La Roche Posay • Anthelios XL 50 Creme Fondante PPD 25 • Sunscreen
|Would buy this product again.||70%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Hazel
I've been using this sunblock for more than 5 year and I am still loving it. The texture is pretty thick and leaves a faint white cast on the skin which I can accept. It may feels heavy if you apply too much or on top of your BB creme. On the tube it states it is very water resistance hence even without any makeup on, please use a makeup remover first before your facial cleanser.
I found this to be an effective sunblock is because after so many years under the sun, my face never gets tan or burn. I have freckles but they are not obvious. I would highly recommend if you have drier skin but perhaps not for summer.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
This is really hard to rub into your skin. After rubbing it in for several minutes, my face feels kind of "thick" and hard. Really strange. It was very expensive to buy in my country, so my money is wasted. At least I can use it on my hands/body without any problem, and at least it is paraben free and fragrance free.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
Effective sun screen, but kind of shiny. It doesn't give you a matte look, and this can be corrected by adding a little powder, if necessary. Personally, I'd always go for Bioderma sunscreen, as the best alternative on the market for my skin type.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I have rosacea and very dry skin.
I used to use the Fluid Extreme (is supposed to be for oily/combination skin) version and I liked it very much, so when I found this melt-in cream for dry skin I had to try it.
The only difference I find is the texture, I also find this one to be a little bit more moisturizing, which is great.
I read people complaining about the white cast it leaves, well it's true. What I do is apply my normal moisturizing after the sunscreen and the white cast disappears completely.
I prefer the packaging from the Fluid Extreme sunscreen, but overall this is a great product, and will probably buy it again.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
Recently got this product after being pulled in by the fact that the Anthelios line provides a variety of formulas aimed specifically towards different skin types, which I thought was ingenius. The formula I picked is the one intended for dry skin, which is supposed to be loaded with hydrating elements to keep the skin supple and comfy, something I find extremely convenient in summer, since this particular consistency eliminates the need for additional moisturizer. The thing is, I often find it too be a little too thick. It does sink into my skin eventually, but it feels overly heavy and almost too hydrating, making me look shiny for a couple hours after I apply it. Probably the oil-free formula for normal/combo skin would fit me better; still need to experiment on that. The cream does leave a noticable white cast all over the face, as well as a few streaks, especially near the hairline, even though I make it a point to blend it as well as I can. I'm not too bothered about the white cast though, because all sunscreens (especially those containing SPF 50+) seem to have the same effect, plus if I absolutely dreaded the white cast I'd go for a tinted sunblock. One thing it does impeccably though, is accept makeup. Even the thickest, cakiest pastes (like my Mac studio finish concealer) melt into the skin better than ever, without sitting on top of it, and they remain like that throughout the day. Impressive! As for the rest of its benefits, it seems to protect me nicely - I don't even tan with this on, my face stays milky white all summer while my body tans, and I just unify the two with makep. Its scent is quite sunscreen-like, which I love, only a tad more on the medicinal side. So if you're willing to deal with the ghostly look and heavy feeling on your face, by all means go for it. I'll prolly keep my options open.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
This review is for the FRENCH version (made and bought in France) without perfume or parabens.
Reading the label, this product should be everything I need. No perfume, no parabens and high spf. I have rosacea and my face skin is totally dependant on a good SPF. I hate to be the one to say it, but for those of you with very sensitive skin and rosacea/exzema, this product is simply NOT IT.
It's way too harsh. It literally burns my skin when I put it on. Under no curcomstances can I use it when I have the slightest exzema, it simply stings too much. I suppose it's ok if your face skin is in good condition (no broken/fragile skin whatsoever), but that's unfortunately rare for me to have completely 'closed' skin.
I give it three stars because I appreciate that major brands make sunscreens with high SPF without perfume and parabens, but I am MUCH happier with my Lovea organic sunscreen (bought from mypure). No stinging at all, even when I have exzema.
