Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum Review
One of the best things I did for my skin was start to wear sunscreen everyday. While I normally use Asian sunscreens, when Clarins gifted me a sunscreen that promised no white cast and was formulated specifically for warding off urban pollution, I had to put this into my rotation. Here are my thoughts:
This has a mix of physical and chemical filters, with its main filters being titanium dioxide and oxybenzone. According to enraged online reviews, this sunscreen used to be completely physical. I haven’t tried the version of this product pre-formulation, so I can’t compare - but do note that the chemical filters this sunscreen uses are not reef safe, so keep that in mind if you’re choosing a suncare for the beach.
This product features additional ingredients that are more skincare focused, such as antioxidant cantaloupe melon and blackcurrant extracts. As far as I can tell, the “Exclusive Anti-Pollution Complex” is branding for their combination of white tea extract and a plant called succory dock-cress. These are soothing ingredients, but I wouldn’t go so far to say that they are “anti-pollution.”
I like how emollient this sunscreen is. It’s a white watery substance that sinks in easily, doesn’t pill, and leaves no white cast. This definitely leaves your skin on the “dewy” side - I have to matte this down with powder. There is a slight floral fragrance that is very pleasant.
This is in the splurge category, clocking in at $43 for 1.7 oz (50 mL) at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora and Ulta.
This is a perfectly fine SPF 50 sunscreen. While I am skeptical about its specific anti-urban pollution claims, I found this to feel very emollient and soothing. However, for $45 at @sephora, it’s definitely a splurge.
I received this product free to test.
Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream vs. Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun Review
Comparing and contrasting two sunscreens from Korean beauty brands that are SPF50 and priced a dollar apart:
Cosrx’s has aloe as a humectant, and a mix of chemical (octinoxate, tinosorb S, and more) and physical filters (titanium dioxide). Unfortunately, it contains alcohol, which can be drying, and fragrance.
Purito’s has a lot more skincare-focused ingredients. It contains niacinamide (brightening), centella asiatica (soothing), and hyaluronic acid (humectant). The bummer for me is that this contains lavender essential oil, which is very fragrant and potentially sensitizing.
The sunscreen uses chemical filters that are not yet approved for use in the USA by the FDA, though they have been approved in Europe. FDA reviews tend to be more stringent and conservative because the agency considers sunscreens to be a drug, while European regulators view sunscreen as a cosmetic. You can read the FDA’s perspective in their blog that gives context around the 2014 Sunscreen Innovation Act.
Because of these newer filters, Purito has a higher PA rating than Cosrx. While both are SPF50, SPF ratings only takes into account UVB rays. The PA rating system was developed in Japan to rate UVA protection, and Purito’s has the max PA++++ rating. Cosrx is rated at PA+++.
Neither leave a white cast and both have a similar dewy consistency - not matte, but not greasy. Cosrx’s feels a touch shinier. While Cosrx’s fragrance dissipates, Purito’s lavender scent sticks around for a while.
Both are quite affordable. The Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream is $13 and Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun is $14.
Both are fine products. I’m torn because both have their pros and cons. Neither make it into my holy grails category because the Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream is a bit too dewy, while the Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun smells too much like lavender.
If you want the additional skin benefits, go Purito. If you dislike lingering floral fragrances, go Cosrx.
I received the Purito sunscreen free to test.
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Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser Review
Like with all Eve Lom products, the sleek, white glass packaging was what stood out to me - but how does the cleanser perform?
Shea butter (emollient), grape seed oil (this is an oil-based cleanser for makeup removal), enzyme blend (sebum removal). This has clove and herbal oils for a very garden-like scent.
An Oily Experience
I cleanse makeup at the end of the day and used this as my makeup-removing step. The best way to describe the texture is as an “oil gel.” It’s not a sherbet like a balm, and it’s thicker than a serum. Because of this, it can cut through thicker layers of makeup. Unfortunately, this also leaves a filmy feeling after washing with water - I have to wash with another cleanser in order to feel clean.
This cleanser is a splurge. The full-size retails for $60 for 100 mL, and the mini is $18 for 30 mL at Sephora.
Because of the oily-after feel and the high price point, this is a skip for me.
I received this product free to test.