Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield
Protection? Broad Spectrum SPF 50, PA+++
Filters? Zinc Oxide (12%)
They are using a (patented) nanosized zinc. I don’t have any reservations about using nanosized zinc, but some people have an issue with it.
Country of Origin? United States.
Water resistant? Yes, 40 minutes
Who is it for?
Skin types? All. For real.
Works for all skin tones? I find it to go completely clear: it has pigment that sheers out to nothing. So I will say… I think it probably works for all skin tones. If one knows they often encounter issues with mineral screens, I’d test first, for sure, but I think it’d be okay.
What is it like?
Texture? It’s a lightweight, dry lotion. It is like the sunscreens they sell at Credo (the Marie Veronique, the Josh Rosebrook, Suntegrity: you know, those clay-ish, putty-like cream textures) but more fluid, and more moisturizing.
Filmy, sticky, or heavy? I don’t find it filmy, sticky, or heavy.
Flashback / White cast? From the tube, it seems like it will have a camel-ish cast , but once you give it a bit of friction, it loses pigment completely and goes fully sheer. Yes to flashback. Obviously. It’s zinc.
Greasy? No, it isn’t greasy.
Finish? Somewhere between velvet and matte.
So, my general distaste for mineral exclusive sunscreens has been well documented. I always see them and just think, like, whatever, who cares, they will leave me dry and looking like Casper the ghost.
This product has proven my bad attitude wrong. I really regret not trying it earlier. It’s fucking bomb. Let me go through why:
It is a xeric lotion, so it drips and runs, but it doesn’t feel wet or glossy, which is obviously due to the zinc in the formula. Yet, it still applies evenly and cleanly, gliding across the skin. From the bottle, it has a faint tan tint, but this pigment isn’t true on the skin: it sheers out, offering no coverage. It just seems to block the white cast, and does effectively. It has some emollience in the formula, and feels nourishing on the skin. It doesn’t feel heavy or overly occlusive, and isn’t drying, even with frequent reapplication. It dries to a velvet, radiant finish, without looking like, shiny. It has iron oxides too, which are effective for filtering high energy visible light. I also like how they have a PA rating on the packaging. It’s also fragrance free.
Any bad news?
My impossibly sophisticated friend Renée told me she finds this drying. I don't disagree fully, but I kind of work around it. It’s pretty expensive, and I don't really want to have to work 'around' and expensive product. Beyond that, I actually have no complaints. It’s really good.
$39 / 55 ml | $0.71 / ml
Arbitrary personal ranking out of 10?
My love for this sunscreen cannot be understated (9/10).
As above, it reminds me of the sunscreens they sell at Credo / the Detox Market: Marie Veronique Everyday Coverage Tinted Sunscreen and Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen And Primer, but I think it is better. Its a more fluid texture but somehow feels more moisturizing. The Colorescience is also water resistant.
The Supergoop Smooth And Poreless 100% Mineral Matte Screen is also great, and you can pick it up in retail stores, which is nice. The Supergoop is more expensive and gets its glide from silicone-y slip, where the Colorescience is a more runny lotion. The Supergoop is more “cool grrl,” the Colorescience feels more serious.