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

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

Neogen Dermalogy Probiotics Relief Sun Essence SPF50+ PA++++ – SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #16

I’ve never tried any Neogen skincare before, so I was very excited when a sunscreen was included in a generous PR package StyleKorean sent over! With all the hype around this brand, I did have an expectation for Neogen’s Dermalogy Probiotics Relief Sun Essence – that it would be a cosmetically elegant sunscreen with a ton of skin-beneficial ingredients!

If you’re interested in reading my review on the rest of the Neogen Dermalogy Probiotic Collection, check out the post here!

PR Sample sent for review purposes. This in no way effects my opinion of the products. My reviews are honest, always *casts doe patronus*
Disclosure

ABOUT NEOGEN PROBIOTICS RELIEF SUN ESSENCE

Ditch greasy sunscreens for this water-based, gel type formula that fends off UVA & UVB rays with powerful SPF50+ PA++++ protection. Specially formulated to fight signs of aging, this sun essence is infused with superprobiotics to restore skin’s elasticity while three types of hyaluronic acid as well as milk protein extract offer long-lasting moisture.

– YesStyle.com

Sunscreen Type: 100% Organic
Amount: 50ml
Price: $27 USD

UV Filters:

  • Octocrylene (UVB some UVAII)
  • Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate – Octinoxate (UVB)
  • Ethylhexyl Salicylate – Octisalate (UVB)
  • Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane – Avobenzone (UVAI and UVAII)
  • Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine – Tinosorb S (UVB, UVAI and UVAII)

AMOUNT OF PROTECTION:

  • UVA: at least a PPD of 16
  • UVB: ~60

Full Ingredients List: Water, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-30/10 Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethiconol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Parfum(Fragrance), Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, Adenosine, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Isopentyldiol, Xylitol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glucose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Milk Protein Extract, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Potassium Hyaluronate

INCIDecoder

Neogen Probiotics Relief Sun Essence has several types of ferments in the formula at unknown concentrations – Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment. Fermented ingredients claim to help strengthen the skin’s barrier by increasing its moisture levels, while offering a brightening effect and softening the skin. In my personal experience using essences with a high concentration of ferments, I find the claims to be true! Considering the Neogen Probiotics collection is all about strengthening the skin barrier, it only makes sense to include these types of ingredients in sunscreen, the ultimate barrier!

There are also molecules that are naturally found in our skin also part of this formula:

  • Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid (there are also its derivatives) are humectants that are part of our natural moisturizing factors
  • Adenosine – helps with wound-healing and barrier repair, is also anti-inflammatory

Sugar molecules are also included which act as humectants – Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Glucose.


MY EXPERIENCE WITH NEOGEN PROBIOTICS RELIEF SUN ESSENCE

CONSISTENCY:  Gel-cream.

FRAGRANCE: Artificial sweet smell.

APPLICATION: Glides on very easily all over face and neck without issue. It almost looks like it takes on a gel form

FINISH: Glowy, it looks like there are small particles in the sunscreen that adds to the glow.

FEEL: Sometimes it stings a bit after application. Slightly greasy for initial feel, but it sets to a slight tacky finish.

STINGS EYES? Yes.

WHITECAST / TINTED? No, it does not contain any mineral filters or Tinosorb M, and it does not have an ingredient that creates a powdery film on the skin.

WATER-RESISTANT? No.

SKIN BENEFITS? Adds extra moisture to my skin.

UNDER MAKEUP: Does not add or subtract to longevity. On my drier skin type it sets to a tacky finish and I don’t produce a lot of oils or sweat.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON NEOGEN PROBIOTICS RELIEF SUN ESSENCE

PROS:

  • High protection – SPF50+ PA++++
  • Easy to apply the 2mg/cm2
  • Feels light
  • Moisturizing

CONS:

  • Stings my eyes
  • Fragrance is strong

IN-BETWEEN FEELS:

  • The shimmer – I like that they’re not glittery chunks but it also looks a bit much on the skin, especially with the amount needed to reach the protection as indicated on the label. I’m more wary of this because I have visibly textured skin, but I can see those with less texture and/or wear medium coverage foundations like this and not have a problem with it.

