The good: the lotion is fairly moisturizing, it dries to a lovely powdery finish, and has only a faint white cast. The bad: It can take a while to dry on humid days (I speed things up with my hair dryer on the cool setting), and the titanium dioxide sucks all the moisture out of my skin as the day progresses (I know it's the td as Bobbi Brown's mineral foundation has td and does the same thing to me). The questionable: the titanium dioxide does NOT protect against the full range of UVA rays (it blocks UBA1 rays only). I suppose it is good that this sunscreen exists for those whose cannot use zinc oxide or chemical sunscreens, but I feel that to not tell consumers that a td-only sunscreen is not giving them full protection against UVA rays is misleading.
Whaaaaat, you guys are crazy! I adored this! i got a sample and now I absolutely want the full size. The lack of scent is fantastic because I can't stand smelly face products, it looked quite matte (on my dry/combination skin) and did not leave a white cast and it provided a nice velvety canvas for foundation. It's full of antioxidants and retinol too which is one the few things that actually *will* make your skin look younger and better in the short and long term, it also contains an SPF of 25.
Even though I don't always agree with her, I usually really like her products and have found them very beneficial to my skin, but not this one. I have always heard that zinc oxide is one of the best sunscreens out there and with summer around the corner and this being about 50% off it's usual price, I had to try it. I'm still trying it. This must be for very, very, very dry skin. None of my foundations look right applied over this. I found the consistency to be pretty sticky and did not absorb into my skin well at all. Mind you, I've been using Trentinoin and my skin is pretty dry right now but this stuff just sits on top of my skin. You can definately tell it's screening something. It also gives me a whitish cast which I was halfway expecting because of the zinc. It has lots of beneficial ingredients but I can't tell if their working because I hate how this feels on my skin and can't bring myself to use it. My foundations seem to cake up even if I apply this lightly. I did find it's passable used under a powder foundation but it feels heavy overall. I'm not a big fan of the tube either because you have to twist it up and squeeze out the product and even when you've squeezed out a small amount, once you close it, more squeezes out wasting product. I can see why this was marked off so much. Not a fan at all. Sorry Paula, I think turnabout is fair play and you need to eat some crow on this one.
I got two sample envelopes of this moisturiser when I bought another full-size PC product. One envelope I used and one I'll throw out. It's like a white ointment that smells bad and that didn't absorb into my skin, leaving my face feeling sticky and unpleasant. It may be a great sunscreen but I'll stick to my Neutrogena Ageless Instensives with SPF 20 - it's way more to my liking.
Caused me to break out. I am a big fan of pc but this product was not a winner with my skin. I stopped using it, eventually convinced myself maybe it is not the problem. Tried a second time and broke out again. I have sensitive skin on the dry side. Felt a lot like a sunscreen and not very moisturizing.
I loved this face cream because it uses only Titanium Dioxide for the sunscreen element. For me that means no stinging, no extra dryness or rashes (that zinc sunscreens always give me), and not much sunscreen smell. On the other hand, I hated this face cream as it provided no moisture at all to my very dry skin and it sucks up what little moisture I have during the day. I'm debating if I want to spend over $25 for only 2oz of a really nice SPF, or go looking for alternatives. So far, I have not had much luck finding only Titanium Dioxide sunscreens, so I will continue to purchased this one until I do find a good alternative.
I tried this moisturiser on my whole face and was left with mixed feelings – mostly about its consistency. On one hand, it doesn’t seem moisturising enough for dry skin. On the other hand, it’s not mattifying enough for oily skin. My skin type is combination and sensitive, and the moisturiser leaves a slightly waxy feeling, and clogs pores. Plus, my skin gets oily pretty quickly.
The best part about it though is its pure titanium oxide sunscreen, which is why it’s suitable around the eyes. Sure, because of the high titanium dioxide content, it leaves a slight white cast. But when used around the eyes, the brightening effect is only a plus!
All things said, I ended up ordering a full-size tube after having used a few samples. I use it as a daytime eye cream, and it works just beautifully for that.
I like the amount of antioxidants in this product and the ingredients it has for sunscreen BUT I find this product way too heavy for my skin type.
This really should only be used by people with ageing skin. I am 26 and its just too oily. I have combination skin and it just gives me an oily white glow when I wear it under foundation.
I must have the new packaging because I found it great. It was well packaged to keep the antioxidants away from air/sunlight.
I now only use it as a weekend moisturiser if I am going out running, or dab it under my eyes before bed.
I'd only recommend this if you have dry, or very ageing skin.
UPDATE: Have used this for two months, and my decolletage looks much healthier; it's less red and freckles and sun spots are fading. This is the only product I'm using on this sensitive area besides a gentle toner after I cleanse. Because this product has zinc oxide, I use a silicone based makeup remover (Neutrogena Oil Free) before cleansing to ensure that I remove it all at night. .
ORIGINAL REVIEW: I'm using this daily on my sun damaged décolletage with mild subtype II rosacea- but all has been quiet and soothed (and protected) with this multi-tasking cream. After 10 minutes, the mineral-based shine nicely drops off- and the resulting glow finish instantly improves the look of my skin- a nice bonus along with the the thoughtful skincare it provides.
I gave this a try for a few days on my face (combination)- but it was too heavy for my oily areas; Paula’s Choice accurately labeled it as being ideal for normal to dry skin- not my combination skin on my face.
I am a fan of Paula's Choice products. I thought this one was OK - it didn't break me out and the sunscreen kept out the sun all day. However, my skin looked and felt a bit greasy when I wore it. I am also not a big fan of the packaging - a tube that you twist and squeeze out the hole. When you retwist the top to close - more product comes out. I had to calibrate to account for the excess. Overall - a resounding meh.