Dream Screen Invisible Silky-Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 45 for Face

by Benefit  
$32 - 1.52 fl. oz.
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We're calling shenanigans on Benefits two big selling points for Dream Screen, those being that you can't see or feel this daytime moisturizer with sunscreen once on skin. You will find that you most certainly can see it on skin, and as for the feeling? It's not the least bit matte, in fact actually feels slick and oily on skin—and stays that way. It is just totally off the mark, in contrast to some fluid sunscreens that set to a matte finish but can look a bit shiny due to the active ingredients employed.

Best for normal to dry skin—if you have even mildly oily skin, you're not likely to appreciate how this feels (that goes double for breakout-prone skin). The fluid, milky texture is a bit on the runny side, but surprisingly easy to blend and it feels moisturizing, too—which is one of the accurate claims Benefit makes.

The problem is that this moist feeling ends up as a thin layer of greasiness that never really sets—lending an odd, oily aesthetic to this formula (it doesn't contain any oils, but does include some fatty acids that can feel similar on skin). We could see how some with dry skin could actually like this finish.

Dream Screen provides broad spectrum protection with an in-part avobenzone sunscreen, though we're a bit concerned as, based on the ingredient list, Benefit doesn't appear to be using anything to keep the avobenzone stable—one more reason to think twice before investing in it.

The other downside is the low level of antioxidants. Today's best daytime moisturizers with sunscreen contain an appreciable mix of antioxidants because a mountain of research has made it clear that antioxidants boost skin's ability to fight sun damage while offering some amount of repair toward past damage. When it all shakes out, Dream Screen ends up being a very narrow definition of what most people would consider a dream product!

  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Easy to apply.
  • Absolutely not invisible on skin.
  • Does not absorb instantly as claimed.
  • Feels perpetually oily on skin—no matte finish whatsoever.
  • Low amount of antioxidants.

Dream screen broad spectrum SPF 45 silky-matte sunscreen is ultra lightweight and truly invisible on skin. It absorbs instantly to help prevent skin from aging by protecting against sun damage…and leaves skin feeling moisturized. Dream screen puts all other sunscreens in the shade! Oil-free. Fragrance free.

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Avobenzone 3% Inactive Ingredients: C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycerin, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Sisesquioxane Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate, Tetrasodium Edta, Tocopherol, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate.

Benefit was developed by twins Jean Danielson and Jane Blackford, whose initial claim to fame was a stint as the Calgon twins back in 1960s television commercials. They opened their first cosmetics store, The Face Place, in San Francisco circa 1976, and then, perhaps recognizing the need for a name with more impact, The Face Place became Benefit in 1990. From there the line took off and expanded its presence beyond the Bay Area to include national department stores and, eventually, Sephora boutiques. Sephora's parent company, LVMH, purchased Benefit in late 1999, and, for the most part, has allowed the brand to stay true to the zany irreverence that put it on the map.

Fortunately the change hasn't eroded Benefit's makeup philosophy, which is outrageously fun, or its product arsenal centered on impossibly cute names and a lexicon that aims to make beauty enjoyable. Benefit single-handedly started the trend of selling makeup and skin-care products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. It seems that in recent years, LVMH's influence may have trickled down to Benefit's marketing department, because most of the cute, attitude-based product descriptions have been tempered to more clearly communicate the products'... you guessed it, benefit. But that's a smart move given the number of products Benefit competes with in department stores and at Sephora.

Yet even with the more straightforward claims, most of these products simply can't do what they say they can. In almost every instance, the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are not even remotely true. Despite this, if you're in the mood for a fun experience and can manage to choose products wisely while enjoying the whimsy, Benefit deserves a look.

For more information about Benefit, call (800) 781-2336 or visit www.Benefitcosmetics.com.

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It's refreshing to see a cosmetics line espouse fun and frivolity, but if product quality and performance aren't there to sustain the philosophy there's not much to discuss. Luckily, that's not the case with most of Benefit's makeup. As with most lines, there are enough missteps and problem products to shop carefully, but Benefit shines in several categories, including foundation, bronzing powder, blush, and shimmer products.

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