I´ve tried that product a few times now, because the description just sounds like the summer moisturizer of my dreams! And every time I try, I´m reminded why I didn´t purchase it since the last, long-ago try: It leaves my face a greasy, shiny oil-slick after a few hours. First, it feels good and dry and moisturizing, but then, by late morning, my face is just a mess, and no matter how much I blot, it goes on behaving like an oil-well for the rest of the day. Two lippies though for the nice ingredients and the sunprotection - but in general, it´s just not right for me. No, I won´t buy this again - from now on not even as a sample anymore.
I expected a lot from this product. However, it did not quite deliver. First, it is light which is nice. There is a slight white cast, which I'm not a fan of but could be easily toned down by adding a little bronze-toned foundation or tinted moisturiser with a similar SPF. However what I really did not like about this is that while it has a somewhat shiny finish, it also made my skin look really dry – seriously, it highlighted wrinkles I didn't know I had. If this was an SPF50 I could put up with that, but for SPF30 the sheer matte tint is so much more elegant. A fail for me.
I only used this for a few days, but I think I hate it more than the Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense. While the Ultra-Sheer totally dried out my skin, this made me the oiliest I've ever been.
When I applied it, I was dissapointed by the white-cast it gives (classic Paula's Choice sunscreen). But it applied smoothly, unlike the Ultra-Sheer. Normally, I get a bit oily in the afternoon, but with this, I was super oily after about an hour. I don't know why this product is listed as normal to oily.
As with the Ultra-Sheer, makeup application (foundation and concealer specifcally) result in flaking of the product. Also, I scratched my face a few hours after application and I got a bunch of white stuff under my nails. Do not recommend.
My last hope for a PC SPF is now the RESIST Wrinkle Defense.
For those of us who are skin cancer prone - it’s extremely difficult to find
a facial sunscreen that will work for us with porcelain sensitive skin (NC5). We need the protection more than anyone and it’s a difficult task to find these type products. I also have rosacea which only adds to the problem in finding the perfect daily SPF protection and for me -- this is IT! It’s a mineral sunscreen that’s approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation and it goes on without being too greasy underneath my makeup. Most don’t have this worry .. but for me with my high risk this is just as good as it gets. I only wish the tube was larger and less expensive - but either way - it’s the perfect product for those of us who really need serious sun protection. Thank you Paula!
Oops, somehow I first put this under "Tools." Not sure how that happened, and I don't use it as moisturizer, either. This is a great non-chem, fragrance-free sunscreen that acts like a primer/moisturizer and ss all in one. I've used it now for several months, not every day. The ss ings are TiO 2.32% and ZnO 6%. I have seriously oily, shiny skin and have found that most ss's marketed as matte, or for oily skin, can't deal w/ the amount of oil my face produces. I like some of Paula's products but some have a sticky, tacky, shiny finish, so I had low expectations, especially since the package says "moisturizer + spf" and my skin is so oily I normally cannot wear moisturizer.
I was pleasantly surprised-It is a white, medium-thin lotion that spreads easily and disappears into the skin quickly, leaving no visible white cast. The finish is more satin than matte, which works for me. Sometimes matte looks too flat and fake and my oil starts peeking through anyway, so I get a very flat, matte surface dotted with tiny pools of shiny oil in every pore. So a satin finish like this actually works better for an extremely oily person like me.
This ss/primer/moisturizer also smoothed out tiny dehydration lines, flakes and pores, and seemed to soothe irritation, so it was like also using a really good primer too. It worked fantastically well under mu and worked like a really good primer for foundation, which is important because I really hate it when my ss doesn't play well w/ my mu. Never broke me out or caused any problems.
As far as ss effectiveness, I found this good as spf30, but personally I would go for a higher spf if I was going to be outside all day, as I use retinA and BP and that makes skin super sun sensitive. However, this is great for everyday use. I have never gotten any burn or darkening when using it as an everyday ss, which for me means only being outside for a little while in the morning, and maybe lunch and errands/driving around. Overall, I'm very happy with this ss and very impressed by its primer/moisturizing-w/o-being-oily abilities.
Update: I wanted to know the ph of this product so I emailed the company. The same day I got a reply: 4.8-5.4. Happy to get such prompt and responsive cs.
Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate,Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Polysorbate 80, Caprylyl Methicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-6 Isostearate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract,Chamomilla RecutitaFlower Extract, Algae Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Allantoin, Glycerin, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Alumina, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, Diethylhexyl Carbonate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.
6/5/14 update: After a very bad IPL tx, I appreciate this ss even more. It is very soothing and smoothing, and while all the wrinkles, lines, indents and bumps I got from the IPL don't go away, this seems to smooth things out as much as possible and seems to calm my irritated skin. I wish it came in a higher spf for days when I need to be outside for a long time.
