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Colorescience® Sunforgettable® Brush-On Sunscreen Spf 30
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on 2/17/2017 6:33:00 PM
More reviews by lululemon
Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
After having tested this four separate times, I can safely say that his product is NOT suitable for sensitive skin. I have super sensitive, steroid induced rosacea and was looking for something to protect my damaged skin barrier when I came across this sample in Sephora. Tint wise, the medium blended perfectly into my skin but after a few hours of wear I would return home to itchy and blotchy skin each and every time. I finally threw it out after my last outing irritated my skin to high heavens and hasn't quite recovered since.
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on 7/5/2015 4:23:00 PM
More reviews by willoL
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I am sensitive to many chemicals and ingredients, so I buy and give/throw away more products than I'd like. It often takes several uses before I know how I will react, so I just keep searching. I also have OILY yet SENSITIVE skin, which is a skin type many brands ignore completely.Like many others, I find all liquid/cream sunscreens to be offensive to my skin. Most products contain some ingredient or another that will cause me to itch, breakout, have redness, and I think the chemical sunscreens are all among those problem ingredients. I tried Bare Minerals, and it definitely left me very itchy after wearing.This year, I opted to try Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 30 (Brush Refills.) The refill option really made me try it. It cost a lot less, and I used a new (clean) makeup brush to apply. While, unlike chemical sunscreen, this didn't trigger immediate discomfort, itching, and redness, I was still itchy by the end of the day, and that effect magnifies with each consecutive day that I use it.On the other hand, there are times I am simply forced to be outside during peak UV hours, and this is as good as my next best alternative as far as skin reaction effects goes (Fallene Face Cotz Water-Resistant Sun Protection UVA/UVB SPF 40) while being MUCH NICER TO APPLY (to my preferences) than any cream.I've even tried a super simple formulation of almost exclusively Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, also applied with a brush and very affordable, but that leaves me itchy, too. (Bee Sunny SPF 35 Mineral Powder Sunscreen Zinc Oxide & Titanium Can -- not nano particles!)Basically, I'm left with wearing high UPF, full coverage clothing and a hat. Thank heavens for Coolibar and Solumbra sun protective clothes!
on 7/31/2014 9:47:00 PM
More reviews by Tashi09
Age: 56 & Over
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium
I used to get this from the dermatologist in the orb, and recently searched for it online. I was happy to find a refill for $25 (not a huge bargain; it's a pretty small amount). I just put it in an old Lancome MMU container that I had saved. I apply it with the old Lancome MMU brush, too. This works well. I never liked the Colorescience brush all that much, and I have more control when I dip the brush into the powder. (Also, PTR got blasted by the Environmental Working Group for packaging powder sunscreen in one of those brushes. Apparently you DO NOT want to inhale Zinc and Titanium Dioxide.)I have tried a lot of sunscreens and basically hate them all. I pass most of the creams and lotions on to my insensitive husband. I need something mineral based that doesn't cause irritation or breakouts. But apparently zinc oxide needs some kind of silicone to improve the "cosmetic elegance," and the "cone" family seems to cause breakouts in the unlucky, namely me. (I really need to check all of my old sunscreen reviews, because if something isn't completely offensive from the start, I tend to give it a four and say "Oh wow, this is pretty good!" But rarely do I repurchase, because I'm always looking for something lighter and less zit-inducing.) Anyway, I seem to have less trouble with powder sunscreens.Colorescience Concierge is helpful if you have questions. I used to use Perfectly Clear, which I thought was the lightest shade. So I ordered Fair, the new lightest shade. It's way too fair for NC20. Concierge directed me to Medium, which is just about right.EDIT 4/28/16: I was at the dermatologist's open house today, and considered buying this again at 20% off, even though I still have plenty. Waiting in line, I happened to notice several varieties of dimethicone in the ingredients list. I simply had not realized this was possible in a loose powder. Which was interesting, because I have suspected this sunscreen of causing breakouts (although nothing like what happens when I use a liquid with multiple silicones). Postponed purchase. This stuff is really crazy expensive, EDIT 6/23/17: Okay, the refills are now a thing of the past. ("Brush cleanability" was the issue.) I do think this has one of the nicer brushes for this type of sunscreen. Mineral Fusion makes one, but the brush is rough and sheds a lot. PTR isn't that great, either. Yep, it looks like I'm about to repurchase. (20% off at Dermstore.)
4 of 4 people found this helpful.
on 7/28/2014 10:30:00 AM
More reviews by Formerann83
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine
Loved the idea of this for my sensitive rosacea skin but was left dissatisfied. The brush clogged and even though it didn't break me out, it didn't block the sun even with a generous application. Not a fan.Update: So I'm going to use a loose powder compact and try this again. I think the brush application thing just wouldn't get all of my areas. Also, it doesn't seem very hygienic. Will update after I try it this way.
