Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35 PA+++ (Medium) – SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #21

Another Sunday, another sunscreen review! The Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF35 PA+++ was a purchase inspired by many beauty lovers in the bloggersphere! During Black Friday Sales Event 2020, I picked up a couple of tubes of the shade “Medium” and it was simple love at first use.


Information on Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF35 PA+++

Treat your eyes to Total Eyeยฎ 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35 to visibly improve the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles while protecting the delicate eye area against photoaging with 100% SPF 35 mineral sunscreen.

Brightens and corrects dark circles โ€“ in four shades for all skin tones
Cooling applicator aids in reduction of puffiness
Smooths fine lines and wrinkles
Broad Spectrum SPF 35 PA+++ protects against future sun damage
Primes skin for smooth application of eye makeup
Reapply throughout the day as a refresh

– colorescience.com


Price: $69 USD
Amount: 7ml

UV FILTERS:
Zinc Oxide 6.7% (UVB, UVAII and some UVAI)
Titanium Dioxide 7.9% (UVB and UVAII)

Protection:
UVB: SPF 35
UVA: PA+++ (PPD 8-16), If 1/3rd of UVB protection should be around 11.67.

INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Aqua/Water, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lauryl Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Glycerin, Panthenol, Mica, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Sea Water, Sorbitol, Jojoba Esters, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Betaine, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Sucrose, Darutoside, Pantolactone, Tocopherol, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Alumina, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Firstly, I originally purchased this because my poor eyes are not patient with me anymore – it does not like all-organic UV filtered sunscreens all up in their business, so I appreciate Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy being all mineral.

Variety of moisturizing ingredients such as various silicones, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Jojoba Esters, Sea Water, Pantolactone, sugar molecules (Sucrose, Betaine, Sorbitol).

Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 – cell-communicating ingredient that’s supposed to protect and boost collagen.

Panthenol for soothing and wound-healing.

Silver Ear Fungus Extract and Tocopherol as antioxidants.

Iron Oxides – helps protect the skin against visible light.


My Experience with Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF35 PA+++

PACKAGING:  Opaque white plastic bottle with an airless pump, pop-off metal cap and metal applicator.

CONSISTENCY:  Thin cream.

FRAGRANCE: None.

APPLICATION: Colorescience recommends using half a pump for your eye area. I find that is around how much I use, but I prefer applying it in 3-4 thin layers to get it to blend and sit on my skin well. The colour originally appears peach after dispensing it, but it blends really well into my skin tone.

FINISH: Depends on skin prep. For me, it tends to sit semi-matte: not too glowy, but not flat matte. When I tried using it on its own as a moisturizing eye SPF, it was more matte.

FEEL: Light, it’s a skin-like finish. It feels lightly tacky even on top of a very moisturized eye area.

STINGS EYES? No! ๐Ÿ˜€

WHITECAST / TINTED? The Medium shade does have a peachy tint, but it does not translate that way after application. It just looks like a “my skin but better” tone.

WATER RESISTANT? No.

SKIN BENEFITS? Doesn’t really add moisture, but it doesn’t dry out my under eye area either. I like how it doesn’t settle into the bit of creasing I have under my eyes, and it also doesn’t crease on my lids when I get it time to set. It also definitely brightens the eye area after application, but after 20 mins or so that brightness is not as impactful.

UNDER MAKEUP: It does not effect any eye shadow I wear on my mobile lid, under eyes it sits very skin like and am able to apply concealer over top without issue. On it’s own it doesn’t have a crazy amount of coverage, but for me it’s perfect. I haven’t worn foundation as of late and I also don’t have dark under eyes, so I find the light coverage is perfect for my needs, even on days when I haven’t gotten enough sleep.


Final Thoughts on Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF35 PA+++

PROS:

  • Fairly high protection – over SPF 30, the recommended minimal amount by dermatologists
  • Easy to apply and reapply the 2mg/cm2 in separate layers
  • Tint matches skin tone very well
  • Feels light
  • Does not sting my eyes
  • Does not dry out my eye area
  • Looks very skin-like – If I wear this on it’s own it does not look like I have mineral sunscreen goggles
  • Can apply makeup on top without it looking cakey

IN-BETWEEN FEELS:

  • Price! However it seems that this small tube does last a good amount of time
  • Does not add a lot of moisture under the eyes so I don’t really like using it as a moisturizer with SPF, but fortunately does not dry out the area and it’s probably a better finish for those who are prone to milia

She may be pricey, but from first use I have been impressed with Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF35 PA+++!

