Advanced Suncare Quick Dry Sheer Finish Spray SPF 50
5 fl. oz. for $10.99
Last Updated:06.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This spray-on, water-resistant sunscreen dries quickly as claimed, and in fact feels wonderfully light and silky yet also hydrating. It also provides broad spectrum sun protection and is easy to apply on the go, no greasy after-feel. That's why it's so disappointing to report that the formula contains the menthol-derived skin irritant, menthyl lactate. Its cooling action can feel nice, but this sensation is your skin telling you it's being irritated, not refreshed.

This sunscreen also contains the fragrance ingredient isoeugenol, which is a known irritant (Source: Collegium Antropologicum, March 2011, pages 83–87). Sadly, as much as it may please the nose. fragrance isn't skin care (see More Info for details). It's disappointing that for an "advanced" formula that antioxidants were given short shrift in favor of fragrance, which isn't the least bit beneficial for skin.

  • Provides broad spectrum sun protection.
  • Easy-to-use spray feels light and hydrating, not greasy.
  • Leaves a wonderfully smooth finish on skin.
  • Contains fragrance plus fragrant isoeugenol, a known skin irritant.
  • The menthol-derived ingredient menthyl lactate poses an additional risk of irritation.
  • Formula isn't advanced because it lacks a decent amount of antioxidants for further benefits.
More Info:

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).


This exclusive patented UV filter system delivers long-lasting, broad spectrum protection in a unique, quick dry spray formula for easy application. It's infused with powerful antioxidants like vitamin E and white grape seed to help keep skin healthy and youthful-looking.


Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (10.72%), Octisalate (3.21%), Octocrylene (6%), Oxybenzone (3.86%); Inactive Ingredients: Butane, Water, Dicaprylyl Ether, Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Nylon-12, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Menthyl Lactate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, PEG-8 Laurate, Isododecane, Dodecene, Isoeugenol, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, P-Anisic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA, Poloxamer 407, Propylene Carbonate, Lauryl PEG/PPG 18/18 Methicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate

Brand Overview

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor—if there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.

The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.

Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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