Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Sun Protection SPF 50 Brush

by Colorescience PRO  Sunforgettable
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$23 
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Category:
Skin Care > Sunscreens (including Kids) > Powder Sunscreen
Last Updated:
3/8/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This is the SPF 50 version of Colorescience’s star Sunforgettable sunscreens. Regrettably, it doesn’t perform as well as its SPF 30 cousin, but it certainly provides a wallop of broad-spectrum sun protection.

Packaged with an attached natural-hair brush for convenient application, it does a fine job of depositing powder evenly and applies best when you swirl it onto your skin. The powder itself is on the dry side, but it does readily adhere to your skin, without grabbing or streaking. The finish is somewhat flat, likely because of the large amount of zinc oxide.

Colorescience also claims this powder sunscreen is “very water resistant,” and it certainly does withstand a moderate amount of moisture before it begins to streak, and even then, it doesn’t transfer easily.

The truth is that SPF 50 is just plain overkill, and considering the high amount of mineral actives, this powder likely has an even higher SPF rating than what Colorscience put on the label. Anyone looking for added sun protection from a loose powder will definitely appreciate the texture, finish, and performance of Colorecience’s Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Sun Protection SPF 30 over this one.

Despite the high amount of mineral actives, we must mention that it’s unsafe to rely on any powder as your sole form of sun protection, simply because you’re not likely to apply enough of it to get the level of sun protection stated on the label. Pairing it with a recommended daytime moisturizer with sunscreen will ensure the best results, and this applies to any powder (pressed or loose) with sunscreen.

Active: Titanium Dioxide (22.5%), Zinc Oxide (24.5%), Other: Mica, Dimethicone/Vinyldimethicone Crosspolymer, Corallina Officinalis, Calcium Silicate. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Chromium Oxide Greens.

Colorescience PRO was founded by "the mother of mineral makeup" Diane Ranger, who bestowed that title on herself based on her role as founder of the mineral makeup behemoth Bare Escentuals in 1976. (Ranger subsequently parted ways with Bare Escentuals in 1991). Taking a cue from her Bare Escentuals days, Ranger designed Colorescience PRO to be all about "natural" loose-powder mineral makeup. Her goal was to offer medium- to full-coverage "healthy makeup" that is ideal for sensitive skin, with the added benefit of all-mineral, broad-spectrum sunscreen protection.

Ranger's concept has its strong points, but not all of the formulas jibe with the ideal of being great for sensitive skin. In fact, with the exception of only a handful of products, most include volatile fragrant oils and irritating ingredients, which are the last things that anyone's skin needs to stay healthy, whether sensitivity is an issue or not. This type of needless irritation hurts skin's healing process and disrupts its ability to produce healthy collagen.

Although Colorscience PRO offers some skin-care products, most of our readers' interest is on their color line, primers, and setting mists, so we concentrated our reviews on those products. What we found was that, except for the loose-mineral foundation and some of the brand's Sunforgettable products, this line falls short in terms of performance and value. To make matters worse, it's difficult to shop because it has opaque packaging, confusing shade names, and odd categories.

It's clear that Colorescience PRO knows how to make finely milled, silky powders packed with mineral sunscreens, but beyond that, there's not much to distinguish this line from lots of others that have capitalized on the runaway success of mineral makeup, despite the fact that mineral makeup really isn't anything new or all that wonderful.

The gem of this line is the loose-mineral foundation with sunscreen, and it indeed performs beautifully without irritating. The problem with this product is its price tag—$60—for a loose powder with sunscreen. That's ludicrous! Besides, all SPF-rated products must be applied liberally to get the stated level of sun protection, and how liberally are you going to apply a product that is this expensive?

Speaking of high prices, most of Colorescience's line is overpriced, despite the fact that there are a few worthwhile products. Just because high prices have become the norm for spa- and dermatologist-exclusive lines doesn't mean that the products are any better for you. Another notable frustration with this line is that not all of the products have been tested for their SPF rating, which means that you cannot rely on some of  them for sun protection.

For more information about Colorescience PRO visit www.colorescience.com or call (866) 426-5673.

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