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5 Best Sunscreens Like Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen That Protect Skin for Much Less

And don't miss the video that puts some of these SPF dupes to the test


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TikTok, Instagram and YouTube are full of countless videos talking about dupes (affordable options of pricier products) for various beauty buys. And while you might think these recommendations are just focused on makeup, recently, there’s been a lot of talk about sunscreen and, specifically, Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen. This sunscreen is constantly raved about for going on clear and working on all skin types and tones. But since it costs upward of $38, using this sunscreen daily and reapplying every 90 minutes to two hours can really add up. So we searched for the best sunscreens like Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen that are budget-friendly and work just as well. Read on to see the ones that made our list.

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What is Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen?

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen

This sunscreen became popular when it was released in 2018 as the first-of-its-kind invisible gel sunscreen. It was an instant bestseller because it wasn’t like anything else available and solved a lot of the problems people have with sunscreens, like going on too thick, leaving behind a white cast and having a distinct smell. Instead, Unseen truly sinks into skin, blending in with all skin tones, and feels lightweight. And because this formula has had a cult-like following, it now also comes in a mineral face version and a body version.


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The best sunscreens like Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen

One downside of the Supergoop SPF is that it costs $38 for a small, 1.7 oz. tube. So that’s why many have gone on the hunt for more affordable dupes. Here, the ones that are comparable but cost a fraction of the price.

Trader Joe's Daily Facial Sunscreen, one of the best sunscreens like supergoop unseen sunscreen
Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s Daily Facial Sunscreen SPF 40

For only $18 this sunscreen has gone viral and is often sold out at Trader Joe’s stores because of just how similar it is to Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen. The clear formula melts into skin and leaves the complexion with a youthful glow.

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Kroger Sunscreen Invisible Gel SPF 40

Kroger Sunscreen Invisible Gel SPF 40

As you can see, this bottle of sunscreen proudly displays that it’s comparable to the Supergoop SPF. It really does live up to those claims as it has the same finish and level of sun protection — but costs less than $12. One thing to be cautious of: It does contain some citric acid from orange peel oil which can be irritating for those with sensitive skin.

e.l.f. Skin Suntouchable Invisible Sunscreen SPF 35, one of the best sunscreens like supergoop unseen sunscreen

e.l.f. Suntouchable Invisible Sunscreen SPF 35

Another almost identical formula to Supergoop’s is this option from e.l.f. that retails for $14. For added skin benefits, this sunscreen contains antioxidant-rich meadowfoam seed oil (just like Supergoop) and aloe that help shield skin from the sun to ward off a sunburn and UV damage. Best of all, it also doubles as a primer as it has a grip-like finish to help makeup stay in place all day.

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Glossier Invisible Shield, one of the best sunscreens like supergoop unseen sunscreen

Glossier Invisible Shield

This SPF is a bit pricier than the three previous options, ringing in at $25, but is still more affordable than Supergoop. Reviewers love its velvety finish and say it’s especially great for anyone with oily skin because it’s somewhat mattifying. And similar to the e.l.f. pick above, it also works wonders to keep makeup intact.

Bask Daily Invisible Gel SPF 40 Sunscreen

Bask Daily Invisible Gel SPF 40 Sunscreen

A new kid on the block is this formula from Bask that is ultra-hydrating and costs $10 less than Supergoop. It contains squalane that restores moisture to dry skin types and like a few of the other dupes, it also serves as a great makeup primer.

To see a few of these options in action, watch the below video from YouTuber and esthetician Cassandra Bankson.

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