So, good if you have good, slightly sentizised skin, too harsh for very sensitive skin. Hope this helps :)
ETA: Be advised that there are at least two and possibly three different versions (US & Americas, EU and Asia) of this product, apart from the fake ones. This review is for the European version without perfume or parabens, bought in a pharmacy Paris, so should be legit.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
tried the sunscreen fluid version, but it left a deathly white cast after application, and it was a little too dry for comfort (i use retin-a nightly). having read some reviews about the melt-in cream version, i had so much wanted to love it, but it left me shiny after use, even when i piled on foundation and powder, the shine still shows, and it gets worse into the day; four hours down the road, you get shine plus oil, AND dirty, oxidized makeup. if you were to use it alone, after some activity, the sunscreen will somehow magically "transform" into beads of perspiration, you literally have to wipe it off, blotting doesn't help. sorely disappointed. only redeeming factor? it doesn't leave a white cast. I'll probably use it on other body parts apart from face.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
This comment is just to warn people to be careful about all the ads posted here in the disguise of review. I am a victim! I bought la roche posay SPF 50 on pharmamundi.com according to one of the reviews here. It's a dodgy packet when I receive it. The box was previously opened, not sealed. And the strange thing is, the cream is fragranced, and leaves an extremely white cast on my skin. Cuz i have bought this cream before from Europe just a few months ago, I know that this is not how it should be like. The product is obviously not genuine. So buyer beware of all the internet websites that offer cheap Anthelios products 'imported from Europe'. AND NO PHARMAMUNDI.COM. It is a SCAM!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Other Eyes: Hazel
I've been using this for years, it doesn't make me white, it's not too thick, easily absorbed and the protection it's great but it makes my skin a bit shiny.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Curly Eyes: Green
To clarify, this is a review of LRP 50+ melt in cream (creme fondante) the European version (not sure if there is a US one). I bought this about a month ago so I would assume this is the newest formula.
I've given this sunscreen a 5 but if I could it would have been a 4.5. It is the best I have found, but it is still not perfect.
recently it has been hot (around 30 C) and the UV index has been at least 6 everyday. With this on my face I have not burnt, and also I haven't freckled. As far as I am aware UVA damage can manifest in freckling (and I have very freckle-prone skin) so the fact that my face has remained freckle-free is a testament to this product's high PPD.
the general rule for sunscreens is that they should be reapplied every 2 hours (because of skin oils etc) to maintain protection. With makeup it's quite difficult to reapply so on most days I don't reapply this often/at all. It seems to last quite well: when I sweat etc. I don't find this running down my skin or anything. In fact after a hot and strenuous bike ride on a sunny day I still didn't burn/freckle even though I didn't reapply. However for particularly sunny days or days at the beach I wouldn't take a chance and I would reapply this religiously.
I wear make-up over this, so it's important that this isn't going to make it all slip off. This cream seriously does melt right into skin and I find if I apply m/u about 15/20 minutes after putting the cream on, it stays put just fine. If I remember correctly it has some silicones in it so it actually does a good job of making makeup go on smoothly, a bit like a primer.
On its own:
I'm very viligant about applying the correct amount of sunscreen: there's no point in wearing it if you're going to put on a pea-size amount only. At first though, in this sunscreen's case, it turns out I was applying too much! the 1/3 of a teaspoon is actually much less than I expected (but I would advise measuring it out just once to make sure) and when I apply that amount it sinks very nicely into my skin, leaving no white areas.
The reason this sunscreen isn't perfect is because it is quite shiny. It's not greasy (in fact it makes my skin feel baby soft) but if I don't apply powder over it it does make me look too shiny. This is a little gripe though, and as I said, this is the best sunscreen I have managed to find. I am going to Japan soon so I will be testing out some of their sunscreens to find the perfect one but I will bring plenty of back-ups of this one just in case!
Oh also, this is for dehydrated skin. My skin is actually quite oily around my nose but it is dehydrated at the same time. This works perfectly as a moisturiser and it is all I use in the morning after cleansing and before makeup.
I did once try to use this when my skin was oily and not dehydrated (my skin type has changed now) however I think it was too emolient and my skin started to break out a bit. I would advise anyone with oily skin to try a tester of this and if it doesn't work then try the Fluid Extreme. I used the FE for a while but I don't think the finish is anywhere near as good as the melt-in cream, and I think application is messier with the FE. That's why I would advise trying this first because if it does work for you then it's a great product.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
The Fondante formulation has changed somewhere within the past year or so. I actually sort of liked the old formula, in that it was not as greasy and shiny like the rest of LRP's high PPD sunscreens. Plus, it was very gentle on the skin and could be worn by those with highly sensitive skin. Unfortunately, this formula now contains denatured alcohol, which burns my skin. Also, the old formula could safely be used around the eyes. I would not do so with this new version. The old formulation had a creamy texture that, oddly, had a more matte quality, whereas the new formula is a runny white lotion, similar to the rest of the LRP sunscreen line. This fomula left me a shiny, greasy, white mess. Please be aware that the good reviews of this version may be attributed to the OLD version and not the new. Hopefully, future reviewers will distinguish between the two.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
ANTHELIOS XL SPF 50+ Cream Fondante by La Roche-Posay is difficult to find in the US but is the best Sunblock I have ever used.
This one is for Normal to Dry Skin.
