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

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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*
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I hope you found this post helpful and informative!

xo, M