Tested on animals:Yes
Sold as a primer with sunscreen, La Roche-Posay's Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Daily Tone Correcting Primer works in that fashion but also doubles as a sheer tint for those with light to medium skin tones. It's an intriguing product that's not without some drawbacks, but it gets far more right than wrong!
To start, you're getting broad spectrum SPF 50 from pure titanium dioxide—and a lot of it, as this contains the maximum amount of titanium dioxide the United States FDA allows in sun protection products.
The high amount of titanium dioxide not only shields skin from the aging effects of daylight and eliminates any sign of white cast mineral sunscreens tend to leave, it also lends an opacity to this product. Coupled with its warm tint, the opaque nature of this much titanium dioxide gives this primer the sheer to light coverage of a foundation and a long-wearing matte finish.
You'll get enough coverage to softly blur minor imperfections, including the look of large pores. More to love: This helps keep oil breakthrough in check, making the formula best for normal to oily or combination skin.
A note on the color: If you have fair skin, the tint is strong enough to alter the color of your foundation, which is why those with lighter skin tones should consider this product carefully.
La Roche-Posay talks up the antioxidants they added to this primer with sunscreen, but only a few are included, and not in amounts that justify the boast. We suspect these antioxidants will benefit skin, but would've preferred to see a better mix of them plus some replenishing and restoring ingredients to ensure skin was getting what we like to call the cocktail approach to anti-aging ingredients.
Should you try this if you have breakout-prone skin? Tough call. The high amount of titanium dioxide is more likely to clog pores, and that can contribute to breakouts; however, this can be an individualized response, so the only way to know for sure is to try it and see how your skin responds.
- Provides gentle, mineral-based broad spectrum sun protection.
- Tinted formula eliminates the worry of leaving a white cast on the face.
- Works well as a light hydrating primer that doesn't feel slick or greasy.
- Provides sheer to light coverage that blurs imperfections and minimizes the look of pores.
- Fragrance free.
- Contains only a tiny amount of antioxidants.
- If you have fair to light skin, the tint can alter the color of your foundation.