DRMTLGY Universal Tinted Moisturizer SPF 46 – SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #18

Like many, DRMTLGY’s Universal Tinted Moisturizer SPF 46 first peaked my interest when I first saw Dr. Dray apply this on her face with no detectable cast, or tint! You can imagine once I found out they started shipping to Canada during Black Friday sales event, I picked up a bottle… or two (or three?). I have been using this sunscreen non-stop since I got it in the mail, and I am ready to share my experience! Friendly reminder, I am acne-prone, normal to dry. My current MAC shade is NC16/NC20.

Video review on DRMTLGY Universal Tinted Moisturizer SPF 46. Includes swatches, application demonstration, and a before and after.

Information on DRMTLGY Universal Tinted Moisturizer SPF 46

This antioxidant-rich SPF 46 is lightweight and oil-free. Formulated as an all-in-one sunscreen and foundation that blends naturally to match all skin tones, leaving a natural, healthy glow. Also features a high concentration of Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, and Vitamin E.Moisturizes and provides sheer color coverage.

Protects against UVA, UVB, and infrared radiation
Lightweight and oil-free formula
Works for all skin tones

– DRMTLGY.com

Price: $22 USD
Amount: 50 ml

UV FILTERS:
Zinc Oxide 12% (UVB, UVAII and some UVAI)
Octinoxate 7.5% (UVB)

Protection:
UVB: SPF 46
UVA: DRMTLGY indicates this sunscreen is broad spectrum.

INGREDIENTS:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Niacinamide, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycerin, Polygonum Aviculare Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Polyisobutene, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Disodium EDTA, Iron Oxides, Phenoxyethanol


Skinthusiast Perspective…

Firstly, I noticed this sunscreen has a fairly minimal ingredient list – 21 total to be exact! The reason why I mention the amount of ingredients is because sometimes, less is more! Especially if you’re first exploring skincare and not sure what ingredients work for your skin, using products with minimal ingredients list just helps with the process. I personally have been okay with lengthy lists, but it has also been after going through a process of elimination!

I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned this on my blog, but I’m quite partial to hybrid sunscreens (mineral-organic uv filtered sunscreens) because I always associated Zinc Oxide as an acne-prone skin friendly ingredient. Back when my acne was more out of control, I would apply diaper rash cream on my face to alleviate any redness or inflammation I was feeling from breakouts. With sunscreens, incorporating an organic UV filter in the formula gives it a higher likelihood of looking good on the skin compared to full mineral sunscreens (based on my experience anyways). The likelihood of a cast is also reduced with the inclusion of Iron Oxides to not only give additional protection against visible light, but to provide a tint to the sunscreen.

For highlighted ingredients, we have some Niacinamide, one of my favourite ingredients, as the 3rd ingredient on the inactive INCI list. *hits Niacinamide button* – an antioxidant that helps increase the skin’s lipid production, brightens skin, and helps with pigmentation, fine lines/wrinkles, and pore size. There are also a few standout moisturizing ingredients in the formula leaning on the humectant and/or emollient side, such as Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin and Sodium Hyaluronate. Tocopheryl Acetate, a form of vitamin E, is also included in the list for additional antixodant benefits.

DRMTLGY highlights Knotweed Extract as a key ingredient to their Universal Tinted Moisturizer SPF 46. Listed as Polygonum Aviculare Extract in the INCI, it primarily acts as an antioxidant and emollient. The manufacturer of this ingredient claims it can help protect the skin against Infrared damage (it’s above Visible light; Visible light is 380nm to 700nm, Infrared is 760nm to 1mm) which surprise, contributes to photo-aging. Although INCIDecoder lists this ingredient as a “Goodie,” it is based off of one in-vivo study provided by the manufacturer. I overall look at Knotweed Extract as a nice-to-have ingredient but overall sunscreen is about whether or not you enjoy applying that generous amount on your face!


