This goes on SO smoothly, without white streaks, and who doesn't love a green tea infusion? It even gives your bare skin a nice sheen -- but only because it never entirely dries, so be careful with delicate fabrics which it can smudge (especially when mingled with sweat) like a body oil. Note, too, that it's not waterproof, and only weakly "water resistant" though thus labeled. After I put it on to spend 90 minutes in an outdoor pool (it was a 90-min. swim class so I'm not exaggerating duration) I emerged with a conspicuous tan, bikini lines and all. Luckily my skin type tans more than burns, but I'd bought this product to prevent a tan!
This stuff really helped me out over the past summer. Didn't smell as bad as some sunscreens, applied wonderfully and most importantly, protected me. Because of my fair skin I especially have to be cautious as I burn so easily. This sunscreen became a staple for trips to the beach or any other day where I'd be spending a bit of time outside. I cannot attest to how well it performs on the face since I used a separate specialized sunscreen for that.
I was very happy with this product as I am with other Alba products. It does the job but the only complaint I have is that it's very greasy and I really didn't care for this. So I will probably not be buying this again :(
I use this stuff everyday as my facial sunscreen because I need something that protects my skin (I work outside), won't break me out, works well under my makeup, and doesn't have any bad ingredients in it... and this one gets 5 stars for all of that.
I have acne prone skin, so that was my main concern when I was trying this out. It does leave a glowy shine on my face, but not in a greasy way, it actually makes my skin look really healthy. I've been using it for over 3 months and it hasn't clogged my pores at all- there's not even an increase in blackheads.
The texture is hard to explain- a tiny bit goes a long way because it's very thick and smooth. It leaves a healthy looking shine, but it's not greasy. Because of the smooth texture, it makes my makeup look great- I've actually stopped using MakeUpForever's primer since this does just as well at giving me a smooth base to start on (I don't use foundation, only concealer and powder).
The smell doesn't seem to linger, but it's pleasant and not strong. I don't usually reapply sunscreen during the day like I know I should, so I do sometimes get a little bit of color if I'm continually outdoors and using this. I know though if I used it properly and reapplied every 4+ hours, that I would be covered.
There's actually nothing I would change about this product- I love the texture, it doesn't break me out, it goes under my makeup really well, the price is fine, the smell is fine, and I love that it doesn't have any parabens or other bad ingredients in it (and no animal testing).
This tube is going to last me a long time, but when it does run out, I will definately buy more.
The texture of this product is different, not in a bad way....creamier, easy to blend, no "mime face" but very, very greasy. I wear contact lenses and this stuff has gotten into my eyes, not pleasant.
The scent is not noticeable or bothersome. My biggest complaint is the greasiness. I did not experience any breakouts, been using it for a month. I like it for not leaving my face all white but will probably look for something that doesn't leave me so greasy. (i use foundation and powder on top and I'm still greasy).
I like this sunscreen very much. It is very emollient, not greasy and do not leave white film after application. My skin is oily and do not tolerate most of the sunscreens, but with this the results are excellent – it is good make-up base and leaves the skin non-shiny almost all day long. I bought it from iherb.com for less than $ 6(code TOV 126 for $10 discount)
** UPDATE** 3/7/11
This started clogging my pores. :( Don't know if it's the waterproof quality of an issue with the chemical ss. Also, started drying me out really bad. Oh, well. For someone with very oily skin and tolerant to most ss this will be great. Just not for me.
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This is stuff is great. Been using it for a week now and no reaction YEA! It is not a moisturizer OR moisturizing, though. It is straight sunscreen so if you are on the dry side you will need to moisturize well before applying this. Does not make me greasy, does not seem to leave a shiny finish, and does not leave a white cast either. It IS kinda thick so it doesn't spread super easy. Smell is faint, but nice and also fades quickly. This has a lot of good for your skin ingredients which makes this a plus for me. Price isn't bad either. $6-10 for 4oz.