Darling Addicted to Sun High Protection

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Function

Protection? SPF 30, UVA with a Circle

Filters? Octinoxate, Titanium Dioxide, Tinosorb S

Country of Origin? Italy. EU compliant.

Water resistant? No.

Who is it for?

Skin types? I’ll say it’s okay for all skin types. It is simultaneously pretty emollient and pretty lightweight.

Works for all skin tones? It would be fine, yes.

What is it like?

Texture? Somewhere between lotion and cream. I can’t decide if I’d call it a rich lotion or a light cream.

Filmy, sticky, or heavy? I don’t find it to be heavy or filmy. It is a little sticky when applied, but that feeling goes away after a few minutes.

Flashback / White cast? No, neither, but it does have that titanium- glass skin, reflective radiance.

Greasy? No, but you can feel there is some oil in the formula – it has that kind of light emollience.

Finish? There is a faint radiant, moisturized finish. Sort of soft-focus, and mildly dewey.

Positive opinions?

I loooove the smell. Love it. Wow. Like what I imagine a lei in Hawaii must smell like. It also is nice to wear. It wears well, without feeling filmy, greasy, or like one is wearing a film on one’s skin. So, I’ll advance the claim that it is very nice from an aesthetic perspective. I really like the packaging too. They picked a pretty shade of baby blue. I usually find helvetica to be a little bland and loud, but I think it looks luxe here.

Any bad news?

Well, I don’t like the marketing (or, at least, the English translation of the marketing). This product is not a good adjuvant to tanning beds. The only thing that is a good adjuvant to tanning beds is a power outage. I also don’t like “addicted to sun,” and wish they’d change it to “addicted to sun protection. I also don’t endorse that they label this product “spf 30-50.” This means it should be considered an SPF 30, and I worry consumers are mislead by the range. And while it is quite nice aesthetically, it isn’t superlative. It’s very good, but not, like, the best. Yet, I still like it, and think it’s good.

Price?

$40 / 150 ml | $0.27 / ml

Arbitrary personal ranking out of 10?

My love for this sunscreen is tangible (8/10).

Similar products?

Its elegance reminds me of the Bioderma Photoderm Max Crème. They feel very similar on application. As in, they rub in in the same way. The Darling is a little more pliable and has a really lovely fragrance, but the Bioderma is a better sunscreen.

In terms of feel on the skin while wearing, it is a lot like the Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen. Just like, absorbative, lightweight creamy lotion. The Supergoop is water resistant. I have more confidence in the photostability and UVA protection of the Darling. This is the FDA’s fault; not Supergoop’s.

It can be purchased here.