Mega Shield Lip Color SPF 15

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Category:
Makeup > Lipsticks > Cream Lipstick
Last Updated:
2/13/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This is a standard, fragrance-free cream lipstick that applies smoothly with moderate pigmentation and a soft cream finish. While there are some attractive shades, it’s disappointing that the sunscreen actives don’t provide sufficient UVA protection, which is essential to shield lips from the sun’s most aging rays (see More Info).

Pros:

  • Moderate pigmentation and a soft cream finish.
  • Attractive shades.
  • Fragrance-free and inexpensive.

Cons:

  • Doesn’t provide sufficient UVA protection (see More Info).

More Info:

Mega Shield Lip Color SPF 15 does not include the ingredients needed to shield your lips from the sun’s entire range of damaging UVA rays, which is essential for anti-aging benefits. Any SPF-rated product should contain one or more of these UVA-protecting ingredients listed as “active”: avobenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), or Tinosorb (Sources: Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, December 2011, pages 81–90; Cosmetic Dermatology, Second Edition, Baumann, Leslie MD, McGraw Hill, 2009, pages 246–252; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, Supplement, 2009, pages 19–24; The Encyclopedia of Ultraviolet Filters, Shaath, Nadim A., Allured Publishing, 2007; and Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, October 2003, pages 242–253).

 

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