I generally avoid the sun (i'm a winter kind of girl anyway) but since it's unavoidable at uni, i bought this sunscreen for my sun protection needs (since my foundation only has SPF15 or something like that...). It has a peachy kind of tint to it that disappears when you put it on and it's as matte as sunscreens go (and oil free i believe - though anything on my face tends to feel oily). However, it changes the general composition of my foundation that sits on top of it, making it slightly more oily than usual. It's not something i reach for often because it hasn't been integrated into my routine yet, but during summer i will definitely put it on (because oiliness is still better than getting burnt...). I'm not too sure whether i would repurchase, but its pretty good nonetheless :)
I've tried this at least three times over the years, hoping it would work for me. No matter what I do it pills too badly. As I watch it rub off my skin with every touch I doubt its effectiveness as a sunscreen. It also tends to block my pores and sweat off in hot weather. I've tried using it with no serum or moisturiser on underneath but the result is always the same, it just won't stay put. It certainly isn't matte finish and it's a pity because the slight tint does even out my skin tone, and I look quite good for the first half hour (as long as I powder the shine down). I really hate to knock an aussie product but this is thumbs down for me.
I have been using this product since I was about fifteen. I lhave been living in Europe for three years now and I am soon turning (ugh) forty - every time I go back to Australia I can see the difference between my skin and that of my contemporaries. I only wish I'd thought to spread it over my decolletage when I was younger.
After trying many chemical-based sunscreens looking for one that didn't irritate my skin, and then trying many zinc oxide/titanium dioxide-based sunscreens looking for one that didn't make me look deathly pale, this was a great find. It's sheer, lightweight, doesn't make me too shiny or too matte, doesn't whiten, and doesn't irritate my skin (or very minimally, anyway - I can't be sure). It can pill, like others have said, but only when it's too thickly applied and then rubbed after it's dried. I've found the best way to use it is to pat it all over my face and then blend it in before it dries. I can then layer over my tinted moisturiser or liquid foundation with no problem. It forms a sort of 'film' on your skin, which actually I like because it gives my skin a smoother texture, like a primer I guess. I'd say it's lightly moisturising - I use another moisturiser underneath in winter but not in summer. It's dirt cheap, so definitely worth a try.
I don't understand why this doesn't have a higher rating! I have used this for a long, long time and I am completely in love with it. While I was on Accutane treatment, I used this over my moisturiser and I never experienced any sort of irritation whatsoever. I am no longer on the treatment, but I still use this on a daily basis in place of moisturiser (my skin has gone back to its post-Accutane state). The tint does nothing to even out my skintone, and the mattifying properties this product claims to have are non-existent. However, this has never stung or irritated my extremely sensitive skin in ANY way, and I love how quickly and easily this products sinks in. It does leave a bit of a sticky feel, but once I have primer and my usual foundation and powder on I'm not bothered by it at all. The product is dirt cheap, lasts a long time, comes in decent packaging and is available at most places. Will continue to repurchase over and over and over.
have used it for 3 days. i think its kinda bb cream. i love its colour :)) and its light and makes my face look brighter. the only weakness is that its still a bit oily for my summer-oily-combination skin. but i think i will buy it again.
My experience is that this is suited to the drier end of combination skin, normal skin and dry skin. I have an oily T-zone but I still LOVE this and am willing to put up with needing to blot now and then.
I use it on my face only. Under my eyes and on my neck I use SunSense Moisturising Face SPF 30+ which is untinted so doesn't discolour collars and doesn't ball up around the eye area when I apply concealer.
This is very quickly absorbed but leaves a slightly sticky finish, which is easily taken care of and soon forgotten. The tint disappears fast but leaves skin looking healthy and glowing, even after the shine is taken care of. It's very flattering to my complexion and I don't need to use foundation after applying it - hallelujah! I do however use an illuminator here and there and I sweep powder over my T-zone. During the day I blot a few times as well.
* SPF 30+
* Sheer tint for matt finish
* Oil-free base
* Suitable for normal/combination skin
* Suitable for acne prone skin
* Fragrance-free, PABA-free, lanolin-free and propylene glycol-free
* Blocks UV-A and UV-B rays
* Manufactured to pharmaceutical standards.
Regular and frequent use helps prevent skin cancer, premature ageing and wrinkling of the skin due to sun exposure.
Every morning after cleansing apply evenly over the entire face and neck. May be worn alone or under make-up or moisturiser. Reapply after swimming or exercise.
Avoid eyes. If irritation occurs, wash affected area and discontinue use. continued >>
i got this item on sale for 5bucks a bottle, what a bargain!! i have been needing a tinted moisturizer with SPF since my last one ran out. upon first impression i was really pleased with the low price and the little golden pump it comes with (one pump is enough for my entire face). however the formula is by no means matt, its pretty sticky after you apply it which i dislike. but the sunscreen does feel light on my face and t he sticky-ness goes away after a bit (i usually apply powder after the sticky-ness goes away). it does not control oiliness at all as i see oil coming through the pores on my nose not long after application. if anybody could recommend a facial moisturizer that is truely matt please let me know!!!
edit: i have been using this mixed with a small pump of aloe gel and a small pump of my fave foundation and it is now working so much better. it offers some coverage and its not as crazily heavy on the skin and its much less sticky n less oily
This has been my go-to sunscreen for at least 4 years, living in New Zealand, where the sun is very harsh. I only apply once a day, because I can't be bothered removing all my makeup and sunscreen. As a sunscreen it works very well...too well, because I have just been diagnosed with a serious vitamin D deficiency. It will not make your face matte, it is not an effective moisturiser or treatment product, and it will not work for swimming or exercising. It does ball up near my temples if I touch my face. But in terms of being an effective sunscreen, it does work better than promised, because it only requires once a day application.
To remove it completely, you must use a Salux cloth. If you don't, your skin will become progressively more clogged, and your products will not work. Don't bother using a Clarisonic to remove it, because it will not work, and the brush head will become filthy. Do not use this next to white or pale clothing, eg, on your neck or chest, because it is impossible to remove from light-coloured clothing.
Update: I had to downgrade my rating and remove the recommendation to buy because it contains oxybenzone, a carcinogen. Shame, because it's a good product.
I bought the tinted version of this & had high hopes for it after reading good reviews on MUA & Amazon. But less than 24 hours after using it for the first time I had the worst flare-up of rosacea/eczema I've had in a long time. (A patch test on my arm had been fine). That was 3 weeks ago & my skin still hasn't recovered:-(