04.06.2015
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Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30
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2.5 fl. oz. for $14.99
Category:Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Tinted Moisturizer w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:04.06.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Although this tinted moisturizer is available in workable colors for fair to medium skin tones, it does not contain the UVA-protecting ingredients of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone (also known as butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane), ecamsule, or Tinosorb and is not recommended. It is also doubtful that this contains enough soy to discourage skin discolorations, but without question the insufficient UVA protection will encourage more of what you don’t want to see in the mirror.

Claims

The only tinted moisturizer with clinically proven total soy complex to brighten and even skin tone while providing SPF 30 sun protection. Natural, light-reflecting minerals and lightweight coverage blend away imperfections and immediately bring out skin's natural radiance.

Ingredients

Active: Homosalate (5%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5%), Oxybenzone (2%). Other: Bisabolol, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Fragrance, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycine Soja Seed Extract (Soybean), Hexylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Methylisothiazolinone, Mica, P Anisic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyquaternium 51, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 60, PPG 3 Myristyl Ether Neoheptanoate, Silica, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Trehalose, Urea, Water, Xanthan Gum, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide

Brand Overview

Aveeno At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few good cleansers and sunscreen products; fantastic Skin Relief Healing Ointment and soothing bath wash products; a handful of well-formulated baby-care products.

Weaknesses: Well-intentioned but ineffective anti-acne products; reliance on a single showcased ingredient (typically soy) that makes their anti-aging products less enticing than the competition; ineffective products to address hyperpigmentation; formulas packaged in a jar won’t remain stable.

Beginning with its first product in 1945, Soothing Bath Treatment, still sold today as part of the company's Baby line of products, Aveeno has prided itself on using natural ingredients. In some ways, they were a pioneer in the field, though for years the only natural ingredient of note in their products was oatmeal. Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson purchased the brand in 1999, and wasted almost no time expanding it. A handful of bar cleansers and bath products were spun off into complete collections of facial-care products and an ever-growing number of body lotions and washes, not to mention shaving gels (Aveeno is one of the few companies whose shaving gels are truly fragrance-free).

Not surprisingly, many of the facial-care products from Aveeno are similar to those from Johnson & Johnsonowned Neutrogena. The differences typically lie in the natural ingredients each brand promotes. A cornerstone ingredient for Aveeno is soy, while Neutrogena has experimented (with varying degrees of success) with copper, retinol, salicylic acid, and melibiose. Overall, Neutrogena has a much larger and more comprehensive selection of products, though their formulas are also more problematic. Aveeno would do well to diversify a bit, or at least acknowledge that it takes more than a single star ingredient to provide superior skin-care products. As is, most of their anti-wrinkle products don't compete favorably with the more well-rounded options, not just from Neutrogena but also from Olay, Dove, and, in some respects, L'Oreal.

Getting back to the issue of soy, you'll see from the reviews it is indeed a helpful ingredient for skin—just not in the same multifaceted, does-everything manner Aveeno touts on each soy-containing product's package. A big proponent for Aveeno's use of soy is dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf. She is quoted on Aveeno's web site, stating that "It is now clear that the ability of natural soy to deliver multiple benefits to skin plays a lead role in high performance skin care." That sounds great but it doesn't explain why Aveeno ignores research on countless other antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, or cell-communicating ingredients, all elements Dr. Graf uses in her separate, namesake product line. Interestingly, with Graf's own products relying on a blend of efficacious ingredients, including soy, it's a good question why she decided to endorse Aveeno's one-note soy products.

The bottom line is that when it comes to shopping for skin-care products at the drugstore, Aveeno, for all its talk of being a leader in "Active Naturals," doesn't have the all-inclusive product assortment needed to take the best possible care of your skin. However, paying attention to their top offerings is time (and money) well-spent!

For more information about Aveeno, owned by Johnson & Johnson, call (866) 428-3366 or visit www.aveeno.com.

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03.08.2015
Irritating to skin

I like the way this goes on my skin & leaves a sheer glow. The medium color works well for me and it provides just the right amount of coverage without feeling heavy or accentuating lines, etc.. The problem is that it irritates my skin after a few days. If not for that, I would love this product.

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Nancy S
11.20.2014
Just Okay

I tried this product as it was on sale but wished I hadn't. It has a thick texture that does not slip over the facial skin easily and requires work to blend. The lighter tone is fine on my skin. Overall, not a great product.

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Margaret M.
02.22.2013
BB Cream

Has this been renamed Clear Complexion BB Cream SPF 30?

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M.
02.25.2013
Beautypedia Team Response

Thank you for your comments! We checked, and it appears these are two separate products, though the ingredient lists are very similar. Aveeno has both listed on its website now, but we will continue to check and update to see if this changes sometime in the future. Thank you for the heads up!

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