Unlisted Brand • Cotz Face SPF40 • Sunscreen
|Would buy this product again.||77%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
This is a first impression review for the CoTz Face Natural Skin Tone SPF 40 Sunscreen. I will update after continuing to use over time, but I'm so pleased with this from the get-go that I want to share it!
Things I love about this:
1. SPF 40: hooray! Excellent sun protection! - and isn't that the whole point?
2. Tint: this tinted sunblock looks dark when you squeeze it out, but it blends to a nearly sheer finish and doesn't make (even my very fair skin) look orange at all. Just adds a bit of color/warmth. Also, because it's tinted, no white cast effect.
3. Finish: matte! What sunblock has ever had a matte finish? It's a miracle. Between the bit of tint and the matte finish, I don't even need to wear foundation with this! I just put this on and dab a bit of concealer where needed and boom - face done. Skin looks smooth and even.
4. Texture: doesn't feel heavy, greasy, or tacky like most sunblocks. Practically weightless. Blends in pretty much immediately. Note: May trip up brushes a bit if you're applying any powder over this (bristles stick a little).
5. Ingredients: this is a mineral/physical sunscreen that blocks, rather than absorbing (like a chemical sunscreen does) UVA/UVB rays. Very few ingredients, and none of which ranked higher than a 1 on cosdna's analysis for acne irritation, which is great for sensitive-skinned, acne prone gals (like me)!
6. Staying power: billed as water and sweat resistant for up to 80 minutes. With skin staying dry, it lasts for hours without wearing off.
7. Gentle: no irritation to my skin (yet) and no burning sensation, even on the delicate eye area.
I'm seriously impressed by this, in case you couldn't tell. I'm ready to abandon my foundation and just wear this every day, keeping my skin protected like I know I should, assuming this doesn't start to make me break out. It's $20 for a 1.7 fl oz tube at Ulta, and that seems pricey but for the quality of this it is totally worth it. Furthermore, a little goes a long way so the tube should last at least two months, I think, even with multiple applications daily. I like the squeeze tube format also, very functional. The only thing that I'm "meh" about this so far is the sort of outdated 90's looking packaging.
Update after 5 days: Developed two new blemishes, and also some minor itchy patches on my face. However, my skin is SUPER easily suffocated and I rarely can pull off liquid products. So I'm leaving this as a great review, even though I won't be continuing to use it, because I still think it's an incredible sunblock and would probably work great for people with normal, oily, or just non-sensitive skin.
Here's more from Cotz's description:
CoTZ for Face Balanced Mineral Complex is a dermatologist recommended mineral sunscreen that feels silky soft and blends translucent with a sheer matte finish. CoTZ helps prevent heat build-up in the skin, which can damage the dermis. Also, helps prevent pre-mature skin aging (fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, and age spots), uneven skin tone and other serious problems.
CoTZ Balanced Mineral Complex blends to match skin tone:
- Leaves skin silky, soft & smooth
- Non-Shiny, Non-Greasy
- Layers invisible under makeup
CoTZ Balanced Mineral Complex for healthier skin:
- 100% Free of Oils, Fragrances, Preservatives, Parabens, PABA, Gluten, Phthalates
- Does not irritate or sting
- Gentle enough for all skin types
- Contains #1 & #2 rated sunscreen ingredients
- SPF 40 exceeds the level recommended by Skin Cancer Experts
- Provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
- Photostable, will not breakdown when exposed to sunlight
- Water & Sweat Resistant
CoTZ sits invisibly on top of the skin and functions like thousands of mirrors to deflect UVA/UVB rays before the rays can penetrate the skin.
