Tested on animals:No
Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is unique in that it combines a primer, moisturizer, and sun protection into a single step. Unfortunately, despite some strong positives, it contains a fairly potent, lingering fragrance that likely poses a strong risk of irritation. See More Info to learn why daily use of highly fragrant products like this is the wrong way to go for healthier, younger-looking skin.
On the plus side, this silky, gel-like primer-textured product smoothes on easily and provides broad spectrum protection that includes stabilized avobenzone. That's a key anti-aging benefit, but we're concerned that you may not apply this liberally enough to get the stated level of sun protection (we explain below), so relying on this as your sole source of protection from UV light may not be the wisest idea.
Applying a thin layer of this works fine, but adding too much more creates a layer that isn't as compatible with makeup as you might expect from a product claiming to function like primer. The possible result? Foundation or powder that peels up and rolls off your face as you blend if you aren't extra careful when applying your makeup.
It's certainly not impossible to apply makeup on top of a liberal application of this product; it just takes more effort—but why bother when you can apply a separate primer and follow with a fragrance-free daytime moisturizer with SPF instead? Yes, that's two products instead of one, but the time you'll save getting through the makeup portion of your routine faster makes that a wash.
Continuing the benefits, this daytime moisturizer with sunscreen's smoothing texture improves skin texture, yet it doesn't have the same "blurring" effect as other types of products sold with that skin-perfecting claim. Still, this does contain a good mix of plant- and vitamin-based antioxidants plus a good amount of antioxidant-rich soybean oil.
Although the balance is tipped in favor of the positives, overall this isn't quite as 3-in-1 as it seems, and the inclusion of fragrance (did we mention it lingers? Wow, does it linger…) is a big blemish on an otherwise commendable product—at least for those looking to try a daytime moisturizer with SPF whose texture and finish are not the same old, same old.
- Unique, silky gel texture combines foundation primer + SPF and anti-aging serum in one product.
- Provides broad spectrum sun protection.
- Uses stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA (anti-aging) protection.
- Contains a good mix of plant- and vitamin-based antioxidants.
- If using as primer, you may not apply this liberally enough to get the stated level of protection; a liberal amount can make foundation application trickier and more time-consuming.
- Lingering fragrance from known fragrant irritants poses a risk of irritation, and this is likely compounded by the active sunscreen ingredients.
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 for all skin types to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008 & American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003).
The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).
In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012 & Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).