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- What I loved: matte finish; soft-looking skin after applying; oil control ACTUALLY works; lightweight
- What I didn’t love: leaves white cast on skin
Active Ingredients: Titanium dioxide 6.0009%, zinc oxide 11.0116%
Inactive Ingredients: water, cyclopentasiloxane, butyloctyl salicylate, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, peg-10 dimethicone, silica, dipropylene glycol, caprylyl methicone, mica (CI 77019), disteardimonium hectorite, vinyl dimethicone/methicone silsesquioxane crosspolymer, magnesium sulfate, aluminum hydroxide, stearic acid, triethoxycaprylylsilane, phenoxyethanol, propanediol, fragrance, polyglyceryl-3 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone, sorbitan caprylate, octyldodecanol, glyceryl caprylate, saccharide hydrolysate, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, ethylhexylglycerin, iron oxides (CI 77492), centella asiatica extract, portulaca oleracea extract, 1,2-hexanediol, echium plantagineum seed oil, iron oxides (CI 77491), butylene glycol, curcuma longa (turmeric) root extract, salvia hispanica seed extract, iron oxides (CI 77499), camellia sinensis leaf extract, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil unsaponifiables, cardiospermum halicacabum flower/leaf/vine extract, tocopherol, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycerin, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) leaf extract, citrus unshiu peel extract, opuntia coccinellifera fruit extract, orchid extract, camellia japonica leaf extract, citric acid, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate
- Perfect for: anyone with fair skin; anyone with oily skin; anyone who wears make-up
- Rating: 4.8 / 5
FYI: this sunscreen’s packaging is different on the US innisfree site because the one I got was directly from South Korea before they launched a market here in the states.
I did not like this sunscreen at first. The first time I tried it, the white cast on my skin was so visible, I was sure I wouldn’t use it again. That was a year ago (FYI, sunscreen has a standard 3-year shelf life unless otherwise stated on the label). I picked this up to try again because it was the only sunscreen I had at home at the time and didn’t want to leave without sun protection. This time, even though it still left a chalky white look on my face, I was very impressed by the finish. The more I used it, the more I learned how to work with it. And now I think I might actually use it instead of giving it away.
A year after deciding I would never use this sunscreen again, I changed my mind after a simple shaking of the product — this is something I recommend you doing if you decide to try this sunscreen. The smooth paste then went on my face white; it took some time to work with but eventually it fades enough to look natural. What I immediately noticed was its smooth, matte finish that made my skin look soft and near-flawless. And I then fell in love.
I monitored my skin the rest of the day at work to see when the matte finish would fade. To my surprise, it did not. After almost 10 hours from first applying this sunscreen, my face still looked smooth and soft. Like, I don’t-want-to-look-away-from-the-mirror soft. While some of the matte finish wore off by the time I got home, my face definitely did not look as greasy as not wearing this sunscreen. Their “oil control” claim is legit — my oily skin did not look oily at all even after a whole day. This was in the office, though. I also tried this when I had errands to run and had to be outside a lot more. It wasn’t able to control my oil as well as it did when I was indoor majority of the day, so that was a little disappointing. But for the most part, I am impressed by how well it controlled my skin’s oil production while I was indoor.
I really do love how well it can control oil and how soft it makes my skin look when I use this. I wonder: as summer arrives and I am more tan from being outdoors more, would the chalky white look be more visible? I think it would be more visible at that point but this is something I’ll definitely have to see as weeks go by. For now, though, I am thoroughly enjoying how soft my skin looks whenever I use this. I think this is a better sunscreen for people with fair skin, or if you want SPF under your make-up. This serves as a great base for make-up due to its matte finish, leaving your face a smooth canvas for make-up to go on.
What is your favorite sunscreen to wear under make-up?