Eucerin Sun Sensitive Protect Face Sun Fluid
Protection? SPF 50+, UVA with a circle.
Filters? Avobenzone, Octisalate, Tinosorb S, Titanium Dioxide (nano), Uvinul T 150, Ensulizole
Country of Origin? Germany. EU compliant.
Water resistant? “Resistente al agua,” so yes, 40 minutes.
Who is it for?
Skin types? I think it’s okay for all skins theoretically. Those concerned with greasy, shiny skin would be better suited with something else. I also think dry skins should just use a cream texture.
Works for all skin tones? I don’t think it is ideal.
What is it like?
Texture? A very runny, drippy, and greasy feeling liquid.
Filmy, sticky, or heavy? It isn’t sticky, but it is filmy in a greasy way, and, surprisingly, heavy. The texture doesn’t change after application, so the slippy liquid does seem to weigh my skin down.
Flashback / White cast? There is some white cast, and there is definitely flashback.
Finish? Well, greasy. It makes me consider buying those insane blotting papers.
Based on the formula, I have confidence that this offers great UV protection: both UVA and UVB. It also contains some antioxidant compounds which are supposed to protect against visible light and free radical damage. It’s also fragrance free.
Any bad news?
I was excited to try this sunscreen. I was so excited that I imported it from Portugal. I thought I was going to really like it, and then know about another great, affordable European sunscreen. I am sad to remark that I don’t really like it that much at all. My first problem is application: the packaging makes it hard to apply. The hole through which the product is dispensed is too wide, so one is left with a puddle of sunscreen in one’s hand. I find that similar liquid formulas have a finer tip, which makes the product easier to apply with precision, without fear of tipping sunscreen onto an unintended surface.
Second, the way the cast on this sunscreen manifests is not ideal. It stays white for a minute, and you have to move it around a lot to get it to sheer. This problem is made worse by the fact that this sunscreen doesn’t absorb or dry down well at all. It just kind of stays on the surface of the skin, where it remains greasy. It doesn’t ever seem to go dry. It also rubs off very easily, which results in me getting snail trails of white sunscreen all over everything. It isn’t ideal. It also smells like denatured alcohol, which isn’t exactly dreamy.
$21 | 50 ml | $0.42 / ml
Arbitrary personal ranking out of 10?
My love for this sunscreen is more a matter of practice than an endorsement (≤ 6/10).
La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Tinted Fluid is a similar idea: a liquid and emollient sunscreen fluid. I think Anthelios XL is a lot better. I would wager that Anthelios offers better UVA protection, and while borderline greasy, is much less so than the Eucerin. While I find Anthelios hard to apply from the packaging, I find it works well if applied in small sections. The Eucerin's cast and inability to dry down fully make applying in small sections a frustrating and lengthy endeavor.