If you’ve been around this blog for a while, you’ll notice that my reviews these past months were of significantly used or emptied products. I’ve been growing a liking to writing about products only when I’m about to finish them.
This seems to work well for me because my perspective of a product significantly changes from the time I first try it, to when I find its place in my daily life, up to when I’m down to the last drop.
For the first time since my first review of an emptied product, I’m tossing something out.
General Product Info
– Comes in tube packaging
– Has SPF 15 (Titanium Dioxide and Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate)
– Sold in 2 shades: Ivory (yellow-based), Beige (a little pink-based)
– Ingredients are listed at the bottom of the post
I bought this around September of last year to alternate with the Shiseido Sun Stick Foundation. That stick costs a lot for 9g of pruduct. Since the weather was getting colder, I thought a tinted moisturizer with SPF would suffice.
I liked it the first few times I wore it. It is lightweight and easy to blend in. At first, it will look white on the face but once I start to oil up, it will look invisible.
It sinks in immediately when I apply it right after toweling your face dry. But ifI wait a few more minutes before applying it, it will sit on top of the skin as if it is being resisted, like water on top of a waxy surface. See photo:
When that happens it will take some effort to work it in, see photo:
The thing I dislike about this is the glow glitter. I was ok with it initially because I didn’t think it was obvious. But when E saw me wearing it, he said: “You have sparkles! Konti na lang Edward Cullen ka na.”
Definitely one of the things you wouldn’t want to hear when your goal is to look as if you have no makeup on.
E tried to appease me by saying that maybe I can wear it at night when going out to a party and sparkle is somewhat acceptable. The problem would then be the white cast. I don’t think you can wear it to a party because there is a 99.99% chance that someone will take a photo of you.
I’m not the type to throw something away unless it’s expired or it makes me look like an alien. I continued to use it despite the glitters.
I set it aside when a friend had me try Mary Kay’s tinted moisturizer. At the time, I needed something more moisturizing.
When I took it out again in January, after 3 months of not using it, it looked like this:
The pigment clumped together in solid specks. That’s still with 6 months left before expiration. The pigments dispersed when I blended it in. I used it a couple more times until I decided to give up. It’s only a matter of time ’til it breaks down altogether.
If you want to try this, make sure you use it frequently. Otherwise, the pigment might clump together as mine did.
If you have super-dry skin, this might not be enough for your moisturization needs.
The sparkles become extra-sparkly when you sweat or when you’re in a room with white walls and fluorescent lighting.
Will I buy this again? No. It’s not that bad. It’s just not good enough for me to buy again.
Ingredients (as printed on the package):
Water, Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Vinyl Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate; May contain: Talc, Mica, Iron Oxide, Cl 77019, Cl 77491, Cl 77492, Cl 77499
Price 135.00 at the time of writing.