WHERE TO BUY:
Colorescience.com *
Dermstore.com *
Skinstore.com *

*Affiliate links. If you click on the link and make a purchase, I earn a small commission. Thank you if you decide to use them!

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

xo, M

elmt Gentle Exfoliating Solution & Advanced Calming Solution Review

elmt is a new, exclusive skincare brand from Wishtrend, an online retailer of Korean skincare. I was sent the Gentle Exfoliating Solution and Advanced Calming Solution to test out and I’m ready to share my thoughts!

For reference, I am acne prone, normal to dry skin. I am currently using 0.1% Tretinoin in my skincare routine so my skin is a bit sensitive as well. I used these solutions as my sole hydrator in my skincare routine for a couple of weeks on their own after rotating them in my skincare routine first to make sure I had no reactions.


Products are PR Samples. This does not change my opinion of the products.
My thoughts are honest, always *casts doe patronus*

All shopping links are affiliate links. This means when you use the link to make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no extra charge to you. Thank you if you decide to use them! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to search a new link.


About elmt Gentle Exfoliating Solution and Advanced Calming Solution

elmt Gentle Exfoliating Solution

“This solution gently but effectively exfoliates the complexion while keeping it moisturized and supple all at once. The Gentle Exfoliating Solution is formulated with AHA and vitamin C, which work together to remove dead skin cells to uncover your skinโ€™s inner glow. To help balance the exfoliating properties, an antioxidant-rich super berry complex composed of 49.02% blueberry and raspberry extracts reduces inflammation and irritation, while also promoting cell turnover. All combined, you have a great daily exfoliator.”

Wishtrend.com

Price: $20 USD
Amount: 150ml
pH: 3.0~4.0
Where to Buy:
Wishtrend, use “MICHXMASH15” for 15% off



elmt Advanced Calming Solution

“This lightweight, liquid-type solution doubles as a toner and serum that quickly absorbs into the skin to deliver a calming, regenerative experience for irritated skin. Enriched with more than 59.12% Centella Asiatica extract, a superstar ingredient highly lauded for thousands of years as a part of reparative skincare in Asia, and snow fungus-derived polysaccharides, which keeps the skin moisturized and comfortable, the Advanced Calming Solution is a one-stop solution to hydrate, heal and soothe.”

Wishtrend.com

Price: $20 USD
Amount: 150ml
pH: 5.0~6.0
Where to Buy:
Wishtrend, use “MICHXMASH15” for 15% off

ADDITIONAL CLAIMS:

  • Made in Korea
  • Vegan Friendly
  • Cruelty Free

elmt Gentle Exfoliating Solution and Advanced Calming Solution Ingredients

elmt Gentle Exfoliating Solution

Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Trehalose, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Panthenol, Allantoin

The elmt Gentle Exfoliating Solution has a base of Blueberry Fruit Extract at 49.02% which comes from a fruit high in antioxidants, followed by good ol’ Glycerin, a humectant that’s naturally occurring in our skin. It also contains Rasberry Fruit Extract and 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid for antioxidants. The latter ingredient plus Licorice Root Extract can also aid in brightening. The formula also contains the classic combo of Allantoin and Panthenol for Soothing. Just before this soothing combo, we see the actual exfoliants – Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs).

I do question the exfoliating power of this solution however. While it contains AHAs and the pH level is low for them to perform, the percentage is very low. If the chemical exfoliant was Salicylic Acid, I would have more faith, for a 0.5% concentration of this beta hydroxy acid (BHA) is effective. With AHA, the concentration needs to be higher, otherwise they perform more like humectants, and that’s what I fear it is doing in this solution. I believe in South Korea, the percentage of AHAs and BHAs for OTC products is limited, whereas over here in North America we can easily find AHAs at concentrations of 5-10% and BHAs up to 2%.


elmt Advanced Calming Solution

Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, Water, Centella Asiatica Leaf/ Stem Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dipropylene Glycol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Propanediol, Pullulan, Trehalose, Panthenol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Allantoin, Pentylene Glycol, Tremella Fuciformis Polysaccharide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Centella Asiatica Root Extract

The elmt Advanced Calming Solution is in a base of the fan-fave ingredient, Centella Asiatica Leaf Water at 59.12%. Soothing ingredients Panthenol, Allantoin, and Centella Asiatica Root Extract are also in the formula to add to the soothing factor. There’s also humectants Glycerin, Pullulan, Trehalose, and Tremella Fuciformis Polysaccharide.


