Clearly Sheer Faces for Sunny Days Face Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30
2 fl. oz. for $8.99
Last Updated:04.02.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen has a fluid, lightweight formula that provides broad-spectrum sun protection and wears well under makeup. Truly sheer and light, it sets to a soft, shine-free matte finish and contains stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA screening.

Although the formula contains a good water-binding agent and skin-repairing glycerin, it's lacking notable antioxidants beyond a token amount of vitamin E. Also, the citrus fragrance Coppertone boasts about poses a risk of irritation that's compounded when you use a product that also contains non-mineral active sunscreen ingredients.

Note: The company's claim that this won't clog pores or cause breakouts is not substantiated. Yes, this has a light texture which minimizes the risk, but there's no way to say for certain that a given product won't clog pores or cause breakouts. It's good marketing copy, not a guarantee.

  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Lightweight texture and matte finish work great under makeup.
  • Leaves skin feeling smooth and soft.
  • Contains fragrance, which can potentially make the active ingredients more sensitizing.

Coppertone CLEARLYSheer sunscreen delivers trusted broad spectrum protection in delightfully light and fresh formulas that leave barely a trace on skin. CLEARLYSheer for Sunny Days formulas absorb quickly, feel clean and light, won't clog pores or cause breakouts and are perfect under makeup for everyday in the sun.


Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 4.55%, Octocrylene 8%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Glycerin, Beeswax, Galactoarabinan, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Silica, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Benzyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Carbomer, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Fragrance

Brand Overview

Coppertone At-a-Glance

Strengths: A few effective, basic sunscreens with various but typically lightweight textures (especially the Ultra Sheer); all recommended sunscreens are also water-resistant; inexpensive, which should encourage liberal application and reapplication; reliable self-tanners tailored to various skin tones.

Weaknesses: The majority of their sunscreens lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients, even though Coppertone clearly knows about this and routinely reformulates; all continuous spray products contain irritating alcohol.

This ubiquitous sun-care line has been around for over sixty years and is almost as synonymous with sunscreen as Kleenex is with facial tissue. Yet despite their longstanding history, there is something wanton about a corporation so recognized as a sunscreen manufacturer selling such an abundance of pathetically formulated sunscreens. Although more Coppertone sunscreens than ever include avobenzone or zinc oxide for UVA protection, most of them are still lacking—making this a line to shop very carefully. Ironically, Coppertone includes a fair amount of accurate, sun-smart information on their Web site—but their products aren't following the same advice! For example, they recommend you apply a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher whenever you go outdoors—but then they sell several sunscreens with SPF ratings well below that. That's sort of like your personal trainer puffing on a cigarette while encouraging you to go another ten minutes on the treadmill. They also correctly advise consumers to reapply sunscreen after swimming, perspiring, or toweling off, yet sell products they claim are waterproof and "ultra sweatproof." Don't they realize that is likely to be interpreted by most people as 'one application and you're good to go no matter what outdoor activity is planned'? Regardless of the type of tenacious claim made, all sunscreens need to be reapplied at regular intervals if you are swimming or engaged in strenuous physical activity.

Coppertone also boasts that its sunscreens for kids are the ones recommended most by pediatricians. If that's true, and your child's pediatrician recommends this brand without being specific as to which sunscreen to choose and which to avoid, be sure you find another pediatrician right away. It would mean your child's doctor doesn't know about the cumulative damage from UVA rays, andwe would worry about what else he or she wasn't up to date on.

For more information about Coppertone, call (866)-288-3330 or visit www.coppertone.com.

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Good but not great

I used this product on vacation in Florida and I had to keep re-applying it and I still got a nasty sunburn. A month later a friend told me about Blue Lizard sunscreen so I bought some and used it at a all day outdoor concert and I only applied it once and I never got a sunburn, its bottle even changed color in the sun!! I will only use Blue Lizard from now on!!

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Christy, L
Ran in my eyes too much.

Like the SPF 50 "Beach and Pool" formula, this one went on sheer and light and felt great but ran terribly in my eyes. I always wear sunscreen on my face and this is the worst I've had in a while for getting into my eyes and stinging.

Reviewed by
Katie W.
Light but Messy!

Purchased this while on vacation as I didn't have enough of my fav PC packets for the whole week. Bought the faces and body lotion. It goes on sheer and is lightweight but within a few hours in a warm car, it was everywhere. If you brushed up against anyone or touched your own clothes you got white "dust" all over! Then came the shore of trying to wash out of your clothes or out of the car interior! Will never use again and will better prepare by bringing my Nongreasy spf 50 Paulas Choice!

Reviewed by
Cheryl R
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