Sunday, 13 December 2015

I Can Now Wear Sunscreen Everyday: Clinique's Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF 50/PA ++++

Two thumbs up for Clinique's Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF 50/PA ++++ in Sheer Tint.

I've been looking for a really, really good sunscreen. La Roche-Posay's Anthelios XL Melt In Cream isn't bad but recently, it's started to irritate the tops of my cheeks and I've gotten real impatient waiting for the white cast to go away before I can put my base make up on.

It's gotten to the point where I've regularly opted going out without sunscreen.
And yes that's a huge deal if you're living in Australia aka sunburnt country. Not to mention that I am as pale as a sheet of paper.

I got a deluxe sample of Clinique's Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF 45/PA ++++ when I was shopping for my Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion +. The BA said that it was their latest release and that a lot of people were loving the formula. It sat in the bottom of my samples box at home for a long time because I'm not a fan of Clinique's sunscreens. I really didn't like their Derma White City Block Anti-Pollution SPF 40/PA +++.

Funnily enough, I started using the sample a few months ago and it turns out that it's fantastic! I loved it so much that I asked for a full size to be sent over to me from Hong Kong. Unfortunately, you can't buy the sunscreen in Australia. I don't think this is an Asian exclusive either because apparently you can get this in some European countries.

At the time of purchase, Hong Kong was already selling the updated version with SPF 50/PA ++++, which is the product that I'll be reviewing today.

The sunscreen protects against UVA (aging) and UVB (burns) and is non-chemical. Clinique says that it has a patent-pending Invisible Screen™ technology that makes the sunscreen look and feel almost invisible and natural on all skin tones. 

The tube's nozzle dispenser is done really well - literally no wastage/leakage. You do need to shake the bottle before use and there is a ball that rolls around when you do so.

On most days, I use this on top of my moisturiser and before my base make up. If I'm just off to the gym, then I'll put on a layer of Dr Jart's Ceramidin Liquid and then the sunscreen.

There are so many things I like about this sunscreen! First of all, the sunscreen is runny and lightweight, so it's easier for me to wear the daily required amount of sunscreen. It's lighter than the original version. It's definitely not heavy and doesn't make you feel like you're wearing a mask.

It also doesn't leave a white cast! The old Sheer Tint shade in the SPF 45/PA ++++ version looked a little orange on my skin but once applied, it'd just disappear. The new SPF 50 ++++ is a lighter shade and it blends in just as easily. It leaves my skin looking dewy and slightly shiny in a non-oily way. It's not very high in coverage but it does make my skin look brightened. Either way, I do go in with a cushion compact or foundation afterward for more polished look.

If you have the chance, this sunscreen is absolutely worth trying. I used to hate wearing sunscreen since it took forever to sink in and that white cast always made things difficult. With this new sunscreen, I actually look forward to putting it on in the morning!

Which sunscreen are you using now?