CoTZ is 100% Free of chemical sunscreen ingredients, here's why: Chemical sunscreens absorb UVA/UVB rays into the skin and transform the rays into heat, which can damage the dermis.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I love this stuff! I got a small sample and loved the texture, so I bought myself the full size. It's much cheaper than similar products. It doesn't feel really heavy and greasy like other physical sunscreens. The best part by far is that it's tinted, so I don't get that ghostly white cast caused by other zinc oxide products. It helps to even out my skin tone, as well, so there isn't a need for any additional foundation on top of it. Just make sure to rub it in really well, otherwise you'll get blotches on your face like I did. The bottle is small but it has lasted me a full summer and a few sunny days here and there in the winter.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
This is one of the most multi-purpose products I've ever used. It's the first thing I put on my face, it functions as my moisturizer, primer, mattifier, SPF and foundation all in one! It has very little coverage, someone who wants more will want to use foundation over it, but it's enough for me. I like silicones, but I can see where there would be a problem for those who are sensitive to them. I think this stuff is great!!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
When I first began using this product, I thought I had found a miracle in a bottle. The texture, consistency, and appearance can't be beat. It gives skin a beautiful glow without makeup and wears well under makeup. I didn't notice any burning or signs of irritation after applying it. However, after 3 weeks of use, I noticed my skin was covered in bumps - every pore was clogged. I assumed that titanium dioxide was the culprit and purchased the Cotz "sensitive" formulation. The Cotz sensitive sunscreen did more damage and all those clogged pores evolved into a horrendous breakout. The product is loaded with silicones which explains its beautifying effects and may also explain my skin's reaction. If you can tolerate silicones, you won't regret this purchase. It's simply amazing. I should also note that there are several variations of this product - tinted, clear, sensitive.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
I just got this sunscreen, and I've already ordered another tube. I have problems with chemical sunscreens irritating my sensitive skin, but this physical sunscreen is very gentle. Unlike other physical sunscreens I've tried it's not greasy and it doesn't leave a white residue. It's tinted a surprisingly dark brown color, but once I blend it in it looks completely natural on my fair skin. The only thing I don't like is the price ($19.99 at dermstore.com), but sometimes you get what you pay for. If you're looking for an alternative to the more popular chemical sunscreens, either for health reasons or because of sensitive skin, I would give this product a try.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Grey
I only got this recently, but I already can't recommend it enough. The texture is almost a little dry, but in a good way. It's silicone based, so it blends incredibly well, but since it's on the dry side it is anything but greasy. I thought the tint might be a little dark for my light skin, but it's okay so far. I may have to switch to the light skin tone version in the winter, but for now it works well because, if anything, it helps my face match my body a little better. There is certainly no white cast with it. It may not work for those with very fair skin (which is why they offer a light skin version), but I imagine it would work on any other skin tone, including very dark.
It feels so much better and blends so much better than the EltaMD UV Clear, which I was using previously. I found that greasy enough (if I used it in the quantity you're supposed to) that it discouraged me from wearing it. Not the case with CoTZ, which is great because I'll be more apt to wear it every single day.
Basically, what you're getting when you buy this is a high quality primer that also has an SPF of 40. The price may seem a bit steep for a sunscreen, since you only get 1.5 oz, but $20 for 1.5 oz of primer AND sunscreen in one isn't so bad. I have applied cream and liquid foundations over it, and both turned out great. It's also great on its own if I don't want to wear foundation, as it still smooths the look of my skin.
I applied this sunscreen immediately after a 40% lactic acid peel and had no stinging whatsoever. If anything, it soothed my skin.
I would say the only reason not to try this is if you have a sensitivity to silicones of you really can't afford the price. But, otherwise, it's DEFINITELY worth a try. I absolutely love it so far. The only thing I don't love is the price, so if I ever find a good deal on it, I will stock up.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
This is a physical sunblock that isn't white, but tinted to supposedly blend with skin. My skin is fair, and I was a little concerned about how dark the product was when coming out of the tube. I applied it and the color lightened and evened out my skin tone without leaving behind a white cast...but it was still a shade too dark for me though. It goes on smoothly and dries to a semi-matte finish. The formula is on the drier side, so don't rely on this to moisturize your skin--you will need a proper moisturizer underneath. I also don't recommend using this under makeup as the finish it leaves behind makes it hard to blend makeup on top of it.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I bought this after trying a sample at my dermatologist's. It is all I was looking for in a mineral sunblock.
The consistency is thick, almost like toothpaste, but it spreads easily. The tint looks dark tan out of the tube but blends away once you apply it. I have fair skin with a faint yellow undertone and it's impossible to tell that I had this product on. There is no ghostly mask effect.
The only disadvantage is that it will rub off on clothing, so I don't apply to my neck.
The silicones make skin feel smooth, and I have a feeling that the zinc oxide has been good for my skin as I have had zero breakouts.
As another reviewer pointed out, this product has a mattifying effect and if your skin is dry it will emphasize wrinkles, so it is a good idea to moisturize before applying.
My personal routine the last weeks has been to apply CE Ferulic serum first, followed by Welleda Everon cream, and finally Cotz.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
This is a Titanium dioxide and ZO, physical ss for face w/ a matte finish. The 1st ingredient is alumina, the 2nd is cyclohexasiloxane, the 3rd is cyclopentasiloxane. The cyclos may be a problem for some. I like this stuff because it di not make my face greasy or shiny, had no white cast, and did not break me out. It is a brown tinted gel/cream that looks pretty dark, but when blended, was invisible on me. For reference, I'm a pale, greenish-yellow tinted person and this looked fine on me. I'm also VERY oily, so a person w/ dry skin may find this too drying. I love it because every other ss out there makes my shiny, oily skin even shinier and oilier looking. This does not, and is also fragrance-free. Looks matte w/o mu, and I can also apply mu over it no prob, but I let it soak in and sit for a few minutes before applying foundation, as I find it balls up a bit if I apply foundation immediately. Good stuff for oily skin.
062313 Update: This is really great for those who hate sticky ss. It is not sticky at all. I was noticing how my hair sticks to my face when I wear a lot of ss's. That drives me nuts. Not so with this one! Smooth, matte, non-sticky. Very nice!