Firstly, I appreciate the minimal ingredients list in these elmt solutions and how the focus is on the purpose of each one.

The elmt Advanced Calming Solution does not have any intense active, and focuses more on humectants and soothing ingredients. While it doesn’t seem as fancy as the Gentle Exfoliating Solution, sometimes boring and gentle is what you need in your skincare routine!


Experience Using elmt Gentle Exfoliating Solution and Advanced Calming Solution

Both solutions are in the same dark green glass packaging that have a white plastic twist-off cap with a spout for dispensing. Texture is also the same for both, very watery. For both I would apply 3 layers all over my face and neck like I would any hydrator.

No matter the amount of layers, I found no trace of moisture on my skin, both solutions would just disappear. The Advanced Calming Solution has a slight bit more slip but the overall feel on the skin is the same. These solutions seem better as a “morning cleanse” in my AM routine by drenching a cotton round with one of the elmt solutions and wiping my face and neck.

My doubts of the elmt Gentle Exfoliating Solution happened – it does not exfoliate. I was hoping to see some mild decongesting around my nose, but my sebaceous filaments looked the same. I also hoped to feel some conditioning effects on my skin so it feels slightly smoother, but it just disappears and my skin has stayed the same.

The elmt Advanced Calming Solution did calm my skin a bit when I applied it after my skin was sensitized from a vitamin C serum. Another instance when my skin became irritated from an active I used, I only used this solution to help address the redness I developed. I saw and felt no difference in my skin this, and did not notice it helping reduce inflammation around my breakouts either. I experienced these types of benefits with the By Wishtrend Quad Active Boosting Essence, so I was hoping to have a similar experience with the elmt Advanced Calming Solution.


Final Thoughts on elmt Gentle Exfoliating Solution and Advanced Calming Solution

I appreciate the thought in the formulas and the amount you get for the price, but the performance of both elmt Gentle Exfoliating Solution and Advanced Calming Solution was sub-par on my acne-prone, normal to dry skin. In the few weeks I’ve had these products, they have not made a noticeable difference in my skincare routine; It just felt like I was applying water. No trace of additional moisture to be found, the Advanced Calming Solution did soothe my skin a bit, but not as much as other items I have with Centella Asiatica. The Gentle Exfoliating Solution does not exfoliate my skin, it performs more as a light antioxidant water, so I don’t really know if anything is happening. Usually if I want a product for exfoliation, I need at least 5% AHA and 0.5% BHA to notice any difference on my skin.

This new skincare launch was lackluster for me, it just doesn’t seem to pair well with my parched skin. Based on the texture alone, those of you with an oilier skin-type would enjoy them more than my thirsty, dry skin. I’m curious if any of you have ever noticed exfoliating benefits from a small amount of AHA in a formula – if you have, please let me know in the comments down below! It could just be my skin being too acclimated to strong chemical exfoliants.

WHERE TO BUY:

Wishtrend – “MICHXMASH” 15% OFF

As always, I hope you find content like this helpful and informative!

xo, M

Paula’s Choice Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30 – SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #20

Another Sunday, another Paula’s Choice mineral sunscreen review! In today’s post, I will be reviewing a travel size of the Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30.


Information on Paula’s Choice Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30

“This illuminating moisturizer shields skin with all-mineral sun protection plus antioxidants to help protect against the effects of environmental damage.

Creates an instant, healthy glow for makeup-optional skin
12 antioxidants visibly diminish the signs of environment-based aging
Lightweight, illuminating cream
Apply as the last step of your morning routine

– paulaschoice.com

Price: $29 USD (full size)
Amount: 60ml/2oz (full size)
Packaging:  Opaque hot pink plastic tube.
Water Resistant? No.

