Blast from the Past : L’Oreal UV Perfect Long Lasting UVA/UVB Protector Sunscreen

by Paris B on · 34 comments

in Cheap and Good?,Product Reviews,Sunscreen

If you’ve been reading My Women Stuff from its early days, you’ll remember my raves for the L’Oreal UV Perfect Fluid Protector sunscreen. It was the sunscreen of choice for me from waaay back – close to 5 years now! – because:-

  • It blocks UVA and UVB rays
  • Mexoryl XL works for me as a chemical blocker
  • It has high sun protection – SPF50 PA+++ and
  • It was super affordable since its easily available everywhere

My whole family (and a fair number of friends) used it too and it worked for us all. I’ve personally used up countless tubes of it. Although the transparent (white) formula made me oily I stuck to the anti-dullness (purple) formula which did not.

So, when L’oreal dropped off the UV Perfect Long Lasting Protector, I had a feeling of deja vu. What’s different about it?

My answer : Nothing except the name – to me that is :)

Here’s the new L’Oreal UV Perfect Long Lasting sunscreen set side by side with the UV Perfect Fluid Protector. Barring the name, everything else is identical.

Left: L'Oreal UV Perfect old name Right: L'Oreal UV Perfect new name

The new formulation (for that is what it is) claims to be longer lasting for up to 12 hours and contains an anti oxidant complex to protect skin cells against free radicals and to strengthen the skin against external aggressions. Otherwise, it still protects against UVA and UVB, and it still is affordable and it still has a sun protection factor of SPF50 PA+++

I experienced no trouble with this new formula. Similar to the old one, I had no breakouts, I did not get super oily and it keeps my skin burn free.

Almost identical wording Left: Old packaging Right: New Packaging

The wordings at the back too bear similar wordings. Must apologise for the unreadability of the old one but I couldn’t remove that bar code thingy. I salvaged it just before I was going to bin it! LOL…

The new formula I have is slightly tinted – Even Complexion. I have a confession. I dislike tinted moisturizer and tinted sunscreen. I never feel like I’ve put enough on my skin as I’m worried it’d look too thick and cakey.

However, the texture of UV Perfect Even Complexion is light and it did not look cakey – sheers out to nothing really except a very very slight evening of skin tone. It makes a great makeup base for me and I sometimes just apply loose or pressed powder over it when I’m feeling a little lazy on weekends. Applied under powder foundation, it does help with coverage. On its own, unless you have very good skin, it does nothing for coverage.

You can get this in 3 shades – Transparent (white), Even Complexion (tinted) and Anti-Dullness (purple). Read my previous review on the UV Perfect anti-dullness formula. If everything’s equal, it’ll be the same :)

A 30ml tube retails for RM33.90 (used to be a bit cheaper) but wait for when they go on sale to snap it up. If you are in Bangkok, check out the prices there – its usually a little bit lower (from experience) :)

Pros: Affordable, Light formula, Good makeup base, High SPF, Protects against UV-A and UV-B rays

Cons: Some people have complained of breakouts and that it makes them oily, Even Complexion is very sheer and offers little to no coverage if you need it (but I prefer it that way)

I don’t know if the new transparent formula makes me oily – the old one did which is why I went off it after a while. I’d not been using the UV Perfect sunscreen for a while but I’ve found that the L’Oreal patented Mexoryl chemical blocker works well for me.

I veered off to using Tinosorb S under Eucerin White Solution for a while, but I’ve come back to the Mexoryl fold in Vichy UV Activ sunscreen and La Roche Porsay Anthelios XL.

Like many things, its a matter of preference but it looks like I won’t be straying anymore in the sunscreen department for a long long while :) What’s your story with L’Oreal UV Perfect? Its been around so long, I’m sure you’ve tried it at some point! 😀

Paris B

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Jyoan February 10, 2010 at 10:31 am

I love how light it is on the skin too! I don’t find it oily. But it does breaks me out. And this breaks my heart, because I really wish I could use it. Nevertheless, I picked up a bottle of this during Watsons 20% + 20% promotion for it. Intend to give it another chance, and if it still doesn’t works, no problem, cos it’s such a wonderful product I can pass it to someone else.


ParisB February 10, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I’m glad you agree that its great despite it breaking you out! That promotion price was way too good to pass up :) I hope this one will work for you this time


gypsy-on-the-move February 10, 2010 at 10:46 am

I just bought this product. So I am currently testing it. It does makes my face slightly oily. Hopefully this product works for me because I have been looking for a good sunscreen.


ParisB February 10, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Are you using it in Even Complexion too? I do find that the Transparent or White formula does make the skin oily.


February 10, 2010 at 11:07 am

ooh this thing broke me out like mad last time, so i guess the new packaging is the same. no no lóreal stuff for me 😀


ParisB February 10, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I guess they just don’t sit well on your skin – at least you know it and won’t get tempted to try 😉


geekchic February 10, 2010 at 11:24 am

I could be wrong, can you believe this landed only on our Down Under shores this summer? i.e. end of 2009/2010 😛


ParisB February 10, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Really?! Maybe it just got approved by Australian authorities 😀


February 10, 2010 at 11:24 am

i always try to stay away from using sunscreen because they all made my skin oily and breakout. i also hate their smell… if i do go to the beach and all, then i’d use babyblock. this is bad, i know… but i just hate that extra slicky feel on my already oily skin. prime candidate for skin cancer. no?


