Where to purchase: Target: LINK / Look Fantastic: LINK / Boots: LINK / Superdrug: LINK
Price: ~£20 (Currently on sale at the moment so it’s ~£10) / ~$12 – $25
Made in: Germany
What is it + What does it do?: A daily-use, broad spectrum SPF50 UVA UVB, Liquid Sunblock containing Ascorbyl Glucoside, a Vitamin C derivative that helps brighten the skin and provide antioxidant benefits (i.e. help prevent photoageing).
What I would like to highlight is: The brand states this fluid has a high resistance to water and friction. I believe it uses a similar technology to the Anessa UV Sun Milk as this has a slight powdery finish
What makes this different?: This has a ”Netlock Technology”: which gives this an ”Invisible finish + is fast absorbing and doesn’t have a greasy shiny finish.
Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types.
What I think: Oily + Oily-Combination skins + those in hot and humid weather. I don’t think Dry skins will like the finish and very dehydrated skins could find this too drying.
Cruelty Free?: Still sells in China.
How long does it last after opening?: 12 Months.
Packaging: Plastic squeeze-y bottle with a thin tip. The cap itself locks into place. This is easy to use and dispense.
Directions: ”Shake well before applying. Apply after a moisturiser in the AM and before makeup. Can be applied on the eyelid and around the eyes. Can be used in combination with other serums such as Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C + Retinol.” – )From the L’Oreal Website).
How I use it: I apply this in the AM and can even wear it before a workout as it doesn’t sting my eyes or turn milky when I sweat. As this is very liquid-y it’s a bit tricky to measure the right amount of product with my fingers so I use a spoon.
- Because this is lightweight, I apply 2 layers just to make sure I’ve covered the skin as best I can.
Sunscreen Filters: Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Octisalate – UVB), Ethylhexyl Triazone (Octyltriazone – UVB), Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine (Tinosorb S – UVA + UVB), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone – UVA), Drometrizole Trisiloxane (Mexoryl XL – A Loreal patented filter – UVA + UVB), Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid (Mexoryl SX – a Loreal patented filter – UVA).
Key Ingredients: The brand states this contains Vitamin C but what it actually contains is Ascorbyl Glucoside; a Vitamin C Derivative that although not as potent as pure Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), does help brighten the skin and provide antioxidant properties. Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid) is included, which is hydrating.
Full Ingredients: Aqua / Water, Alcohol Denat., Diisopropyl Sebacate, Silica, Isopropyl Myristate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Glycerin, Propanediol, C12-22 Alkyl Acrylate/Hydroxyethylacrylate Copolymer, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Perlite, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Hydroxyacetophenone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triethanolamine, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Caprylyl Glycol, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Parfum / Fragrance.
NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE
- This contains Alcohol which is what gives this SPF it’s lightweight and spreadable nature and doesn’t really ball up either.
Texture: Nice lightweight fluid SPF that spreads easily along the skin. But once this has absorbed/dried down, you can’t move it (which is a good thing). It has a similar powdery finish to the Anessa SPF UV Sun Milk (Swatches + Review HERE). That means you can feel that powdery finish on the skin; it means this SPF doesn’t really move on the skin once it’s ”locked in” i.e. once it’s absorbed and settled.
Greasy?: Not once it’s absorbed. I don’t look shiny or oily!
Balls up?: Only if I rub the skin very hard or scratch/scrape my skin.
- As you can see, this has a milky-opaque fluid texture. This is very lightweight and spreads easily.
- Hopefully you can see how fluid and lightweight this is.
Swatch Comparison: No Product (Left) vs Product (Right)
- As you can see there is hardly any difference between the skin with or without product.
Once the product has absorbed:
- As you can see from the picture; there is no white cast and no greasiness. This basically disappears into the skin (but there is a powdery finish i.e you can feel that powdery feeling on top of the skin).
Does this Sting if the Skin has been Irritated / Sensitised by Shaving/Heavy Retinol Use?: Yes.
Summer or Winter?: A great Summer SPF for Combination Skins. Oily Skins could enjoy this all year. Dry skins may appreciate this in the Summer.
Stings the eyes?: No. Not even when I sweat.
White Cast?: No white cast! As you can see from the above pictures; this doesn’t have a white cast.
- As you can see, this is a liquid SPF that will slide down the hand. It has no white cast and practically disappears into the skin! No it doesn’t have a hydrating or moisturising finish really, but this forms a slight powdery finish.
Fragrance?: No, this contains Fragrance. This smells like Dove Soap.
Good Under Makeup?: Yes!
How long have I been using this?: 1-2 Months.
Will I use until Completion?: Yes.
How Long will that take?: ‘2 Months.
The Effect?: I first want to discuss what the brand promises: Ultra-light / Non-oily / Non-sticky / Does not clog pores / Improves makeup wear. Do I agree?: Yes this is very light, yes this doesn’t feel oily, yes this doesn’t feel sticky and yes because this is lightweight, it doesn’t feel heavy or pore-clogging on the skin. I must say, this does not feel moisturising / hydrating. But the finish is ideal for oily skins and those in hot and humid weather.
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What I like:
- Fragrance + EO Free
- No White Cast
- Didn’t sting or irritate my skin
- Didn’t ball up
- High Sun Protection
- Fine under makeup
- Doesn’t make me look oily / greasy
What I don’t like:
- Not that moisturising – I understand why alcohol was included in the formula (to keep it lightweight) but it means it’s not too moisturising / hydrating
Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4.5 (nearly 4.4) / 5 – A lovely SPF! No white cast, lightweight and fine under makeup! Doesn’t ball up and sits comfortably on the skin. No it’s not that moisturising or hydrating, and it does include both alcohol and fragrance, but I understand that ethanol enabled this product to be lightweight. I’ve enjoyed using this for my oily-combination skin and I highly recommend it to oily skins and those living in hot and humid weathers.
Would I repurchase?: Yes. It’s been easy to wear and use.
Dupe?: This product is very similar in both texture, finish, to the Garnier Ambre Solaire SPF50+ Sun Fluid! And what’s great is the Garnier SPF is Fragrance + EO Free: (Swatches + Review HERE) / Available on Look Fantastic: LINK – However this formula is slightly grainer (less smooth) than this L’Oreal SPF).
- This is also very similar to the Vichy Sun Face Fluid (Swatches + Review HERE) / Available on Lookfantastic: LINK – This is slightly more expensive but it’s more similar in texture than the Garnier Ambre Solaire SPF above. (I really like this SPF).
- In terms of that powdery finish, the Anessa SPF50+ Sun Milk has a same finish! (Swatches + Review HERE) Link HERE. This is very similar!
- A K-beauty Dupe is the Missha Aqua Sun Gel (Swatches + Review HERE) in terms of texture and finish (and no white cast) Available at Sephora: LINK.
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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