Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA+++

3.8

39 reviews

64% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

Aqua/Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Alcohol Denat, Triethanolamine, Stearic Acid, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Nylon-12, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminium Hydroxide, Methylparaben, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Tocopherol, Tromethamine, Ethylparaben, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 80.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I love this product. Everything breaks me out and this one did not. Not super duper hydrating , but you might wear it over your usual day cream.



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Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I wanted to give this a 3 star, but considering that I've been comparing it to Japanese sunscreen standards, it is a 4 among the offers in European / American markets.

First of all, it is not only SPF50, but also PA+++, which is far more important in my books than only protecting from sunburning UVBs. I'm less likely to trust a sunscreen that only says broad spectrum on the packaging regarding UVA, although I do know this has something to do with different countries' different regulations.

This sunscreen is a rich white cream that is typical of many western brand sunscreen. It's less thick than all the other (western brand) sunscreens that I've tried, and comparatively it's very easy to spread on the face, but still definitely not a watery kind of sunscreen that would absorb instantly. You need a bit of time to evenly rub it on the face and let absorb (still not bad). The good thing is that it doesn't smell like sunscreen or alcohol at all, and my skin absorbs it rather quickly despite the fact that I use a good amount (it really pains me whenever people use a tiniest bit of sunscreen, you're not getting the protection level on the tube if you do that). It is also very hydrating on my dry skin, and my foundation almost looks better (meaning, not cracking out of dryness throughout the day) on top of it.

The sunscreen stays on the skin for a very long time, even though it's not advertised as being water resistant. How do I know? Well because it gives me a whitening effect... It's definitely not as bad as many other sunscreens that give you a scary white cast, but when I use a sufficient amount it definitely makes my skin look a shade paler. It's a bit of an annoyance, but I do have to mix my foundation with a slightly darker shade on top of the sunscreen. After a few hours my skin does not darken, which means this sunscreen is not worn off. That's a good thing, because honestly, who really does reapply their sunscreen over makeup everyday? (I don't really go out in the sun that much in any seasons, but if I were to stay outdoors for hours I would probably find a way to reapply...)

Now onto the really bad stuff. I initially enjoyed this sunscreen very much, as it sits under my makeup well. But on a few occasions that I skipped my liquid foundation and only used powder, this made me a shining ball. No matter how much powder foundation I touched up, it was just so greasy and gross. And I can't even imagine wearing this sunscreen without makeup on top, it's extremely sticky; I have many pets in my house, and I find little hairs stuck on my face as soon as I put this sunscreen on. It also balls up, in conjunction with my skincare and any sort of silicone based primer, due to the Dimethicone content in the sunscreen. I have to either wait for half an hour to an hour before my makeup application, or wear very limited skincare before this sunscreen. I already said that my skin is dry, and I really don't like to skip serum and moisturizer. So this results in me getting up pretty early in the mornings, to have enough time for layering and waiting and makeup. Obviously, if I only use a tiny amount of the sunscreen, the whitening / stickiness / balling up greatly diminish, but i don't want to compromise the protection level. It's given me a dilemma now, due to this reason I still miss my Japanese sunscreens (they are generally easy to pile on the face without disturbing skincare or makeup, but we all know that's because of their high alcohol contents).
Generally, I would recommend this sunscreen to those who don't use any skincare or makeup containing Dimethicone, have dry skin, wear makeup on a daily basis, and don't mind the stickiness or the waiting time.

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I returned this. The Asian version is much better, but the one they sell in the states has a strange formula. It burns my dry skin, and I had to return it after using it once.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

This is actually a reasonably satisfying sunscreen, but it's just far too average for the price.

In American dollars this isn't the most expensive product going, but it's twice the price if you convert the UK price back to dollars, and although I personally find this product really practical (no white cast, fairly dry) it's definitely not good for your skin because of the alcohol present in it (Alcohol denat is very drying/ makes sensitive skin freak) but I still had a good run with it. The protection rate is fantastic.

If you don't mind the price and the ingredients this is a decent sunscreen. It does sting around the eyes though, and you have to reapply every few hours. I didn't suffer any break-outs, just a few dry patches after several days of use, for the same sort of prices I'd personally go for a La Roche Posay sunscreen (provided it's alcohol denat free) or even a Coola product (they're mineral sunscreens too, which is great)

Clinique city block spf40 is also good if your skin takes to it.

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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This is an amazing sunscreen! It can be spreaded easily and has no white cast! It also works well for my oily-combo skin throughout the day and it has never felt heavy on my skin! However, it is too expensive and that alone will stop me from buying it!
I'd say get the sample first before getting the full-sized product, if you do not like it you won't be wasting your money!

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This is by far the best sunblock ive used.. its lightweight, no perfume, and sinks in the skin almost immediately..

I would recommend for anyone who would use this on a daily basis.. not sure if it goes well with makeup though, as never tried to put makeup on top of the cream..


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Black

I have really oily skin and i live in a really humid, tropical country. This sunscreen has no white cast but after hours of using it turns my face really oily and greasy. I tried to switch using a more matte foundation but still the result is the same! I'm not happy with the result cos it is really expensive. I will not repurchase.

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

This is my favorite sunscreen! It isn't sticky despite the humid weather in Singapore & doesn't cake make up.

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

This is a sunscreen like no other! I've been searching for a sunscreen that's not oily, with a ridiculously high SPF. Every other sunscreen I've tried from brands which claim they're not oily/ has a white cast on your face does otherwise. I can't stand wearing sunscreen which I can "feel" on my skin. If it's oily, I will try my best to wear, but it deters me from wearing...not good. My aunt recommended this my mom a few years back, and it just popped back into my mind. I decided to try it out and it's fantastic! It is pricey, but I would pay for a good sunscreen. It doesn't come with much for the price, but it will last you quite long. You only need a pea sized amount for your entire face. It's very moisturising and you wouldn't look like a ghost after applying it. It doesn't feel oily, it feels just like a regular face moisturiser. Even when you layer it over your usual moisturiser, it feels the same. Like you weren't having anything on in the first place. It does the job and I've been using Kiehl's sunscreen ever since. Hope this helps! :)


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I bought this product after hearing great reviews from a variety of sources and upon first use underneath my make up the product looked amazing and felt great too. My make up stayed put all day and remained matte which is usually a challenge as I am generally quite oily. However, after the initial use of this product I began to breakout extremely badly to the point where I thought I would need to seek medical attention from my GP. This product is the only thing different within my skincare regime so by process of elimination I would have to say it did cause a very bad breakout.

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