I was fortunate enough to buy this product on sale, so I took a gamble and stocked up on it while the price was good. It turns out, that was a brilliant decision and I could not be more pleased with the result. I have had and still suffer from horrible adult acne and I was looking for a better daytime moisturizer to use on my face. I have acne scars and I must use Retin-A to keep my acne in check, which dries out my skin. When I stumbled upon this product, I did not realize how effective it would be at controlling oil and priming my face. I apply the product all over my face (including on my eyelids) and I am blown away at the staying power of this product. Other strong sunscreens have left me with a whitish cast or tend to rub off strangely (not unlike how eraser rubber comes off). This product keeps my oily face pretty matte for the entire day. By the end of the day I have cultivated a glow, but I do not need to blot midday and reapply powder as with other moisturizers. Additionally, this moisturizer extends the life of my eye makeup unbelievably (usually my eyeshadow needs to be reapplied mid-day) and doesn't look odd against my eyebrows. The smell of the product is amazing, it smells likes summer- fresh and clean. The sunscreen is quite effective, although to be fair, I do not spend extended period in the sun. I have had no adverse acne effects as a result of using this product. Even though it's expensive, I do believe that this moisturizer delivers what it promises and the packaging (unlike some of L'Occitane's other packaging) is both portable and user-friendly. I highly recommend this product.
I normally do not leave reviews, but I loved this product so much that I felt compelled to sign up for Makeup Alley and leave my first review. I was a little appalled at myself for spending fifty something on sunscreen, but this is the best sunscreen I have used ever. I used to have acne in late high school and early college and now have combination skin as a 23 year old. I did not experience the whitening film as some other reviewers and did not experience any allergic reactions to this. No breakouts whatsoever a month into using this product. It is probably worth noting that I have fair complexion and am east Asian. I enthusiastically recommend this sunscreen. My best friend and I bought this together, and she is of darker complexion and Central American, and she also loves this product. I have used Clinique CityBlock prior to this for a couple years but prefer this consistency as I do not have to rub the sunscreen into my face aggressively as with most sunscreens including CityBlock. The smell is not very noticeable and will continue to buy this product.
I really wanted to like this but it broke me out in tiny itchy bumps on my cheeks. It feels sooo nice and acts as primer under my foundation, and it helps it last longer too but it just broke me out.
I hate to be the Debbie Downer here for such a high rated product but I gave it about 3 weeks and I think I may end up returning it to Sephora. First, when applied, it feels like a primer to me and for some reason I hate that feel on my skin. Granted, though it is light, it feels to me like my skin is being coated and can't breathe. Also, I didn't see a "brightening" effect at all and for the ridiculous price of $54 I expect some kind of benefit. I think it caused a few clogged pores as well. Still searching for my HG.
Fav sunscreen so far! This left a matte and brightened effect on my face. Just a naturally fairer look - wouldn't call it a 'white cast'. I bring it in my handbag everywhere I go in case I need to top up. Would definitely buy again.
I am always looking for a combination UV - moisturinzing product that is light and not too greasy. This one does it for me! I love the fact that this is a UV 40 product, as I want at least an SPF 30 or above now that I am a bit older. The fragrance does not linger, and is not offensive. It feels a bit dry going on, and does not make my face oily, nor has it caused breakouts (so many products do!). I am very pleasantly surprised and will keep this on my shelf.
Expensive, but it is my first facial sunscreen ever and also my last.
When applied on skin it appears to leave a white cas,t but after 15 minutes it blends in your skin no matter how dark or tanned you are.
UPDATE: After 2 weeks of use the sunscreen made my skin very soft due to its protection from the harmful rays of the sun but unfortunately it broke me out. I now have teeny tiny bumps on my cheeks that are quite itchy. If I wear makeup over it it looks like the bumps are inside my skin therefore making me look like i have a allergic reaction.
I love this--esp for the summer. It's super thin and has the smell of old timey varnish--not unpleasant though I can see why other reviewers found it to be a bit "chemical." (I just imagine its the smell of some Provencal lavender farmer's tool shed.) I tend to get shiny in the heat and this just stops that from happening. It's a bit pricy but for me, its my big splurge and I think its worth it. (And now all the Olay products are getting up there too so it's really not much of a step up, pricewise.) Love it!
Unfortunately, I have to agree with some of the reviewers: this left a white cast on my face (NC25). :( The first day I used it, my husband asked me why I looked so pale. The second day I used a little less and the brightening effect wasn't as strong but still visible. It's really sad because the texture of this sunscreen is like a fluid which applies easily and is absorbed very well. It is neither drying nor has it an oily effect on my skin. I will try to mix this fluid with a tinted moisturizer and hope that it will darken a little bit because my attempt to use more bronzer to balance out the whitish effect went wrong, it just looked to obvious and fake. Not the natural look I am after!
Update: I'm so happy that I found the perfect way to make this work :) I mix it with Lancome Tropiques Minerale Bronzing Fluid Smooth Tan Effect SPF 10 in 01 Ocre Doree and it takes away the withish effect. Instead, I have a lovely sheer bronzing fluid with high SPF. I just add 3 squirts to the bottle, shake it well and it lasts me for about 4-5 months.
I wanted to love this sunscreen, and I hate to be the voice of dissent among all these great reviews, but it just didn't work for me. It dried to a matte finish on my skin, but it left a white cast to my dark complexion (NW40). Perhaps I put too much on, but it looked just awful. Everything else about it was pretty good-- not a bad smell, nice packaging, not oily, nice finish, good sun protection-- but this is too grave of a sin for me to forgive, especially for the steep price tag.