My Experience with DRMTLGY Universal Tinted Moisturizer SPF 46

PACKAGING:  Opaque grey plastic bottle with an airless pump.

CONSISTENCY:  Lotiony.

FRAGRANCE: Some have described the smell of this sunscreen as an indoor swimming pool. It may be slightly “industrial” smelling, but I barely notice the scent at all.

APPLICATION: I found a redditor shared that one pump is equal to 0.25g of product, so this makes it easier to measure how much I need! It glides on the skin so easily; I have applied this sunscreen both in two separate layers and in one layer, the way it sets is still the same. No pilling on my hairline or brows, but it can create buildup in those areas. Very easy to apply the 2mg/cm2 and reapply.

FINISH: Glowy, although I don’t find it emphasizes my texture. It seems like there are reflective particles in this sunscreen. It is also very skin-like an undetectable. The tint was quick to match my skin tone.

FEEL: After initial application, it does feel a bit greasy, but after waiting a few minutes it sets to a tacky finish. Overall feels light.

STINGS EYES? No.

WHITECAST / TINTED? Tinted. I do find sometimes the tint makes my complexion lean on the warmer side. In terms of coverage, it hasn’t significantly covered redness on my face, but it does slightly subdue the unevenness. Overall I wouldn’t rely on this to do any heavy-duty correcting on my face.

WATER RESISTANT? No.

SKIN BENEFITS? I currently do not use it as a stand-alone moisturizer with SPF, but it does help keep my skin comfortable throughout these cold, dry months. This may however perform well on it’s own once the weather becomes warmer and more humid.

UNDER MAKEUP: Does not add or subtract to longevity, and I don’t find it compromises specific foundation finishes too much. Keep in mind I have a drier skin type, so I don’t really melt off makeup throughout the day as much as I used to during my oily skin days.


Final Thoughts on DRMTLGY Universal Tinted Moisturizer SPF 46

PROS:

  • Fairly high protection – over SPF 30, the recommended minimal amount by dermatologists
  • Easy to apply and reapply the 2mg/cm2 either in two layers or one layer
  • Feels light
  • Tint is barely detectable unless I reapply – in which case I notice the warm undertone more
  • Does not sting my eyes
  • Does not dry out my eye area
  • Looks very skin-like

IN-BETWEEN FEELS:

  • I didn’t realize that the bottle is only 50ml, and the USD to CAD conversion is not so nice. However DRMTLGY has 20% off sales frequently, and I REALLY enjoy using this sunscreen!
  • If you’ve read my previous sunscreen reviews and my morning skincare routines, you know that I am an SPF50+ kinda gal. However, it is quite the feat to find some kind of mineral sunscreen I can use comfortably on my face, eyes and neck that does not dry me out, does not feel heavy and gross as you apply it generously on your neck, and of course a cast. Add to the fact that some people may be sensitive to organic filters, and I found this quite gentle (especially around my eye area).
  • The packaging. I do like that it is an airless pump packaging because I will use pretty much all of the sunscreen without having to bust the bottle open. However I find it quite bulky compared to it’s counterpart, EltaMD SPF 46 UV Clear, which is also an airless pump.

There you have it, folks, the hype is real! DRMTLGY Universal Tinted Moisturizer SPF 46 is very impressive and I’m so happy they are shipping to Canada so I was able to finally try it! Remember, the best sunscreen is the one you will wear everyday, and I never have any reservations reaching for this sunscreen since I started rotating it in my morning skincare routine.

WHERE TO BUY:
DRMTLGY Official Website *
Amazon.com

*Link is a referral link. If you use this link, you get 25% off your purchase and I get points. Anyone who has an account with DRMTLGY has this.

