection from UVA and UVB, and all of them are oxybenzone-free, octinoxate-free and reef-friendly. But this one also provides protection from HEV blue light rays. These rays come from the sun and from electronics. Considering I spend a good chunk of my life in front of my computer and/or phone (hey, it’s part of the job!), that’s important to me!

Works well under makeup

Daily Sheer Defense is designed to be worn under makeup. It’s super thin, lightweight, SHEER, and smooth. I was a Dew Skin fanatic for YEARS before I transitioned into wearing a more full coverage foundation (Skin Twin). Part of the reason I loved Dew Skin so much was because it provided SPF, plus it blended so smoothly. But since Skin Twin doesn’t have SPF, I always had to layer Dew Skin or another SPF underneath… and other zinc oxide based sunscreens often left a cast. Not. Great. This one blends quickly and easily. See?

More Affordable

The only other face sunscreen I found that I liked is this Cosmedix spray but it was really hard to track down. It also isn’t water or sweat resistant which meant it didn’t work well for running or hiking. And I do a lot of those activities! Plus, it costs nearly $60! Other face SPF products I tried were still $40+ and used oxybenzone.

While the new Daily Sheer Defense is not cheap at $42, it’s certainly more affordable. (My consultant discount helps too!) I use two pumps for my face, neck and décolletage. I’ve had it for 2 months, use it daily and it’s still going strong so I think it will last a few months longer.


Beautycounter Countersun Daily Sheer Defense Ingredients

Non-Nano Zinc Oxide is a physical, mineral-based sun protection technology that works by reflecting UV rays. (Beautycounter never uses chemical sunscreen like oxybenzone found in most traditional sunscreens.)

Chicory Root Extract supports skin’s barrier function to lock in hydration.

Vitamin E (Tocopherol) provides powerful antioxidant benefits that defend against environmental stressors to keep skin healthy looking.

Squalane is derived from olives, and draws moisture into the skin, leaving it happily hydrated.

And like all Beautycounter products, the face sunscreen was tested for safety with special attention to how ingredients may impact vulnerable groups, like pregnant or nursing women.

How to use the Countersun face sunscreen

This doesn’t replace your regular moisturizer. It layers over your regular moisturizer in your regimen, whether that’s from another skincare brand or one of the Beautycounter skincare lines – Counterstart, Countermatch, Countertime or CounterControl. (I use Countertime – read my review here.) If you’re not sure what skincare line is best for you, fill this out and I’ll email you some recommendations.

An example regimen, if you’re using all the Beautycounter bells and whistles, would look like this, listed in the order of application:

AM: Cleanse, Tone, Regular Serum, Vitamin C Serum, Eye Cream, Moisturizer, Sheer Daily Defense Sunscreen
PM: Cleanse, Tone, Overnight Peel OR Regular Serum, Eye Cream, Moisturizer

I put two pumps into my hand, blend it into my skin and typically wait about 60 seconds before applying my foundation. I use my fingers to apply the sunscreen and a beauty blender to apply the foundation.

This is the perfect addition to your skincare routine if you like to wear full coverage makeup but need an SPF of some sort. Or, if you don’t wear any coverage (e.g. tinted moisturizer or foundation) and just need SPF, it’s a great option. Since it blends seamlessly and doesn’t leave the cast that a lot of mineral sunscreen does, you could wear this without anything else.

If you want to get other sunscreen while you’re at it, you can see all of them here. I particularly like the tinted mist and the sunscreen stick for the pool days.

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