Men’s Expert Comfort Max Anti-Irritation After Shave Balm with SPF 15 Sunscreen
3.3 fl. oz. for $7.99
Last Updated:06.20.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is such an inappropriate product to use after shaving that the name must be a joke. First, the sunscreen lacks the UVA-protecting ingredients of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone (also known as butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane), ecamsule, or Tinosorb, so your skin is left vulnerable to the most damaging rays of the sun. (L’Oreal actually knows a lot about this issue because all of the sunscreens they sell outside of the United States contain an assortment of those ingredients!) Not having the right UVA-protecting ingredients will lead to further sun damage and wrinkles. Moreover, any aftershave product should be soothing and comforting, but this product won’t help comfort your skin. It is practically void of anti-irritants, but instead contains numerous irritating fragrance chemicals along with peppermint extract. The tiny amount of vitamin E and the standard moisturizing agents can’t make up for these flaws, making this yet another L’Oreal Men’s Expert product that is the opposite of expert care for a man’s skin.


For men who want to soothe, protect, and hydrate their skin after shaving—without alcohol or irritation. Provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.


Active: Ensulizole (1.8%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Other: Water, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Hexyl Laurate, Triethanolamine, Arachidyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Shea Butter), Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylyl Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, Ammonium Polyacrylatedimethyl Taurate, Dimethicone, Arachidyl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Dimethiconol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Mentha Piperita Leaf Extract (Peppermint), Limonene, 2 Oleamido 1, 3 Octadecanediol, Hydroxy Palmitoyl Sphingosine, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3 Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, C12-13 Pareth- 23, C12-13 Pareth-3, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance

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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Works Fine for me

Interesting review here. I've actually been using this product for several years, and it works great for my sensitive skin. I appreciate that it has little fragrance and doesn't burn or irritate my skin. However, I love the little fragrance it does have, and it leaves my skin as soft as a baby.

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