Suprisgly, I reallly like this. At first it went on as white as a ghost but after 10 minutes it was fine and went well under my primer and LM TM. It is only SPF 15, the LM is SPF 20 and since it has pleny of mineral (all mineral) ingr. it has UVA covered. The SPF is for the UVB only and as I am in mostly it will be okay most of the time. The reason I settled on it after trying Clinique for dry to very dry skin is that is is the most moisturizing and does NOT come in a jar. She says it is loaded with antioxidants, cell communicating ingre, etc. and I assume she is at LEAST as honest as the cosmetics companies. I am noticing her pricing goes up and up, this was $21 for 2 oz, plus shipping. But my face really glowed after using this.
Coming from a person who is allergic to Chemical SPF, This is the best Moisturizer/ SPF i have used to date. I have purchased this item several times and I love that I can apply it to my eye area without a concern. This is not for those with oily/ combination skin. This is for drier skin types with sensitivities. What I like the most is the antioxidant content. I feel like I am doing something wonderful for my skin. I apply powder over it and I find it tones down the shiny finish. The new formula is more of a mousse consistency (which is a bonus). I have looked and tried several versions of Physical SPF's and can't find one that compares to this. I will continue to purchase this. It has allowed me to have SPF protection as well as all the antioxidants my skin needs to remain healthy. Also, this does not have fragrance which is beautiful. I can't stand the smell of SPF, especially directly under my nose. This is a definate 5 Lippies for me.
This stuff is marketed to those with "normal, dry and very dry" skin. I would consider my skin to be normal to slightly dry. This left a really greasy sheen on my face after applying a very light layer. Luckily I had thought to try a sample packet first. IMO this is only for someone with very dry skin.
Like other reviewers, I suspect the formula changed a while ago. It's much easier to rub in, but I was ok with the old one anyway. I am usually pretty fair skinned, so if there was a white cast, I might not notice it as much as others. It's my go to sunscreen. No burning eyes, no skin reaction, my Revlon Colorstay and Clinique Repairwear liquid foundations go on top very smoothly - I actually wear this even when I go out in the evening because it makes my foundation look smoother and I swear it has better staying power this way. It's not drying, washes off cleanly and easily, what else can I say? It's the workhorse of my skin routine. My sunspots and freckles seem lighter and fewer since I started using this consistently. Of course, I wouldn't wear this if I were going to be in photos, but luckily, that's not my thing. The only negative thing is the cap to the pump. I love the pump, it works great for me, no air goes back in, but the cap falls off easily and breaks, so it doesn't travel well. I have to put it in a baggy. No big deal though. I've been through probably more than 10 tubes and I've never had a pump break. I've had so much trouble finding sunscreens that don't burn my eyes or break me out in pimples or a rash that I don't plan on ever buying something else.
First, let me start by saying that it irks me Paula does not keep us updated when she tweaks or reformulates a product. When this sunscreen came out a few years ago, I didn't like it at all. It gave a severe white cast, was greasy yet didn't moisturize very well.
I just made a purchase from her site a few weeks ago and bought the Skin Recovery kit since it was cheaper to do that than buy most of the products separately that I needed to replenish. I figured since the SR Moisturizing Lotion SPF 15 was part of it, I'd might as well try it again. It is definitely NOT the same product it was a few years ago. Now, it is creamier and blends so much better. There is barely a white cast at first, but then blends in completely. And it's nicely moisturizing. The ingredient Octinoxate is not present in the formula, either - I'm pretty sure it was in there when it was first launched. I'm pretty sure that ingredient causes my skin irritation. So having removed that sunscreen ingredient is a big plus for me.
This new formulation really works well for my skin. I don't feel like I'm applying a sunscreen product at all. It also creates a nice finish, making makeup application easier.
