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Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen Crystal Clear Mist, SPF 30
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4.2 fl. oz. for $9.99
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > SPF 30-49 Sunscreen
Last Updated:06.20.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This spray-on, water-resistant sunscreen provides broad-spectrum sun protection and includes stabilized avobenzone for critical UVA screening, but its base formula is mostly alcohol. See More Info to learn why this much alcohol in skin-care products such as sunscreens is a problem, especially given the number of excellent options that omit this irritant. What a shame, because the spray-on application is quick and convenient, and this formula contains some good antioxidants for an additional measure of environmental defense.

Pros:

  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection and includes stabilized avobenzone for critical UVA screening.
  • Convenient spray-on formula is water-resistant.
  • Contains antioxidants for added environmental defense.

Cons:

  • Contains a high amount of alcohol, which is a skin irritant.

More Info:

Alcohol in sun-care products causes dryness and free-radical damage, and impairs the skin’s ability to heal. The irritation it causes damages healthy collagen production and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse (Sources: “Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In,” Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm).

Claims

Protect skin with patented long-lasting UVA/UVB protection. Beautify skin with multi-action anti-oxidants - Vitamin E & White Grapeseed - to provide multi-layer protection. Ultra Water Resistant. Ultra Sweat Resistant. Non-Greasy. Dermatologist Tested. This continuous crystal clear mist instantly disappears into skin (with no greasy residue) leaving skin feeling fresh.

Ingredients

Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (10%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (7%) Alcohol Denat., C12- 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer

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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