Where to purchase: Available at Cult Beauty: HERE / And Space NK: HERE
Made in: Australia
What is it?: An SPF that’s meant to be also a Priming Moisturiser for under makeup (however this balls up around my eyes if using a brush, sweeping the motion left and right – so be weary to DAB the makeup on gently, perhaps with a finger on top of this SPF instead of using a brush and sweeping. This doesn’t really happen for liquid SPFs like the Missha Aqua Sun Gel or the Garnier Ambre Solaire SPF.
Brand Description: A Go-to Moisturiser + Primer with a High SPF Rating (SPF50+ which is the highest in the UK).
Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types
What I think: If you’re Sensitive to Fragrance / Essential Oils, then be weary. I do think Oily/Combo + Perhaps Normal Skin types would prefer this over Dry skins (I don’t find this significantly Hydrating + Moisturising and I have Combo Skin).
Cruelty Free?: Yes
Packaging: Tube with Pump Packaging and a Cap – Very easy and Simple to use.
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Directions: The brand state use this indoors and outdoors every day (I agree). It’s also stated that you can use this instead of your moisturiser (I don’t think dry skins would like this but oily skins could). 5 pumps (at least) are needed to cover the face and the ears.
How I use it: I apply this in the AM before my workout and before light makeup application. I do not apply this on the neck or the ears as I use the Ultra Violette SPF for the Hands and Body on my neck and ears to try and save product! I do use about 4 pumps to cover my face.
Does this Ball Up when I work out?: No this doesn’t ball up when I pat my face with a towel etc (but see further down below for makeup).
Does this Streak when I work out?: No! No weird Milky Sweat streaks,
Key Ingredients: Kakadu Plum (Meant to provide Antioxidant + Brightening effects – Paper HERE). Dragosine Plus (Meant to help add protection to the skin against light).
Actives: Octyl Methoxycinnamate (10%), Bemotrizinol (3%), Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol (2.5%).
NOTE: This contains Titanium dioxide which is usually used as a filter in Physical SPFs – however it’s not listed as an active ingredient so I think this isn’t added in a high-enough amount to provide sun protection hence why it’s not listed. ALSO this makes sense as this SPF does NOT provide a white cast, and I usually suffer from a white cast with SPFs containing Titanium Dioxide +/ Zinc Oxide, so I think it’s very little and added, alongside the Mica to provide a glow to the skin without giving it a white cast-like look. I also think that’s why colourants are added – to act like a makeup primer and prep the skin for makeup application by providing an evened-out base.
Full Ingredients: AQUA/WATER/EAU, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, ISOSTEARYL NEOPENTANOATE, ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE, BIS-ETHYLHEXYLOXYPHENOL METHOXYPHENYL TRIAZINE, GLYCERIN, LAURYL PEG/PPG-18/18 METHICONE, SILICA, METHYLENE BIS-BENZOTRIAZOLYL TETRAMETHYLBUTYLPHENOL, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, CETYL DIMETHICONE, HYDROXYACETOPHENONE, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, SACCHARIDE ISOMERATE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE/PARFUM, MICA, DECYL GLUCOSIDE, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, AMINOMETHYL PROPANOL, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, TERMINALIA FERDINANDIANA FRUIT EXTRACT, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, XANTHAN GUM, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM CHLORIDE, CARNOSINE, GERANIOL, CITRONELLOL, LINALOOL, EUGENOL, CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES)
Texture: The Silicone Base makes this feel velvety-mousse-like and lightweight (easy to spread). But I find that Silicone Based products do initially have a sort of greasy feeling, but then when spread out and the product absorbs and sinks into the skin, it becomes less greasy feeling and more mousse-y/velvety. I would not call this thick or heavy, and the skin can still breath.
Does this feel Hydrating/Moisturising?: This doesn’t dry out the skin, but I wouldn’t call it dramatically moisturising (I would actually say their Hand/Body SPF is more Moisturising + Hydrating).
Does this feel sticky or tacky?: No.
As you can see, this has a slight tint/colour to it – and I’m that’s to help add some colour-correcting elements to the skin as this is marketed to be used as a Makeup Primer.
