Oh my goodness, for a mineral only SS that doesn't actually contain a high amount of actives, this is so incredibly whitening. Not brightening, think geisha. And I don't even have a dark complexion, think N20, N25 in the summer... Impossible to wear.
The only positives is that it dries down quickly & is matte, not shiney like a lot of mineral SS.
Thankfully I got this through work. If I didn't it would be going back in a heartbeat.
This mineral SPF has both zinc oxide (for UVA 1, UVA 2, UVB) and titanium dioxide (UVA 2, UVB) so broad spectrum. I also like that it drys and isn’t tacky to the touch. It doesn’t burn or sting my skin. It leaves a slight whitish cast which does subside somewhat after application (makeup goes over easily and can cover this, again not sticky or tacky), and a little shinny. Actually makes for a good makeup primer. I had tried the tinted version, but felt like I looked a little yellow/orange from it (could see a slight “make up line”). I like this version better. Also the tinted version is just titanium dioxide (which doesn't cover UVA 1). I also read that titanium when mixed with sweat will turn to a grayish cast. This does seem to make my skin a little dry though. I will keep using for now. I much prefer the physical blockers for my SPF especially with my sensitive skin. This is by far the best SPF I've found with all physical blockers.
Highly recommend sunscreen! I have used many other brands including Neutrogena Ultra Sheer, Biore and Mecca and this is my favourite face sunscreen so far! Yes it does leave a white ish cast on the skin but if you are fair skinned it actually leaves your face with more coverage (my face looked more radiant and pigmentation was slightly covered). My skin also breaks out to certain types of asian sunscreens which usually have the same texture being milky (i.e. Biore), but this was fine for me! PROS: very light on skin once absorbed, doesn't seem to cause pimples, good protection, fairly neutral smell- no perfumes! CONS: white cast for some skin types, feels slightly oily upon application but this goes away quickly, have to rub in sunscreen quite quickly otherwise the white ish cast may set funny. 9/10
It leaves a whitish cast, it accumulates on creases, it has a weird metallic smell. Whenever I'm wearing it I'll think "what's that funny smell?" and then I remember it's me, it's my face that smells.
I purchased this as an upgrade to my regular spf 30 while trying to fade some hyper-pigmentation.
Overall this is a decent product but I wouldn't repurchase or recommend it if your needs are cosmetic. As for sun protection - none of my hyper-pigmentation got any worse, new break-outs didn't leave dark marks, nor did I tan as much as usual during summer so I'm going to assume that it worked very well. I have super oily skin and this didn't break me out or make the oiliness any worse than it was before. For a liquid I was expecting it to sink in better, but because its a physical ss it kinda sits on the face for hours and doesn't fade or sink in well at all. Its visible and obvious on the skin for at least 2 hours after being applied. I liked the bottle, which is less cumbersome than it looks in pictures and for such a high spf physical ss the scent wasn't strong and didn't linger.
Where this product failed for me is its appearance on the skin. If you are dark skinned (I'm NC43/NC45 for reference) then this foundation doesn't leave a 'white cast' is leaves an oddly solid shade of 'whiteish-purplish-grey' mask. I had to use so much foundation to correct this colouration that it completely un-did my original intentions when purchasing - which was fading hyper-pigmentation sufficient that I could go comfortably without foundation.
Its not a bad product but if you are looking for something cosmetically elegant then this isn't for you, that goes double if you have dark skin.
I bought this after hearing the hype of La Roche Posay sunscreens. Looks like we all bought the wrong one : (
This gave me heavy greasy skin, interfered with blending my make up, and serious white cast in photos. I would save it for my chest, but I don't want my face to be super dark compared to my chest : ( Waste of money.
Yes, it does have a whitish cast, but it subsides after application. What I like about this is the subtle matte finish and the fact that there is no stinging at all on my roseacea-prone skin. It's kind of a thin liquid, but that makes it easy to apply and ensure even coverage. If I'm not doing anything special I can almost feel like I can skip putting on makeup.
Was having problems with sunscreens stinging, burning and causing rashes so my allergist recommended this to tide me over while my skin calmed down. Ordered from Amazon for $24. for 1.7oz/50ml so it is very expensive. Very light weight almost watery in texture which makes it easy to apply. Probably the easiest sunscreen I have ever applied, it goes on like a moisterizer. It does leave a white cast but I am very white so this is not a problem for me. Unlike other sunscreens the white it leaves behind did not travel to my clothes or beach towel. It did not aggrivate my skin which is a huge plus but it did not give me the coverage I need for long periods of summer sun exposure. Saw more color and freckles than I get with sunscreens that I can use when my skin is not acting up. I plan on using the remainder of the bottle in the winter when I need less coverage. Has a slight medicinal smell which I don't like but this dissipates so that is not a big problem.
After hearing about the hype about this sunscreen, I decided to replace my tried and true Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen with this. It just doesn’t compare. Anthelios 60 formula is super light, spreads evenly, absorbs quickly, isn’t greasy or sticky. This version is thicker and gritty, and it doesn’t spread as nicely. It does have a whitish cast, but that does subside, somewhat when you really blend it in; however, after a few hours in heat and humidity, the sunscreen slides on the skin and collects in corners (like the inner elbow) and there’s a white line in the crease of the skin (not attractive). Even though this is the “gentle” mineral formula, this caused me to have an eczema breakout (weird, I know). I immediately switched back to La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios 60 and I won’t stray from it again.
I just have to comment on the below review stating this could not possibly have spf 50 with 11% titanium dioxide. Very uninformed review. Multiple particle sizes and a special antioxidant boost both the uva & uvb protection. Also, I doubt LRP would make this claim if it weren't true. I use the tinted version of this currently but I have also used the non-tinted one. I've tried practically every physical sunscreen out there and this sunscreen provides one of the highest protection levels against burning & pigmentation, better than sunscreens with high % of zinc oxide. Same deal w/Skinceuticals PF which also uses multiple particle sizes & a special antioxidant.