I love this! It has the highest sun protection possible yet it's pretty lightweight imo and blends in well and doesn't leave a white-caste. I have oily skin and live in Australia (even though it's not always hot, the UV rays can be quite strong all year round) so this is absolutely perfect for me. The only minor downside is the price. It's a little expensive, so if you buy this I recommend purchasing discounted off the internet. So very happy with it, I really really hope they never discontinue this product!!!
Wow. I love this product. I got this in translucent; comes out white but blends clear into skin immediately. I thought the texture was slightly thick when I first used it (could be because I'm not used to wearing sunscreen), but after a few more times it doesn't bother me anymore. I also love the texture after it sets, which is a matte finish. My foundation goes on nicely after that. I used to apply primer, but I find this sunscreen works very well as a primer as well so I skipped my usual primer. The oil control of this is a amazing!! I have oily skin and I usually have to blot my face once before lunch and once before leaving work for home, but with this now I don't even have to blot at all. Despite the high price, will definitely repurchase!
I'm currently on the second tube of this product. It is that good. I live in Australia when the outdoor UV level most of the time is extreme so finding a facial sunscreen with really high
level of SPF is awesome.
When I first came across this product, I couldn't believe how expensive it is though. I was used to Neutrogena sunscreen from the chemist when a tube costs less than $20. This one cost me $50 when I purchased it from the Duty free and just a bit over $50 from Strawberrynet.
The texture is excellent. It is not completely matte that it feels dry when I apply it on my skin but it's not oily either that it will give me pimples. I have to say that I'm not a big fan of the pearly white shade. It makes my skin look a bit pasty afterwards. But as soon as I changed to the translucent one, I love it even better. It sinks into my skin right away after I smooth it over on my face and feels like I don't wear anything.
Definitely the best facial sunscreen I've ever used, ever.
I think I may have already reviewed this under another name. But I keep buying and keep loving it.
I will basically confirm what everybody else has said and say that this is a really nice, cosmetically elegant sunscreen. This goes on white but blends into clear very easily. The texture does feel like it is very high in silicone, which I'm not crazy about because it makes it feel a bit greasy going on but that feeling does disappear once blended and sinks in. I have been on a quest to look for the perfect sunscreen ever since I turned 31 and I decided it was time to start wearing it everyday.
First of all, I have very acne-prone skin so that is the reason why I have never worn sunscreen in the past. But this doesn't break me out and I've tried a lot of sunscreens lately so that is a big deal for me.
Second, I really wanted a physical sunscreen and even though this has a chemical filter as well, it's mostly zinc oxide so I was happy with that.
Third, my skin is about an NC30 and I easily tan in the summer and my shade then is about NC35+ so finding a sunscreen that doesn't leave a white cast was VERY important to me. It is a lot tougher finding a translucent physical sunscreen so I definitely had my work cut out for me finding the perfect one. This doesn't leave a white cast for the most part but if I put it under my eyes, I do notice more of a white cast, probably because my under eyes are slightly darker. I use something else for under eyes which is a pain. I also definitely notice it doesn't photograph well. I see a bit of a white cast on my face when I see pictures of myself, I'm guessing due to the flash. This might be for all physical sunscreens though. I still can't complain because this has 19% zinc, which is incredibly high they still manage to make this look and feel elegant. A bonus with this product is I find it makes a great primer for makeup. I don't wear liquid foundation, just mineral powder foundation so I can't say if it works well for that but it seems to help make the powder go on smoother and last longer.
Lastly, the finish is perfect. It is somewhere between a satin & matte finish. It's not completely matte where some products make it look like your skin is dry but I don't feel I get greasier as the day goes on like so many others. This just leaves skin feeling like skin. You don't feel this on your face at all, which is amazing for a sunscreen. Your skin just feels comfortable. Overall, this is a great sunscreen and it's definitely worth checking out.
I selected Yes for I would repurchase but I'm not 100% sure I would repurchase just because of the price ($50) and the small tube. It is $50 for a teeny tiny tube that's 1oz (it says 1.3oz on tube but it also says 30ml and last time I checked, 30ml is 1oz). I use about 2 pumps and that covers my face and neck and I've used it daily except for a few days I missed. With 2 pumps once a day usage, I am pretty much finished with this tube and it's only been about 2 1/2 months. I probably have maybe 1 or 2 more uses left and that's it. I have another sunscreen that I bought from the recommendations of the skincare board so I will see how that goes. I have used the new sunscreen twice just to see how it is and it seems pretty nice, not heavy or greasy. If all goes well with that, I won't be repurchasing this again. I will update on how that goes. continued >>
This is one of those pdt that will make you want to write a review for it! best sunscreen i have used till date and i have used many! from lancome, shu uemura, shiseido etcetc but none does it job as well as this which keeps my face matt and smooth. Am on to my 2nd tube soon! pricey but worth it..
This is the only high-SPF sunscreen that hasn't broken me out! I've used sensitive skin versions from Kiehl's, Lancome, Neutrogena, Vichy, Clarins, MAC (prep and prime 50), Banana Boat, Coppertone and the list goes on. They all broke me out. Desperate for sun protection, I picked this up in the US for around $50- it's not available in Canada. It comes in a small, flexible tube with a pump top, making application easy. It has a light scent, but it fades quickly and doesn't bother me. It controls oil ALL day, no blotting. It is extreme, though- my normally very combo skin gets dry with this alone, so it's not moisturizing. I use a really light moisturizer underneath to avoid dryness. I find it best to apply when my face is a bit damp so it spreads more easily. All-in-all, I will continue to stock up on trips and pay the amount. It worked very well on a hot cruise- no burning whatsoever. To find a high SPF screen that makes my sensitive, acne-prone skin happy is a big deal!
Best sunscreen I have tried. This has fantastic oil control, provides high UVA/UVB protection, makes a good primer under makeup and doesn't breakout or irritate my sensitive skin. Some have said it feels sticky and I don't really agree...it only feels ever so slightly tacky.
Downsides are that it's very drying and will make my skin flake unless I moisturize extremely well beforehand (I have normal-combo oily skin), smells quite unpleasant and leaves a slight white cast on my skin (NC20-25 for reference).
The price is way too high - I paid £40 for 30ml of product which will only last about 2 months. Even so, it is a sunscreen worth paying extra for because of the quality. The tube pump packaging is hygienic too.
I wanted to try a different sunscreen, since I noticed that the chemical Lancome one I was using didn't seem to be blocking out much, even thought it was a high SPF. I was attracted to the SPF50, and, as others mentioned, the 19% zinc oxide.
I got the "clear" version (not sure if the "pearly" one is offered here in the US, as I have never seen it at the counter. The liquid is white and sort of thick, but once on the face, it goes on transparent and does not leave the dreaded white mask. (I imagine that, due to the zinc, it would not photograph well in flash settings, but I've not tried.)
The packaging is convenient and sanitary. Even though it looks like a tube, it does have a pump, and the pump gives you a good amount of control as to how much product comes out.
As others have mentioned, since the texture of this is quite dry, it doesn't work well under powder foundation - only liquid. Additionally, because of the ingredients, it is hard to remove at night, and the previous reviewer was correct that hounded a cleansing oil first to prevent clogged pores.
Overall, I really like this product... It works well at controlling my oily skin, too... I would definitely repurchase. Just wish the price weren't quite so high (over $50USD.) continued >>
Perfect color, texture and coverage and doesn't clog pores.