|Would buy this product again.||42%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
Okay. I wasn't too fond of it.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
I agree with the other reviewers... this sunscreen does ball up like crazy if you rub it in too much. I found that I could apply it in a couple of thin layers, rubbing only a little, then patting it in. That prevents the balling up issue. If it does ball up, I just let it all dry and then use a light makeup brush to take it off. It does provide some moisture, which is nice, and goes on very matte. Does not dry out my skin. I haven't had any breakouts yet. Overall, not a bad sunscreen but not the best, either. I'll use up my bottle and then try something else... will not repurchase.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I just can't stand sunscreens that ball up. I think it's just unacceptable (how do they expect us to go out? it totally defeats the purpose of a sunscreen!), and this one balls up like crazy! I don't remember how much I actually paid for it, although I believe the price tag wasn't something out of the norm compared to other sunscreens. I found more success with my Clinique ones.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Oily, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I really wanted this product to work for me, but sadly it didn't. I have extremely oily skin and sunscreen is a must since I had some sun spots removed from my cheeks about a year ago. The product felt nice when it went on smoothly - but that was a rarity. I had the same issues as others here in that the product balled up and I had to wipe my face down to get all the white particles off of it. It didn't matter if I used a little or a lot, or if I had anything under or on top of the sunscreen. I even tried it on my neck,chest and arms and it still pilled up all over the shirt I was wearing that day. I purchased a DDF cleanser along with this product and that is working well, but this sunscreen just didn't do it. Sadly, I tossed the return package slip and rather than spend more $$ to mail it back, I ended up tossing the rest of it.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I also have not had the greatest outcome with this sunscreen. I picked it up at Sephora on the rec of a SA who was very enthusiastic about how well it worked for her. I think it may be personal preference - I like s/s's that are not too creamy or viscous. "Watery" sunscreens tend to feel better on my skin and work well with the usual work-week multi-layered regime of moisturizer, s/s, foundation, etc. So, this s/s didn't really do the trick (not matte, essentially, and too heavy). I also had this odd experience that others describe - while I wouldn't say that it "balled up" (?) - it did look like little eraser bits. Yuck! It was especially bad if/when I tried to use it up on my arms and then I had little white crumbs all over. Whoa.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
EDIT---would prefer a mineral sunscreen over chemical but would layever this over for superior oil control
surprised by low ratings - this is the best matte sunscreen i have ever uesed on my oily acne prone skin. I even use this at night thats how good a shine stopper it is. I have purchased 3 times in a row. I do sometimes experience balling up issue...not all the time though - i noticed its when I use to much of it AND i have used another product that causes it to really ball up. Surprised by the low rating - however, i have been trying out other sunscreens. I was thinking of going back to this for the summer - i have tried a bunch of asian sunblock products - and they have the WORST white overcast EVER....
avobenzone report - because i feel people misinforming others....
The definitive answer to the question about whether or not avobenzone is a stable sunscreen ingredient is that it is absolutely stable and there is substantial research showing that to be the case. (Sources: Journal of Investigative Dermatology, October 2003, pages 869-875; Journal of Cosmetic Science, November/December 2003, 589-598; Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, August 2003, pages 190-194 and August, 2000, pages 147-155; Photochemistry and Photobiology, February 2002, pages 122-125; Internet Photochemistry and Photobiology, www.photobiology.com/photobiology99/contrib/finlay/; and The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, August 2001, pages 256-267).
Avobenzone has value because it is one of only three active sunscreen ingredients available in the United States that protect skin from the entire UVA spectrum (the other two are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide). Without avobenzone, U.S. sunscreen options would be narrow indeed, and unless you have a known allergy to it, there is absolutely no reason to avoid avobenzone when shopping for effective, broad-spectrum sunscreens.
