This one's a winner!
I've been using this instead of moisturizer on my face, neck, chest, and decolletage daily for at least a year or more now. One of my family members had melanoma, and I'm really fair, so I'm super-conscious about sun protection. I don't spend a lot of time in the sun, but I love that this product protects me from even incidental sun exposure (which is something most people never worry about) that adds up over time. Even if you're not worried about melanoma, incidental sun exposure over the years is the biggest reason that we get wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and other skin woes usually associated with "aging." All the research says that sun exposure, even the incidental kind, is the biggest culprit when it comes to those issues. Luckily, we can do something about it!
I like that this product doesn't have any of that "whiteness" or opaque quality that some sunscreens have. It simply absorbs into my skin, giving just the right amount of moisture for my normal-to-combination skin, without being sticky or heavy at all. It hasn't made me break out, and I haven't noticed any irritation even when I use it around my eyes or on my eyelids. It has a slightly dewy, almost matte finish once it has been absorbed into my skin. The packaging says it's "sweatproof" but when I sweat, I do notice that I get a bit of an oily film on my face, but that's a small price to pay for sun protection and isn't that much different than when I'm not using this product. When my face sweats, it gets an oily film no matter what product I'm using, after all.
It also seems to work well under my makeup. I'm using Bare Escentuals mineral foundation, and it doesn't make it cake up or look strange. It also doesn't have too much of that unpleasant "sunscreen" odor that some products have. Maybe my nose has just gotten used to it, but I think it smells fairly pleasant for a product with sunscreen. And whatever scent it does have fades very quickly, so I only notice it when I'm applying.
I am also reassured that this product carries an endorsement from the American Cancer Society, and says that it offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. I'll be buying this again and again.
This product worked alright as far as sun protection goes, but it made me breakout with those silly little flesh coloured bumps after only three days. It wasn't for me.
This is a GREAT sunscreen. Often when you get very high SPF in a sunscreen you get the dreaded white cast after application- with this sunscreen you DO NOT. And, it actaully does what the bottle states it will do, absorb quickly, leave a non-greasy dry feel. It really does live up to the decription. And, for my sensitive skin it does not sting, burn, irritate, cause breakouts, or make my eyes sting and water. When visiting my dad he randomly grabbed it and used it before golfing and loved it so much he bought a bottle at CVS on the way home after he finished his 18 holes! And btw, my dad could care less about beauty products so that is a solid recommendation if I have ever heard of one! HG sunscreen in my book.
No complaints from me. I use it everyday, and my skin is prone to breakouts. Many lotions that I've tried would make me oily, but this sunscreen didn't do that. *TOUCH WOOD*
I lend it to my friend for her arm. She was really sensitive to the Shiseido Ultimate one, but she didn't react to this one.
This product was a disaster for me! Disaster!
I do not have sensitive skin at all, but this product caused me to break out in hives on my neck and chest. Itchy, red, slow to heal hives. I'd used this product in the 35 block without this problem, but I guess the increased quantity of whatever chemicals they use to increase the protection was just NOT good for my skin! Even if the lesser 30spf sunscreen didn't cause me to break out, I figured it can't be good for me regardless. Won't ever use a Neutragena sunscreen again. Am sticking with Kinesys for good!
I have used this only on my body (it's too heavy and oily for my face) and was disappointed by the fact that it was harder to apply compared to my Shiseido sunscreen.
not only that, it rubbed off on a lot of my dark colored shirts too! :(
I was also disappointed it left me a shade darker (given the same amount of time in the sun compared to using my Shesiedo sunscreen). I don't think I will buy this again, I much prefer paying a higher price for Shiseido than this!
I have used this in the past and went back to it recently for a great sunscreen to wear under my MAC Studio fix foundation. I absolutely have to wear a high spf daily since I am quite fair and live in sunny Cali! It seems a bit greasy when you first put it on but then "dries" or settles into a nice soft mattness. It does sting if I get it too close to my eyes.
I would love to use the Clarins UV Plus Spf 40 but I just cannot justify spending $40 on 1oz of Sunscreen when I do really like the Neutrogena dry-touch and its less than $10 for 3.8oz.
Pros: Reasonable price. Non-greasy. Broad spectrum sunblock
Cons: Seems greasy when first applying. Stings if too close to eyes.
EDIT: I've decided against using chemical sunscreens (esp. since I'm pregnant) so I've ordered my Clarin's Day Screen which is all physical; hope it works!
Although I prefer Shisheido, this is decent. I however do experience stinging slightly sometimes, as well as breaking out. It doesn't dry so easily sometimes. I find it works just fine. Just not liking the dryness or pore clogging.
This summer I realized that my bottle of sunscreen was out of date and didn't contain effective UVA blockers, so I went out to buy a new bottle. It seemed like everybody was loving this sunscreen so I got a 3 oz. tube from Target.
It was pretty expensive for that little bit of sunscreen (about $8.99) but it came with a free sample. I also generally only use it on my face and neck, so it lasted me 2 months. Pretty good.
The sunscreen went on smoothly and dried matte. I had to take a lippie off, though, because of a few problems. One: Sometimes, after sitting in my bag for awhile, OIL would come out instead of sunscreen. Kinda gross. Two: It left my face looking a little dull, as though I hadn't slept well. Must be the mattefying powder they put in this product, but it's nothing makeup can't fix. Three: The ingredient list is LONG and has a bunch of stuff that I think could have been left out. Four: The packaging is a little annoying. I would have much preferred a flip-cap.
Despite its flaws, this has been my go-to sunscreen for the entire summer. For winter, I'll probably turn to a moisturizer with sunscreen because this does leave my skin a little dull, dry-looking, and glowless, even though my skin isn't very dry at all. Nevertheless, it's a good facial sunscreen and I haven't broken out or gotten tan from it at all.
This gives me great UV protection, doesn't break me out at all, and my skin feels soft, smooth, and completely not oily when I use it.