Where to purchase: You can find it in your country on the Eucerin Website HERE
Made in: Poland
What is it?: A High sun protection Sun Block aimed at oily, blemish-prone skin.
Chemical or Physical?: Chemical (Organic) SPF. So there should be no white cast.
Note: This contains broad, photostable UVA/UVB filters and something called High Energy Visible defense (HEVIS) which helps protect against free radical damage (stresses out the skin). This also contains Glycyrrhetinic Acid which helps support the skin’s DNA repair mechanism (adds to UV damage defence). Also contains L-Carnitine which helps provide a matte finish to the skin + gives the skin 8 hours of matteness.
Note: This is meant to give the skin a matte finish for 8 hours. I think it does a decent job at this, but on a hot day when oily skin is sweating for hours, it doesn’t seem to do much to stop T-Zone shine. Also please re-apply every 2 hours.
Supposedly Good for: Sensitive, Oily + Acne Prone Skin
What I think: I would agree. This doesn’t contain fragrance and/or essential oils so sensitive skins should be ok with it (unless you have a sensitivity to denatured alcohol). This can also be used by those on topical acne medication. In terms of oily skin, this has a matte finish – but I’m not entirely sold on the shine control (if you sweat, not sebum control. This does a decent job with sebum control).
Vegan?: Not all Eucerin products are
Cruelty Free?: Yes
Packaging: Plastic bottle with a cap and a pump lid. Very sturdy and easy to use. Easy to travel with as well.
Directions: HERE (For more detailed instructions on how to apply an SPF)
How I use it: I used this in the AM. But because it balled/pilled up badly, I couldn’t use any other skincare products underneath this for fear of balling up. Ultimately because this balled up so badly, I ended up using this as an SPF Hand cream.
SPF Filters: Homosalate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Octocrylene, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid
Note: This also contains High Energy Visible Light Defense (HEVIS) which adds to the filters and supposedly helps regulate sebum (oil-controls).
Key Ingredients: Emollients: Cyclomethicone (Also a humectant), Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Silica Dimethyl Silylate. Humectants: Glycerin + Glycyrrhetinic Acid.
Full Ingredients: Aqua, Homosalate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Octocrylene, Alcohol Denat, Tapioca Starch, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Cyclomethicone, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Methylpropanediol, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Glycerin, Carnitine, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Glycyrrhiza Inflata Root Extract, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Acrylates-C10-30-Alkyl-Acrylate-Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Trisodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol
NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE
As you can see, this has Silicones in it which gives me my balling up / layering issues. No silicone is not dangerous. I just ususally have balling up/layering issues with silicone-heavy formulas. Also Starch usually pops up in formulas that ball up/pill for me, so I’m guessing it also doesn’t help. I think this is supposed to help with mattification as well.
Texture: Eucerin state that this has a light texture, is non greasy, non-sticky and absorbs quickly. They also state that this is suitable under makeup.
Do I agree? – Yes this has a light texture due to the silicone. As you can see this starts of as a cream and as you rub in, this disappears. However that silicone slip still sits on top of the skin. This is not weightless. No this is not good under makeup for me and balls/pills up if I rub or touch my face. This isn’t sticky, but it’s not the lightest SPF I’ve used or tried. It has a very similar texture to the discontinued Purito SPF.
This definitely has a moisturising texture and in terms of the finish, this is mattifying.
Initially a cream! This does disappear.
Hopefully you can see that silicone-like texture sitting on top of the skin? This does dissipate after a while of wearing. But of course if I itched/scratched my skin, this would ball up under my nail.
Layerability: Not good. This balls up + pills off.
Stings the Eyes?: No
Summer or Winter?: Summer (mattifying)
Swatching + Review this along with other SPFs:
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White Cast?: Hopefully you can see from the finish that this has no white cast.
Fragrance?: No added fragrance and/or essential oils
Good Under Makeup?: No. This balls/pills up.
How long have I been using this?: Until Completion (as I switched to using this as a hand SPF) – daily use (both my sister and I used this), this took 1-2 months to finish.
The Effect?: Moisturised, sun protected skin (unless you rub your face and this starts balling/pilling off), that isn’t too shiny/glowy.
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What I like:
- Fragrance + Essential Oil Free
- No White Cast
- High protection (with added protection)
- Great packaging (i.e. easy to travel with + sturdy + easy to dispense)
What I don’t like:
- Layering issues (balled up under Makeup, Primers + on top of Serums).
- Doesn’t seemlessly disappear into the skin like something like the Missha Aqua Sun Gel does – It’s more on par with the Discontinued Purito SPF’s texture.
- Denatured Alcohol (potentially drying hence why possibly included in a ‘Mattifying’ formula.
Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3(almost 2.9)/5 – I love the packaging, I love that this has high UV protection with added benefits and I also like that this is unscented/unfragranced. Excellent. But, the actual texture + wearability of this I do not like.
Personally I’m not a fan of Silicone-based SPFs and I should have known I would have balling/peeling issues the moment I read ”Gel” and ”Oil Control” on the bottle (usually tell-tale signs of a silicone-heavy formula).
Would I repurchase?: No – Balls up.
Dupe?: Another mattifying SPF I adore and love is the Missha Aqua Sun Gel SPF50+ PA++++. The reason is, it doesn’t use silicone to mattify which means that it layers very well. It does contain fragrance and alcohol however, but the texture is impeccable compared to this product, and it’s mattifying.
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.