The Neogen Dermalogy Probiotics Relief Sun Essence is a cosmetically elegant formula – no surprises here! Shame it stings my eyes, I’m not a fan of going in with a separate SPF on my eyes purely out of slight inconvenience. Also I really wish they didn’t add shimmer particles in it, it seems like it could’ve been glowy all on its own! For those of you who wear foundation more frequently and like using a luminous primer, you may be able to eliminate that step with just this sunscreen.

WHERE TO BUY:
StyleKorean *
YesStyle *

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

xo, M

Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF50 – SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #15

Well-known or their Vitamin CE Ferulic Acid serum, Skinceuticals is an American cosmeceutical brand that can be found in many a dermatology or medispa clinic. I decided to pick up their Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF50 at my dermatologist’s clinic. I’ve heard this being a great mineral sunscreen for all skin tones, so I had to try it for myself!

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INFORMATION ON SKINCEUTICALS PHYSICAL FUSION UV DEFENSE SPF50

SKIN TYPE: All Skin Types, Very Sensitive
SKIN CONDITION: Aging and Sun-Damaged Skin, Discoloration
WHAT IT IS
Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 is a tinted, broad spectrum sunscreen fluid with 100% mineral-based UV filters which promotes radiance and an even skin tone.
WHAT IT’S GOOD FOR

• Provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB Protection
• Boosts radiance for a more even, luminous complexion 
• Helps boost skin’s natural defenses to environmental stress

DID YOU KNOW?

• Water- and sweat resistant for up to 40 minutes 
• Sheer, tinted sunscreen adapts to most skin tones without a white cast 
• Non-comedogenic, paraben-, alcohol-, dye-, fragrance- and gluten-free

– Skinceuticals.ca

Price: $34 USD / $48 CAD
Amount: 50 ml
Packaging:  Opaque grey plastic bottle, twist off cap with a small spout.

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UV FILTERS:

Type: Mineral
Zinc Oxide: 5% Z-Cote®
Titanium Dioxide: 6%

Protection:
UVB: SPF50
UVA: ~16.67 – in Canada, the recommended minimum UVAPF has to be 1/3rd of the SPF. (See Table 4 on the Government of Canada’s website). I found on this website that the PPD is 21, but nowhere on Skinceuticals website is it confirmed.
Contains Iron Oxides

INGREDIENTS:
Active ingredients: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide. Cosmetic ingredients: water, dimethicone, isododecane, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, undecane, triethylhexanoin, isohexadecane, nylon-12, caprylyl methicone, butyloctyl salicylate, phenethyl benzoate, styrene/acrylates copolymer, silica, tridecane, dicaprylyl carbonate, dicaprylyl ether, talc, dimethicone/peg-10/15 crosspolymer, aluminum stearate, pentylene glycol, peg-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone, alumina, polyhydroxystearic acid, phenoxyethanol, magnesium sulfate, caprylyl glycol, iron oxides, peg-8 laurate, disteardimonium hectorite, triethoxycaprylylsilane, tocopherol, propylene carbonate, artemia extract, benzoic acid, peg-9, disodium stearoyl glutamate, aluminum hydroxide.

The Zinc Oxide in this sunscreen is Z-Cote®, described as a microfine, photostable physical UV filter that is translucent and non-greasy. Knowing this, it is what’s supposed to help this mineral sunscreen produce minimal cast for most skin tones. Skinceuticals describes the Titanium Dioxide in this formula as microfine, and the Iron Oxides as translucent coloured spheres. Aside from Tocopherol as an antioxidant, the bulk of the ingredients list make up the texture and emollience of the sunscreen.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH SKINCEUTICALS PHYSICAL FUSION UV DEFENSE SPF50

CONSISTENCY:  Thin fluid.

FRAGRANCE: None.

APPLICATION: I applied the sunscreen in 2 thin layers. It slides on very easily with a light touch.

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FINISH: Glowy, sometimes too shiny for my liking. Even when I give it time to set, it still has quite the glow.

FEEL: Sometimes it stings a bit after application. Slightly greasy for initial feel, but it sets to a slight tacky finish.