The price point, though, is expensive, in my opinion. $20.95 is a bit high for something that needs to be applied liberally. I feel sunscreen products should always be sold at a lower price point because it needs to be replaced quite often. However, Paula frequently has sales, so if you stock up when she has 25% off sun products, you'll get it for only $15.71 (U.S. dollars).
The other issue, that I'm pretty sure she's in the process of addressing, is the packaging. The pump doesn't work well at all and the plastic cap cracks and breaks after just a few uses. She's already changed the Skin Balancing SPF 15 and the new Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex SPF 20 was launched initially with a squeeze tube, so it's just a matter of time that the Skin Recovery one will be repackaged.
And lastly, she could improve this by making it an SPF 20 or 30.
But despite the small flaws in packaging and the SPF, I will continue to repurchase this product now. This new formula is very luxurious.
I ordered a sample packet of this and I'm glad I did! I'm giving it two lippies for the good ingredients but that's it. It's really hard to spread and even though it's so thick and sticky it leaves my skin feeling dry in a weird way. Plus it has that white cast that's common to many SS. I tried mixing it with my liquid foundation and found that it was much better that way, but I don't want the trouble of mixing two separate products and I don't want to be wearing foundation every day. Maybe I'm just picky but for now I'm sticking with Clinique's City Block which is slightly colored to offset the white cast.
Thank goodness I only received this as a sample packettes.
I am NC 35, with yellow-beige undertone. I used half of the packette which is about 0.03 oz or 0.8 ml. for the entire face, not including the neck. OMG, I looked like an albino, I applied it at home where no one was around. I left it on, 2 hours later, the whitish cast still showed through.
I tossed the other 2 packettes in the trash.
I like many of Paula's products, but this one is going to be hit-or-miss for many people. Altho' Paula Begoun herself claims to be an ingredient watchdog, this product uses a form of anti-freeze - propylene glycol - that the Cosmetics Database says can cause irritation in amounts as low as 2% when applied to the skin.
How much is in this product? We don't know because Paula doesn't tell us! The anti-freeze is probably added to give some "slip" to the formula. However, as others have noted below, the product doesn't glide very well, so there probably isn't a lot.
The texture of the product is indeed thick, heavy, and somewhat putty-like. When using it, I was struck by its marked "Play-Dough" modelling clay odor.
Paula prides herself on avoiding unnecessary fragrances that could cause allergies in her products, but! Perhaps she could find a "masking" scent here, because the smell is initially off-putting.
Fortunately, it dissipates very quickly. Despite these concerns, the moisturizer does go into the skin with only a little friction - however, you do have to rub hard enough to leave your cheeks a little red. But this is a common issue with non-chemical sunscreens, that's just the nature of the beast here. Burt's Bees sunscreen products, for example, are the same way.
Using one of Paula's tinted moisturizers or color products on top however will even your skin tone back out, and to be fair, these color products sit nicely on top of this moisturizer.
I have combo skin and feared this odd-smelling and heavy product would break me out - and since it's not particulary "moist" feeling, I wasn't sure it would moisturize my dry areas.
Despite all my qualms, this product actually worked quite well on top of Paula's Hydrating Toner. I didn't break out on a 70 degree spring day, my cheeks didn't dry out in my overly dry office, and her makeup stayed on for about 7 hours in a standard work environment when layered over it.
What keeps me for saying that I would buy this product again is the amount of rubbing it takes to get into your skin. You can use one of Paula's SPF 15 color products for sunscreen, and they are much easier to get on.
This is a good sunscreen as far as the ingredients go, the packaging and the price. But that's about it.
It was a sticky, hard to spread/blend consistancy and takes a lot of rubbing to get it to disappear.
However, it leaves a shiny residue that I would never wear alone. So under make-up it's ok.
I stopped using it. It's greasy. Now I use the regular PC skin recovery moisturizer and then apply Neutrogena's Ultra sheer dry touch sunblock.
I will try to finish the tube - and use oil absorbing paper and apply face powder, hopefull reduce the greasiness.