Colorescience • Sunforgettable SPF 30 • Sunscreen
|Would buy this product again.||71%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I just bought this Sunforgettable powder brush in Almost Clear at the advice of my dermatologist because lotion sunscreens always seem to be too oily and break me out. I bought it through my derms office for $50 from the cosmetologist on staff. It turns out the color is too dark for my skin and gives me a fake spray on tan look. I didn't even know there were different colors, but went with what the cosmetologist gave me because I assumed she knew what she was doing right?
Now she wants me to buy the "clear" powder which is actually white (and costs $40) and mix it with the Almost Clear to make it lighter. So I called the company to ask about their return or exchange policy. It turns out their policy is only to return or exchange if the product is defective or makes you break out. They don't care if you get the wrong color even if the person who sold it to you didn't explain all the options. I find this a terrible policy that is not customer-oriented at all. And I refuse to spend $90 on some powder makup. That is ridiculous! So be aware of the risks if you decide to buy this product! I think it is way too expensive to begin with, so buying another one just to get the color right is out of the question! I have only used it for two days so I can't even say if I think the stuff is good yet.
I will not buy from this company again.
UPDATE 6/26/08: Now that I have been usiing this product for a while, I can honestly say I am even more disappointed. This seems to cause break outs as well, and I believe it is because bismuth is the main ingredient. Bismuth is reportedly a skin irritant and that would explain the itchiness I feel whenever I use this. I am hoping the derms office will take it back, but am not counting on it.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
I just bought this product a week ago. We were heading to the lake that weekend and I wanted a sunscreen with physical ingredients and came upon this on another website. How wonderful to have a mineral sunscreen that acts like a sunblock with the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (which by the way do not absorb into the skin, making it physical). So many sunscreens and sunblocks break me out. I did get a pimple, but I chalk it up to that time of month, which I get one every month. Anyway, while on the lake in the sun and wind, never even a sunburn, not even a slight redness to the cheeks. So far I really love this stuff. I bought the almost clear shade. It acts just like a mineral powder with the tint it has, so I can just apply my mineral blush on top of that. Will probably continue using my Neutrogena Dry Touch along with this on those scorching days in the sun.
EDIT: Stopped using the product. Decided I hated the shininess of the product, plus it broke my skin out and clogged my pores. It now sits in my cabinet because it can't be returned. Bummer b/c it was so expensive.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
It is important to note that this comes in a few formats -- a shaker, roller, and a brush. I have this in a brush, and my experience is limited to this version.
I'm in love with this stuff. I live at an elevation of 5300 feet and we get intense rays here for 300+ days per year. I've already had Melanoma spots cut off, so sunscreen is a must for me. However, my pores are very easily clogged, and I hate the feeling of lotion/cream sunscreens on my skin. This is perfect for me because it's easy and quick to apply, the Perfectly Clear shade matches my skin identically, and it doesn't leave any greasy film, shine, or oil. I have actually started using this every day. I apply this on my kids as well, because they tend to get traditional sunscreen into their eyes and that's just a huge pain.
For me, this gives a light, mattifying coverage that evens my skin tone like a tinted moisturizer. I really like that this is so versatile in that I can apply it alone on my face or all over my body, or use it to add extra sunscreen protection over an already made-up face without completely trashing my foundation.
I paid $50 for the initial brush filled with sunscreen (as purchased from my doctor's office). The refills are huge for $40. So far this is lasting like crazy...
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Giving this product a 4 is fair on one hand and generous on the other. I happen to believe in the colorscience brand. For what it is its a GREAT product. It is better than ANY makeup, especially powder, with sunscreen I have ever tried. It is what it is. It's a powder sunscreen. You arent slathering your face with a cream. If doing outdoor activities besides daily stuff you need an additional sunscreen. In that way the product doesnt do what it claims. I live in S.Cal. the sun shines 300 days a year. I put this on over moisturizer for everyday stuff. It protects me well. Summer I use this over an additional sunscreen product. It keeps me matte and never makes my skin sensitive or break out. The minerals are the most natural way to cover the face. Overall I will continue buying it. The sparkle is fun for summer.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
My review of this is going to be vague for now. I started using this the same time I started using the Skinceutical products and I started breaking out pretty bad so I'm not sure if this played a role in it or not. I haven't used this since over the the summer. I'll try it again later and see what happens. I like the idea of a powder sunscreen that's supposed to protect without breaking out but I'm not sure if this product worked for me or not. I'll update later.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I love this product, it never feels too heavy, gives my face pretty glow, on hot summer days when I don't feel like covering my already oily skin with foundation I use this product, I even put some of it on the tissue and use foundation brush to cover up blemishes and then brush all over my face, it gives great coverage too!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
I have been using this on and off for the past 6 months and have finally decided that I like it. I was on the fence for a while because it is tricky to get the right finish, you need to use a good amount to get the protection but if you use too much it looks odd. I have the All Clear and their foundation in All Even, I put a layer of All Clear which is slightly too light for me and then a layer of All Even which is slightly too dark for me and it turns out ok. I hate putting cream or lotion ss on my face since I'm already oily enough and I don't trust my moisturizers w/ spf 15 to do enough so this is what I've settled on. It's expensive with the brushes, you can get them off of eBay for less or just get the refills and use your own brush. I personally like the dispensing brushes, I've had very few shedding hairs and like the convenience and portability.
