Revolution Skincare Protecting Boost SPF30 Review

I’ve been trying to find more affordable sunscreens this year so that people have no excuse to not use SPF! This led me to the Revolution Skincare Protecting Boost SPF30. I have many thoughts on this so let’s get started

Revolution Skincare Protecting Boost SPF30 is a cream formula and chemical based SPF. It has niacinamide and shea butter to protect and moisturise the skin.


As usual, I use SPF as the last step in my AM routine. I do not like this SPF at all! The only good thing about this is the fact that its 100% invisible on dark skin. So here are my issues with it:

  • It’s supposed to be moisturising but I find that it actually makes my skin feel dry. I have used it with and without a moisturiser underneath and it’s still the same. I have the one for normal to oily skintypes which is my skin type!
  • It’s a matte finish and I usually prefer dewy/luminous/glowy finish
  • It’s a bit difficult to blend around the hairline. In my demo, you can see some white patches around my hairline even though I’m trying to blend it in.
  • For an SPF, I find the jar packaging a bit odd. It’s going to be exposed to air and light so much that I wonder if it will still be effective after a while.
  • The SPF doesn’t state if it’s broad-spectrum but after looking at the ingredients it does protect against both UVA & UVB- THIS SHOULD BE ON THE PACKAGING!
  • They call this a protecting boost but I’m not sure why? Apart from niacinamide I don’t see any other special ingredients?

View my demo below

Revolution Skincare SPF Try on


I am happy that its invisible on dark skin but in terms of everything else – I’m disappointed. I was hoping to find another good SPF for under a tenner but I guess not!

I wouldn’t recommend this as I have used much better SPFs under £10!

Revolution Skincare Protecting Boost SPF30 is £10 in Boots

Catch you later!

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The BodyShop Skin Defence SPF50 review

I’ve been waiting to do this review forever! The new and improved formula for the BodyShop’s Skin Defence Multi-Protection Lotion SPF50+ with a PA rating of 4. I fell in love with the original version when it was called the Multi-Protection Essence. It was a beautiful lightweight watery texture that sank into the skin with ease and leaves it hydrated and glowing! TBS suddenly stopped producing this last year to reformulate it.

What the brand says

Ready for a new addition to your fave Skin Defence range? Meet our best protection ever. We’ve created a new lotion to combine high SPF 50+ PA++++ with 24hr moisturisation. Lightweight and non-greasy, this new multitasker has an improved matrix of UV filters – that’s a fancy way of saying it helps protect skin against UVA rays, which penetrate deeper and cause discoloration, as well as daily aggressors like pollution. Like all good SPFs, it helps future-proof your skin and prevent pigmentation and premature ageing, and ours also contains red algae extract and vitamin C. It’s going to help your skin look brighter and healthier, but you must wear it every day. Promise?

Brand new formula with our best ever protection

Facial moisturiser with SPF 50+ PA++++ and UVA/UVB protection

Helps protect against the appearance of pigmentation and premature ageing

Helps protect skin against indoor and outdoor pollution

Made with red algae extract and vitamin C to help brighten the appearance of skin for a healthy glow

Suitable for sensitive skin, Dermatologically tested, Non-comedogenic, Vegan


Type of sunscreen: chemical

I use this as the last step in my AM routine before makeup. On most days I layer this over a serum but I have also used it over my day cream.

What I liked: the new formula is still invisible on the skin without any flashback. It doesn’t feel oily or too heavy on and it has a beautiful glowing finish. It can be used over serums alone or layer over moisturiser if you have dry skin. On most days it layers quite well and doesn’t pill. You are getting maximum UVB and UVA protection and the formula also have antioxidants to help defend against pollution.#

What I didn’t like: The texture of the new formula is a lotion which is thicker and feels heavier than the previous essence texture. This also means it takes a tad bit longer to absorb into the skin.

Verdict : To be totally honest, the only reason why I don’t like the new version is because of the texture change! This is a good sunscreen, maximum protection with some antioxidants and invisible on dark skin. For me the previous essence texture was excellent and perfect: it was extremely hydrating and lightweight and sank into the skin so quickly.

I’m not sure why they would change the formula!  For this reason, alone I won’t repurchase this sunscreen.

I will 100% recommend this because this more of a moisturising sunscreen than a moisturiser with added SPF( if that makes sense). You can use this as your AM moisturiser for most skintypes without the need of an additional moisturiser.

