Price: $19.99 (US) for 2.5 fl. oz./75 ml.
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3% (sunscreen), Homosalate 5% (sunscreen), Octisalate 5% (sunscreen), Octocrylene 7% (sunscreen).
Inactive Ingredients: Water (La Roche-Posay Prebiotic Thermal Water), Glycerin, Silica, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Allantoin, Ceramide NP, Dimethicone/vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Myristic Acid, Myristyl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Disodium Edta, Capryloyl Glycine, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, T-butyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopherol.
I bought this product to see how it compared to my beloved LRP Anthelios SX spf15 moisturizer, which I have used religiously for at least 8 years. I was tempted by the higher spf, lower price tag and local availability. I'm sorry to say I won't be switching and I've already received a new tube of SX in the mail as I type this, lol. I don't want to put anyone off trying this product but, it just didn't work for me which is why I'm leaving a neutral rating.
Pros: Lightweight yet moisturizing, good/stable everyday spf, affordable, widely available, doesn't feel tacky or sticky and makeup applies well on top.
Cons: Caused irritation and mild breakouts due to irritation over time, however, I anticipated this would happen due to my being sensitive to Homosalate and Octisalate. Wasn't as moisturizing as I personally need. Packaging is oddly shaped.
My experience: In all honesty I think this would be a good sunscreen/moisturizer for a lot of people, however, I am not one of them. I am very sensitive to a lot of sunscreen filters both chemical and physical and this ended up irritating my skin over the course of a week. I noticed break outs on my cheeks which always are triggered when my skin is irritated. I also noticed a slight burning sensation and redness after application and removal. It also caused sensitivity to my eyes. Yes, I applied on lids and under eyes but, I also did this with the SX for years and have never had a problem. This does smell like a typical chemical sunscreen but it fades quite quickly. The finish is actually quite dry without being greasy and over time I realized I would need a more moisturizing product. I also had a couple of issues that may have been due to a defective product. The first is that it was incredibly difficult to get any product out of the tube. After squeezing in my hands, against the bathroom counter and between my knees, I finally pulled the top off, scooped out any product inside with a q-tip and then it came out easily but seemed to clog again soon after. The other issue is that there are tiny "shards" of clear plastic all over my face after I apply this. I don't know what they are but look like very small, thin, perfectly rectangular pieces of clear plastic. Overall I think this is a good daily use sunscreen that will work for most folks. Personally, I will be running back into the arms of my first sunscreen love, Anthelios SX spf15 moisturizer.