Most importanlty, they DO sell a brush cleaner in a spray bottle which is probably pretty easy to duplicate at home. Here is some information: "Ingredients: Distilled Water, Isopropyl Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Essential Oils. Recommended Use: Spray on and let air dry. Use once a week to clean your brushes."
If you're trying to decide you can get a sample for about $7.00 (I got mine from skinstore.com I believe) or if you need to lighten or darken a color and are not afraid of mixing you can get a sample for that purpose, they are pretty generously sized.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
I just got this, and so far I like, but will update with more time.
I just want to let everyone know, that this is #6 out of 126 recommended sunscreens on the ewg "Skin Deep" website with strong UVA and UVB protection. It is listed in the effective and low hazard section. (as of today, 9/10/07)
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Update: I am not using this, instead I use Sofina Perfect UV Nuance which is really a great product.
Ingredients from packaging: 12% ZINC OXIDE AND 12% TITANIUM DIOXIDE. OTHER INGREDIENTS: BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE, CALCIUM SILICATE, CORALLINA OFFICINALIS, DIMETHICONE, DIMETHICONE/VINYLDIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, IRON OXIDE, MANGANESE VIOLET, MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE.
Directions from packaging: Apply generously and uniformly before sun exposure, repeat application after perspiring, immersion in water, or toweling.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
fabulous product for people with oily skin that don't wear much makeup! I have normal skin and love this as a setting powder and bit of extra protection on my olive skin tone. For me, spf 30 is plenty, and it's much nicer than slathering on a face cream and sunscreen. I have recommended it to a friend who has oily skin, so this helps with mattification as well as providing sunscreen in a non-slimey form. Kind of pricey, but lasts a long time, totally portable, and blends in nicely/easily. The only down side is I'm not too sure how hygenic it is to have the brush mixing with the product and the oils on your face, and then just sitting in the container. You cannot clean the brush because the product dispenses out of it, so you wouldn't want to risk ruining it. But otherwise, hands down, a new fave product of mine that I intend to continue recommending! :)
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Green
I love love love this product! (x10). I have medium olive skin that tans very easily, but that unfortunately tends towards hyperpigmentation -- so I stay out of the sun and work the sunscreen everyday, all year 'round. Since I hate the greasy feel of most sunscreens, this product has rapidly become an everyday staple. Well worth the price, as one tube lasts a long time. I will most definitely repurchase, and am considering giving this as a gift to family members. FYI: If you have olive or anything else but very fair skin, you might want to stay away from the "colorless" powder. It can make you look quite pale...I wore it this past winter for a bit and my boyfriend thought my anemia had gotten worse. :) Definitely go for one of the shades with a bit of color -- and the bronzer's nice, too.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I thought this was going to be my H.G. Ummm.....not. I have sensitive acne rosacea prone skin and I have tried every sunscreen known to man, including the highly touted Dermadoctor, but all have made me break out on face and neck. The good: It did not make me break out at all!! Unfortunately, it did not give me any kind of protection whatsoever. I just returned from Maui and the Big Island. I followed the directions exactly, reapplied EVERY HOUR and wore a sunhat. My face hasn't burned like that since I fell asleep on Hamlin Beach 20 years ago. I have been home for 4 days and my face is still beet red from the burn and now I am scabbing. I gave this two lippies though because #1: It may just be my sensitive skin; it apparently does work for others as the previous posts claim. #2: I think the packaging is great...especially the tin outer tube that you can store it in so it doesn't get all over your bag. I can't explain how utterly crestfallen I am......I NEED A GOOD SUNCREEN THAT WON"T BREAK ME OUT! UHHHHHHG!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I really wanted to love this product, I really did, but I was unable to get it to protect me from the sun. Everyday I wore it I would come home red in the face, even though I had followed the application directions to a tee. On a positive note it was very easy to apply, I used the brush, and it did not make me break out, which I am very prone to doing. But in the end I need to be sure that I am being protected and not questioning whether or not I am all day long. I think this would be a great product to wear for every day use if your just out and about running errands, but for a person like me who swims, bikes, hikes, and plays soccer it just didn't give me the protection I needed.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
I have very fair, sensitive, combination skin with mild acne. This product keeps the shine at bay and I love the fact that it does not have a sunscreen smell. I use the clear, which is very white, and it actually evens out my skin because I am that fair. I also know that it is protecting, because I break out in hives when exposed to the sun for more than a few minutes without sunscreen (runs in my family, just started right before I turned 30). I did not rate this a 5 because I do not care for the packaging. I have tried other powder dispensing brushes that worked much better that this one. It is hard to get the product out and onto the face. The brush also gets dirty (I use it last after makeup) and you would have to empty the powder to clean it. So I emptied the powder into an old powder container and left it there. Will definitely buy the refill when I run out.