The BodyShop Multi Protection Lotion SPF50+ PA++++ is £18 for 30ml on BodyShop

Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen SPF 50 Review

Over the last years, I have been compiling a list of sunscreens that are suitable for dark skin. I am trying to encourage more black people to wear sunscreen and the #1 excuse I always get is the white cast most sunscreens leave on our skin. So, with my reviews, I test lots of sunscreens to help you decide which ones to get and ones to avoid.

Today’s post is a full review and demo of the Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen SPF 50. I heard about this sunscreen from a fellow skincare Instagrammer I follow and it’s super affordable too.

What the brand says

Broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, Exceeds EU recommendations for UVA protection, Clinically tested, Easily absorbed, non-sticky and no residue, Daily use on face and body, Excellent tolerability, Fragrance and paraben free, Water resistant


I got this sunscreen from Amazon where its 2x100ml tubes for £8! I’m now on my 2nd tube of the SPF.

This is a combination type sunscreen with physical (nano) and chemical filters

What I liked: the Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen SPF 50’s formula has a good mixture of excellent & efficient sunscreen filters, including new generation Tinosorb sunscreen family. It is broad spectrum with both UVA and UVB filters.

It is a cream texture and doesn’t leave the skin looking too oily. It doesn’t clog pores and has the typical sunscreen scent. Suitable for both face and body.

Very affordable, 2x100ml tube for less than £10

What I didn’t like: I found the sunscreen inconsistent. Sometimes it piled and sometimes it didn’t. Most days it leaves a tell-tale white cast and on other days the cast wasn’t so obvious. It doesn’t layer too well on top of itself due to piling.

I have also used it on my body but it performs the same way as on the face, sometimes there is a cast sometimes there isn’t an obvious one.

In my pic below the cast isn’t that obvious but there is a slight silvery cast on my skin.


A few of my fellow insta skincare lovers love this sunscreen but it was a miss for me. I struggled to get through the first tube, and I’m struggling with this second tube.  I like the formula, in terms of the filters used but the performance of the product is what I don’t like it. It leaves a slight cast and piles a lot which makes it difficult to layer on.

It’s very affordable so if it works for you then you’re in luck. I may end up chucking my 2nd tube away.

Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen SPF50 is £8 or 2x100ml on Amazon

Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Multi Defense Aqua UV Gel SPF50 Review

Estee Lauder is one of my favourite luxury brands! My favourite products from them are their best seller ANR serum and Ampoules however I think I have found another killer product( the full review on this soon)

Today’s post is a full review of the new Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Multi Defense Aqua UV Gel SPF50 with 8 antioxidants. This is part of the Perfectionist range, designed to perfect the skin by reducing sun damage, dark spots and brighten, lift, firm and smooth the skin.

What the brand says:

Our next-generation defense with a next-to-nothing feel. Professionally inspired treatment helps safeguard the healthy, beautiful look of your skin with a holistic 3-in-1 defense, fighting the look of indoor and outdoor environmental assaults: UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum Defense in an invisible veil. This patent-pending formula, also featuring Tiger Lily Extract, helps promote the appearance of naturally firm, bouncy skin

Pollution Defense: It helps fight the appearance of damage from indoor/outdoor pollution, including ozone and micro-dust.The carefully crafted, self-renewing blend includes Tiger Lily Extract, Green Tea, Vitamins C and E, Resveratrol and more. Dehydration Defense: Advanced barrier fortifiers help skin seal in moisture and help strengthen it against other environmental assaults. This can also help prevent dehydration, including from external causes such as heating and air conditioning.

All in an amazing, water-light gel emulsion that applies with a refreshing burst of hydration. Absorbs quickly. Non-greasy, non-sticky. Won’t clog pores.


This is a chemical-based sunscreen. Chemical filers are:

UVB- Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Octocrylene, Homosalate. UVA- Benzophenone-3, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane

This is a gel formula and comes in an opaque tube packaging. It comes in one size: 30ml.

