EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46

3.7

164 reviews

65% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.4

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.4

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 9%, Octinoxate 7.5% Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water, Cyclomethicone, Niacinamide, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyisobutene, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lactic Acid, Pleth-3 Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Lodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

I've previously used the Neutrogena and the La Roche Posay sunscreen. I work indoors all day and I started using sunscreen with quite late - late 20s. I did not have a good experience with both of those and I skipped sunscreen altogether for a few years after that as I never spend a lot of time outside. I disliked white cast in LRP and occlusive/greasy feeling in Neutrogena. In 2017, I started seeing 1-2 new moles on my face and I was alarmed that they had popped up so suddenly and I thought I'll add a sunscreen to my skin routine hoping to avoid anymore. So, after reading some reviews, I purchased this one. My only concern was that it should be fuss-free wear without any white cast. This sunscreen surely is that. On my skin (MAC NC41 in studio fix powder foundation), it gives an initial impression of leaving a cast but disappears after a while and after blending well into the skin. I also felt after a month of regular wear my skin was less tan even though my daily routine and exposure remained same. I also read it had niacinamide and that it helps fade spots. I'll report on that after use for 6 months to a year. As of now, for anyone wanting to try it, my thoughts are that this one is very easy fuss-free to wear, leaves no cast on my skin tone and absorbs well into the skin. It is not greasy at all, looks bright, but makes t-zone a little shiny. It so much better than the other two I've tried in terms of just wear on the skin. I also wore it with minimal face base - mac studio fix powder foundation and it wears well over the sunscreen.

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm

Hair: Red, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Hazel

It applies very light and smooth with no white cast. The finish has some shine which looks flattering under makeup if your skin is normal to dry. The pump dispenser is really nice. If I could continue to use it, I would.

This is frequently recommended to people with sensitive skin, many who are under the impression it's an all-physical/mineral sunscreen. It's not. It has 7.5% Octinoxate. If that ingredient gives you problems steer clear. It took three days of consecutive use before my skin started to feel sensitized and burned, stronger around my eyes and cheeks, before I double-checked the label. Usually chemical sunscreen ingredients burn my skin as soon as they're applied. I highly recommend it if your skin tolerates Octinoxate though.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This sunscreen seems fine, but it's not nearly moisturizing enough. This pills when you put foundation over top, and I found my eye area felt a little dry after a couple of hours. I used John Masters Organic spf 30 for years, and it was beautifully emollient (it took the place of my daily moisturizer it was so emollient) but not strong enough...I'd tan right through it. I'll be trying Skinmedica next.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I bought this sunscreen on a friend's recommendation and I like it a lot. It has a light consistency that reminds me of Olay Complete, but with a higher SPF. Doesn't irritate my skin and absorbs quickly. It wears well under whatever TM/foundation I'm wearing and also layers well over other moisturizers and serums. Like Olay Complete, it doesn't have an overwhelming sunscreen scent or leave a white cast.

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Sam Bunting got my friend into this & me. its such a wonderful day moist & SPF in one. non sticky i am combi dry in hot humid weather. even though on Retin a sometimes at night, this is hydrating enough. i do use some CreavePM lotion under this every morning after Timeless Vit C.

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I want to love this product so badly but unfortunately it's just doesn't quite hit the mark for me. I have dry, acne-prone skin with mild rosacea and my dermatologist recommended this to me.

Pros:
+ Doesn't break me out or irritate my skin
+ Isn't drying, very slightly moisturizing - pretty rare for me as sunscreens go
+ Nice creamy texture with a dewy/radiant finish but isn't greasy - nice for my dry skin, but probably not for oily folks
+ Reasonable price, not cheap but not obscenely expensive either
+ Airless pump packaging

Cons:
- Dealbreaker: This does NOT play well with any other products I've tried (and I've tried a lot) or even honestly wearing it all on its own. It pills and balls up and crumbles into patches of little white bits all over my face every time no matter what. With acne and redness, this is no use to me if I can't wear it with foundation or even moisturizer because this is not nearly enough to quench my dry skin throughout the day by itself. This is sadly the main reason I won't be getting this again.
- Due to the opaque bottle and airless pump, it's pretty hard to tell when you're running out of this and need to restock before you're left in a lurch with no daily sunscreen

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

While this does feel nice on my skin I worry this has caused a large amount of acne bumps all over my skin. I swear I can't find one freakin sunscreen that doesn't break me out. I'm so frustrated!!

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

This is the best sunscreen I've ever used. I have oily, acne-prone skin that hates practically everything I put on it. My skin loves this, though. It makes my makeup go on smoother, it doesn't smell *too* sunscreen-y, and I experience no white cast (although as a pale person I am not the best authority on that). I've been using this for at least a year now and I won't go back to anything else. HG status!

The price is somewhat high but after ruling out virtually every other sunscreen on the market below $20, I will gladly shell out 30 bucks every 3-4 months for this bad boy. Love love love.

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Dark, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

OK so I was really so excited about this sunscreen so much that I ordered it through a friend coming down from the US. I'm a regular sunscreen user and am still to find my HG.

The previous sunscreen I was using was the worst in terms of white cast. I guess the relief with this sunscreen was that there is barely any white cast and that disappears in seconds even on my dark skin. However, it makes my already oily skin so shiny. You'd think this is grease but no way. It pills under make-up like crazy and any make-up you apply over it comes out streaky. Otherwise it's wonderfully light and you feel like you have nothing on. But I would recommend using a blotting tissue and mixing any foundation with the sunscreen cause if you apply it later it WILL pill.

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I love this! I have combo skin that is getting drier with age and breaks out to a lot of products. I generally use Asian sunscreens but wanted something I could get in North America if needed. FYI in Canada this is sold as EltaMd Clear with no mention of SPF by it is the same. This goes on well and wears well. I still put a thin layer of light moisturizer under it. Reddit tells me it has a PPD around 16. This sinks in well and wears well under makeup. I don't find it has a sunscreen smell (almost like faint Elmers Glue) and the scent fades quickly.

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