Age: Unknown Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Other, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Other
UPDATE: I have switched from this to Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 30. I like the PTR better because it's completely translucent and the finish of it looks a little better on the skin, but on the other hand, that makes it difficult to see if you've covered your whole face. Both are very good products.
This is an excellent product. I bought the $30 refill size, because you get about twice as much product as in the brush size for $20 less, and I use my own brush. It's nonirritating, it protects, and it has a matte finish. I especially like how it's really easy to get coverage in your eye area, which is difficult with liquid sunscreens, especially the ones that are prone to running into your eyes later in the day. I would say the only negatives to this are the price, the fact that the "all clear" shade is not really clear (it will probably produce a white cast on all but the palest skintones, although they do offer darker shades), and that it's hard not to breathe this in during application because it's such a fine powder.
Pros: noncomedogenic, photostable, non-migrating, doesn't sting during application, fragrance free, matte finish, breathable feel
Cons: expensive, has a white cast, hard not to breathe in some of it during application
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Oily, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I have very oily, shiny skin prone to breakouts, blackheads and clogged pores, traditonal fluid sunscreens which I have used from clinique, biomedic, md formualtions etc all left my face shiny, greasy and what liked covered my face in oil not to mention a few nasty blackheads popping up on a regular basis. Since I live in Australia and especially in summer I cant go a day without using suncreen on my face mainly to help prevent the hyperpigementation that I suffer from. When I found out about Sunforgettable SPF 30 I had to purchase it and give it a go. It was pricey compared to other brand sunscreens and cause I had to order it from the U.S. But it was worth it, takes under 30 seconds to apply (no more rubbing in) gives a matt finish, helps cover up little minor imperfections and open pores and gives my skin a nice natural finish to my skintone cause I am very pale I use the all clear version. plus it fits neatly into my bag. I had to take off 1 star due to the price but really a fantastic product.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Red Eyes: Brown
I love this sunscreen. I had a problem with other sunscreens clogging my pores and causing whiteheads but since I've been using this I've stopped getting new whiteheads. It's easy to apply and it doesn't give that greasy feeling that most sunscreens do.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I use this sunscreen right before I apply makeup. If you are not aware it is a colorless powder, which comes in a brush applicator. I paid $50, which seems like a lot, but when I run out I will purchase the refill that is half the cost. Before using this sunscreen I felt that other liquid sunscreens made my oily skin incredible shiny and prone to breaking out. Thus, I am thrilled to have found sunscreen in this powder form which, if anything, has a "mattifying" effect. It goes on really easy, but be sure to allow your moisturizer to dry before applying to avoid clogging the brush. Does not break me out. Like I said, I will purchase the refill.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
I tried the All Clear, and I don't mind the feeling of the powder, but it makes me look really white. It's hard to apply without breathing it in. On the plus side, it seems to have staying power. Maybe I'd use it as a touch up when I'm going to be outside all day and need extra dry coverage.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I tried this on a three week vacation where I spent a lot of time outdoors. I put it on so thickly that my husband laughed at me. I didn't get a burn, but I did get a lot of brown spots. Which, over a year later, are FINALLY fading. I was very disappointed!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I LOVE this product! It absoulutely does provide good sunscreen. (I tested by not applying to neck). I have an oily, tan complexion (use almost clear) and use this as a light coverage with no foundation. I use the attached-brush container version. It comes in a metal tube, which the package says to carry it in and have had no problems carrying it in my purse. No powder even on the cap when I open it. Very good for on the go touch-ups!