What I liked about it: the gel formula feels nice and slightly hydrating on the skin and it’s also very lightweight. I can layer this on and won’t experience any pilling. The formula is great because, in addition to sun protection, you are also getting the added 8 antioxidants including powerhouse antioxidants like Vitamin C, E which will further protect the skin from free radical damage. I have been using this religiously and in addition to my hyperpigmentation treatments and they are fading slowly! ( the biggest difference has been reapplication of sunscreen). This is 100% invisible on dark skin, even when reapplied! I look super tired in the pic, its the first time in a while I had to wake up early for work. LOL

What I didn’t like: Alcohol denatured is the 3rd ingredient in the product and you can definitely tell as you apply it. You get a whiff of the alcohol scent. I also suspect it’s the reason why I get a stinging sensation as the product is drying on the skin. It’s not major but I can feel it and if you have sensitive skin you may find it irritating. I also find that it doesn’t pair too well with certain primers. In the last week of using this, I started going back to work hence started doing my makeup. I usually use the Glamglow Nude moisturiser mixed with the Emani Perfect 10 serum primer as my primer. I have been using this combo since last year without any issues. Using this combo on top of this sunscreen amplified the tingling sensation I was talking about earlier. Again it wasn’t major to the point where I had to rub it off but I could definitely feel it. I then switched primers to the revolution blur stick and that has been ok.

Another issue I have with this is the size. It’s £36 for 30ml and this lasted me just under 2 weeks! 13 days to be exact. I mentioned I reapply sunscreen often, so when I started using this I would use it twice a day before I decided to re-apply my SPF with another product because I didn’t want to run out of the Estee lauder quickly. I use a good about of sunscreen, roughly ½ a teaspoon for face and neck which is the recommended amount. So using the recommended amount of SPF will get you 2 weeks use out of this which isn’t good value for money. I wish it was 50ml size instead

Verdict– I really like the texture and formula of this sunscreen. I love the gel texture which is very easy to apply and layer on. I also love the added antioxidants which boost the sunscreen protection. I love its 100% invisible on dark skin. I have used alcohol denatured in sunscreens before but I don’t remember any of them giving me a tingling sensation like this Estee lauder one does. I also wish they would bring this in a bigger size, 30ml won’t last especially if you are reapplying it often.

Would I repurchase this? To be honest I don’t mind repurchasing but it would have to be on offer for me to buy it again. There is another sunscreen in the Perfectionist range I may try.

Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Multi Defense Aqua UV Gel SPF50 is £36 on LookFantastic


Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50 Review


Hi everyone! I hope all is well. Today I have another K-beauty sunscreen review and it’s no other than the very popular Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sunscreen SPF50 PA+++.

What the brand says:

Aloe Arborescens Leaf Extract is the key ingredient of COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream that soothes and moisturizes skin at the same time. The texture of COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream is similar to a light moisturizer, unlike other sunblocks that leaves the skin dry and stripped. The hydrating sunscreen is absorbed into the skin fast without feeling greasy or leaving white cast. This sunblock can be worn all year long as it feels light during hot/humid summer and moisturizing in the dry season. Designed to be travel friendly, you can easily carry COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream anywhere and layer on sun protection anytime.


Type of sunscreen: Combination- a mixture of chemical and physical filters

Chemical filters- Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (UVB), Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine (UVA, UVB), Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid (UVB), Isoamyl P-Methoxycinnamate (UVA, UVB)

Physical filter- Titanium Dioxide (UVA, UVB)

This was a bittersweet experience for me. This sunscreen is so popular and affordable so I was looking forward to using it. This is a cream formula which feels light on the skin. It also has a pleasant scent, not the usual sunscreen scent.

What I liked about it- it doesn’t leave oily residue on the skin and doesn’t clog pores. It’s quite soothing thanks to the aloe in it.  If you have very oily skin, you could probably skip moisturiser and use this over serums and you would get enough hydration for the day. It spreads very easily. Other beneficial ingredients in this are Vitamin E, Aloe and glycerin

What I didn’t like- I found this pretty inconsistent. I use a lot of sunscreen: the recommended daily amount for face and neck (half of a teaspoon).   This is a picture of it freshly applied and massaged in. It looks totally ok right?

But lets take a closer look, most days this left a very slight cast when dried in patches, especially around my hairline or cheeks.

I also found that it doesn’t layer well. Even though I’m working from home, I like to reapply sunscreen because my skin is vulnerable to sun damage due to other ingredients I use(acids) and I have hyperpigmentation and my skin is prone to it. Another layer of this feels heavy and piles when dry, you can see piling around my jawline in the picture below.  Sometimes it settles into lines on my neck. It’s not the heaviest SPF I have used but it’s also not the lightest I have used.