My skin is sun intolerant as they call it and it is the only one that really works. I found it on AlexaSpa and received excellent service.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
Description: water resistant melt in cream, for sun intolerant dry skin. I have oily/combination. I hate creams, I can not use any creams and I don't use any creams, if I could I'd go bare faced. SA gave me a few samples of this (it wouldn't be my pick since I don't have dry skin) along with a few formulated for combo/oily skin. Ooh-la-la I must say?!?!? This cream sinks in immediately, and dries into nice beautiful smooth healthy looking glowy finish, it definitely does melt in, it does not leave any residue, honestly, none, very lightweight, hydrating and at the same time feels like almost nothing on my skin. No stinging, no white cast at all, not shiny, not sticky. We are all so desperate for fluids and lotions, but shockingly enough this cream has far more superior finish to anything else out there, any lotion/potion I ever tried. hmm, so interesting! The bad part is that it does contain myristyl myristate, I give it 2 lippies for that and please don't try it if you are acne prone, European and Asian companies love this ingredient for some reason, I see it a lot in many skincare items, it is supposed to be very clogging, and "stir away" ingredient for acne prones, so please decide for yourself. I have never used anything with myristyls before so I don't know if there is any truth in this theory. I tried the samples, I love the finish but I have very clog prone skin and don't want to risk, I will probably stick to Anthelios AC for this reason (AC is ideal for warmer days, cream is good for cooler weather). If you don't care about myristyls and looking for a light none greasy moisturizer and sunscreen in one, then go for it (4 lippies), save your money, avoid numerous disappointments, and skip all sticky shiny runny fluids, sprays, milks and such.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
I have very sensitive, dry Rosacean skin and I'm very pale (like MAC NW10). I love LRP sunscreens which just offer the best UVA/UVB protection and are very gentle. I was using LRP Lait Veloute and I like it, but I like the Creme Fondante even more! It is more emollient but somehow less greasy on my face. The Creme Fondante is a high SPF/PPD sunscreen especially designed for normal to dry, sensitive facial skin. My derm recommends the Creme Fondante to people suffering from eczema, Rosacea, hyperpigmentation, photosensitivity and sun allergy. It is waterproof, fragrance free, paraben-free and non-comedogenic. Contains Mexoryl XL which ensures the highest possible UVA/UVB protection in conjunction with Mexoryl SX. SPF is 50+ and PPD is 28 (not 25). Very nice texture and makes a great base for makeup. Slightly whitening which I don't mind being already very pale. Tube 50ml/1.6Fl.OZ retails for around 17 Euro. I highly recommend to try this one for your face and the Lait Veloute for your body if you have sensitive, dryish skin! Update: back to RoC Minesol Fluid Cream SPF50+; the LRP one is too emollient, even for my dry skin.
Active ingredients: MexorylŽ XL, MexorylŽ SX, Parsol 1789, Uvinul N 539, Uvinul T 150, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Tinosorb S, Titanium Dioxide.
Ingredients: AQUA, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, GLYCERIN, ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE, BIS-ETHYLHEXYLOXYPHENOL, METHOXYPHE NYL TRIAZ INE, ALCOHOL DENAT., PENTYLENE GLYCOL, OCTOCRYLENE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, STEARIC ACID, POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE, DIMETHICONE, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, MYRISTYL MYRISTATE, NYLON-12, PETROLATUM, ETHYLHEXYL TRIAZONE, ALUMINUMHYDROXIDE, AMMONIUM POLYACRYLDIMETHYLTAURAMIDE / AMMONIUM, POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CASSIA ALATA LEAF EXTRACT, DISODIUM EDTA, DROMETRIZOLE TRISILOXANE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, HYDROXYPROPYL METHYLCELLULOSE, MALTODEXTRIN, PEG-100 STEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, STEARYL ALCOHOL, TEREPHTHALYLIDENE DICAMPHOR SULFONIC ACID, TOCOPHEROL, TRIETHANOLAMINE.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other, Fair Hair: Other Eyes: Brown
This is my fav Euro ss! It beats even LRP Dermo Pediatrics SPF50+, Ducray SPF30 Spray, and Avene SPF50 Emulsion, which I also own.
I mix this with a tiny smear of Avene SPF50 Tinted Cream to avoid a white cast, and it gives me an almost matte and smooth finish. I then use Everyday Minerals finishing dust on top. It's hgh spf/ppd, fragrace free, long-lasting, non irritating for my eczema, not drying, not oily. I really can't ask for more.
