After all the rave reviews by those with acne-prone, sensitive skin I decided to give this a try. It just didn't work for me. It seemed to apply well and blend in with my skin - I'm quite fair-skinned and the color wasn't bad on me. However, I could not get it to work with my liquid foundation. It made my skin tone and texture look really odd. It looked so bad that I had to wash off my makeup and reapply it with a different sunscreen. It seemed to work better with my mineral makeup, which I wear on days I want lighter coverage. I started wearing it just on days I was using my MMU, but then it started to clog me. I don't know what ingredient was the problem, but I did notice a form of algae that is far down the ingredient list. The search for the perfect sunscreen continues...
Absolutely love it. I've used it for four days now, so I will update if I end up breaking out, but so far so good (and I often react very quickly to products). It has a light tint that is fairly undetectable on my skin (NC20), but it makes me look very glowy and polished. (I powder over it with Silk Naturals Blur powder, which I love). It's like my skin on the days when I wear makeup (just sheer foundation) except BETTER, because the SC PF doesn't settle into lines or create foundationy streaks on my nose where my glasses rest, and is not as shiny as fdtn. It also feels basically like nothing on compared to most makeup and sunscreens. I used to wear La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Fluid and it always caked around my nose where glasses rest and would be shiny, streaky white in places on my face, it never dried completely throughout the day and would settle into my lines. still i bore with it for the sake of the protection.
According to Skinceuticals, this has a PPD of 21, which is very high. It's also physical which means that it doesn't need to be reapplied like chemical sunscreen unless it is being wiped off (which does happen a little throughout the day, but I still feel more protected than when I wore chemical sunscreen for 10+ hours).
Anyways, I love it. It feels good on, looks GREAT on (polished as if I have light fdtn or tinted moisturizer on, glowy, but without caking, ever), is supposed to be very protective (and muaers have reported no pigment darkening or spots while wearing this in the sun). It's holy grail status. It does supposedly sting if your skin is sensitive (like if you're on a retinoid). I'm not currently using any actives and my skin has a very slight tingling sensation after applying, but no discomfort.
The main drawback is the price. It is very pricey--but it's completely worth it. I haven't found a sunscreen I like this much since Sofina.. and with a PPD of 21? I'm in, basically forever, unless my skin revolts or the protection ends up being shitty. I pile it on to make sure I have enough protection and it looks great.
ETA: I did repurchase, but after a few months I realized all was not right with my skin. I was having overall very rough textured skin and many breakouts around my jaw and chin. It took me a long time to realize what was the matter, as I incorporated a few new items around the same time, and the breakouts came a few weeks after starting SCPF. After 3 months of loyal use and trying to blame every other product I've used, I finally quit SCPF and my skin is healing. Too bad, as this was HG material for me in terms of the tinted finish and all-day lasting power.
Hate it, hate it, hate it. I think this product is terrible- and I usually LOVE skinceuticals but they've let me down with this one :( Firstly, the packaging is cheap and nasty. This really isn't a huge biggie but combined with the fact that its so expensive and the product sucks, it contributes to my general feeling of disappointment. Secondly, the colour of the tint is TERRIBLE - it comes out a dirty greyish colour. Now, I know that sometimes once applied, colours can transform but this doesnt- it just makes my NW25 skin look ashy, grey and ill looking. Thirdly, my combination skin didnt like this at all- it made my dry cheeks and under eyes even drier and made my face feel tight and uncomfortable and emphasised every single laughter line that I have (and I dont even have that many at all!). Fourthly, if this sunscreen was HG, I could overlook the slight nano-particle (z-cote) concern that I have but since its not, the fact it contains z-cote bothers me. For all these reasons I dont recommend this sunscreen at all and I am actually very surprised by the positive reviews.
Love this sunscreen! The formula is very thin and liquidy, so a little goes a long way. It sinks in immediately with no sticky residue, and makeup goes on easily over top. The tint is a non issue for me-as soon as I rub it in it disappears completely. I have fair/med skin tone. For providing great sun protection with no issues this has been the best I've found so far!
To echo many others...AAAAHHHHHHH THE BURN. And the watering eyes and running nose! Something in here is an irritant.
And the tint....it was too pale and pink/purple for my NC30 skin. I looked weird.
The finish however was lovely, matte but not too dry. I did like the applicator bottle and the consistency. Just not the too pale and pink tint or the burning sensation.
Edit 9/11: After using this several times lately I have realized that it makes my sensitive skin break out and it makes me feel greasy. Lowering my original rating. Original review: This is a great product in some ways, but did not work for me because it's too dark for my superpale (NC15) skin. It made my skin look dirty and several shades darker than my neck and shoulders - no thanks! Other than that, it has a nice feel, doesn't cause breakouts, no greasy shine, no white cast, and very effective sun protection. In other words, a great product for NC/NW20-25+. It offers very minimal coverage, and slightly evens out my ruddy skin blotchiness. For now, I'm sticking with my new fave, Vichy Dry Touch Face Emulsion, which is perfection in every way.
