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Paula's Choice Skincare
Clear Ultra-Light Daily Mattifying Fluid Broad-Spectrum SPF 30+
Rating
2 fl. oz. for $29
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:01.06.2015
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:No
Overview

Clear Ultra-Light Daily Mattifying Fluid SPF 30+ pairs an in-part avobenzone sunscreen in an almost-liquid formula that feels exceptionally light and silky as it provides broad-spectrum sun protection for acne-prone skin.

Many people with acne forgo sunscreen because they cannot find one that feels light and non-greasy—problems this product aims to solve, and it does an impressive job! When skin is protected from sun damage, it heals better and faster, so red marks from past breakouts don't hang around as long as they otherwise would!

The fragrance-free, antioxidant-enriched formula works well under makeup and, again, the super-light texture means no more concerns about your daily SPF product feeling heavy and occlusive or potentially clogging your pores!

One more comment: Although this feels matte, the active ingredients do leave a bit of sheen on skin, so this may be viewed by some as not having a matte finish.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Unbelievably light texture works well under makeup.
  • Contains soothing plant extracts to help calm redness from acne.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Helps control excess oil without aggravating acne.
Cons:
  • Does not set to a completely matte finish, as the active ingredients leave a bit of sheen on skin.
Claims

Prevents multiple signs of aging, including wrinkles and brown spots; Hydrates oily, acne prone without feeling thick or greasy; Provides state-of-the-art broad-spectrum sun protection that feels unbelievably light; Sheer, fluid lotion is extremely unlikely to clog pores or cause breakouts; Antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients allow skin to look and act younger; Keeps excess oil at bay and leaves a fresh matte finish; 100% fragrance- and colorant-free

Ingredients

Octinoxate 7.50%, Octisalate 5.00%, Octocrylene 2.00%, Avobenzone 2.00%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Silica (absorbent agent), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (anti-irritant), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Black Elderberry) Fruit Extract (antioxidants), Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract (anti-irritant), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Fruit Extract (antioxidants), Hydrogenated Lecithin (cell-communicating ingredient), Titanium Dioxide (thickener/opacifying agent), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer (silicone slip agent), Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate (skin protectant), Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate (stabilizers, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (film-forming/suspending agent), Xanthan Gum, Sodium Carbomer (thickeners), Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

Brand Overview

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

Strengths: Fragrance-free products; all products formulated based on extensive published research on how ingredients can benefit skin; uniquely formulated AHA and BHA products; effective skin-lightening options; gentle cleansers; toners that go beyond the norm; all sunscreens provide broad spectrum protection (including UVA-screening ingredients); proven anti-acne products; antioxidant-rich serums and moisturizers; anti-aging products that work as claimed; gentle yet effective natural products; most foundations provides sun protection and come in a range of neutral colors; unique brow products; on-the-go teeth whitener; lipstick with sunscreen; impressive, reasonably priced makeup brushes; samples are available for most products.

Weaknesses: Does not offer a complete collection of makeup; makeup shade range isn’t as extensive for darker skin tones; limited concealer options.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products. Like most of us, she was fed up with products that overpromised results, cost a lot of money, and failed to deliver—or made matters worse!

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable. From acne to wrinkles, oily skin, rosacea, large pores, eczema, redness, sagging, dry skin, and on and on, Paula's Choice offers a solution.

Paula's Choice Skincare stands apart from other cosmetics brands. The formulas contain only ingredients that have substantiated, published research showing they are beneficial and effective—so you get visible results. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down (unlike jar packaging, which compromises what might otherwise be an effective formula). The line is also 100% fragrance-free, which is best for all skin types, especially for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.

From cleansers to broad-spectrum sunscreens to anti-aging serums to specialized treatments, Paula's Choice Skincare has you covered from head to toe with innovative, state-of-the-art products. The brand also offers professional-quality makeup products including concealer, foundation, eyeshadow, lipstick, and more. (Paula started out as a makeup artist so she definitely knows her way around a face!)

Paula's Choice Skincare does not test on animals and also takes an environmentally friendly approach by featuring minimalist, recyclable packaging. Another plus—the Customer Service team is among the best in the industry, offering a "100% satisfaction or your money back" guarantee.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.

Why are all Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedia's criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Research Team is dedicated to helping you find the absolute best products for your skin, using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective. Each member of the team was personally trained by Paula Begoun herself.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Sorry for buying it

I ve bought clear ultra light daily mattifying fluid broadspectrum30 and I am dissapointed because after using it in the morning my oillyskin becames as shining as never...so,it really doesn t suit me...

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Larisa
Paula's Choice Research Team Response
Replied on: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hello, We're sorry that this product didn't work out as well as you were hoping. Please feel free to reach out to our customer service department to discuss a refund or exchange.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Best spf ever made

I have mid-fifties combo to dry skin and use this spf all over; especially on my eye-lids and orbital area. It dries down to a clear healthy finish quickly. It doesn't slip into or sting my eyes. (Even in hot humid weather it never melts into my eyes; causing the painful bleary eyed driving hazard that so many other products I've tried did. ) I even use it as a base for some eye shadows to help with the crepe skin issue. It plays very well with make-up. THE ONE spf I will not be without.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014
Non mattifying no matter how I tried

I've normal to oily combo skin & I tried so hard to love this but this did NOT mattify at all. The finish looks dewy-greasy upon application with loose powder on top, & my mid-day shine couldn't come sooner. Will stick to Resist super-light once I finish my trial-size tube.

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Safiyyah H
Paula's Choice Research Team Response
Replied on: Monday, July 21, 2014

Thanks for your review! We’re sorry this product proved disappointing to you. Please contact our Customer Care team (1-800-831-4088) to arrange for a refund or exchange; they’re happy to help!

—Admin
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