I did not like using this sunscreen. For me, the cast was inconsistent from a distance it looks ok but come closer and its a different story lol.

After using this SPF, I have come to realise I prefer very watery/fluid and gel /mousse textured sunscreens. I also didn’t realise it had a physical filter before purchasing it. This probably explains the white cast. This is the amount of SPF I use daily over my face and neck and sometimes my chest area. You may think it is a lot but it actually isn’t. With sunscreen, less is not more, you need to use a good amount to get the FULL protection stated on the product

Will I recommend it?

This is very popular and it is for a reason but it didn’t just work for me. I think if you have very oily skin, you would like this because you can skip your moisturiser step. The cast comes with the amount you use, I use the standard half a teaspoon to get the full protection, there is no way I would use less and I won’t really recommend you use less either. When it comes to sunscreen less is not more and a little doesn’t go a long way!

I know this is an unpopular opinion about this sunscreen but this has been my experience.  I look totally busted in these pictures lol so you don’t have to be! I was really hoping to like this but it just didn’t work for me!

I won’t repurchase.

CosRx Aloe Soothing Suncream SF50 PA +++ is £13.67 on Yesstyle

My Favourite Moisturisers for Normal to Combination Skin

Hey everyone, I hope all is well.

Keeping the skin hydrated and moisturised is an important step in your skincare routine. Every skintype including oily skin needs moisture in order to keep it healthy and supple. I have tried a lot of moisturisers so in this post I will be recommending a few of my favourite ones.

My skintype is normal to combination oily. My skin tends to be oilier and blemish-prone in the spring/summer and more normal and dehydrated in the winter.

I tend to go for moisturisers without SPF so that I can use them in the evening too. I prefer to use a dedicated sunscreen in the AM over my moisturiser because I like to use a lot of SPF and using a lot of SPF moisturiser can feel slightly greasy. With that said, I have tried & loved some SPF moisturisers so I have also included them in the list.

A general rule: oilier skintypes can opt for gel/ lotion textured moisturisers as they are lighter and can provide hydration without feeling oily and all other skin types can use creams. I tend to mix and match and I don’t really stick to this rule. As long as the moisturiser is packed with good beneficial ingredients and I like it, I will stick with it.

Farmacy Honey Potion– this is a recent favourite and you can see why in my full review here. The texture is gel-like and it adds so much hydration to the skin. It’s lightweight and doesn’t leave the skin oily which is great for the most oiliest of skintypes. You will get hydrated soft and supple skin without no oil slick

Clinique Auto Hydrator– another lightweight gel textured moisturiser. I love using this, particularly at night. It sinks into the skin and leaves it glowing. I found it so soothing when I damaged my skin barrier due to over acid use. It leaves the skin supple and plump.

The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors– I love everything about this moisturiser: the price, the brand, the effectiveness.  It’s got no oil, so it can moisturise the skin leaving it soft and no oily residue is left behind.

The BodyShop Vitamin C SPF30 Day Cream– ahh, Vitamin C and SPF? Yes, please! I haven’t picked this up since they changed the packaging (not sure if they changed the formula?) but it’s a lovely cream that leaves the skin soft and glowing. Whilst it’s not an oily finish, it can leave the skin looking a bit dewy so again if you prefer something matte, this isn’t for you. With this, you get added sun protection so it’s a step-less in your morning routine.


BeautyPie Daily Moisture Lotion: if you are a member of Beauty Pie you should check this out. It’s a lotion that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. There is no oily residue and I like that it doesn’t pill under makeup. I have a full review here. It’s thick and creamy enough for normal skin and it doesn’t clog pores.

Murad Essential C SPF 30 Moisturiser– want glowing skin? This Murad moisturiser is super lightweight and leaves the skin glowing. I prefer this finish but if you prefer matte or you have oily skin then you may not like this. The moisturizer is part of the Essential C line which works to brighten and correct dark spots so it’s a 2 in 1 product. This is 100% invisible on dark skin so you can use pop on and go. I have slaughtered this on and reapplied during the day and I haven’t experienced any pilling.

Sunday Riley Tidal Moisturiser– In 2018-2019, the only brand I was checking for was Sunday Riley. This moisturiser is lightweight and leaves the skin hydrated, plump and glowing. The gel-like texture makes it a pleasure to use! Not only does this provide hydration but it also doubles up to brighten the skin with contained use, making this an excellent moisturiser if you have dark spots or pigmentation, just remember to use SPF afterwards!

