11.26.2014
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DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant & UV Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Rating
1 fl. oz. for $40
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen provides reliable broad-spectrum protection thanks to a mix of stabilized avobenzone with other sunscreen actives. The lightweight, somewhat fluid lotion texture slips over skin to hydrate without feeling too slick or heavy, though this does leave a sheen on skin those with oily skin aren't likely to appreciate. Part of the sheen is from the overall formula, but part is also from mica, a mineral pigment that lends shine. This works well under makeup so the sheen can be tempered with a matte- finish foundation and powder.

Beyond the excellent sun protection, the formula contains an overall impressive mix of antioxidants, repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients. Lauder definitely knows of the importance of these ingredients, and it's nice to see this time out they skipped the jar packaging in favor of an opaque tube, which works brilliantly to keep the light- and air-sensitive antioxidants stable during use.

Note: Lauder mentions in the claims that this sheer formula goes over any moisturizer. What's not stated is that this product is, in fact, a moisturizer! It absolutely provides moisture and only those with dry skin will find they need to apply a regular moisturizer beneath this. Everyone else can consider this the moisturizer step in their morning routine.

Although this contains fragrance, the amount is low and this doesn't contain the fragrance ingredients (like linalool) seen in some other DayWear products. The fragrant plant extracts of lemon and rosemary are minimal cause for concern, though their presence and the so-called synthetic active ingredients in this DayWear product make it a potentially iffy choice for those with extra-sensitive skin.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection without feeling heavy or greasy.
  • Lightweight lotion texture works well under makeup.
  • Loaded with antioxidants and other anti-aging ingredients.
  • Packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable.
Cons:
  • Despite the lightweight lotion texture, this leaves a sheen those with oily skin may not want.
Claims

This powerful UV protector helps defend your skin to keep it looking younger, longer. The most effective anti-oxidant power ever: includes our proprietary Super Anti-Oxidant Complex, proven to fight free radical damage. Advanced broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen helps skin resist the first signs of aging. Sheer, lightweight formula goes over any moisturizer. Leaves skin soft, smooth and comfortable.

Ingredients

Active: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 2.7%, Oxybenzone 3%. Inactive: Water, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Methyl Trimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, PEG-10 Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dipentaerythrityl Tri-Polyhydroxystearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Gentiana Lutea (Gentia) Root Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Fumaria Officinalis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Artemia Extract, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Algae Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Squalane, Glyercin, Sorbitol, Linoleic Acid, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Ethyhexylglycerin, Lecithin, Ergothioneine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyquaternium-51, Cetyl Alcohol, Trehalose, Palmitoyl Hydroxypropyltrimonium Amylopectin/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Saccharide Isomerate, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium PCA, Cyclodextrin, Urea, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Ascrobyl Tocopheryl Maleate, Citric Acid, Stearic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Fumaric Acid, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Fragrance, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 1, Yellow 5.

Brand Overview

Estee Lauder At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some of the most state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums around; excellent sunscreens; some good cleansers, toners, and makeup removers; several categories of makeup excel, including some extraordinary foundations (that include shades for darker skin tones), concealers, powders, blush, and eyeshadows; a mostly good selection of eye, brow, and lip pencils; their long-wearing lip color and some of the lipsticks are supremely good.

Weaknesses: Several items are highly fragranced; incomplete and/or problematic products for anyone battling blemishes; many of the Re-Nutriv products are priced too high given similar, less-expensive options from Lauder; some of the sunscreens and foundations with sunscreen lack sufficient UVA protection; the brushes aren't on par with those from other Lauder-owned lines, such as Bobbi Brown or M.A.C.; jar packaging.

From its humble but attention-getting beginning in 1946, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine you can think of. Their product assortment is mind-boggling and would be much more frustrating to wade through if their tester units weren't so well-organized and their salespeople so well-trained. (Although most of what they talk about is claim-driven and not worth paying much attention to, they do know their way around the huge assembly of products.)

We suppose the biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums have had a hand in redefining how we evaluate products. They (and some Lauder-owned companies, notably Clinique) are so far ahead of their department-store competition in these two areas that they alone have been consistently raising the bar as new research comes to light. In fact, we are confident telling anyone who asks us where to find the best moisturizers in the department store to sail right past Lancome, Chanel, Clarins, Shiseido, and Elizabeth Arden (among others) and park themselves in front of the Lauder counter (or a Lauder-owned line specializing in skin care such as Clinique—definitely not Origins, but you have to read about Origins to see why). We don't agree with most of the claims Lauder makes for their products and the fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.

