Great sun protection, but leaves my skin feeling dry and patchy. This will clog my pores and cause blemishes if I do not use an oil-based cleanser to remove the sunscreen. It also leaves a white cast on my face, but that doesn't really bother me too much. Can be expensive is purchasing in the US off of websites, but in Asia it is not too much money. The little bottle is conveniently sized - perfect for beach bags or handbags.
This is a definite must-have of mine. I have gone through several bottles and purchase off ebay. After Sofina was discontinued, it is the one and only sunscreen I use on a daily basis under my Revlon Colorstay foundation that helps with oil control. I have acne-prone, combination skin that tends to be oilier during the spring/summer months and would not dare to skip this on any day. I still blot throughout the day, but nowhere near as much as I would without having this sunscreen as a base. It serves as a perfect primer/base for my foundation application. Yes, there is alcohol content, and sometimes I see my skin turning slightly pink when I dab it on and let it sit, but this is a rare occurrence as I've learned to spread the liquid quickly. It does become drying in the winter months, but I switch to a heavier moisturizer to compensate.
Daily routine in the spring/summer consists of Acne.org benzoyl peroxide to spot treat, DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew, Biore UV Perfect Face Milk, Revlon Colorstay Foundation, Maybelline Dream Matte Powder, and at the end of the day, DHC Deep Cleansing Oil to wash it all off.
Ugh. About an hour after applying this, my skin started peeling/flaking off my face, especially on my lower cheeks, chin and jawline. I have never had flaky skin before and I am sure this is the alcohol in this sunscreen.
It certainly controls oil, but not worth the price of dried out, peeling skin. Maybe it works on people with super-duper oily skin - mine is combination, but not dry.
I have really oily skin, and this sunscreen was the only product I've tried so far that did not make my face really shiny. It's a liquid formula that goes on easily enough, and seemed to leave my face matte all day so that I did not need to constantly blot. I did not notice any white cast or breakouts, and little to no fragrance. The bottle is small, about the size of a travel size bottle of shampoo, but you don't need a lot of product to cover your face. I have already bought a backup bottle because this works so well for me.
Disappointed with this range of face sunblocks. I have the purple and blue bottle and the alcohol scent is too overwhelming. Was expecting better.
I hate this stuff with a passion. I have really sensitive, clog-prone skin and thought this will be good to control oil. I put a small amount of this sunscreen on and my face IMMEDIATELY felt tight and uncomfortable, and somewhat itchy...I think its the alcohol content :( Even worse, when I removed it after just 12 hours or so, I have pimples all over my face.
will stick to blot powders for oil control.
This review is for the new formula (PA++++)
This stuff is pretty much identical to the Biore UV Bright Face Milk SPF 50+ PA++++ but it does not have the pink "tint".
This was recently reformulated to be PA++++ (from +++). Make sure when purchasing you are buying the new formula with PA++++! I'm normal skinned (neither oily nor dry), VERY fair skinned, not acne prone, and wear 1/4 tsp+ on the face. I'm very annoyed when reviewers rate sunscreen without using the correct amount.
-Very matte, powdery finish, not greasy or sticky to the touch, great for oily skin
-Gives a beautiful "blur" effect on my face
-Absorbs very fast
-Great under makeup
-Easy to reapply, easy to use 1/4 tsp
The Potentially not as Good:
-If you have dry skin, this might not work for you! I don't even have dry skin but this emphasized the dryer parts of my face! Break out the moisturizer before putting this on! I wore this in the winter with a light moisturizer under it, my face was extremely dry and irritated by the end of the day. If I wear something heavier like 3 pumps of CeraVe PM under it then it's fine.
-If your skin is sensitive to alcohol this might not work for you! Harsh alcohol smell when applied to face but smell almost immediately disappears. it's really what makes this SS so light and cosmetically elegant, however it irritates my skin so I had to stop using it.
-You have to import it! I just buy two bottles at a time as the bottles are a little on the small side! One bottle lasts me about 1 month. Again, make sure you are buying the NEW version!
-A very slight white finish. Fine if you have more fair skin but I do not know how this will look on someone with a deeper complexion!
I have normal to dry skin, so I wasn't sure how well this would work since it's known to work well for oily skin. Overall, it didn't dry my skin out too much. It does smell very strongly of alcohol, and it does leave this slippery, silicone finish on the face. I didn't mind the feeling, but I couldn't put it on my eyelids without it destroying my eye makeup. It would completely obliterate my eye primer and dissolve away my eye shadow. I will not repurchase.
I had high hopes for this product (i have the pink bottle), because it has such hype all over the internet. I read in many reviews that it was heavy duty for oily skins, so i decided to give it a try.
I paid around 8-9 euros for a 30ml tube. Althought it's a standard size for many beauty products, i think the package is really tiny. But for the price, i don't think it's that bad.
I ordered it on ebay, and took around 2 weeks to be delivered. I've been using it everyday for the past couple of months.
It's white and very liquid. You can smell the alcohol a lot, and alcohol in face products is something that bothers me, but it was expected... i just wanted to see if this product was that much effective with oil control.
I usually take a few drops on my fingers and then apply all over my face, concentrated on the most oily areas. It's very easily spread and the skin turns mate instantly. The feeling is very velvety and soft, like a primer. I don't see any white cast, but i only apply a small amount.
The oil control it's not awesome and mind blowing, it's just ok. It's better with this product than using nothing at all...
Although i was skeptical about the bad effects that the alcohol and other ingredients might have on my skin (i have acne prone sensitive skin, that breakout very easily), i didn't experience any breakouts from using this product, i just make sure to remove it very well at night.
I was expecting more from this, so i'm not buying again. Still searching for my HG.
this is a great mattifier and base for makeup. I don't like way it makes my skin feel alone though. It has a velvety feel and I can constantly "feel" it on my skin, like a soft velvety annoying mask. It's a good sunscreen but i never reach for it because of that feeling on my skin.