Initially this feels lightly creamy when applying and then becomes more air-y once spread out.
- You can see this has NO WHITE CAST. And adds a Pearlescent Glow to the Skin (but I don’t find it that obvious on the face).
Do you see how the finish is slightly glittery/pearlescent? I think it’s a lot more noticeable in the Video down below as well. Due to the Mica + Titanium Dioxide included; this SPF provides a slight glow to the skin without looking oily or greasy. Also I want to note that this does NOT look overly shimmer or glowy on the skin and does NOT make the face look ghost-like (even with a tan).
As you can see, this isn’t sticky or tacky. It’s lightweight, spreadable and layers fine. Also the Mica does give the skin a slight glow but I don’t really see it on the face (no one’s mentioned my skin looks glowy).
Fragrance?: Yes this does contain Fragrance + Essential Oils. It just has a typical SPF smell (not too terrible).
Layerable?: I think if I rubbed my skin hard then this would be removed HOWEVER I don’t think anyone would rub their face that hard or to that extent. Lightly tapping or touching the face doesn’t move this SPF.
Good Under Makeup?: It does ball up slightly under my eye makeup – I noticed this (and my sister noticed this) the little pilled balls formed around my eyes (i.e. when you swirl the brush back and forward I think it balls up the SPF). Which I’m not surprised by due to the silicone base. What I am surprised by is how this didn’t ball up anywhere else and that it hasn’t caused balling up issues etc when when working out.
How long have I been using this?: About 1 Month of Everyday Use (I still have about 1 week or 2 usage out of this).
The Effect?: Subtly Moisturised skin (nothing crazy, but enough for oily skin I would say) and sun-protected skin with no white cast. I don’t notice a huge different in terms of the addition of Mica and Titanium Dioxide i.e. no significant glow or brightening effect, but I prefer that. If you want more of a glow (but a slight white cast), then I recommend the Skinceuticals SPF here
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What I like:
- Not Drying
- Not a Glowy/Shiny Finish (So I don’t look oily)
- Matte Finish (without looking dry)
- No White Cast!
- Good Packaging (I like the pump)
- Soft, lightweight texture
- High SPF Rating
- Cruelty Free
- Packaging actually lists the Active Ingredients %
What I don’t like:
- Would Prefer No Fragrance + Essential Oils
- Balls under my makeup if I use a brush (i.e. it balled up slightly around my eyes and my sister noticed because she’s the one who told me – in the area where I swept my brush back and forward).
Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4 (almost a 3.9)/5 – I’m happy this has no white cast. I’m also happy this has more of a matte and less of a shiny finish. I’m also happy that this spreads easily and doesn’t feel too drying. BUT the silicone base/ velvety- texture does mean this balls up if I apply eye makeup with a brush (I have to do a lot of dabbing and be quite gentle to not ball this up). BUT this doesn’t ball up heavily or all over my face the same way the SVR Sunblock did – it’s definitely not that bad. I’d simply recommend wearing this either without makeup or making sure you dab eye product on with your finger to try and minimise balling up around it. I do think if you enjoy SPFs with more of a velvet-y texture (not liquid but more of a silicone-mouse-like texture), then you would enjoy this.
This isn’t as pleasant in texture compared to the Garnier SPF and/or the Missha Aqua Sun Gel (Extremely Lightweight), as I’m not the biggest fan of velvety-y mousse-like textures in any category of skincare. But the packaging is easier to use and the thickness gives this a slightly more moisturising quality than the above mentioned.
Would I repurchase?: I think if I wanted to use a Silicone-Based SPF that’s lightweight, then yes I would repurchase. But I’m not the biggest fan of that mousse-like/velvet texture, so I don’t think I would repurchase (simply to try out other SPFs). But I would if I couldn’t find anything else.
Dupe?: I haven’t tried an SPF with a Velvety-Mousse-like texture that doesn’t ball up as horribly, so I don’t think I can give a texture dupe. However the closest cream-like but matte finish textured SPF I would say is the Nivea Shine Control SPF (Review HERE).
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.
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