I just ventured into the Paula's Choice line. I've read her books and appreciate her research although I don't always necessarily agree with her ratings. The CS rep sent me plenty of samples to try and this was one of the products I purchased. Unfortunately, after about a week of use, I had several large breakouts in weird areas of my face that I don't generally break out. As a matter of fact I'm almost 60 and the only time I still break out is if I use certain skin care ingredients (I wish I knew exactly which ones...). I get allergic reactions to the newer generation sunscreens so I thought this one would work. NOPE! If you are acne prone, be careful of this one. On the plus side, it has a great finish, lightly moisturizing without being too shiny.
This is an excellent non-chemical sunscreen that is light, hydrates sufficiently, has high SPF, and does not break me out. I have sensitive, combination, breakout-prone skin and am 45 years old.
I want to point something out: some reviewers point out that there is a comedogenic ingredient in this lotion, but the problem with those rankings is that they don't take into account how a substance changes when it interacts with other substances. There are certain oils that break me out when they are pure, but don't at all when they're formulated with other products. In my experience PC is brilliant at figuring out how to make a comedogenic ingredient non-comedogenic by combining it with ingredients that neutralize that aspect of an otherwise excellent substance.
For example, if I put olive oil on my face, or even just take makeup off with it, I break out something fierce. When it is blended with certain other ingredients, it does not break me out at all, so I can use DHC cleansing oil and other products with olive oil. I think this is a common experience. The key is to find a skincare company you trust to know what they are doing. I have had good luck with PC in this regard. Their researchers understand how to blend things so as to maximize the positive benefits and minimize the negative effects.
This lotion is really unlikely to break you out. Don't be afraid to try a sample. PC sells them for about 80 cents, I think.
Now on to the price: it is shameless. Not because the price is that high for a state-of-the-art formula, but because this is the exact formula PC used to sell as a hand cream for about half the cost. Now they've shuffled it into their facial moisturizer category and the price is equal to her other face creams. Just shameless. Identical product, double the price. They didn't even change a single ingredient for show!
Not very happy with this product, it is not particularly light, it is tacky, smells, oh well, like a physical ss, has a whitening effect on my NC20 skin, and the protection is overall not impressive. The new tinted RESIST light one is much better.
[I've only received a sample, enough for 2 uses].
PROS: Just like the Hydralight moisturizer without SPF, it has that same perfect spreadability. I love products that are on the thinner/more watery side, but are not liquid. They lack drag, and when I spread them, it feels like you can really do a lot with a little with how they spread. This moisturizer also absorbs really quickly and no whitening at all.
CONS: Nothing. Well, maybe the SPF factor... I'm not a fan of moisturizers with sunscreen built in, I'd use a separate sunscreen for way higher protection. I could use this when I'm not in contact with the sun much though.
OTHER: Claims to give a "soft, matte finish" and be "practically imperceptible". Yep, it is. It's super lightweight and MATTE like the Hydralight lotion without SPF. It is completely shine free, the same radical matte finish of the original hydralight (it's matte, but too much to flatter my skin), and although lightweight, also gives a peculiar matte feeling to the skin. I don't think it's from dryness, but the texture of the silicones or something... it leaves an unnatural matte feeling, but in a good, "soft" way. I think this combination is ideal for makeup as well.
OVERALL: This fits perfectly into the Hydralight line. It's really strange HOW SIMILAR it is to the Hydralight lotion without SPF. If you like the lotion without SPF, I think you will like this one too. I love the fast absorbing time, but it would need a higher PPD rating (it's like 4-5.0, but it's UVA-PF/SPF rating is high enough to get it a UVA passing mark from different countries) for continued use. It's also not the best choice for dry skin.
FOR REFERENCE: I'm a 43-year-old Latina with very fair olive, slightly oily/combination skin (sensitive, non-pigmented, slight redness, and minor facial lines).
USAGE: I've been using this product since its release in midsummer 2013. I found it a bit too rich in the hotter months, but it's "just enough" moisture/comfort for cooler weather. I apply a quarter size amount each morning over cleansed skin (face and neck) treated with Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum. I usually top it with Paula's Choice Barely There Sheer Matte Tint and add makeup as desired. I also apply it on the backs of my hands.
REVIEW: This is an exceptionally good, versatile product for me. It's a gentle, wonderful, non-irritating lotion that dries down to a soft, lightweight finish. Makeup glides over it nicely and it wears well (lasting through the workday.) It's an effective primer, very helpful in smoothing out my complexion. It works nicely around the eyes, too.
This product DOES leave "white cast" on the skin, not a serious problem for my very fair skin. I've tinted it with Barely There (both are SPF 30 non-chemical) and it imparts a moist, healthy look great with minimalist makeup.
I'm put off by the price. This product used to be sold as a hand cream for about 30% less than the present cost. I realize PC is a company and seeks profit, but what makes it worth 30% more marketed as a moisturizer instead of a hand cream if it's the exact same formulation?
I enjoy using a lot of PC products, but the recent price hikes have dampened my loyalty and I no longer use PC skin care exsclusively.