Years ago… or maybe just over 2 years ago, I thought I’d found THE ONE. The perfect sunscreen for me. I do still use it, and I do still like it. But I’ve come to realize that its no longer THE ONE. Unlike the many others I’ve been trying thereafter, I found it was heavier and oilier on my skin. Uh-oh. What am I going to do with that almost full tube 😛 One of these days I should do a sunscreen compilation eh?
So I’d run out of my Kiehl’s Ultra Light UV Defense and Biotherm Supra D-Tox, both of which I’d even had to cut open to dig out the very last bits and I’d run out of the sample of Marie Veronique Organics Face Screen when, as fate would have it, the Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen landed on my lap. Was I happy? Ecstatic 😛
The Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen with SPF40 is an upgrade of the previous Clarins sunscreen. This time, not only does it shield your skin from those harmful UVA-UVB rays, it contains cantaloupe melon extract which has anti-pollution and anti-oxidative properties on the skin.
My first reaction upon seeing this bottle was “Oh gosh! Its tiny!” It just fits into my palm. I have this strange perception that sunscreen must come in gallon cans (because I’m very liberal with its use) but this is quite a small wonder!
The first thing I noted was the consistency. It has a liquid lotion consistency that spreads easily, but isn’t quite like water.
The Clarins UV Plus HP sunscreen comes in 2 formulations – transparent and tinted. The tinted version has a pink band on its name because its a pink tint. Strange? Not really. This very light pink tint actually helps brighten your skin. So this one functions both as a sunscreen and as a makeup base too.
I’ve worn this one everyday since I got it over 2 months ago. I took it with me to the beach and I took it with me on holiday. To say we are inseparable is a bit of an understatement, because I’ve really grown to like this.
The best part of course, is that it is very light on the skin and isn’t oily whether on application or after that. It isn’t drying on my skin and I find it makes a good base for makeup, whether due to the pink tint or its texture.
You can use the piano method to apply this sunscreen, but I don’t. I apply this one using the dot and apply method i.e. squeeze out on finger, apply, squeeze on finger, apply etc, all over my face. Quite a lot used, but I’m liberal with sunscreen. You also have to shake it before using, to mix up the formula, I’m told. If you don’t shake it, the texture is more watery and its thicker after you have mixed it up.
There is a scent which I would really have been happier without but I guess you can’t win ’em all.
Pros: Light texture, Spreads easily, Pink tint is brightening on the skin, High UV protection, Protects against UVA and UVB rays
Cons: Scented, Pricey
Here is the ingredient list for those who are interested in what it contains.
The blocker used here is titanium dioxide, but it doesn’t leave a white cast on my skin. Or maybe that pink tint hides it? I’m not sure. My sis used it when she stayed over recently, and she immediately told me she liked it and how it felt. I didn’t offer to give it to her as I would usually. It was too precious 😛
What I was quite surprised with is that I have been using this one everyday (almost) for close to 2 months and despite its tiny little 30ml size, I’m not finished! That is considering I apply a lot more than the recommended dosage. Still, it doesn’t stop me cringing at the price when I eventually have to replenish…because I will! 🙂
I’m slowly moving out of my regular sunscreen comfort range and I have found that many new sunscreens have a much lighter non oily texture which is, of course, wonderful. We all need sunscreen everyday so comfort is paramount. The problem for me, is that I’m finding sunscreens to love in the higher price spectrum where the innovations are moving faster than in the drugstore/pharmacy brands. Its a right pity, because we need this everyday, yet if its going to be so pricey, how on earth are we going to keep it up? Ah… the neverending conundrum 😛
Any chance you have used or tried this one? I know its pricey, but I really like it and its easily available which is always a plus 🙂
Clarins UV Plus Day Screen High Protection Sunscreen with SPF40 PA+++ comes in 2 versions – tinted and transparent – and retails at RM158/30ml at Clarins counters and boutiques