|Would buy this product again.||68%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I started to think all physical suncreens were sticky and tacky with a white cast but this one is not. I prefer physical sunscreens to chemical because my skin is very sensitive and since I use Retin-A sunscreen is a must. This stuff has a smooth texture and is slightly tinted, just enough to make my NC20-25 skin look a bit more even. This and some concealer are all I need instead of full foundation which is great for summer. I see that sonme people found this drying. I haven't found that to be the case but I use a moisturizing antioxidant serum underneath so maybe that's preventing the dryness on me.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
I live in Florida, use Retin A (every other day, at most) and have extremely sensitive skin. Plus a bit of dermatitis around my nose. My first basil cell was removed 20 years ago so I don't regularly spend time in the sun (though the beach is 1/2 mile away) and if I do, I'm covered head to toe with SPF clothing as well as tons of sunscreen. I do suspect my husband is a bit embarrassed when we go for walks on the beach by my OTT sun protection armor (though he'd never admit it, the dear.)
So, for over half my life my have been desperately seeking sunscreen that doesn't irritate my skin. Fortunately, my body (excluding décolletage) isn't as sensitive to sunscreen as my face, neck and décolletage. I believe I've tried most brands out there, particularly the physical, non-chemical ones. This product, which I first discovered through my dermatologist a year ago, is the only one I've come across that has an appealing, wearable texture and has never, ever bothered my skin. No stinging upon application, no burning that begins 8 or so hours after application, no icky, gooey, gloppy, greasy mess, and no irritation that, at times, has lasted days after trying a sunscreen just once. Nope, it's not sweat proof and the tint, though subtle, does transfer and smear when exercising or being out a while in humidity,etc.. Though I exercise indoors before the ol' beauty routine, I can see that being an issue for others. However, when I'm outdoors in hot, humid weather I wear a hat and don't experience horrifying drops of tinted sweat & melting sunscreen (ew, that's kind of gross-sounding .... sorry.)
Application is a breeze - just pile it on with my fingers. It absorbs immediately and, only if I unintentionally spread some over my rather thick eyebrows, do I ever need to wipe off extra. It's not greasy or shiny or sticky or thick like it needs to melt a bit before applying - who has time? This might sound nutty, but it actually feels refreshing when applied. Every other liquid anything makes my face feel ... not refreshed. I use this Elta product on face and upper part of neck (no tint-creep onto clothes for me) and then the Elta UV Clear SPF 46 on décolletage, ears and rest of neck. Even though the UV Clear does irritate my face, it doesn't irritate those slightly less sensitive areas. Over the rest of the body I rotate using less expensive drug store brands, depending what activity my day holds. Kind of offsets the price of the two Elta MDs.
Under the sunscreen, I use an eye moisturizer and facial moisturizer with lots of antioxidants - including on décolletage and neck. Perhaps this is why I don't have an issue with dryness mentioned by other reviewers. Over the sunscreen, I use mineral concealer and foundation, both with a light hand. I don't have experience using other types of foundations with this sunscreen. Eye primer and under-eye concealer apply nicely. The tint of this sunscreen works on my very fair, freckled skin. Regarding removal issues, I've found that all physical/mineral sunscreens are tougher to remove. I added a toner to my night time cleansing routine just to make sure I have removed everything. Regarding break-outs, this sunscreen has never caused me to break-out - although others have. It is important, though, to remove all of it before bed. Silicone primers also have the same effect. Unfortunately, menopause hasn't eliminated that particular issue:-(
I'm so happy I found this sunscreen!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I hate the white bottle. It always gets messy. I've been using this now for 2 years. I'm a loyal Paula's Choice skin care user, but her sunscreens are hit or miss for me and the one water resistant sunscreen she makes, I'm really allergic to. I don't break out when I use this product and it doesn't sting my eyes, cheeks or chest area, but when I run, I have to wear dark colors because the tint will start to leak all over the place and it looks horrible. But, it does wear well under makeup and lasts all day. I do value this stuff, because, like I said, I can run with it on, and it won't cause me to have pimples, despite the high mineral sunscreen actives. It also doesn't give me a shiny face, like the Peter Thomas Roth Uber Dry --- yuck!!! Another good add on is that this brand doesn't test on animals.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I've been using this product for a few years. I'm surprised to see so many negative reviews. I love this sunscreen. I use it every day, rain or shine. It seems to blend perfectly with my fair (yellow undertone) skin. My skin has very few wrinkles, but is somewhat dry. During the winter I wear a moisturizer underneath, but in the summer I often go without a moisturizer. The sunscreen blends easily and within a few minutes it cannot be detected. It is never greasy or shiny, has no odor, and never irritates my skin. I don't need foundation with it, so it really simplifies my morning makeup application. With some products, I'm always on the lookout for a better product, but this sunscreen is perfect and I am completely satisfied.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
I received quite a few samples of this ss. I have rosacea, and was a little nervous to try this. The first couple days, it looked great, no irritation. I have been using for a week now, and my cheeks are so broken out. Bummed that this didn't work for me.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
@kiley:Did you put regular moisturizer before applying this sun screen?
i bought this spf month ago and i am pretty impressed.
i have normal to dry skin and i started having acne few months ago first time in my life! (why? i have no idea i think have to be this country never had acne in my like before i moved here) anyway i have also really sensitive skin and i can use only fragrance free and hypoalergenic moisturizers and i am allergic to chemical sun screen so my dermatologist recommended elta md as i am very fair skin person.