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on 5/19/2014 12:53:00 PM
More reviews by acalab2781
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
This sunscreen is fantastic for my pale, sensitive, and breakout-prone skin. I know that I need sunscreen, but can't use any of the liquid versions because they give me cystic acne. I tried to use the Peter Thomas Roth version, but it was WAY too dark for me. I got the Colorescience in Fair (no sparkles) and can use it in place of a finishing powder over my makeup. It blends in and gives me a natural, matte finish. I just purchased a second tube to keep in my purse so I never have a reason to not reapply. I have been outside for nine hours, and with reapplication (which I would need with any sunscreen product), I don't get any color at all. Love this stuff and highly recommend it, despite that it's expensive, because it's great. If you're on the fence, make sure to order from a website with an excellent return policy and you won't worry as much.
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on 5/17/2014 4:13:00 AM
More reviews by Tindra78
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
My skin: adult hormonal acne, melasma and very sensitive skin.I'm looking for something to add to my daily sunscreens ( mostly Elta Md clear or Glycolix elite spf 30) when I'm out the whole day and the sun is shining. Needs to be good-looking, but still non-comedogenic and protect the skin.I bought the matte Fair shade. I'm usually a NC/NW 15-20. This was far to light for me and looks chalky! It also feels a little thick and heavy on my very scarred skin with my enlarged pores... surely cause of the high amount of the minerals....? It unfortunately doesn't look good, it accentuates every pore and line, and you look older.... It's a hard choice when you need a physical sunscreen. I can live with the awful look on my "more even areas" on the face, but the problem areas just looks awful with this. If I mainly use it when I'm exercising or other "not-social" activities, I can survive the look.....I think I still would have to order one darker shade to be able to wear it more confidently in town. If it's worth the price? This is extremely pricey! Still hope and believe there are cheaper alternatives....Don't know if I breaks me out but will update.This feels heavier then PTR's instant mineral spf 30 powder, but that one is too dark for me. But that one feels a little better.Update 140603: Changed my mind and ordered the perfectly clear shade anyway. Like it! Did it cause I recently got the Dermaceutic Spot peel, and right now I even more need the sunscreen... Still no breakouts.
on 10/9/2013 11:48:00 AM
More reviews by alison_k
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
This powder sunscreen is phenomenal....but also really expensive! I got the palest color as most powders change color on me (NC10-15) and this is perfect for touch ups and for mattifying. The brush gets dirty very fast as it gets covered with whatever makeup I am trying to mattify, so essentially you can only clean the brush when you add a new refill to the product. The SPF 30 cost me $60.00 but I believe the refills are only $20 or so. I don't have an issue getting the powder onto the brush (unlike the PTR SPF30 brush on sunscreen which was a nightmare to apply) and so you could almost apply too much of this powder. It does go everywhere, so is best to apply before you get dressed. Well worth a try if you prefer the convenience of powder sunscreens.
on 11/30/2012 11:07:00 PM
More reviews by Princess2
Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure
One of the best sunscreen products I ever purchased. This is a mineral sunscreen in powder form. The color fits in well with my foundation, it is smooth on my skin and with me who is a sun kid, this is so helpful to prevent sun damage. The container is refillable - the product is a bit pricy, but it lasts very long. At least two months and I apply it every single day. I will not go without this product. For many years I didn't wear sunscreen and do regret it today. But it is never too late .....
on 6/20/2012 3:42:00 PM
More reviews by iJulianne
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I have a love/hate relationship with this sunscreen. The powder itself is great. It has a nice texture and a nice finish. I am using the Perfectly Clear colour and it doesn't make me look either chalky or sparkly, just a nice clean matte finish. I purchased this product because I am vigilant about sun protection and most appreciate the fact that it is a sunscreen. I always wear it on top of a cream/lotion sunscreen so can't vouch for how it is on it's own, but I have definitely seen the benefits of the added protection.My single biggest complaint about this product is the packaging. The packaging is horrible! One of it's touted benefits is you can carry it in your purse and reapply on-the-go. Good luck getting it out of packaging. The product is very, very hard to release into the built in brush with a lot of tapping and banging required before even a small amount is available. I've been using it at home by emptying the product out of the cartridge onto a tissue and then using the brush to apply. Overall, good idea, good product, disastrous packaging.
on 5/26/2012 1:05:00 PM
More reviews by changja2
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
My review is on the older product - I've had the portable retractable brush and am still currently using the shaker can - both in the color Perfectly Clear. I just checked the website out and found that they have changed the color formulation to fair, medium and tan and do not offer the shaker can but a jar. I initially liked the brush version because it was portable. However, it often became clogged or dispensed the product unevenly, especially after I would clean the brush per instructions. With the shaker can, I sprinkle some onto a tissue and use a large fluffy brush to pat it all over my face - just like using setting powder. My shaker can has lasted me over 1.5 years with almost daily use. I like that it mattifies my face a little (I have quite an oily T-zone) and that because it's a physical blocker, I don't have to reapply it during my normal day ( vs a chemical sunscreen that needs reapplication every 2 hours). It's easy to cover strange areas like my ears and reapplication is a breeze. It doesn't clog my pores. This product makes it easy for me to enjoy my beach vacations and still stay fair skinned. Someday when I have to buy the new formulation, my attitude may change. As I managed to get ahold of another shaker can, so it won't be for awhile.
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