Probably the best mineral sunscreen I've tried in the past 5 years, especially considering I have oily/combo skin and the majority of mineral sunscreens SPF 30 and over are thick, feel tacky, ball up on skin, cause weird dry patches, give a white cast, or make me super oily.
I like the Hydralight Mineral SPF 30 from Paula's Choice as well, using it this winter feels perfect but as I mentioned in that review, I don't think someone with oily skin needs that much moisture, especially in summer. This has a bit of a more matte feel for me. Some people might feel like it is dry or that it looks flaky, depending on your skin texture. I definitely recommend using a serum or lightweight toner before mineral sunscreens, it does help smooth things out!
This gives the light coverage of most American BB creams (I'm around NC/NW 20) but looks much better on my skin (does not make pores/wrinkles look huge like a lot of BB/CC's do) and is perfect to layer some MMU over for my everyday look. I could see how some might NOT like this as a step before liquid foundation since this is tinted and has a matte finish. The great thing about this is that it dries much faster that most physical sunscreens so it fits in perfect with my minimal makeup routine and the time I have to get ready in the AM.
Zinc oxide is the only 'screen here, and this has quite a few anti-oxidants in it as well. I'm not out in the sun that much so I don't feel like I need super high protection. No breakouts or clogged pores yet, which I know tend to happen with mineral sunscreen, if I experience any I will update my review. I am happy with this product and don't anticipate switching any time soon. HTH!
Definitely my HG sunscreen product! I wear this over a light gel moisturizer and it has not been overly drying like other physical sunscreens I have tried out in the winter. It also doesn't feel heavy on my face and the light tint evens out my skin tone!
I despise sunscreen. There - I've said it. When Paula introduced this product, I ordered several samples and was pleasantly surprised ~ no thick, goopy, heavy texture, no ghost white cast . . . I thought I'd found my HG, and so during a recent sale, I ordered the full size tube.
Sadly, after using this consistenly, I began to develop little bumps on my cheeks as well as clogged pores. I can't say I'm completely surprised, because cyclopentasiloxane is the second ingredient, followed by other silicones that tend to be less problematic for my skin.
Overall I think this is one of the best SPFs on the market, particulary if your skin can tolerate silicone-based products. In my experience, my skin is MUCH clearer and smoother when I avoid them, and when I apply fewer products in general. (All that layering Paula recommends - toner, BHA, C serum, antioxidant serum, SPF - wrecks havoc on my skin. Not to mention, I simply don't have that kind of time in the morning.)
For the time being, I'm laying off of SPFs. Whatever protection I get from my mineral makeup is sufficient for the limited amount of sun I'm exposed to on a daily basis. (Personally, I think fear of the sun has been blown way out of proportion, but that's just my opinion.)
I love Paula's Choice products, but this one is not for me. It was aimed at people with my skin type, but didn't work out.
I have oily to combination skin (more oily during summer) and I've been dying to find a mineral sunscreen that would not clog my pores. I've tried PC Hydralight Mineral Sunscreen (which used to be their handcream) and my skin liked it a lot better. Here is my review:
fantastic silky texture going on
no white cast
clogs my pores every time (tried it on half my face to check several times)
changes tint after a while - becomes maybe slightly oxidized?
I can put up with most of the cons, but not the clogging of pores. I find that their other mineral sunscreen did a slightly better job (albeit not perfect - I still had some clogged pores, but not as much and it wasn't as drying, the white cast I easily covered up with powder)
Overall, anyone with regular to oily skin who is not make up prone and has an olivy shade to their skin might actually love this.
This is the first product from Paula's Choice that I would not repurchase.
I am on the fence with this product. On the one side, if you look for a physical sunscreen based solely on zinc oxide that does not turn your face into an oily mess and do not mind the fact that it sits on your skin, you probably will be happy with it. With 13% zinc oxide it gives you a good, although not the highest protection. On the other side, the fact that it sits on my skin and is tacky - as every other physical ss - bothers me and I will never apply any foundation on top - particularly any one I need to buff in... (A physical ss obviously needs to sit on a skin, otherwise it doesn't work properly - that is why buffing a foundation over a ss is in my opinion a big mistake as you basically wipe off the ss protection!). Recently I prefer chemical ss as they can easily sink into the skin and I can put on the top whatever I want. In the end, it is tied to your preferences. This ss is however the best physical one, I have ever came across and I will keep buying it. It is tinted, but the color disappears on the skin within seconds.
... I have a feeling that it makes my face looking a bit dull (if you put 3/4 of a tea spoon), but I need to take a closer look at it. For dry skin this would probably be not enough moisture when considered as a daily moisturizer.
I think the actual name is RESIST Super-Light Daily Defense SPF 30, so perhaps the name on the packaging was adjusted, but this is definitely the same product. The active SPF ingredient is 13% zinc, which makes it ideal for sensitive skin. Paula's formula is non-greasy, not heavy at all. I have combination skin, and I've been using this for a few months like a primer under foundation, which is nice when your foundation doesn't include SPF. The SPF 30 is high enough to protect you in most situations - obviously you could need more if you are going to spend the entire day in the sun doing sports. But for most of us, this is ample protection. The tint is great for light to medium skin tones, neutral so it doesn't interfere with the color of your foundation. Zinc oxide is one of the most effective sunscreen ingredients and it's a physical barrier rather than a chemical one (avobenzone) but has a characteristic of looking white on the skin, so the added neutral tint prevents that from happening. At $27, I think the value is better than many department store options and I use a different, cheaper sunscreen for the body. It is great to find a weightless sunscreen for the face that does not cause irritation or breakouts. This is my favorite facial sunscreen from the Paula's Choice line. Also contains a few anti-aging ingredients for added benefit.