its drying i agree but if i put moisturizer 10 min. before applying this spf its fine.
didnt broke me out thats miracle and didnt irritated my skin at all whats the another miracle. i am really happy with this product also color is amazing , not pink not yellow not orange just perfect! i am actually using it as a make up with little bit concealer.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I bought this for our recent trip to Hawaii to replace another Elta s/s that I really loved. Why I didn't just repurchase that is a question for the ages:-) But I get bored like we all do here. I echo the other reviewers. Horribly drying. I can't imagine how it could be so drying as I'm a sweating, greasy mess when we're in Maui. I was flaking and peeling. And I got a face full of tiny little red pimples. And I know when it's a product because they're in unusual places (for me) like my cheeks and forehead. Very strange product. I'm not really sure who this would work for and I can recommend almost any other Elta product but this one. Sads
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
This product was recommended to me by my derm's office as a good foundation for my mineral makeup.
Non greasy and absorbs easily. It also does not rub off like many other tinted moisturizer/sunscreens do. It has light coverage, enough to cover large pores but not as much as a bb cream. I would say it was more matte than the average tinted moisturiser. The color is good, not too pink or too yellow and will suit a variety of skin tones. I did not break out from it at all even though I have a tendency towards acne.
I do not know what they put in this but this stuff makes my skin get a super dry almost burned surface. This is weird because as I mentioned I have a tendency towards acne and very oily skin. It looks and feels like what happens after you get a chemical peel where the skin pulls tight and then flakes or peels off. I have used other sunscreens and BB creams with a physical sunscreen in them and did not experience the same issues. I can only assume that it is something unique to this product. At 27.50 USD I would also put it in the higher price range for sunscreens.
Overall I would not buy it again mostly due to the strange drying action that the product caused.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
With this product, I thought I had finally found a sunscreen/tinted moisturizer that I could use.
Unfortunately, it's almost great, but it just doesn't work for me.
+ It's a physical sunscreen -- with no chemical sunscreens (which give me a rash)
+ It goes on easily, spreads well, blends well
+ After being applied, it dries nicely and does not stay "greasy" and rub off like some sunscreens do
+ It does a pretty good job of covering my larger pores (on my nose), which even many fully-fledged foundation liquids do not do
+ It's not fragranced
+ The color is very good for my NC20 tone. It gives a hint of healthy color, but doesn't look fake. It's fine for my skin tone in both the winter and the summer.
+ It doesn't seem to break me out, which most products seem to do
+ It would seem to be fine to layer under a liquid foundation, although I have not tried that
+ The bottle contains a relatively decent amount of product and it would last me a good amount of time, I expect, even if I used it regularly
+ It's oil-free
- It is relatively expensive, especially when not on sale or bought with a discount code from a retailer
- It's pretty stubborn to get off at the end of the day - I pretty much have to use a liquid soap and facecloth and rinse quite a lot to get rid of all traces of it
- It has something of a chemical smell (though I'm pretty sensitive to odors in general)
- As the day wears on, something in the formula starts to waft up and irritate my eyes, even when I do not apply it near my eyes
- It sucks out moisture from my skin, even my oily t-zone, and after an hour or two of wear, it causes scores of dry flakes to rise up all over my face, which can be easily seen by other people. This makes me look older and unkempt, and makes my skin feel dry, cracked, and uncomfortable. It usually takes a couple of days of not using the product before the dry flakes resolve themselves. This is not something I am used to, because most of my life I've had oily skin, especially in the t-zone area.
To try to counteract the drying effect of this, I once put on plain moisturizer first, and layered this sunscreen on top, but my t-zone skin doesn't do well with ordinary moisturizer and usually breaks out a little from it and my forehead develops sebaceous hyperplasia even after just one or two days of most moisturizers, so it would not be a long-term solution for me to always use moisturizer under this sunscreen, but even with the moisturizer underneath it, this product still made my skin start to look as crinkled as a parched river bed in a hot summer's drought!
It's so unfortunate that the product has these couple of major negatives, because the numerous positives of it are amazing and very hard to find in a product.
Note: If you are reading *all* the reviews on this product listing, especially those that were written more than a year or two ago, I guess this sunscreen was reformulated a while back, and apparently it is more drying now than it used to be, and the tint is different now. I have only tried the newer formula (purchased 2013). The current tint is great for my coloring, but the drying effect the product has on my skin after a couple of hours of wear is about as harsh as wearing a thick clay mask for an hour or two would be! That was pretty unexpected.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Oily Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I noticed there are two entries for the sunscreen so I am double posting =p
Oily, acne prone, nc25~30, illiamasqua skin base 6.5
It's lighter than what it really looks like when you squeeze the sunscreen on to your face.
It somehow becomes lighter when you start spreading it on your face then becomes a little darker(no grey cast). It it a lighter than my actual skin color but it's not too obvious.
It provides sheer~medium coverage.
It isn't super matte like Shiseido/Anessa sunscreens but I find that I do not need to blot my face more than 2x during the day. My face becomes oily and have to blot within 1 hour of applying my non-mattifying makeup that's really meant for normal~dry face.
Mattifying sunscreens I tried so far dries my face out terribly and gives me painful, deep acne. These include Shiseido / Anessa / Obagi products.
I tried COOLA which was a physical sunscreen that wasn't very oily but it turned my face grey.
Elta MD hasn't broke me out yet! Woohoo! Finally a sunscreen I can wear!
Price is reasonable if I purchase in US. I think it's close to $40 in Canada.