This has to be the best sunscreen I have ever used. I have combo skin with an oily T zone, and this lotion actually moisturizes my cheeks and gets rid of the oil on my forehead. I apply this about 2-3 times a day since I am in school and the product still looks good since i am using it in layers. I will really buy this again. I havent tried to put makeup over it but I imagine it will look great, since this leaves my skin feeling so smooth. The only thing I did not like was the price, 10 bucks at CVS, but for what it does why complain. You all will not regret this!!!
So far, this is my holy grail of sunscreens. It does on a daily basis what I need it to do- it doesn't slide off, stays dry, doesn't give off a whitish cast, works well under makeup, doesn't break me out, and even works well as a primer. That being said, I also live in a really cold northern climate, where we don't get much sun to start with, so on a daily basis, this is fabulous. I'm sure people who use this on the beach will disagree. On my holiday, I will admit I am not as anal about sun protection as I ought to be. Used this, along with giant sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. In the hot Mexico sun, it did allow some rays to penetrate, especially on my nose (where it basically was sweated off)but I didn't burn, nor did I actually tan much, either. So in terms of beach use, it isn't holy grail. But for our Canadian weather, summer through winter, it's the best!
I love the Neutrogena Dry Touch SPF30, so I thought I'd try the SPF45. For my combo acne-prone skin, this one turned out to be a bad idea. The SPF45 is more viscous and creamy than the SPF30. I found this to be thicker and more oily. I guess those 15 SPF points make a rather big difference in the amount of active ingredients. If you have drier skin or no problem with breakouts, this might be a very good choice for you.
This is "dry", as the name implies. It went on easily, dried to a matte finish, and didn't interfere with my foundation application. However, it caused me to get little pus pimples all over my face, which went away, thank God, as soon as I stopped using this. *Also, I got quite red while using this, so I question the SPF ability. Granted, I was at the beach in Florida looking for shells, but I thought 45 SPF should be enough. It wasn't. I won't repurchase. *It is possible that the redness I experienced was from irritation, and not sunburn. In any event, I was not happy with this product, but it may work for someone else.
The sheer "dry" feeling is only an illusion! This has that slick dry/slippery feel that silicone-based primers give you. Face looks all greasy after waiting a few minutes. The main problem is that it's simply not good sunblock when it claims SPF45! Used it on my arms and I got dark. 2 lippies only for the fact that for a drugstore sunscreen, they could have done much worse.
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.
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!