As, always I hope you found this post helpful and informative!

xo, M

Picture Polish “Pooh” Swatch and Review

I was quite intrigued by this colour while browsing Picture Polish’s website. “Pooh” is described as a “honey mustard holographic nail polish with holo flakes and will dry smooth on nails.” Kelli Marissa describes it as a “pretty ugly” colour. I like the colour mustard (hate the taste of the condiment itself), love holo, so I thought why not give this shade of polish a go? I tried it on right away shortly after receiving it in the mail, I just had to kill my curiosity with this colour!

  • Base Coat: Mystery base I picked up from a shop – it’s a transparent green base?
  • Colour: Picture Polish “Pooh”
  • Top Coat: Holo Taco Glossy Top Coat

I needed about 3 coats to cover some nail line but it is still not fully opaque on me – could be that my nails are longer than what the recommended coating is. The first coat was quite questionable because I couldn’t help but feel like my nails looked like they had an infection. But as the coats layered, it looked a lot better.

The colour is indeed a honey mustard yellow and the holo does show through in certain lighting. I’ve sent these photos to a few friends, and got a few opinions

  • 💩🐻
  • A fine line between cute and infection
  • A happy yellow, but not one that seems wearable on skin with yellow undertone.

My opinion: I like it the more I stare at it, but then sometimes I reconsider. I’m just very confused how to feel lol. It could very well be that I like the colour, just not on me! Perhaps I’d prefer a pastel mustard. Or maybe it’s more of a summery shade. Who knows. All I know is that Picture Polish’s “Pooh” nail polish is making me feel all sorts of ways!

Hope you enjoyed this short and sweet post!

xo, M

SKIN UPDATE #5: 0.04% to 0.1% Tretinoin, 6+ Months of Spironolactone, Professional Microneedling

My last skin update back in the summer 2020, I was using 0.04% Retin-A Micro for 1 month, and started taking Spironolactone. Since then, I have done 3 professional microneedling sessions for my acne scars, got prescribed the highest strength of Tretinoin, and have experienced a few side effects from Spironolactone.

For further context, please check out previous posts!


ACNE – 0.1% Tretinoin, 6 months of Spironolactone

As mentioned in my previous skin update, I noticed a huge improvement in acne control since upgrading to 0.04% Tretinoin from 0.3% Adapalene. A lingering pimple on my cheek finally disappeared, if I breakout, it’s not as inflamed and disappears very quickly. I’m now at the highest strength of 0.1% Tretinoin, and I did find my skin breaking out a bit from using it daily, so I cut back to using it 4-5 days of the week and it seems to be the sweet spot for my skin needs. Overall using topical prescriptions Retin-A Micro and Aczone have really boosted the clarity of my skin and I’ve been really happy with the results!

For Spironolactone, I experienced some annoying side effects the first 3 months of taking 4 tablets of 25mg. I was very dizzy for around two weeks, to the point where I had a few close calls of fainting. The second most annoying side effect was spotting. I’m not talking one week (which did happen), I’m talking an entire month. AN ENTIRE MONTH OF SPOTTING! I really wanted to give up at this point lol. However I stuck through it for 3 months, got my blood tests done (all good), and have currently found my sweet spot dose of 2 tablets daily. I noticed when I tried to go down to 1 tablet and I carb cycled that week, I would get breakouts – albeit not as large or inflamed as they used to be! With 2 tablets I notice I rarely break out and my skin has not felt uncomfortably inflamed from active acne in a long time! Overall Spironolactone is helpful at controlling breakouts particularly when I have too much carby foods, but other than that my skin seems well controlled with my regular eating habits plus the use of Retin-A Micro and Aczone.


SCARS – Microneedling Treatments

Yes, I FINALLY got professional microneedling done! I did all 3 sessions and plan on writing up a separate post on what both the medical esthetician and I have noticed prior to the treatment.

For those of you who have read previous skin updates, I mentioned that I would be getting treatments at my dermatologist’s office. However I went with the medical esthetician who’s certified in microneedling because I know her personally, and she has been in this profession as an educator and consultant for decades. Having said that, it also didn’t cost me $1525, but I saved up expecting to pay a high amount either way!