Your Good Skin SPF 30– if you follow me on Instagram you will know how much I love this moisturiser! It’s effective, it’s affordable and easily accessible. I have a full review of the brand here. This one has SPF and antioxidants so you know you are getting much-needed protection from the skin and environment. It’s a lightweight lotion with a bit of a dewy finish. I don’t mind this but if you prefer a super matte finish then you may not like it.

These are my tried and approved moisturisers for all skintypes. Always remember to use SPF in the morning if your moisturiser doesn’t have it and to double at night!

What’s your favourite moisturiser?



Nivea Sun Moisture Lock SPF 50 Review

You guys know how I feel about sun protection! Each year I try to test out new sunscreens and review for you guys. I have a dedicated SPF section for dark skin, I have tested a lot of SPFs from K beauty ones to the drugstore and compiled a list for us. Check out the beauty menu and click on ‘Dark Skin Sunscreens’.

Today’s post will be a full review on the Nivea Sun Moisture Lock SPF 50. This is a very high broad-spectrum sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection. It claims to b water-resistant with 4 stars UVA rating. It also promises moisture


This is a lotion spray SPF which means you cannot spray it directly onto the face because it doesn’t spray as a mist. It is lightweight lotion and has the usual sunscreen scent. This is a chemical sunscreen.

The SPF is a light weight lotion and spreads easily onto the skin. It looks like it would leave a cast on the skin but after massaging onto the skin, it is 100% invisible. The lotion does feel a little greasy on the skin and leaves the skin with a ‘dewy look’. I haven’t found it to clog pores or experienced any irritation with it. It doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin but you will feel it on the skin.

It layers well with other products and I have not had any issues with pilling. It works well under makeup and because it leaves a dewy finish this does translate under makeup too. My everyday makeup is a powder foundation and this helps give it a dewy fresh look instead of a matte finish.


I do like this sunscreen, it has high factor protection and 100% invisible on dark skin. It provides enough moisture and there have been times I have slaughtered this on over serums over without the need for moisturiser. This does have a dewy finish so if you don’t not like that then you won’t like it. I would not recommend this for extremely oily skin or oily skin in general because it feels slightly heavy on of course, the dewy finish. This SPF can be used on both the face and body and comes in a huge 200 bottle. This has a 12month shelf life, I started using intermittently last summer so I will be throwing it away soon. I still have a lot to go because I have been using it for my face only.

Nivea Sun Moisture Lock SPF 50 is £6 at Boots

Check out my Dark Skins sunscreen for more reviews and options


Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream SPF30 Review

Kiehl’s skincare is one of the best around. I fell in love with the brand after using the clearly correct dark spot serum a few years back. This post will be a full review of the Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30.

The Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30 is a version of their very popular and bestselling ULTRA Facial Cream, the only difference is the added sun protection. This cream promises to have all the benefits of the original (non-greasy hydration, comfortable and healthier-looking skin) plus sun protection



I have been using this close to 6 months now every morning. The texture is a lightweight lotion and goes on really well, layering over serums without pilling. The scent is a typical SPF moisturiser scent, I don’t think it’s remarkable.

I would say the cream does offer some hydration although I don’t think it’s continuous as they say. When I use the cream alone (i.e. without makeup) I tend to find my skin slightly dry towards the middle of the day. It doesn’t leave an oily finish. There is some dewiness but I like it and I think oiler skin types may also like it.

Is it invisible on dark skin? – YES. I slaughter this on in the mornings and there is no white cast, it does look like it will leave a cast when massaging it in but when it sinks into the skin there is no trace of a cast.


I have never used the original facial cream but I really love this one. It feels lightweight, doesn’t clog pores and provides some hydration. It layers really well with other products and doesn’t pill too. Best of all its 100% on dark skin so we won’t have to worry about that! This is a chemical-based sunscreen and comes in two sizes

I was gifted this by a friend but this is something I would definitely purchase. This joins my list of best SPF moisturisers I have tried.



Nivea Face Q10 Anti Age and Anti Pigment Review

Sun protection for dark skin is near and dear to my heart. Over the last few years, I have committed myself to find as many suitable SPFs as possible for dark skin. I have a Dark skin SPF edit and tested out a few Asian SPFs as well (Missha, OMI, Etude House etc). I am now going to the drugstore like Boots & Superdrug where products are easier to find to test their SPFs.