UV FILTERS:
Zinc Oxide 6.125% (UVB, UVAII and some UVAI)
Titanium Dioxide 5.25% (UVB and UVAII)

Protection:
UVB: SPF 30
UVA: If U.S. regulations say UVA has to be 1/3rd of the UVB, it should be around a PPD of 10

INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Isononyl Isononanoate (emollient), Butylene Glycol (texture enhancer), Cetearyl Alcohol (emollient/texture enhancer), Potassium Cetyl Phosphate (emulsifier), Dimethicone (hydration), Glyceryl Stearate (texture enhancer), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil (non-fragrant antioxidant plant oil), Tetrapeptide-30, Linoleic Acid (skin-restoring agents), Resveratrol (antioxidant), Ascorbyl Glucoside (vitamin C/antioxidant), Niacinamide (skin-restoring), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Phospholipids, Lecithin (skin-restoring agents), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols (antioxidant/hydration), Xanthophylls (antioxidant), Pullulan (texture enhancer), Sodium Gluconate (hydration), Xanthan Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Alumina (texture enhancers), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-replenishing), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Triethoxycaprylylsilane (texture enhancer), C13-14 Isoparaffin (solvent), Acrylates Copolymer (film-forming agent), Polyhydroxystearic Acid (dispersing agent), Caprylyl Glycol (hydration), Polyacrylamide (film-forming agent), Ceteareth-20, Aluminum Stearate (texture enhancers), Laureth-7 (emulsifier), Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

INCIDecoder

Of course, like all Paula’s Choice products, the inactive ingredient list is a cocktail of skin beneficial ingredients. It’s also handy that the primary function is provided beside every ingredient on their website.

Moisturizing – Glycerin, Dimethicone, Argan Kernel Oil, Phospholipids, Soybean Sterols, Sodium Gluconate.

Antioxidants – Resveratrol, Niacinamide Ascorbyl Glucoside, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopherol, Xanthophylls, Kiwi fruit Extract

Soothing – Licorice Root Extract, Bisabolol

Brightening – Licorice Root Extract, Niacinamide, Tetrapeptide-30


My Experience with Paula’s Choice Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30

FRAGRANCE: None.

APPLICATION: Applied in 2 separate layers to give the sunscreen a chance to adapt to my skin tone as best as possible. Feels a bit greasy while applying and definitely more emollient than the Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense. I also noticed pilling along my hairline while lightly massaging the sunscreen onto my skin.

FINISH: Very glowy, it looks like there are shimmer particles in the sunscreen. It sits similarly to the Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense.

FEEL: Light, it has a tacky, slightly greasy finish. The feel sits between the PC Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense and the DRMTLGY Universal Tinted Moisturizer.

STINGS EYES? No.

WHITECAST / TINTED? The colour of the sunscreen is an off-white but this is not tinted. After initial application it looks pretty blended in as I can still see my skin’s undertone, but I do see a whisper of a cast. After 20 minutes, it looks more or less the same.

EXTRA SKIN BENEFITS? Simply that it sits comfortably on my dry skin type. Other than that, this sunscreen makes me look like a disco ball and the way it sits on my skin makes it quite unflattering for the texture on my face.

UNDER MAKEUP: On my dry skin, the moisturized finish of this sunscreen pairs well with whatever base makeup I use. It is not as grippy as the PC Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense, which oilier skin types may prefer.


Final Thoughts on Paula’s Choice Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30

Pros

  • At least a SPF30, as recommended by most skin experts.
  • Comfortable to apply the 2mg/cm2.
  • Like all Paula’s choice products, contains other nice beneficial ingredients.
  • Skin felt comfortably moisturized for most of the day.

Cons

  • The glow of the sunscreen is so shimmery, I feel like I look like a disco ball. I was able to diffuse some of the glow with a setting powder but the shine is quite strong and it does not make my skin look smoother.

Overall the Paula’s Choice Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30 is very comfortable to wear and I am impressed at how there is very little to no cast on my skin. Usually with all mineral sunscreens I can see a difference in the undertone, but this one blended out well enough that it could be worn on its own. Unfortunately the shimmer is too much for me and it makes me uncomfortable with how much texture it emphasizes.

WHERE TO BUY:
Paula’s Choice Website *

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

xo, M

Paula’s Choice Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 – SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #19

Another “Youtube made me buy it” moment! The Paula’s Choice Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 seems to be a popular tinted mineral sunscreen in the beautysphere, and I wanted to give it a try on my acne prone, normal to dry skin.


Information on Paula’s Choice Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30

“A lightly tinted mineral-based formula that protects skin from sun damage and fortifies it with state-of-the-art antioxidants.