PLAN OF ACTION

  • Continue taking 50mg of Spironolactone – I have been thinking of discontinuing because I know how my eating habits effect my breakouts, this has just been a bandaid for my indulgences.
  • Use 0.1% Tretinoin forever – Seriously, I have the peak of its strength, my acne is under control, and all I can do at this point is be patient and consistent for well aging benefits.
  • Still apply Aczone (5% Dapsone) day and night – I’ve noticed this year using it consistently has greatly contributed to my acne control. So if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
  • Since I have completed 3 sessions of microneedling, I was told to wait 8 months to do more if needed. In the meantime, I can do other treatments (not like I can anymore).

And that’s it for this update! It’s probably the quickest one I’ve ever done, but I guess that’s a good thing – less things to complain about and pay attention to lol. I have to say, with a shit show of a year 2020 has been, at least I’ve come to the point where I am quite content with my skin – at age 30!

La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ – New Canadian Version (comparing it to Europe’s Shaka Fluid) SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #17

When I was first notified of La Roche Posay’s reformulation of their Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF60, my first thought was, “IS IT THE SAME AS SHAKA FLUID!?!?!?”

In short, LRP Canada on their Instagram informed me it was the same formula. I looked at both ingredients list, and there is a difference between the two, so it’s not 100% the same. In addition, I discovered the PPD is not the same either, so don’t expect this to be like Shaka Fluid’s PPD 46 that I originally thought despite the slight differences.

Either way, I have got a good feel of the new La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ and am ready to share my thoughts! I have also compared its ingredients list to the Shaka Fluid if you’re like me and were interested in the similarities and differences.


Information on La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+

High UVA-UVB protection with an invisible finish. A unique combination of invisible yet ultra-resistant protection developed for sensitive skin. – Shoppers Drug Mart.

Price: $29 CAD
Amount: 50 ml

UV FILTERS (Total: 7):
Drometrizole Trisiloxane (Mexoryl XL) 7%
Bemotrizinol (Tinosorb S) 5%
Octisalate 5%
Octocrylene 5%
Avobenzone 3%
Homosalate 2%
Ensulizole 0.5%

Protection:
UVB: SPF50+ (~60)
UVA: LRP Canada said on their Instagram the PPD is 35.


ANTHELIOS ULTRA-FLUID VS. SHAKA FLUID

Feel free to skip past this part if you really don’t care lol.

CANADIAN LRP INCI Canadian website
Active ingredients: Drometrizole Trisiloxane (Mexoryl XL) 7%, Bemotrizinol 5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 5%, Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 2%, Ensulizole 0.5%
Inactive ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Alcohol Denat., Silica, Isopropyl Myristate, Glycerin, Diisopropyl Sebacate, C12-22 Alkyl Acrylate/Hydroxyethylacrylate Copolymer, Propanediol, Perlite, Tocopherol, Triethanolamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Disodium Edta, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer

EUROPEAN LRP INCIDecoder
Aqua/​Water, Alcohol Denat, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Silica, Isopropyl Myristate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane, Glycerin, C12-22 Alkyl Acrylate/​Hydroxyethylacrylate Copolymer, Propanediol, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Perlite, Tocopherol, Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, Acrylates/​C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Triethanolamine, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate

SHARED UV FILTERS
Mexoryl XL – Drometrizole Trisiloxane  (UVB UVA)
Tinosorb S – Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine – Bimotrizinol (UVB UVAI UVAII)
Avobenzone – Butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane (UVAI UVAII)
Octisalate – Ethylhexyl Salicylate (UVB)

CANADIAN ONLY
Octocrylene (UVB some UVA II)
Homosalate (UVB)
Ensulizole (UVB)

EUROPEAN ONLY
Mexoryl SX – Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid (UVB UVAI UVAII)
Uvinul T 150 – EthylHexyl Triazone (UVB)

In short, first 10 inactive ingredients are the same, 5 of the same ingredients are in different order, and there is 1 different ingredient:

Canada – Disodium Edta – viscosity
Europe – Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride – emollient

Skinthusiast Perspective…

Uvinul T 150 is not a regulated UV filter in Canada, so that’s why we see Homosalate and Ensulizole in our ingredient list instead as extra UVB filters. Aside from Uvinul T 150, I do not understand why Mexoryl SX is not in our formula and we could not have the additional emollient ingredient. But then again, I’m not a chemist, and cannot assume we can have it all “cooked” together.

