Wednesday, July 8, 2015

High Factor Face SPF from Eucerin, Kiehl's, La Roche Posay & Clarins

Hi!

I can't cope with heat at all - I either get more freckles (they're starting to join at this stage), I get weird bubbly red spots, or I burn if I have anything less than Factor 50 on. I know that there has been some worry recently about whether or not SPFs actually work - well I can tell you that I burn faster than toast so I would be very, very burned if they didn't. I'd rather risk the chance of my SPF failing than not wear one at all. My body isn't usually a problem, because the day you see me baring skin in the sun is the day I've lost my mind - but my face and chest are target areas for the rays of evil.

I have four very high factor SPFs for you today, all four are specifically designed for the face so they're not going to be the thick, smelly ones of yore.



Eucerin Sun Fluid Mattifying



Size: 50ml | Price: Currently on offer for €15 at Boots | Protection: UVA + UVB | Factor: 50+

I got this in the Glamour Summer Beauty Edit box a few weeks ago (full review of that box here). It's for normal to combination skin, it's mattifying, and it's suitable for sensitive skin. It offers UVA and UVB protection. It dries in almost immediately, doesn't leave a greasy film on hands, and doesn't have an overwhelmingly strong smell. It's also waterproof. I find this really good on my dry skin - it doesn't leave a shine under makeup, and it doesn't leave a white film. It works well and I got no redness or rashes on my chest or face when I used this in the sun. It does have a faint smell, but it's not too strong. But beware - if this gets in your eyes, it stings like a thousand ants.The only thing I'd change is the nozzle - the flat top can get a bit messy considering the product is quite runny so I'd prefer a pointed nozzle.
8/10


Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense



Size: 30ml | Price: RRP €39 | Protection: UVA + UVB | Factor: 50+

I was kindly sent this to try out recently - it's a light sunscreen suitable for all skin types. Before I read the press release for this, I had actually never heard of "long UVA rays" but apparently, they're a thing - a very damaging thing that can go deeper into the skin and can cause cellular damage. This sunscreen has been formulated especially to add an extra level of protection against the long rays. It's fragrance free, oil free and non-greasy, plus it contains Vitamin E. This was the one that looked most like I wasn't wearing anything at all (stupid sexy sunscreen) - it made my skin look fresh and bright. It doesn't have an overpowering smell, and it was easier to control than the others because it applied like a primer or moisturizer and wasn't runny. I'd like some more product for the price, but it's a fantastic buy. Available from July at Arnotts, Dundrum Town Centre and Wicklow Street. 
9/10

La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light



Size: 50ml | Price: Currently on offer for €15 at Boots | Protection: UVA + UVB | Factor: 50+

I got this in a Cara Pharmacy order a few months ago. It's suitable for sun intolerant skin, like mine. It's also water resistent, paraben free, and is supposedly non-perfumed. I don't reach for this one quite as much as the Eucerin - it's a much runnier formula than the other two, and it's a race against time sometimes to get it on my face before it drips off my hands. It also has a faint smell despite claiming to be non-perfumed - it's not massively off-putting, but it is there. It offers UVA and UVB protection, and also doesn't leave a greasy film or white residue. It does leave a bit of a shine on me - it's not mattifying, but it sits well under makeup and it does the job.
7/10


Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution


Size: 30ml | Price: €38 at Brown Thomas | Protection: UVA + UVB | Factor: 50

Clarins had an amazing GWP a while ago at Brown Thomas - luxury sized samples of hand cream, beauty flash balm and moisturiser when you bought 2 products (one to be skincare). I wanted the bronzer from their Aquatic Treasures collection and was stuck for a skincare option until I remembered Emma's review of this - so I popped it in the basket. It's not the cheapest option at €38, and at 30ml it's equal to the Kiehl's sizewise, so it's not the best value - but unfortunately, it's also my favourite of the bunch. It offers UVA + UVB protection, it's translucent, it's oil-free, non-greasy, it smells AMAZING - not like sun cream at all (I would buy it in perfume form) - and it protects against pollution. It also contains hyaluronic acid, cools the skin down, and doesn't ball under foundation. It's just gorgeous.
10/10




I've had these four in rotation now for the past month or so, and while I do like them all, I like the Clarins a teeny bit more. If I couldn't afford to repurchase it, I'd buy the Eucerin again just because it doesn't give me shiny robot face. Because I've been using the four of them, I haven't made much of a dent in them despite using them every day. You need a facial SPF every day - not just when it's sunny. It's so important to look after your skin, it takes all of two seconds to lash a bit of sun protection on in the morning. Apply after your moisturiser, and you can flounce around safe in the knowledge that you have done your bit for your future self. Or sit, as I do, inside with a book wishing the sun would go away so I can get my scarves and boots out again.

For more information on how to apply SPF properly and guidelines on application while doing water-based activities, check out this consumer guide here.




10 comments:

  1. Great choices, Sharon. I love the Eucerin one, but agree with you about the nozzle. It does have a tendency to get everywhere.

    The only one I haven't tried is the Clarins, but I might crack and buy it when I run out of the three other ones I have on the go (which happens pretty quickly with me).

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    1. I'm almost regretting buying the Clarins because I think it has ruined me - it's just so lovely. I try not to reach for it every day so I don't waste it but it's just brilliant!

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  2. clarins just rocks! i got myself some clarins sun cream for my holiday. i didn't get this one though, i got the facial sun cream which is more like a sun cream consistency (i suppose not the greatest for wearing makeup over it but i still do). also the smell is divine! x

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    1. The smell really sells it for me too, it's just so lovely! I hope you have a fantastic holiday x

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  3. Good post, I don't like how high SPF's leave that white cast on my skin, I'm white enough! Same goes for how shiny some leave you. I'm not a fan of being in the sun, I've been looking at getting a parasol but have been known to hide under an umbrella in the sun, I can feel it burning me and I don't like it :/

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    1. I don't like that white layer either. I can't suffer the sun - just makes me really uncomfortable, I hate being hot - I'd much rather it be ten degrees below zero and wrap up in a big coat! x

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  4. Clarins sounds fab - I've always wanted to pick up one of its summer fragrances too but never get round to it. I'm so careful with sunscreen now. Had my face scanned for sun damage - yikes, it was terrifying! I've never looked more ghostly this summer as a result :-)
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

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    1. I'd imagine mine would be fairly bad too, and my arms, going by the amount of freckles I have - I think most of my sun damage was done before the age of 20 when I'd never even consider sunscreen! I'm definitely with you in the Casper club from now on x

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  5. Great post Sharon, the Aussie suns is super harsh down here and there's like a massive chance that the majority of us will get skin cancer so good sunscreen is a godsend!
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination
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  6. Take my money Clarins lol I've used the Eucerin one many times and really like it. I'm trying the bioderma Photoderm Max at the moment and find it really runny and always spill some but my skin hasn't burnt and looks natural after it. x

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