Wow, this is the product I have been waiting for! You need to try it!
I love the "dry touch" liquid shaker style sunscreens (ie Neutrogena, Anthelios, Ulta) because they go on light and dry instead of feeling heavy, wet and cold. and they tend to have high SPF (usually 50-70). But until now, all have been "chemical' sunscreens OR if they have the physical sunscreens I prefer (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide), they end up WAY too white at this high of an spf if you put on enough product to be effective. This added tint is perfect for my skin tone and doesn't leave a white or ashy cast at all. It is not too heavy of coverage (quite sheer) and the color is not too pink or orange-y like some I have tried (for example, I like the tinted liquid Athelios with Meroxyl but the tint can be too dark for me even though that is also pretty sheer). I'd say the tint is perfect for me (neutral light sheer tint)...but I have light skin so not sure if you have very dark skin. It also seems to leave a finish that is very nice, not too shiny and not too matte. To be honest, I actually wouldn't mind if this was a slightly more moisturizing/dewy finish but I like products that give a slight 'radiance/glow." No parabens added is wonderful as well!!!!
For reference, I am 38 and have been wearing daily facial sunscreen since I've been 28 (so I have tried a ton of sunscreens). I am light skinned, have some freckles/sunspots even though I avoid the sun, and still have mild to moderate acne. I would say I have combination to slightly oily skin naturally, although I use Proactiv/acne products and retin-A, so that can make my skin a little drier in places sometimes (mostly around mouth/chin).
If there are any negatives to this product, it would probably be that the sunscreen can make any flaky or drier spots stand out a bit (the product builds and catches there). So, not sure if a drier skin type would need to moisturize before using this. The second negative would be the high price......although spending on sunscreen along the way IS better than spending on skin cancer and aging procedures down the line! I ended up buying the "limited edition" 4.2 oz size for around $50 online (retail is $64) but I hope they continue to sell this size permanently. Lastly, I am not yet sure that this will not aggravate my acne because it doesn't say noncomedogenic or anything along those lines and while it hasn't made my acne worse, I still get some clogged pores as usual.
I love this stuff! I wear sunscreen on a daily basis so it's important for me to find a sunscreen that is not only very protective but that is cosmetically elegant and that won't irritate my skin or eyes. I gave up on high ppd euro sunscreens. They looked greasy and left a white cast on my pale skin. also, they would sting my eyes. No such problems with this sunscreen. The tint becomes invisible on my ivory skin and it makes a great base for foundation (actually I use less foundation with this stuff because it kind of blurs my imperfections). It does not dry out my skin, but I do use a moisturizer underneath (which is ok to do according to the company). It actually feels nice when I apply it to my face, neck and chest. Love, love, love it!!!!
I am in love with this product. My skin tends to be a bit oily, especially in the summer and humidity of New England. I absolutely hate sunscreens because they either make me break out or they feel slimy on the skin. This stuff is fabulous for me; it's a lightweight, elegant formula that works wonderfully on my skin without the nasty "sunscreen" side effects. It has a light and pleasant scent that doesn't linger; I'm not a fan of scented products on my face, but the upside is that it doesn't smell like sunscreen. This dissipates very quickly so I'm not bothered by it. I discovered something I didn't expect with this, too. It reduces the appearance of my pores and, if I buff on a bit of my mineral powder over it, they just disappear! I have a flawless complexion which stays put all day long. I can put away my foundation and tinted moisturizer for the summer and just use these two products for a smooth and protected complexion. The texture of this sunscreen is non-sticky, very light and fluid. You must shake it well before applying, and it has a slight tint to it to keep the telltale sunscreen "chalk-face" at bay. Once you blend the product in, the tint is invisible. I don't consider the price of the product a factor here; it beats the daylights out of biopsies and skin cancer. for the quality and staying power of this product, I'll bite the bullet. I will continue to purchase this as long as SkinCeuticals continues to make it.
I wanted to love this so bad.
I was excited to have received my SC pf yesterday and tried it out this morning .
It tingled for a moment, I thought it would subside and dissipate but after about a minute it started to burn my face, it felt hot and stinging,itchy, like I had a chemical burn , like when I put niacin on my face by accident.
Maybe my skin was just getting used to It? No, the burning sensation wouldn't subside (and I don't consider myself super sensitive like others, only mildly so) so I had to oil cleanse it off and re-do my whole routine. Now i have a red rash across my forehead and little red clusters or irritation where my skin broke out, I guess where it was most sensitive? yay unicorn bump... Oh bioderma why did I try to cheat on you. It felt soothing compared to the sc pf !
Very disappointed this didn't work for me, I will be returning it .
In retrospect I should've seen this coming . Last night a applied a drop to my temple and I felt the tingling, it went away. I didn't have problems with it, though, i guess full force it just didn't agree with my skin
Moral of the story? Patch test! Always. Even if you think you have pretty tough skin.
I'm giving this a 3 star rating because I know it's a good ss it just didn't work for me.