1. Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50, 1.7 oz for $32.00
I like mineral sunscreens because they do not burn my skin when I am on my super strength acne regimen. I do not like mineral sunscreens because they often leave a white cast which means I need to add foundation, bronzer, or some other product to cover the white cast.
When I saw this product I was really excited about an American brand being able to produce something close to Asian sunscreens, which are cosmetically very elegant and great for oily skin in humid places. The brand literature says:
“Sheer Physical UV Defense is a ground breaking physical sunscreen offering a first-to-market transparent, mattifying liquid that is paraben-free and offers true broad spectrum coverage from UVA and UVB rays. This unique formulation provides a non-irritating, ultra sheer texture for all skin types, even the most sensitive.”
This product was marketed as sheer, however, it is not completely sheer. My skintone does experience a dullish overcast when I put it on so I would need to use a little bronzer. However, almost NO mineral sunscreens are truly sheer on skin that is not very pale. Any pigment underneath will come off as dulled and a little ashy.
I was also surprised to discover that this sunscreen had a grainy rough texture. I have never come across a sunscreen with a grainy texture before. I don’t know if this was a bad bottle, or if it was representative of the texture, in general. My facial scrubs are supposed to exfoliate my skin, not my sunscreen. I used it a few more times and vigorously shook the bottle but it was the same. I was just not going to keep it. I saved the receipt and returned it. It takes a really bad experience for me to return a skincare product. I love experimenting and I love giving the benefit of the doubt, but grainy sunscreen? I don’t think so. It could have been a bad batch but I checked other reviews for this and some mentioned a grainy texture so there maybe a quality control issue.
I was very disappointed because I like Skinceuticals and they have some top notch stuff, but it was not the first time I used an overhyped product of theirs that did not match the hoopla.
*I actually used this product a while ago but it took me a while to post about it. It was technically one of my first posts for this blog but I quickly made it private for some reason. I guess it’s time to bring it out and put it out there.
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, 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, Peg-8 Laurate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tocopherol, Propylene Carbonate, Artemia Extract, Benzoic Acid, Peg-9