As shown in the first screenshot, La Roche Posay Canada’s Instagram stated this is the same formula as Shaka Fluid, it is just named differently here. However after comparing the ingredients list, this is incorrect. I don’t blame the Social Media Manager not knowing, their job is to mostly know the Canadian products. I also emailed LRP Canada’s customer service to ask further about this sunscreen compared to the Shaka Fluid and received no answer (this was months ago). After doing the digging myself with the ingredients and filters, it is clear it is not the same formula, but it is pretty dang close! I still can’t help but feel a little disappointed the Canadian formula doesn’t have Mexoryl SX though, it’s in Ombrelle’s sunscreens (a Canadian sunscreen brand that also uses the patented Mexoryl UV filers).

In the next screenhot, LRPCa provided the PPD of their new Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ is 35. This makes sense, considering we don’t have the additional high-protection UVA filter Mexoryl SX. This blog post by a French independent lab however tested the rating of the Shaka Fluid. Their test results showed that the Shaka Fluid’s PPD was a 27! Everything just becomes more confusing, doesn’t it? Either way, PPD of 27 or 35 is still better than 16, and my experience with the La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion was overall a very positive one!


My Experience with La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+

PACKAGING:  Opaque white plastic bottle, twist off cap with a small spout.

CONSISTENCY:  Thin fluid.

FRAGRANCE: None.

APPLICATION: Slides on very easily with a light touch.

FINISH: Glowy.

FEEL: Emollient, like my skin has a moisturizer on it.

STINGS EYES? Surprisingly, it does not!

WHITECAST / TINTED? No, there are no mineral UV filters that could potentially leave a cast. In addition, the Silica, a white powdery substance, is not leaving a white streaky film.

WATER RESISTANT? Yes – 80 minutes.

SKIN BENEFITS? This has denat. alcohol in the formula, but the sunsreen still manages to add extra moisture to my skin. I have actually managed to wear this without moisturizer in the summer! In winter, this has worn fairly comfortably throughout the day, but I do gravitate to “greasier” sunscreens to avoid any dry feeling all together.

UNDER MAKEUP: Does not add or subtract to longevity for my drier skin type.


Final Thoughts on La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+

PROS:

  • High protection – SPF50+ PPD 35
  • Easy to apply the 2mg/cm2
  • Feels light
  • Can wear it as a moisturizing SPF in the summer
  • This does not sting my eyes

CONS:

  • Sometimes stings my skin if I used an active that impaired my skin a little bit (eg. too much chemical exfoliation)

IN-BETWEEN FEELS

  • Bit pricey per ml, but it’s a sunscreen I would wear everyday if I didn’t have such a collection of SPF 😀
  • Sometimes I look too glowy, borderline oily in the summer time
  • I don’t expect the social media manager to know everything about their products, but I wouldn’t go telling customers that it’s the same formula as the Shaka Fluid in Europe

The La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ definitely knocks my other high protecting sunscreen out of the park when it comes to cosmetic elegance. I went through a bottle of this no problem in the summer without issues. Also the fact that I’m able to wear this without moisturizer underneath just amazes me (in the summer). Overall, the La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ is great despite the price point and it’s in my top favourite sunscreens so far.

WHERE TO BUY:
Well.ca *
Shoppers Drug Mart

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As, always I hope you found this post helpful and informative!

xo, M