Oh my gosh, the Anthelios products are so confusing! I buy Anthelios for the Mexoryl... supposedly the greatest sun protector in the universe but not available in the US. And I LOVE this 50+ product, which I buy on the Internet. But there's also a product labelled SPF 60, which is packaged the same way, which does NOT have Mexoryl. I guess it's the American version? I would be interested if anyone knows any more about this. I think people sometimes review the 50+ product when they're really using the 60, and vice versa.
my HG sunblock, and i've tried many! i started with neutrogena, moved on to skinceuticals (which i felt was too greasy for me), then to the shiseido spf 50, which gave me a white cast. finally with this product i have the full sun protection i'm looking for, with no white cast or greasiness - love it!!
Since I'm dark skinned (NC50) my main concern always with sunscreen is that it will leave a white cast. This absolutely does not, quite amazing when you consider it's a white-as-snow runny liquid. The SA told me to pat it on rather than rub it in - and that's the only way I can get it to work without balling up or pilling. It doesn't leave the face oily, is extremely lightweight, no overwhelming fragrance and is generally pleasant to use. I tan easily, and this did prevent a tan when I was out in the sun all day. No complaints here, and since it's cheaper than my usual Clarins UV Plus Day Screen (which does leave a slight white cast) I will repurchase for sure.
About me: combination/oily in summer; combination/dry in winter
Texture: runny, light fluid
Absorption: if applied over anything w/ cones or before allowing your moisturizer underneath to absorb completely, the sunscreen will pill; applying this on bare skin works the best
Finish: I initially purchased this in the summer and had to stop using it due to the shine it left on my face; this winter, when I was searching for a sunscreen less drying than my usual Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 55, I rediscovered this in my cabinet and found to my delight that it absorbed much better on my drier skin although it was never fully matte like the Shiseido
Usage w/ Makeup: on me, during the summer, this never really seemed to dry and even after an hour, I had a slightly tacky finish so makeup did not sit as well; during the winter where my skin seemed to absorb the product better, I had no problem w/ makeup on top
Water-Resistant: b/c this never seemed to absorb fully in the summer months, I felt paranoid that it was simply melting off my skin or that it was being removed/diluted when applying makeup; in the winter, I was more confidant that it had absorb fully so was not concerned as much with how long it lasted on my skin
Conclusion: I wouldn't buy this again b/c I found it very similar to the Vichy Capital Soleil Micro-Fluide Visage 50+ which dried more matte and absorbed more fully no matter the season. Plus, the VIchy is not only water resistant, but sweat resistant as well. For ease of usage with other skin products and makeup, my favorite for the past couple of years has been and still is the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 55...
Before to go shooping i first made a wish list and saw the reviews from here and finally i got this ss with so big expectations.First the package is anonying only 50ml in a plactic bottle and the milky ss texture is making it not so easy to apply it.Is getting dry quick soo quick that often i dont have enought time to spread it all over face.after drying if u didnt apply it in a very medium layer..u have 3situations:1 u ll notice the white casts..and us much us u want to rub it..same much the white cast are sitting there laughting about your expectation.2 the areea were u apply just alittle are too dry and feeling the skin tight,3the areeas were u apply to much becomes to look huge oily spots.I try it to apply it before moiturizer and it was worse,it over dry my skin,,and i try to apply it after a serum and it gived me red spots.And worse then ever after 1hours after wearing this ss i start to feel the skin itchy and after cleaning i noticed red spots around eyes on top of my cheeks.I try it to change the way i apply ,but nothing changed.
It was the most expensive ever..and the worse ever.
I know many people likes this product,yes it is posibile just to not be good for me..but to be good for other people.
Girls untill u dont test the product directly on your self for 3times..u can't be sure.
May i say what i did with this expensive mess? :D I better not,maybe the girl i gaved it ll read this LOL
After years of searching and experimenting with tons of sunscreens I came across this one in a pharmacy. It's a very runny fluid and sinks in to the skin without leaving that horrible greasy coating. it's a little bit white and makeup doesn't sit well on top if applied immediatly. But this is still a great sunsreen and it's so light that you don't feel it. I'll definatly repurchase
this sunscreen comes in a small wht bottle. 50 ml.
the texture is very milky like most japanese sunscreens. and has no scent which i love!! it drys quicker and feels lighter than the shiseido 55 waterproof but not as dry and light as the sofina lucent 50PA.
the sofina lucent has no white cast, this one has a little , but its not bad, i would say its comparable to the shiseido sunscreen white cast.
as far as protection goes i think it is as good as sofina but not quite as good as the shiseido ultimate 50. it says on the bottle it is waterproof, but i have not tested it yet to see if it holds up in beach conditions like the shiseido one does.
update- i prefer to use this for my neck . for my face i prefer the Japanese sunscreens.
I wanted to like this sunscreen, but it made my face really greasy and clogged my pores after using it just one time..
Great for protection, but not for stepping outside the house shining like you put your lip gloss all over your face! It is also a little bit sticky for me as I hate creamy things. It also leaves it's white mark no matter how hard you try to rub it.
But it has a very pretty package as it's easy to use and a tiny amount is enough for all the face.
I have to find myself another product for the oncoming summer as I won't buy this again...
Well, I would buy again, when finished, since I know of no other better than this. However I can't say I'm 100% sold out.
First, as someone notices, it does leave a slight white cast on the face. I can't say I'm thrilled about it, since I'm very pale to begin with. Also, it does ball up on me too. I had to change face cream several times until I found one that did not ball up on me when used under this sunscreen.
Expensive also; as someone notices, if applied properly, it can last as little as several weeks.
On the whole, good product, I just wish they would go on and make it even better.