|Would buy this product again.||25%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I'm on my second tube of this sunscreen and I'm wondering why I ever repurchased it. This product is fairly unique in the Canadian market, as it's based on Tinsorb S and M, and it hasn't irritated my skin or significantly worsened my acne. I apply every day first thing in the morning, 1/2 teaspoon to cover my face, neck and ears. It is nearly impossible to apply the appropriate amount of product before it begins to smear into sticky white streaks, pill, and flake off. Adding a second layer doesn't work either, so it's impossible to achieve a cosmetically acceptable application of the right amount of product to achieve the spf 40. I also tend to get sunburns when I wear this, even if my exposure was not significant. I'm not sure how good the UVA coverage is, but clearly the UVB coverage is not as good as a regular spf 30. The product tends to separate, so even with vigorous shaking I still get a pool of yellow oil with my sunblock, which I either let dribble away or mix in with the cream. The tube does allow you to get everything out, but the opening is nearly flush with the rest of the cap so it gets messy almost immediately.
So why two lippies instead of one? This sunscreen is very non-irritating as mentioned above, it removes easily with regular cleanser or with full-fat yogurt, and it doesn't burn my eyes as badly as an avobenzone-based product when it inevitably migrates into my eyes.
Bottom line: buy from someone with a generous return policy.
Age: Unknown Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
Pro: Great protection, not greasy or irritating.
Cons: The finish. Nice and matte, with either white streaks or balls/flakes to complete the look. It is a truly maddening experience to try to apply this liberally, which is a must in my book for any sunscreen. I have tried it over all manner of bare or moisturized skin, and have concluded that this is like bad housepaint or cheap nailpolish....something in the formula makes it stick more to itself than the surface it is applied on. The only time it works is when I apply it sparingly and only 1 layer....which of course gives shoddy sun protection and defeats the purpose of the product.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I got the new 2007 version, which contains Tinosorb S and M. I had high hopes for this sunscreen coz there were many raves on the skincare board, but I found the finish to be similar to the other Avene sunscreens. It feels thick when first applied, and my skin felt suffocated. There is a slight white caste which disappears quickly, but the most intolerant part is the fragrance. My face looked slightly shiny right after I applies, and my mu looked thick and ashy on top. My pores also looked huge and the sunscreen as well as my mu settled into my pores. I guess I will only use this when I don't need to look good or wear mu, will not purchase again even though the protection is excellent.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry Hair: Other Eyes: Other
One of the best sunscreens for face I have ever used. Very good mineral protection (Titanium dioxide, Zinc oxide), no irritation or breakouts, extremely nice wear, with no grease or white cast. Pleasant, very light scent. Nice moisture and 'feel' on the skin. A relatively good deal compared to Avene's other skin products. This was only about 12€ for a 50mL tube.
Avene = no animal testing
ETA: This review was written before I knew how to read sunscreen ingredients.... This had more than just mineral protection: it also contained Tinosorbs S and M. Sad that they changed the formula to contain avobenzone as it can sometimes irritate my skin during sports.