STINGS EYES? A little bit on application, but it goes away.

WHITECAST / TINTED? The tint is slightly grey, and if applied in thin layers it seems to mostly adapt to my skin colour. I have tried 2 thin layers, and 3 even thinner layers, both types of application had resulted in a similar tone – mostly my skin shade and undertone, a smidge grey. If too much is applied at once, the grey is very visible and doesn’t seem to adapt so well. I also tested this sunscreen on my cousin (she is NC40 in MAC shade) – I made her apply a VERY generous layer of this sunscreen on, and it looked great on her! She told me she actually uses the Klairs Mid Day Blue UV Shield as her current sunscreen as well with no makeup on top. We both have fairly neutral undertones on our face so that could be another reason why it blends into her skin tone as well as mine (NC16 or NC20).

WATER RESISTANT? The Canadian website says yes for 40 minutes, but on the packaging itself it recommends to use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating. For sun safety, I’d go with what’s on the packaging.

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SKIN BENEFITS? Evens out my skin tone, makes my skin feel slightly drier as I wear it throughout the day, and seems to always gather/pill around my hair line. In the colder months I notice it picks up my dry patches more easily, so I need to have a lighter hand with application to prevent it. I also find when I mix an occlusive with my moisturizer prior, it helps prevent worse dry patches.

UNDER MAKEUP: Does not add or subtract to longevity. I don’t need to apply as heavy of a coverage because the slight greyish tint cancels out redness. Doesn’t impact the finish or make it look cakey.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON SKINCEUTICALS PHYSICAL FUSION UV DEFENSE SPF50

PROS:

  • High protection – SPF50 (although I always prefer SPF50+)
  • Fairly easy to apply the 2mg/cm2
  • Feels light
  • Evens skin
  • Skin-like finish
  • Doesn’t look cakey
  • With specific application, I can wear this on its own (provided there are no patches visible)
  • Reminds me of what a classic Korean BB cream does – the grey reduces the redness and allows for a thinner foundation application to make your makeup seem more natural looking.

CONS:

  • Sometimes stings.
  • Pills around hairline and emphasizes dry patches – didn’t notice this when I used it in the summertime though!
  • I find my skin becomes drier throughout the day

IN-BETWEEN FEELS

  • I don’t think anyone would be a fan of the price per ml, however I look past it because of how well it performs compared to other all-mineral sunscreens I’ve tried (during summer especially)
  • Sometimes I feel like the undertone looks too neutral, almost grey. If you have easily reddened skin, you may like this though. In addition you need to apply this a certain way to minimize that grey tint as much as possible

I am pretty impressed with Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF50! Next to the Klairs Mid Day Blue UV Shield, this one has a pretty forgiving tint on my skin tone with the right application, and it performs well under makeup. I personally still prefer using either hybrid-sunscreens or pure organic UV filter sunscreens because I can confidently apply 2mg/cm2 without worrying about a cast or grey tint. This is a feeling I can never shake off with 100% mineral sunscreens. However, for a high SPF all mineral sunscreen, the Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF50 did a pretty good job! I think this will work more for normal to oily skin types since it does pick up on dry patches, but for my dryer skin type I still found it to work well in the warmer months.

WHERE TO BUY:
Skinceuticals.ca
Skinstore *
Dermstore *

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

xo, M

Rovectin Skin Essentials Aqua Soothing UV Protector SPF50+ PA++++ – SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #14

It was quite fortunate timing when I received this sunscreen for review; A couple of weeks prior, I watched a Korean Dermatologist feature Rovectin Skin Essentials Aqua Soothing UV Protector in his daily routine. I kept it on my wishlist since then, for it looked like a 100% mineral sunscreen that would be cosmetically elegant and not casty.

Product sent for review purposes.
All opinions are honest and my own, always *casts doe patronus*


INFORMATION ON ROVECTIN SKIN ESSENTIALS AQUA SOOTHING UV PROTECTOR SPF50+ PA++++

This sunscreen protects your skin from UV rays that don’t cause irritation and is suitable for all skin types. Formulated with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, it completely defends against daily free-radical damage. It’s hydrating and helps brighten your skin while improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Recommended to all skin types.

