yup, this product is alright.
I'm a very harsh rater when it comes to cosmetics,
since I have an acne-prone and sensitive skin
(even some oilfree and non-come stuffs break me out)
-pretty gentle and harmless for face
(notice that titanium oxide and zinc oxide are main ingredients.
They are physical sunscreens, much more gentle than
-fine coverage (not full coverage, but evens out tone/ helps texture)
-yes, like many reviewrs said, it feels oily.
-and yes, you should pick three shades lighter than you are
I switched to this over the summer and use it alone or under the matching powder foundation.
Excellent packaging: hygienic pump that actually works and allows you to control the amount, plus it's cheery and cute.
Great SPF: Has really protected against sunburn - and I've been outdoors a lot lately.
Water/Sweatproof: Worn this to the beach, hiking, and even playing soccer and it held up quite well.
Coverage: Slightly more than most TMs - covers small imperfections, all redness and little spots; really evens out tone.
Color selection: Not quite a match... but this problem is solved when under the foundation.
Application: Hard to blend w/fingers, and looks streaky w/brush. As long as you have time to work it in with a small foundation brush by stippling it's OK though; like sunscreen.
Seems to accentuate wrinkles and dry areas
Leaves me feeling very oily by midday. However, when I look in the mirror it doesn't look as bad as I feel, but I have to blot at least once or twice between classes.
Bottom Line: My go-to all summer, but the search continues.
P.s. Compliments! "Natural-looking" "Beautiful skin" "So fresh"
Edit: keeping the extra oiliness at bay with blotting and powder is getting old... I probably won't even finish what I have :(
Pro: SPF 50, comes with a pump for more sanitary application, the packaging is cute.
Con: Colors are not true to name, more like a foundation than a moisturizer
- I purchased this product in "Ivory to Fair"
I bought this product with an unusual intention - I wear mineral foundation, but found that on my noise, it tended to look odd because of my freckles (which are only on my nose). I bought a tinted moisturizer in hopes of reducing redness on my nose while still being thin enough to allow my freckles to show through, if that makes any sense. The color is far too orange for an "ivory to fair" and a pink-undertone, pale person such as myself. To me, it is not moisturizing but leaves an unappealing layer of product on my hand that is obviously different than my skin tone. To me, it seems as though my product may have been mis-labled based on the severity in the color difference. I really do like the SPF 50 in this product, especially for my nose and pale, easily burned skin. However, the color situation makes this a product that I will not recommend or repurchase.
Pros: SPF 50, natural ingredients, dermatologist tested
Cons: very thick and hard to wear, hard to find exact shade.
My coloring was in between the Light to Fair and Light to Natural shades, and the product itself is thick like a foundation, which made spreading it all over my face like a moisturizer hard to do (and look clownish afterwards). However, I find that if I mix it with my Neutrogena Healthy Defense SPF 50 moisturizer, it looks fantastic on my skin. I now get the coverage and sun protection I want and none of the mask like feeling and look I dread. So yes I would buy again. Now if only their powder version comes in loose powder instead of pressed.
Tried this in light. Wow, so doesn't work.
Should be great--Anti-oxidant, SPF, tint and moisture. A friend recommended it to me so I tried it but it doesn't work on me. Instead of laying a soft tint (it is advertised as natural coverage and finish), it went on like liquid chalk and floated over every wrinkle, making me look dryer and more wrinkled than I really am. Sort of not the point. It's going back to the store.
LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! This stuff rocks! I am constantly looking for a good sunscreen and good foundation and am so glad I found one product for both. It provides just enough coverage and the SPF is great, I have been out in the sun and it has protected me well. I add a bit of my Cover Girl loose powder ( of all the loose powders I tried, this is my fav) and it looks good all day. I have found two for 1 deals at Target but even so, for about $12 for a foundation and sunscreen, I'm sold!!!
Me: Fair (NC15ish), 43 yo retinA user with texture difficulties and oily skin.
I chose this product in Ivory to Fair, which is the lightest shade of the 5 offered. Love the pump packaging and the high SPF, the coverage and texture are nice too. The color is much deeper than my skin, however - I'd say the Ivory would match about a level 25 or so. Lighter skins can use this for a sunkissed look. I like the pale because it matches the rest of me (I don't sunless tan, even in the summer), so I blend this with a big dollop of Neutrogena Sheer Touch SF 85 and a pump or two of MUFE HD primer in Blue, and it works great.
Choose this product for superb protection and ease - great blendability, wears well throughout the day. Just pick a shade or three lighter than you typically would if you want to match your skin's depth.
I can believe how many negative reviews this got! I use Studio Fix (C3) daily and normally don't wear a liquid foundation. However, I wanted something with an spf for summer. I got the darkest shade and it works great for me. I don't have particularly dark skin, but I do tan in summer. I apply this with my 187 brush and that works GREAT. It does tend to look a little shiny but a little powder on top does the trick.
Although the color was wayyy too dark for my fair skin, it seemed like a great summer foundation because it was light, smooth and set very nicely. If you are very fair as I am, even after some sun and a tan, even the lightest shade made me look too dark, so be careful. It was a little pricey for a drugstore moisturizer, but the packaging was very nice and would be super simple to throw in a bag. In te end, my suggestion is if you're looking to hold on to that summer vacation tan, get rimmel's bronzer power- its my fav!
Wow, I am literally shocked by the love this has gotten! I purchased this after hearing good things on the boards, and saying this stuff is a HOT MESS on me is an understatement! The formula is incredibly watery, and it is SHINE CITY once it's on! This is the only tinted moisturizer I've ever felt the need to set with powder, not to mention these shades run incredibly orange and dark (NW20 and the lightest shade is still too orange and dark for me!). I think this baby is going up for swap!