So far so good. I've tried a lot of sunscreens, drugstore & Sephora levels, over the past two summers (Lancome, Peter Thomas Roth, Clarins, Mustela, Phytomer, Murad, Clinique, Water Babies, Bare Escentuals, and more). THIS one, FINALLY, does not sting (I don't use it close to my eyes), sinks in immediately, does NOT: leave a white cast, make me greasy or shiny, make me break out, give me a rash, make my makeup do anything weird, smell horrific, or any of the other problems I've had with every other one I've tried. I would be overjoyed, except for reading the reviews here that suggest this sunscreen may not be photo-stable. (How can a sunscreen not be photo-stable??) I haven't had more than brief exposure to the sun since I've started using this, so it will take a little more time to see if it actually gives me the level of protection it should. continued >>
I'm not going to try and reiterate what others have said about this product, but I must say that it is truly AMAZING. This is by FAR the best sunscreen I have ever tried and I have very very oily skin. I truly hope that this product doesn't get discontinued. The only bad thing is that I can't find it in stores so I have to purchase this on-line. :(
out of all the drugstore brands, this has been the BEST sunscreen that is true to its word!! Most sunscreens that claim to be oil free are as oily as the regular kind when you put them on. But this one is so sheer and doesn't have the slimey or gooey texture after you put it on your face. I use this all year round and i'm on my second bottle (one lasted me quite long). In the summer when i want an extra matte feeling, i just pat some pressed powder.
Given good reviews for this and Neutrogena's Active Breathable sunblock (also SPF 45), I've been running a little comparison. I find both to be fantastic, very similar - sink into skin well, easy to apply (can spread into skin well unlike some sunblocks), great SPF and wears well under makeup. I've been using both as moisterizers now that the sun is back and I drive a convertible. My skin is dry with a slight T-zone and this has worked GREAT for me. (I wouldn't say either product is mattifying as others have experienced, but resulting skin is not shiny either - looks natural, perfect!) Makeup (e.g. blush, powder, even eye shadow!) don't clump up or streak when applied over it, which is huge. These 2 (like I said, I'm not seeing a material difference) are my HGs!
This product is simply the best. I like this product for several reasons:
a) it's spf 45 (anything above spf 45 doesn't work...or so I've heard)
b) i love the light subtle fragrance
c) it doesn't add more oiliness to my combination skin
d) it's quite cheap compared to other department store sunscreens (I bought it for 10 dollars CAD at wal-mart)
e) It can be brought anywhere to touch up
f) there's quite a bit of product
g) it's even better when I mix my MAC select Coverup and a dollop of Revlon's face illuminator with this to even out my skin tone and to give me sun protection and to give me that glowy look!
I run thru tubes of this so often, I buy in bulk & keep them in the fridge. Don't use on my face, but it dries quickly on arms/shoulders/legs. Great coverage. Took away one lippy b/c... it seems to stain my clothes! All my cotton t's seem to turn orangey around the neckline/arms. I only wear this on my arms, so it couldn't have been anything else! continued >>
I have finally found a way to get sunblock protection and not look like a shiny, greasy mess! I have EXTREMELY shiny skin due to its being so oily. I wear this on my face every day, and I don't even need powder most of the time!! (Although I live in a tropical climate and that just exacerbates the shiny issue.) People comment to me ALL the time that I have such a beautiful complexion and I think, "Who me?! I have oily, blemish prone skin, are you crazy?!" It has been such a great find for me!
I just re-purchased this one for my body. Even though it
's not stable, i will re-apply it every hour to hour and a half. I just can't fnd anything else that isn't a nasty grease pit.
I use Shiseido SPF 55 on my face and even that isn't as matte as this, but I want a stable sunscreen on my face, who knows maybe someday we'll have something as awesome as this Neutrogena sunscreen that's stable.
I like this mostly b/c it doesn't sweat off quickly in heat and humidity (even though it feels a little greasy/oily going on). No noticeable scent (or nothing particularly bad). Don't enjoy the texture, but at least it sinks in quickly. Also, be careful if using around your eyes, since it stings like a mother if it gets in them. EDIT: This is probably the best mattifier I've ever tried. Works great under makeup.