Prevents premature aging of skin
Boost skinโ€™s environmental defenses
Silky texture leaves a soft matte finish
Use as the last step in your AM skincare routine”

– paulaschoice.com

Price: $33 USD
Amount: 60ml/2oz
Packaging:  Opaque blue plastic tube.
Water Resistant? No.

UV FILTERS:
Zinc Oxide 13% (UVB, UVAII and some UVAI)

Protection:
UVB: SPF 30
UVA: If U.S. regulations say UVA has to be 1/3rd of the UVB, it should be around a PPD of 10

INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane (hydration), PEG-12 Dimethicone (texture enhancer), PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone (texture enhancer), Lauroyl Lysine (skin-conditioning agent),Sodium Chloride (stabilizer), Trihydroxystearin (texture-enhancing), Dimethicone Crosspolymer ( suspending agent), Resveratrol (antioxidants), Quercetin (antioxidants), Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidants), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract (skin-soothing), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract (antioxidant), Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract (astaxanthin/antioxidant), Hydrolyzed Corn Starch (texture-enhancing/mattifying agent), Polysorbate 80 (texture-enhancing), Hydrated Silica (texture-enhancing/mattifying agent), Triethoxycaprylylsilane (texture enhancer), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient texture enhancer), Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate (texture enhancer), Caprylyl Glycol (preservatives), Hexylene Glycol (preservatives), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservatives), Iron Oxide (CI77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

INCIDecoder

In true Paula’s Choice fashion, the Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30’s inactive ingredient list is a cocktail of skin beneficial ingredients and I always appreciate the ingredients having their primary function beside them.

Only noticeable moisturizing ingredients are various -cones which make the base of the sunscreen.

Antioxidants Resveratrol, Quercetin, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, and plant extracts high in antioxidants.

Soothing ingredients Bisabolol and Willow Bark Extract.

Adenosine for wound-healing and aiding in barrier repair and protection.


My Experience with Paula’s Choice Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30

FRAGRANCE: None.

APPLICATION: Applied in 2 separate layers to give the tint a chance to adapt to my skin tone as best as possible. It does not feel greasy at all, rather it feels like a light lotion. I experienced no pilling.

FINISH: Semi-matte but still skin-like, I notice my texture is a bit emphasized once it sets more.

FEEL: Light, sets pretty quickly and has a light tacky finish, not as tacky as the DRMTLGY Universal Tinted Moisturizer SPF 46.

STINGS EYES? No.

WHITECAST / TINTED? I find the tint to lean slightly pink. With separate layers it’s not very noticeable, but when I apply the sunscreen all in one go, the pink is more obvious. I have also used this sunscreen as a “topper” over an all-organic UV filter sunscreen for the tint, and with a very sheer layer I barely notice the pink undertone.

EXTRA SKIN BENEFITS? One main benefit I’ve noticed is that the light coverage does even out my skin tone. Other than that, I don’t find it does dry skin any favours, even if you’re well prepped prior. It makes me look dehydrated quickly and as a result makes me look a bit more aged. By end of day my skin feels uncomfortably dry.

UNDER MAKEUP: Like other all-mineral sunscreens I have tried, I find it grips onto product more and thus increases coverage. On days I feel like I can wear it on its own, my concealer and liquid blush sits really well on it and still blends easily. I notice when I set my face lightly with powder, the dry feeling increases quickly.


Final Thoughts on Paula’s Choice Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30

Pros

  • At least a SPF30
  • Sets quickly and has a skin-like, non-greasy finish
  • Like all Paula’s choice products, contains other nice ingredients
  • Skin tone looked even

Cons

  • I don’t know how they can call this a moisturizer, it’s quite drying. Seems that it would work best for those of you with very oily skin that have never been concerned with the uncomfortable, tight feeling. Otherwise I’d recommend to moisturize prior to application for any skin type.
  • Even though it is a soft matte finish, I find my texture is still emphasized because of the way it sits on my skin, and it adds further to the dehydrated look I get.

In-between Feels

  • Tint – prefer the undertone in the DRMTLGY one but this is still passable when applied properly. For fairer skin tones you may notice it being a bit dark with generous application, darker skin tones may still see a cast.

Overall the Paula’s Choice Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 seems like a good tinted sunscreen for those with very oily skin types, and because the finish is so skin-like I can see it performing nicely under makeup. I will be giving this away to a family member with a more oily skin type because it is too drying for mine.

WHERE TO BUY:
Paula’s Choice Website *

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

xo, M

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