Nivea Face Q10 Anti Age and Anti Pigment SPF 50 promises 0% white residue on the skin, high UVB UVA protection, anti-ageing properties from Q10 and a light texture and feeling on the skin.


After using the Moisture Mousse SPF 50, I was very interested in other sun protection Nivea had. The Q10 SPF is a lightweight lotion which feels very moisturising on the skin. I haven’t experienced any irritation or clogged pores with this.

This SPF has a very similar scent to the Moisture Mousse and any other Nivea sun product. It’s light, pleasant but lingers. The cream does leave a face a little shiny but not greasy or extremely oily looking. I use this as the last step in my skincare routine, on top of my moisturiser. I think if you had extremely oily skin you could probably skip moisture. It feels lightweight on the skin. It doesn’t sting my eyes.

Is it invisible on the skin? Yes. The initial application looks like it would leave a white cast but after this absorbs into the skin, it’s 100% clear on the skin.  No flashback. The SPF doesn’t pill but I noticed when I use a lot of it I find pills after it dries down during the day. I/m not a huge fan of this because I do like like slaughter on SPF and use a lot of it. It doesn’t pill though when I use my yourGoodSkin SPF on top of it during the day.


This is a very good find from the drugstore. Nivea Face Q10 Anti Age and Anti Pigment is 100% invisible on dark skin and affordable. It’s lightweight, moisturising and provides high sun protection. It also has Q10 as an added bonus. Q10 is an antioxidant and also helps to maintain healthy skin.

I will repurchase but I do prefer the Mousse more. There are a few more SPFs from Nivea I want to test before moving onto another brand.

So bummed I finished the tube without a picture but it is 100% invisible on dark skin: no blending etc needed

Nivea Face Q10 Anti Age and Anti Pigment is £8 in Superdrug

Shiseido Hada-Senka Mineral Water UV Protector SPF 50 Review

Summer is here and for many people, it means the start of SPF use (you should be using it all year around!). Earlier this year, I turned my attention to Asian sunscreens and I have 2 reviews on the blog: Missha, OMI and a further two coming soon! Today’s post will be a full review and demo of the Shiseido – Hada-Senka Mineral Water UV Protector SPF 50 PA+++ I purchased from YesStyle.

This sunscreen is very popular, it has over 200 reviews on YesStyle and 96% customer satisfaction rating. This little blue bottle is 40ml and promises superior protection against skin ageing and darkening whilst effectively blocking UVA and UVB rays. It has a watery texture and spreads easily without leaving the skin white.


I was really excited to try this because of the reviews and the videos I watched, plus it was a really low price. Shiseido is also a well-known J beauty brand. Out of all the Asian sunscreens I have tried, this one has the best texture, and it feels very soft and smooth and reminds me of a primer. This makes sense as looking at the ingredient list, the 1st ingredient is a silicone, and in fact, there are a few silicones in this.

Shiseido – Hada-Senka Mineral Water UV Protector SPF 50 has a lightweight texture and does spread very easily, even with the silicones, it absorbed well into the skin although it takes a bit of patting. Initial application leaves the skin looking hydrated and dewy but not oily but this dries down throughout the day. The SPF leaves a soft powdery matte feel to the skin and whilst it doesn’t pill, I find around my eyebrows I can see a tiny bit of piling. The powdery finish makes my skin look dry so I tend to use another SPF at midday

This sunscreen is invisible on dark skin although there have been times where I felt like my skin looked a bit dull. I also found when I used this on my arms, there was a very very slight cast, something I can definitely get away with but they did look dry


I find the texture of this SPF very pleasant and out of the others, I have tried this is my favourite. I haven’t used this as a primer but I imagine it would be an excellent one because if the silicones in it. If you are someone who doesn’t like silicones in their products I would stay away from this. It hasn’t clogged my pores or irritated my skin and there have been a few times in the past month I went to bed without double cleansing or washing my face( I know! In my defence I was sick!)

I think this will be great for oily skin because of the finish. In the summer, my skin usually becomes oilier however it hasn’t done that so far so I do not appreciate the finish as much at the moment. I will repurchase this.

It’s a small bottle which will make it perfect for reapplication on the go, 40ml lasted about a month, I use a lot of sunscreen!

Shiseido – Hada-Senka Mineral Water UV Protector SPF 50 PA+++ is £6.61 in YesStyle*.

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