*Avobenzone may appear on labels as butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I read in magazines that DDF had good sunscreens so that's why I bought this one. I didn't find this any better and it left an annoying residue on my face that I couldn't rub in (it made my face look like it was peeling). I live in an overcast climate but I'm still paranoid about sun protection and premature aging. I wouldn't waste $30 on this again when the same $30 can buy me 3 bottles of what I use now. Pffth.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
It was a complete waste of money for me. I could NOT for the life of me get past the balling up issue. I tried applying very small amounts at a time, even washing my hands in between applications to prevent build up in my palms - to no avail. IMO s/s shouldn't be this hard to apply.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Good, no sunscreen fragrance and doesnt leave face oily. Only flakes off if you apply too much. I recommend the organic DDF sunblock over this one, doesnt get flaky
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Black
Definitely not for oily face in the summer. I was desperately looking for non-oily/greasy SS and bought this from Sephora. Far from matte finish for my face and before it was expired, the liquid started separated so had to throw away. Waste of money :(
Now, I am happy with Sofina SS in the summer.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
I've had NO problems with this-- have used several bottles of it and never experienced it 'balling up,' as others are describing. It is matte for a fairly long time, and doesn't feel heavy or greasy. Pretty much as good as it gets for SPF 30 as far as I've seen. However, I don't think it feels or looks any better than Neutrogena Sheer Dry-Touch in SPF 30, which is about a third of the price.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Olive Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
I've been using this sunscreen for a few years with no problems in terms of breakouts or reactions (I have very sensitive skin). It does ball up a bit for me around my jawline, but I wipe it away with a kleenex with no problems. This is also a great daily moisturizer in the summertime.
I have Melasma and hyperpigmentation so I am a freak about staying out of the sun, wearing hats, etc. After doing research on these boards and elsewhere lately, I'm beginning to realize that this sunscreen may not be providing as much protection as I'd like or need. I'm going to try Shiseido's sunscreen as it's getting great reviews on MUA.
Age: Unknown Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I love DDF skincare and was disappointed in this product. Even if I applied it over moisturizer, it would crumble up upon application and I would be picking white flakes off of my skin throughout the day. Not pretty! I finally gave up and threw the whole bottle out. Waste of money.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
Not the worst sunscreen, not the best. It feels nice, but if you look on the label, it has high concentrations of pore-clogging ingredients. I broke out while using it...
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I like this sunscreen because it doesn't make me super shiney or greasy, but it is quite thick and I get a lot of balling from it. I mix it with some moisturizer to prevent it from balling on my face and that seems to work, but then I'm not sure if I'm reducing the protection factor or not. I don't notice a scent with this. I swap with La Roche Posay's sunblock milk spf 60. I think I like that one more even though it makes me more shiney. It's easier to appy than this one.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
This was the first "matte" sunscreen I found, before Neutrogena came out with theirs. I used it for awhile but never finished the bottle because it wasn't user-friendly. First, because it's a CHEMICAL not a PHYSICAL sunblock (not the best for sensitive skins) you have to wait 15 minutes before going into the sun, which is pretty inconvenient. This is pretty powdery stuff and always left a white cast, even on my very-pale skin. The bottle was crappy, too-- the black writing would come off in pieces on my hands before I put on the sunscreen, leaving me with black bits on my face. Ultimately, I think Neutrogena's Dry-Touch is much more user-friendly, but both tended to break me out a bit (DDF's, less so, actually). Now I've used Eucerin's SPF 30 moisturizer 365 days a year for about four years, since it's a physical block, soaks in well, is SUPER cheap compared to DDF ($9) and doesn't leave my skin greasy or break me out.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Oily Hair: Other Eyes: Other
awesum product for acne prone skin...but sadly the uva protection is inadequate as it has only 1% avobenzone...not sufficient by any standards..
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Black
I've been using this product for the last few years and so far, it has worked well with my skin. I do still tan a little with this sunscreen if I stay under the sun for long periods of time. However, I noticed that I don't get as many or any freckles at all since I started using this product. It has been very compatible with my oily, acne-prone skin and goes on matte and non-greasy. And I love the fact that it has lots of antioxidents. One caveat with this product is that it does have a tendency to ball up easily, but I've learned to minimize this problem by applying the product very quickly before it dries. I've been able to apply foundation and powder makeup over this sunscreen without too much of a balling problem. Overall, this is a great product that I'll continue using.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Leaves a white cast on my face and the sunscreen balls up into white grit - not a nice experience. It does seem to provide adequate coverage.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
In actual fact I really like this sunscreen. It did not irritate my rosacea prone skin and did not cause me to break out. It dried pretty matte, I wasn't too shiny or too dry looking. Loved all those anti-oxidants in the formulation.
I think it is formulated pretty well...but that is where DDF falters in comparison to L'Oreal sunscreens. If this one had Mexoryl in it I'd repurchase it. But for the same $34 I spent on DDF I know I can get 2 or 3 bottles of Ombrelle, utilizing the UVA benefits of Mexoryl.
Really is a shame the formula wasn't as good as it could be. This really is an elegant sunscreen and there aren't many of those around.