– Wishtrend.com

Additional Claims:

  • Cruelty-free
  • pH 6-7.5
  • Vegan friendly
  • Free of ethanol, artificial colouring, artificial fragrance
  • For all skin types
  • Made in Korea

Price: $29 USD
Amount: 50 ml

UV FILTERS:

Type: Mineral
Zinc Oxide
Titanium Dioxide

Protection:
UVB: SPF50+
UVA: PA++++ (~PPD 16+)

INGREDIENTS:
Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Propanediol, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dibutyl Adipate, Niacinamide, Caprylyl Methicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Magnesium Sulfate, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Trehalose, Aluminum Hydroxide, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Stearic Acid, Prunus Amygdalus Amara (Bitter Almond) Kernel Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Leaf Extract, Octyldodecanol, Adenosine, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Pullulan, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Undecane, Tridecane, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil

INCIDecoder

Rovectin Aqua Soothing UV Protector seems to be an emollient-rich formula that contains a nice variety of additional skin-beneficial ingredients, mostly a blend of antioxidant and soothing ingredients, aslo performing as humectants to add to the moisturizing aspect of the formula.

Green Tea, Centella Asiatica, Houttuynia Cordata Extract – Antioxidant and soothing plant extracts
Niacinamide – Antioxidant, brightens, minimizes pores and fine lines, anti-inflammatory, increases skin’s lipid production
Adenosine – wound-healing, anti-inflammatory
Tocopherol – Antioxidant
Trehalose, Fructooligoshaccarides, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Sunflower Seed Oil and its Unsaponifiables – moisturizing

Although this formula claims to be fragrance-free on Wishtrend’s website, there is definitely a notable scent in this sunscreen. My guess is it’s coming from ingredients like the Bitter Almond Kernel oil and Jasmine Flower Extract, both probably have fragrant components.


MY EXPERIENCE WITH ON ROVECTIN SKIN ESSENTIALS AQUA SOOTHING UV PROTECTOR SPF50+ PA++++

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

CONSISTENCY:  Light cream.

FRAGRANCE: Light, sweet scent.

APPLICATION: Glides on very easily with a light touch.

FINISH: Slightly glowy.

FEEL: Emollient and tacky.

STINGS EYES? No.

WHITECAST/TINTED? Yes, there is a whitecast.

WATER RESISTANT? No.

SKIN BENEFITS? I like that it doesn’t dry out my skin and feels fairly comfortable. My skin does look brighter when I use this, but it’s unfortunately paired with a noticable cast.

UNDER MAKEUP: Grips onto foundation, but I noticed when I used the Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream, the SPF made it look a bit cakey. With a thin layer (say if I were to layer sunscreens and use this as the last layer), a thin, light coverage foundation will look better, but you can still see some of the cast through it, so best to use this sunscreen as a thin layer under a medium to full coverage foundation.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON ON ROVECTIN SKIN ESSENTIALS AQUA SOOTHING UV PROTECTOR SPF50+ PA++++

PROS:

  • Highest protection you can find in Asian sunscreens – SPF50+ PA++++
  • Feels comfortable with the required amount (2mg/cm2)
  • Does not dry out my skin
  • Does not look chalky

CONS:

  • Cast
  • Base makeup won’t look good when I use the required amount (2mg/cm2)

Rovectin Skin Essentials Aqua Soothing Protector is true to its claim (on the packaging) that this is a nice mineral sunscreen for drier skin types. However that’s where it stops for me, overall I didn’t really enjoy using this sunscreen and don’t like reaching for it unless I need it for my hands. The only time I liked this sunscreen was with a thin layer, under the required amount for me to achieve the SPF indicated on the label. Even then, I still looked a bit grey and casty even with a light coverage foundation over top. I prefer the Klairs Mid Day Blue UV Shield because I can use the required amount and it looks good under my preferred makeup base.

WHERE TO BUY:
Wishtrend*
Use “MICHXMASH15” for 15% off your order
Yesstyle*
Use “YESMICH“* for 5% off your first order, 2% off 2nd+ orders

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I hope you found this post helpful and informative!

xo, M