Despite Lauder's formulary innovations, they're not immune to problem products. Some of their cleansers contain irritating ingredients, jar packaging is prevalent, and their sole product for acne isn't going to help anyone's blemishes improve (actually, Estee Lauder is not the line to shop if managing acne is your concern). The company has also taken a somewhat "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" approach, much like the many skin-care companies with cosmetic products targeted at women considering cosmetic corrective procedures. Some of the claims (and statistics) about what their skin-care alternatives (to these procedures) can accomplish still stretch the boundaries of what's possible, but most of them have impressive ingredients that benefit skin. They just can't change skin in the same effective way a cosmetic corrective procedure can.

For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.

Estee Lauder Makeup

Although Estee Lauder has made some impressive strides with its skin-care formulations, their makeup collection has become a frustrating mixed bag. We were genuinely surprised at how many average makeup items have recently appeared. Of course, there have also been some improvements, most notably in the foundation, eyeshadow, and lipstick categories. But for such an established, worldwide brand to not have more to extol is almost embarrassing. That attitude of bigger and better things is there in the descriptions, but the products tell a different story.

The most frustrating element by far is the number of foundations with sunscreen that either lack essential UVA-protecting ingredients or carry an SPF rating that is below standard. In contrast, the sunscreens in Lauder's skin-care lineup are almost all top-notch. Even more perplexing is that Lauder's sister company, Clinique, really has its act together when it comes to foundations with UVA-protecting ingredients, and they feature a lower price point for superior products.

Despite the shortcomings, many women will continue to shop for makeup at their local Lauder counter, and there is still reason to do that—just not with the same blanket sense of confidence you may have had in the past. This is an exhaustive makeup line, with seemingly endless choices. We like that Lauder's makeup tester units are much more user-friendly, particularly for foundations, powders, and concealers. Their sales staff is more enthusiastic and present (often to the point of hovering) than the staff of many competing lines, but also quite helpful and up-to-date on product comings and goings. We feel strongly that you won't be disappointed with any of the Lauder makeup rated "best" below. Without question, those products are shining examples that prove Lauder has the capability to elevate the current state-of-the-art, raising the bar for their competitors. If only such innovation were evident in the entire line, there would be few reasons to shop elsewhere, save for the prices. As is, and more than ever, it pays to be a savvy consumer when you're about to navigate the cosmetics department.

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06.22.2015
Expensive for what you get

I purchased this product based on the 4 star Beautypedia review and the high SPF. The first thing I noticed was how SMALL the tube is (30ml). This is going to be gone in no time! This leaves me looking shiny, even after waiting 20 minutes. I also don't care for the fragrance, which seems to irritate my sensitive skin. Compared to the Paula's Choice Hydralight SPF 30, this is not very good, and I will not be buying it again. I hope P.C. will consider a Hydralight SPF 50 in the future.?

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Michelle
05.02.2015
Good

Bought this in NYC to wear around town during the cold dry winter. It is thick, more like a foundation and gives very good coverage. It protected my skin well when outside, and gave a nice finish. Won't buy it again due to the fragrance. I use MAC FACE & BODY, prefer that finish most of the time as it give a lighter dewier almost no make up look, but it is not thick or heavy enough to shield your skin if you are outdoors during the hot sun or cold wind.

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Anonymous
04.24.2015
Awesome for combination skin

This product is awesome for oily skin. I like the shimmer. I follow with foundation and powder, so the shimmer is muted, but I feel it give a bit of a lit from within look. Very good texture for my normal to oily skin. Only drawback is it costs a fortune.

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SUE M.
01.18.2015
Nice product

All things considered this is a good product. It goes on nicely, feels like a light moisturizer, and the product lasts quite a while - also priced well. Recommended!

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Renee
11.28.2014
Great sunscreen, horrible fragrance

I think this is a wonderful product and it would be perfect if not for the horrible scent. Mouldy cucumber. Please EL make this a non-fragranced product. I have sensitive eyes and can't wear this near them. (I use a titanium dioxide sunscreen for that area.)

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Nancy
08.17.2014
Great for my skin

This is a great product for my sensitive , a bit dry skin. This is the first non-mineral sunscreen which feels comfortable. All non-mineral sunscreens of PC sting very much on my face. This one not! Those with sensitive skin can still be protected from the sun and look good on pictures!

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SV
08.16.2014
Great product

This product has a lovely finish and is the only high SPF product I have ever used which does not leave my skin looking vaguely grey and ghoulish (unlike Clinique's super-city block!). Nice texture and lasts quite a long time too.

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Pauline M
07.16.2014
Left my face greasy and shiny.

I purchased this product because of the high spf, the antioxidants, and the positive product reviews on the Estee Lauder site. I have combination skin, and this product left even my dry areas shiny and greasy. Tried for a few days to make it work by using blotting papers and applying powder to control the shine, but even that did not work. Ended up using it on my arms. At $40/1.o oz., a very expensive mistake.

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