ParisB February 10, 2010 at 3:07 pm

That’s interesting Juan. Incidentally, the Vichy one I use has no smell at all. I used to hate the smell of sunscreen too but that was because I grew up slathered with Coppertone and Banana Boat. Until today the smell reminds me of swimming lessons. There are sunscreens that don’t make the skin oily, smell, or cause breakouts. I guess you just have to find the right one for you :)


aiyu February 10, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Do you still need to apply moisturizer with this sunscreen?


ParisB February 10, 2010 at 3:08 pm

They say you can use it on its own as moisturizer as well. I however always use sunscreen over moisturizer. Its a personal choice as I don’t feel the sunscreen is moisturizing enough.


February 10, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I rarely use sunscreen as in the product. Haha. For a time, mum thought that I would be allergic to SPF because she was too (we are almost allergic to everything), but I lucked out. However, I use BB Creams and Foundations with SPF, especially titanium dioxide, do these count?


ParisB February 10, 2010 at 3:09 pm

From a personal point of view : No. I don’t think that the content of SPF in BB creams or foundations with SPF enough for proper sun protection and its usually very low. You can’t be allergic to SPF – only to ingredients that block the UV rays. So, you might just have to find a product that works for you :)


april February 12, 2010 at 1:10 am

But SPF isn’t an ingredient, you shouldn’t worry about it!


aretha February 10, 2010 at 2:13 pm

I tried the anti dullness purple one in the old formula and it made me look like an oil slick! i therefore started using it on my body so i can’t say if it really works to keep me burn free.


ParisB February 10, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Haha… Yeah being turned into an oil slick is a common lament with this sunscreen. In fact, its always either that it works, or that its oily and breaks the person out. Nothing in between.


Yani February 10, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I like this! Been using the Even Complexion version pretty much every day since I finished my PTR sunblock. Like you, I don’t like tinted moisturisers, and this certainly feels like one. But I try to ignore it, it doesn’t make my skin oily, and keeps it pretty even toned.


ParisB February 10, 2010 at 3:12 pm

I feel exactly the same way! Glad to know that its not budget breaking too 😀


February 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm

This is my absolute favourite for years… until i discovered the Lancome one! Now i’m gonna go back to this one because it finally has long protection which it didn’t have previously… plus its so much cheaper than the Lancome one!! 😀


ParisB February 10, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Yes it is! Plus with all that technology transfer I’d be surprised if something of Lancome did not filter down 😉


reeka February 10, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Hi PB,
do u reapply sunscreen? how? i have PTR mineral sunscreen spf30 with brush and powder foundie spf25 , but i doubt its protection as good as cream/liquid one.

btw, thanks for your reply about skincare in one brand or mix. :)


geekchic February 12, 2010 at 7:12 am

Hi! I thought I might just chip in here and be a sticky beak because reapplying sunscreen is something very dear to me 😛

It’s summer right now in Melbourne and by the time I finish work at about 5pm, the sun is still ever so bright so yes, I do reapply sunscreen. If you ask PB, I usually make a disappearance everyday at about 430 for about 10 minutes to the ladies. I’m armed with facial cleansing wipes, tissues, serum, eyecream, moisturiser, sunscreen and some light makeup. So you can tell I do almost the full cleansing. Facial wipes, then rinse, tissue to pat dry. Serum, eyecream, moisturiser and then sunscreen. I use some light powder for undereyes and blush to highlight and I’m back at my desk.

It’s a lot of work, I know but hopefully when I’m 50, I’ll have the skin of a 30-year old still :)


Kitkatkitty February 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm

This is the best sunscreen that I’ve tried! I’ve strayed a couple of times and found those with high alcohol content (e.g. Biore and LRP) drying. I’ve tried all three variants and like the tinted one the most as I find the anti-dullness one a tad too oily (strange eh?) and the transparent one leaves me with a pasty white face ;p

One question though…how much do you use? One teaspoon? 5 ml? At this rate you will need a need tube every week! And I can’t seem to use this much without turning into an oil slick :S


February 10, 2010 at 11:25 pm

oddly enough, this one got oily on my dry skin. Passed it on to my mom and she’s liking it so far!


lyn February 10, 2010 at 11:31 pm

I used the older formula before (the white one) and it broke me out. But that could be because I wasn’t double cleansing at night? I would love to try it again since it is so much cheaper than my current sunscreen from L’Occitane.


All Women Stalker February 12, 2010 at 9:48 pm

i haven’t tried this but I like everything from Loreal… really good brand


saad hamza September 5, 2011 at 4:31 pm

hi,i am 19 years old i never use sunblock before now a days i found some brown spots on my face. now i decided to use a sun block from such a good brand like loreal, now i wanted to know what iz its price nd how i use it my skin is little bit oily and my complexion is fair plzzzzzzzzzzzz tell me what can i do


ParisB September 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm

The price is as stated in the review. It is easily available at most L’Oreal counters at pharmacies or supermarkets etc. Apply sunscreen last after all your usual skincare. Some have complained that this L’Oreal sunscreen may be a little oily on their skin. Otherwise try other sunscreens out there. You can read all sunscreen reviews here.


saad hamza September 7, 2011 at 1:25 am

can you guide me plz if i use loreal uv perfect it doesnt harm my skin and one thing more is it compulsory to use a moisturizer lotion before applying a sun screen


ParisB September 7, 2011 at 9:50 am

I’m not sure what you mean by “harm”. Different people have different experiences with this product. Some break out, some don’t and its hard to say if you will. A moisturizer is helpful because I don’t personally think the sunscreen sufficiently moisturizing but if you find it sufficient, then a moisturiser isn’t necessary.


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