If you have been reading this blog of mine long enough, you might have realised that I love my sunscreens and that I’m a mad scientist when it comes to slapping things on my skin.
I’d read lots and lots of articles saying that Zinc Oxide is the best blocker for UVA and UVB rays so when I found out that the Dior Diorsnow Sublissime UV Ultimate Whitening UV Base had Zinc Oxide I pounced on it. Ok that’s a mouthful so I’ll call it the Diorsnow Sublissime UV Base sunscreen instead.
Dior has made this sunscreen cum makeup base in 3 shades – translucent (normal), Mauve (anti dullness) and Beige (tinted). I picked it up in the white and mauve formula during the Dior sale this year. The manufacturing date was 2008 so I figured I’d be ok.
DiorSnow sunscreen has Zinc Oxide but is not thick
The active ingredients for the Translucent SPF 50 PA+++ as stated on the tube are Zinc Oxide 19.41%, Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate) 7.50%. As for the Mauve SPF35 PA+++ the active ingredients are Zinc Oxide 15.75%, Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate) 5.50%. That is a pretty high percentage of Zinc Oxide in there!
Despite having a high amount of Zinc Oxide as the active ingredient, the texture of the Diorsnow Sublissime UV Base sunscreen is not thick and it does not leave a white cast on the skin. In that sense, it was nice going on the skin. There is a slight scent but it did not bother me much.
High SPF and PA rating : Blocks UV-A and UV-B rays
It is also SPF50 and PA+++ which is about as high as you can go for conventional sunscreen and one of the highest I’d seen advertised by a department store brand.
The Diorsnow Sublissime UV Base sunscreen kept my skin protected and it did not feel warm even when I went under the sun. Mauve has a liquid texture and acts to enhance luminousity which counteracts dull skin. It works quite well as a base for makeup. All in all, it should be the perfect sunscreen and makeup base.
Works well for some but not for others
The unfortunate thing however, is that neither of the Diorsnow Sublissime UV Base sunscreen worked for me! I couldn’t imagine why but both caused me to break out. I did not quite believe it initially so I stopped everything new, let my skin clear up and then use the Diorsnow Sublissime UV Base sunscreen again.
Boom! Spots appears almost overnight. I was so upset 🙁 I have a suspicion that its Zinc Oxide I’m intolerant to in which case, that’s a right bummer! I’ve done some research into this and will be sharing my thoughts soon. I gave it to a friend who proclaimed their love for it so yeah bummer! 😛
A 30ml tube retails for RM148 or so at Dior counters.
Pros: Zinc Oxide is an effective UVA and UVB blocker, Not sticky or oily, 3 types to suit skin needs, Not thick and no white cast
Cons: Caused me to break out which is unusual
I know that the Diorsnow Sublissime UV Base sunscreen is a popular item and that many people have reported great success using it. One lady at the sale grabbed 6 tubes at a go for herself and her daughter. Yeah so go figure that only I should report breakouts 😛
Have you used this before and do you like it? Am I alone in not having it agree with my skin?