SPF 30 Protection Primer has an ultra-silky, silicone-enhanced feel that facilitates a smooth base for makeup application. This transparent primer feels weightless as you blend it in, offering a temporary matte finish ideal for normal to oily skin. Short-lived as it may be, pores are also slighted blurred.
The SPF 30 broad spectrum sun protection comes from the inclusion of synthetic sunscreen actives. As a cautionary note, these types of ingredients can pose a risk of irritation, especially around the eyes or if you have sensitive skin. (In contrast, sunscreens whose only active ingredients are titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide rarely, if ever, pose a risk of irritation.) Not everyone will experience irritation from synthetic actives (such as the avobenzone and homosalate this contains); rather, it’s a potential issue to pay attention to when applying sunscreens in general but in particular those with higher SPF ratings.
Adding to the likelihood of irritation is the high concentration of the fragrant grapefruit peel oil that this contains (see More Info). That’s a shame given there’s otherwise a nice mix of repairing and soothing ingredients for skin-enhancing benefits. Check out our Best Foundation Primers list for superior options without the risk of irritation from fragrant citrus oil.
Silky texture absorbs weightlessly into skin.
Provides a smooth base for makeup application.
Temporary matte finish blurs pores.
Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
High concentration of grapefruit peel oil likely to cause irritation.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin. (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135 and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)