High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50
0.35 fl. oz. for $34
Last Updated:04.06.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a fragrance-free, cream-to-powder foundation that’s definitely more creamy than powdery. Ample broad-spectrum sun protection is assured from a high amount of the mineral sunscreens titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Keep in mind that when it comes to any sunscreen, you must apply it liberally to achieve the SPF rating on the label, but applying a foundation like this liberally can look heavy and unnatural.

This does apply smoothly and blends well, providing sheer to light coverage (similar to what you get from a tinted moisturizer) and setting to a satin finish that is best for normal to dry skin not prone to breakouts. Only two shades are offered, and while both are workable, this definitely has limitations given that there are more skin shades in the world. Of the two neutral shades, Sable/Beige is preferred to the Dore/Honey shade, which can turn slightly peach on skin.

It’s an interesting alternative to a pressed powder with sunscreen if you’re looking to add more sun protection before heading outdoors, but be careful about relying on this as your only source of sunscreen.

  • Fragrance-free.
  • Provides gentle, broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Blends easily and provides natural-looking coverage.
  • Limited shade range.
  • Formula is too heavy/waxy for blemish-prone skin.

Compact makeup protects skin while simultaneously providing light coverage and non-irritating UVA/UVB protection. Avène “White” suncare offers 100% mineral, chemical filter-free sunscreen products to provide broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection without irritation. It is safe for even the most sensitive skin, including infants, babies, and post-procedure skin.


Active: Titanium Dioxide (18%), Zinc Oxide (4.9%). Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phenyl Trimethicone, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Talc, Squalane, Polyethylene, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Silica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polyglyceryl-3, Diisostearate, Water, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Microcrystalline Wax, Phenoxyethanol Tocopheryl Glucoside, Tribehenin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines.

Brand Overview

Eau Thermale Avene At-a-Glance

Strengths: Some excellent cleansers; well-formulated sunscreens; moisturizers that help to treat very dry, fragile skin; praiseworthy lip balms.

Weaknesses: Can be on the pricey side.

Eau Thermale Avene’s most prominent claim to fame is the thermal spring water in its products, which the brand maintains is curative due to both historical and scientific evidence. Unfortunately, there isn’t much evidence that we could locate that was in the form of published, peer-reviewed research. Without the research, thermal water is ultimately more about marketing than fact—however, the good news is whatever the factualness of their claims about the ingredient, at least thermal water isn’t going to harm your skin in any way.

Thermal water aside, what is clear is that Avene’s goal is to provide formulas for those who battle sensitive skin concerns. With that in mind, we can say there are quite a few successes among the brand’s range of offerings. There are also a few products we saw as missteps for reasons noted in their respective reviews.

Overall, Eau Thermale Avene’s more praiseworthy qualities is the range of options provided for those that have exceptionally sensitive skin, i.e. who may have been unable to tolerate more advanced anti-aging formulas. While we would have liked to see more in the way of complexity of anti-aging formulas from Avene (and fewer claims about thermal water), the particular direction the brand takes towards skincare is one that has its audience.

For more information about Eau Thermale Avene, call (866) 412-8363 or visit www.aveneusa.com.

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Love the way it goes on your face. Still not sure what color to use for very pale skin

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