Age: Unknown Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This is my HG ss. I have combinatin skin and other LRP ss/ moisturizers w/ss caused tiny little blackheads. I haven't noticed any changes in my skin, it didn't make my face dry like other LRP ss, to the contrary, my skin stays hydrated the whole day. This ss has a little of a white cast and is on the dewy side, it doesn't bother me because it is very subtle and brightens my face eventhough I have very fair skin.
My mom uses and it brightens her skin too. It makes her look fresh and rested.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
Update: I bought the new version on pharmacymix.com at $32.00 for the smallest bottle. Although the old version blocked my pores if I wore it daily, it was much gentler on the skin than the new version and was a better primer for makeup. I can't speak for its ability to block the rays because I only wore it 2x and my skin was so red from the alcohol in it that it appeared I had a sunburn. It burnt my skin so I had to send it back. I do use glylcolic acid and retinol so that could contribute to the reaction from the alcohol denat. I give this 2 since it has all of the desired UVA ingredients as all La Roche products. It somehow made my skin oilier under makeup although it seemed to have sunk in fairly well. I exhanged it for the velvety milk since it doesn't have alcohol in the new formulation.
Update: I can only wear this on weekends. It clogs my pores if I wear it daily under makeup.
This is my favorite block of all blocks and the La Roche blocks as well. If you could only see my wedding pictures. I just had a chemical peel and got married on a boat. The moisturizing formulation created the perfect base for my concealer, foundation and powder. My face looked moist but not shiny after my loose powder blended with this and no one could see one scab or blotch from the peel. This also is a very protective block that keeps my melasma from surfacing. I still wear a titanium based foundation over it because I don't entirely trust chemical blocks since you can't see them breaking down from UV rays. The only bad point about this block is that I can't wear it everyday consecutively because it starts to clog my pores. So I wear it on weekends or days that I will be out for long periods of time.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
This is my HG ss. I have tried many many many ss. I was 1/2 way through a bottle of Sofina and it just wasn't working for me (try as I may). So I went back to P'ville to see what might work better. After doing a lot of research, I came across the reviews for LRP Anthelios creme fondant...and I realized I had a tube of this sitting in my bathroom that my mom gave me a while back. I had used it before at the beach or working on-site, but it felt so heavy and greasy, I thought it had to be bad for my skin so it had been sitting there rotting on my shelf the whole time! I decided to try this again and I freaking love this stuff! Now, I would not recommend this for ladies with oilier skin. This is great for people with normal to dry skin or for those who have sensitivities to cones or avobenzoene (sp?) that are used in many other ss. I realized cones really break me out (which is why Sofina didn't work for me). I use this in lieu of a moisturizer under MUFE F&B and my skin is well hydrated all day. I am a little shiny by the end of the day, but that is fine by me. My skin is super protected with this stuff on--I have been using this in conjunction with vit C serum and phyto+ in the AM and the sun damage on my face has really faded. My only tiny complaint is that this makes my eyelids greasy and makeup doesn't stay on as well, but for all the benefits, I am a-okay with that! Again, this is a great product for ladies with dry skin, or cone sensitivity.
**Update: 12/15/08 This is breaking me out big time. It has taken me months to figure it out but I finally narrowed it down. I was originally using the Creme Fondant, which worked great. LRP has updated their formula and it has had a bad reaction. *Sigh* Back to the drawing board...
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
Don't let the "rich cream" part of the name scare you away- this sunscreen is fantastic! I think it is meant for people with normal to dry skin, as it is emollient, as opposed to drying or mattifying. I've been using this for a little over a month now, and I love it! My skin is slightly tricky to work with, as it's super fair (lighter than NC/W 15), dry, and I burn from incidental exposure in the car, yet I also have some mild facial eczema. Enter LRP! I tried the Fluide Extreme, but found it to be a bit drying. The Creme Fondante is more pleasant to apply, it feels like a smooth lotion. I use about a 1/4 tsp. for my whole face, and I let it sink in for about 10 minutes before applying MU. I don't find that it gives me a white cast, but other users with actual skin pigment (darker than me, which is just about anyone!) might want to make sure it's really rubbed in. It does make me a little shiny, but not in a greasy looking way, more of a "glow". I can easily make the shine disappear with a light dusting of powder. I haven't experienced a single breakout so far, and this SS also makes a great primer for when I end up wearing foundation! I found this on eBay much cheaper than other e-tailers, but it's worth the money no matter where you find it.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
Worth every penny. Discovered this while traveling. Truely the best sunscreen I have ever used. I have sensitive skin that can get dry if not card for properly. This does not irritate my skin, sting my eyes, etc. I use it under foundation. I would recommend letting it dry a few minutes if you are going to wear under foundation.
I recommend this to all my friends