I love this stuff! I am NC25 with combination skin. This actually gives me lightweight coverage which I was surprised by (it just evens my skin tone a bit), and the colour is a good match for me. Some days I just run around with this + some concealer on. No white cast in photos. I haven't been using it long enough to know if any of the anti-oxidants have made a difference for my skin.
This is my current everyday facial sunscreen. My other favorite facial sunscreen, UNT UV Total SPF 50+ (see my review) is probably more UVA protective than this, but I have to order from overseas, so I save it for when I'm getting more direct exposure and in the summer. The Resist Super-Light is very nice, even when I apply the full ~1/4 teaspoon to my face, it still dries to just a slight tackiness, which is easily taken care of with a very light dusting of an HD type powder (like the MUFE HD powder). The tint in it doesn't really show up or cover anything, but it does seem to slightly even out my skin tone nonetheless. I am not the palest complexion, maybe 2nd to palest with yellow undertones, and this tint is not too dark or pink for me. It might possibly be too dark for the palest of skin (milky white redheads/blonds, for instance). It might still leave a bit of a white cast on darker skintones, I'm not sure. But Paula's Choice has very reasonably priced samples, so it's worth a try! My skin is normal to combination (slightly dry in winter), and I have to use an additional light moisturizer under this, I use either Cerave lotion or preferably Paula's Choice Hydralight moisturizer. I am able to wear any makeup type I want over this, powder (after first dusting with the HD powder), TM (have used the Paula's Choice Sheer Matte Tint over this), creme (I've used the Too Faced Natural Face palette and the new Maskcara IIID foundation set over this).
I highly recommend this for an everyday use facial sunscreen for incidental exposure. My only complaint is that I wish it were a little cheaper, but it's still worth it to me.
Easily the best sunscreen I've used, and my favourite Paula's Choice product so far!
I was really excited to learn about this new SPF, as it targets my skin-type exactly. There's very few mineral sunscreens out there that are suitable for oily skin, with or without a tint, so I jumped on this as soon as it was available. Until now, I'd been using Clinique City Block Sheer, which is very similar in many ways; both use mineral sunscreen actives in a non-greasy base suited to oilier skin types while incorporating a fleshy tint to offset any white cast. I was very happy with the Clinique, but found it applied quite flaky and felt a little occlusive at times. This Paula's Choice product on the other hand is so much more elegant to use. As cliche as it sounds, it glides onto the skin and sets to a lovely matte finish; far more so than the Clinique. The tint is a peachier colour, perhaps slightly pinker than my actual skin tone, but it does blend in to an invisible finish without a problem. In a way, I miss the added coverage City Block had to offset erythema flare ups from my rosacea, but it's a small tradeoff. It isn't a moisturising lotion at all, so applying it during "winter skin" periods requires a little extra moisturiser underneath - I find a little Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Gel does a decent job on particularly dry patches. I'm looking forward to seeing how this fares in the summer when excess oiliness becomes a real problem for me.
So far I haven't experienced any adverse reactions or breakouts to this formula - I was a little concerned the amount of Zinc Oxide would clog my pores, but other than a few blackheads, so far so good! I used to adore my Clinique City Block, but this product just blows it and all other sunscreens I've used out of the water. It's a little on the pricey side outside of the US, but I'm hoping it lasts a few months. Regardless, I think it's worthwhile purely because it's so rare to find a product so suited to my skin type, and I certainly wouldn't be without it in the future!
This is hands down the BEST sunscreen I have ever used. Its a must try if you have sensitive, combo, oily or acne prone skin.
Those with very dry skin will probably not like this unless they use a good moisturiser before applying this. I have very sensitive combination skin with both oily patches and dry flaky skin on my T-zone, and this feels very comfortable on my skin.
- Leaves a matte finish, but does not make my skin look flat or dull. This is the first 'matte' sunscreen I have tried which is actually matte.
- No white or greyish cast whatsoever.
- Creamy and light (but not very light) texture, blends easily onto skin. Other zinc sunscreens I've tried have been so thick like toothpaste and clingy that you almost need a chisel to remove it
- Gentle, does not sting my eyes after sweating like some chemical sunscreens. This feels comfortable even if i wear it all day, does not make my skin itch or break out.
- Does not have that disgusting strong sunscreen smell. In fact it hardly smells like anything at all.
- Paulas choice sells samples of all their products (really wish more companies did that!)
- Price, I use lots so wish it was cheaper.
- The tint may not work for people with VERY fair skin but there is a way around this. I have very fair skin around my jawline/neck so I just mix it with a small amount of 'Olay SPF 30 Sensitive' (which is untinted, and has a similar creamy texture) for that area only, I use 3 parts paulas choice, 1 part olay to get the tint just right.
This also looks good under foundation, but I find that i need to use less foundation as the tint already gives me some coverage.