- Lightweight with a matte finish. This is definitely a plus since most of the sunscreen I have tried has left my face with an oily residue. It almost feels like it's not even there!
- UVA/UVB protection. What's the difference? UVA is responsible for the skin aging and wrinkles whereas UVB is responsible for the skin burning and sunburn which is responsible for skin cancer. Protection from both is simply a MUST! Just make sure you are not allergic to any of the active ingredients.
- Minimal or no breakouts. My skin has been acne prone for some time but after using this sunscreen, not much breakout occurred during the day. I would recommend this for those with sensitive skin like me.
- Nice bottle application. The bottle allows for precise amount of sunscreen to be applied to the finger without too much of a mess.
- Expensive. This product is $26 in Amazon and a similar price in Ulta and other beauty suppliers. It is quite pricey, but not so much when compared to other sunscreens, especially Dermalogica's sunscreen which I lucked out of buying.
- SPF 30. This is the highest I could find, but then again, I have read that anything above SPF 30 is questionable. I just want to make sure I am getting the best protection I can.
perfect just perfect....as I am very fair and have a acne prone skin I was afraid of all the sunscreens because they are all oily and made me break out..but this is perfect since I have switched my mustela oil free lotion to this and first you do not feel the product on your face it is better any kind of a moisturizer and gives you sun screen..it is not ithcy or caused any redness and made my skin oil free.also it not expensive ..totally a HG
This is a nice matte sunscreen, but it balls up under makeup. I'm keeping it, as it will be good for summer due to its matteness/light feel and with a powder foundation, but it does not work with liquid foundation - makes me look as if I have face dandruff. Yuck.
This is in my top 2 sunscreens. It really does leave a matte finish and does not feel greasy at all on my skin. I've used two bottles of this so far and have had no issues with breakouts. It doesn't ball up on me when layering over moisturizer and wears great under makeup. There's a good amount of product for the price too so it lasts a long time. The only reason I don't give it a 5 is because I prefer a higher PPD and I only use this in the winter and use higher protection in spring/summer. Definitely recommend and will re-buy.
EDIT-Downgrade to 2 since I found out this is not stable s/s. There's no octocrylene to stabilize the Avo in this. Too bad, I love the texture and finish of this one, but I want my s/s to protect me :-(
I was initially against trying this sunscreen because of the negative reviews but I decided to give it try after I stood in Sephora trying every sunscreen they had and getting a whitish cast on my skin.
Of course I was trying them on the back of my hands but I digress.
This was the only one that didnt leave me looking like I had ashy hands so I purchased it.
I'm really glad I bought this sunscreen. Its really mattifying and leaves no ghost shadow on my face. I have super oily skin and all the other sunscreens I've used leave me super greasy and ghostly.
Even Neutragena Dry Touch left a little shine but that was the best I could find until now.
This is my new sunscreen.
This product is better than other sunscreens for oily skinned people like myself but still leaves me quite oily. Sometimes I think this works for me and other days it's appears very greasy like I put butter on my face. I'm going to finish the bottle I have now and then will try something else as I am looking for the perfect sunscreen for super duper oily skinned people like myself.
This stuff definitely balls up under makeup as other reviewers have noted, even when used sparingly. Back it goes to Sephora.
I bought this sunscreen last autumn in the US, but it wasnít until now that I started using it. My initial reaction was positive: no unpleasant scent, lovely texture that absorbed quickly leaving a nice matte finish. After an hour or so, however, I noticed little flakes on my arms. The sunscreen had started to peel off! So annoyingÖ After a few daysí use Iíd also developed a bad rash on my face, arms, and neck, all the areas where Iíve applied the product. I suspect it was a photoallergic reaction, because the rash seemed to develop out in the sun when wearing the lotion. The culprit might be avobenzone, oxybenzone, or the combination of the two... Also, Iíve become very critical towards sunscreens that contain oxybenzone; In the EU, sunscreen products with 0.5% or more oxybenzone must be labeled with the warning "Contains Oxybenzone", because of it being a possible carcinogen. Iíd take that as a definite warning sign... Oh and one more thing: correct me if Iím wrong, but I think the avobenzone in this isnít photostable (there are no stabilizers in the ingredient list).
Initially I loved this for the following reasons
1) Had a SPF of 30
2) Left my skin matte
3) did not irritate my skin
4) did not break me out
5) has antioxidants in it
However, lately I find it smells like stinky feet and I don't recall it smelling like that before. I'm not usually picky about smells but who want's to smell feet?!
I'm on my 2nd bottle and I will repurchase; However, if I smell the feet again it's over.
I started using this after my disastrous experience with the new Shiseido SPF 60 lotion (see my separate review). I was looking for a fairly decent SPF, one that left a matte finish, was light and invisible on my skin, controlled oilies, acted as a makeup primer, which wouldn't break out my acne-prone skin. Sounds like a tall order, but basically these are all the qualities my old staple Shiseido SPF 55 lotion had. After reading the great reviews on MUA and loving several PTR products already, I couldn't resist buying the PTR Uber Dry.
My opinion after 2 months? It's a decent s/s. A solid 3 1/2, if MUA gave half lippies, but definitely not a 4. Here's the low down according to my original conditions:
PROTECTION FACTOR: While the formulation is no where near as strong as Shiseido's sun protection, it is good enough for the mostly-indoor-person-navigating-only-the-urban-jungle (me).
TEXTURE: It isn't the milky, thin, runny texture of Asian sunscreens like Shiseido and Sofina, it has the usual thick creamy texture characteristic of US and European formulations.
FINISH: Once smoothed over the skin and left for 1-2 minutes, it leaves a nice matte finish as promised. Does a fairly decent job at controlling my raging oilies, and it isn't as drying as Shiseido SPF 55 lotion (PTR is better for combination/dry skin types).
PRIMER QUALITIES: It just doesn't cut it if like me you're looking for a dual-purpose sunscreen/primer. It had a minimal to zero effect on keeping my makeup on.
SUITABILITY FOR ACNE-PRONES: Didn't break me out, so that was a major plus.
VALUE: 4 oz at $26 at Sephora, a definite win over Shiseido which is 3.3 oz $34.
It's definitely a great s/s, but unless you have chronic dry skin, it just isn't as good as the Asian sunscreens like Shiseido and Sofina. I've tried 'em all too. Hopes this helps! continued >>