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Kylie Skin

Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Face Sunscreen

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 28.00
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Kylie Skin’s Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Face Sunscreen delivers on its promise of invisible sun protection that’s “silky to the touch, ultra-lightweight and fragrance-free.” If that’s what you’re looking for, read on…

Dispensed via an opaque squeeze tube, the clear, silicone-based gel slips over skin in a smooth, even layer. This kind of texture is workable for any skin type, and those with oily/combination skin will especially appreciate how light it feels while delivering a non-greasy finish.

True to claim, this is a clear “colorless” formula, which makes it compatible with all skin tones, while the synthetic sunscreen agents provide reliable broad-spectrum protection. It also contains ingredients that condition skin, leaving a velvety-soft feel, and vitamin-rich antioxidants to round out the formula, playing their part in keeping skin healthy.

In a smart move, Kylie Skin did a good job by choosing packaging that limits air/light exposure to keep the delicate ingredients stable and ensure efficacy.

It’s also worth mentioning the skin-smoothing nature of the gel consistency allows it to multitask as a makeup primer, which is a nice surprise benefit. That said, with any silicone-based formula such as this, there’s potential for pilling if certain other products in your skin care or makeup routine don’t “play” well it. We didn’t experience that in our testing phase, but don’t take that as a universal endorsement: it really just depends on the individual products that you layer.

The bottom line: Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Face Sunscreen offers sun protection that works well across a wide variety of skin types and skin tones. The major outlier would be if you have sensitive skin that requires a mineral sunscreen instead—for everyone else this is on track to be a crowd-pleaser!

Pros:
  • Lightweight silicone-gel absorbs down to a non-greasy finish
  • Clear formula, workable for any skin tone.
  • Provides reliable broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Conditions skin, leaving a soft, smooth feel.
  • Beneficial antioxidants play a supportive role in keeping skin healthy.
  • Can potentially multitask as a makeup primer.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • None.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Invisible Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Face Sunscreen helps to moisturize, smooth and protect your face from UVA and UVB rays. Formulated with Shea Butter, Kiwi Seed Oil, Vitamins A, C and E for added hydration without feeling greasy. This colorless formula is silky to the touch, ultra-lightweight and fragrance-free.

Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (6%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (6%). Other: Isododecane, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Polyester-7, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Isohexadecane, Meadowfoam Estolide, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Jojoba Esters, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Caprylyl Glycol, Himanthalia Elongata Extract, Laminaria Hyperborea Extract, Tocopherol, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Seed Oil.

As the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner family of media moguls, social media darling Kylie Jenner had a monumental impact on the makeup scene with the launch of her Kylie Cosmetics brand in 2015. Featuring matte liquid lipsticks and liners initially, these “lip kits” became best sellers, quickly establishing Jenner as a name to watch in the beauty industry. It seemed inevitable, then, that she would follow up on that success with the creation of a skin care brand, Kylie Skin, which launched in 2019.

Kylie Skin doesn’t have a backstory in the traditional sense that there was a specific instance that sparked its creation; rather Jenner says she’s always had an interest in skin care, thanks to her mother and older sisters, and wanted to offer her fans the types of products she uses.

To that end, the brand has a small but mostly well-curated selection of skin care that avoids jar packaging and is instead comes in opaque containers that shield their beneficial ingredients from exposure to light and air to preserve their effectiveness— we just wish the formulas were more effective, as most of them make at least one misstep. The reason we say it's mostly well-curated is because at the time of its launch, Kylie Skin offers no SPF option, so the line is currently not a complete skin care routine (although Kylie's hinted one will be coming soon).

Generally speaking, the formulas contain a good mix of research-backed antioxidant and moisturizing ingredients, and the textures are pleasant (no overly sticky or drying products to be found). There are a couple of fragranced products, but thankfully the fragrance is mild for the most part, doesn’t linger, and is low on the ingredient lists.

The biggest ill-informed decision with this skin care line is one single product: a walnut scrub that harkens back to the old days when harsh, abrasive physical scrubs were the rule at the drugstore. Now though there are plenty of gentler options available, including both physical scrubs and chemical exfoliants, so it’s strange to see this product included in the line. We weren’t surprised by the strong negative response this product got on various social media platforms, although its initial launch did sell out, so it seems curiosity won out.

Overall, Kylie Skin has some unexpectedly worthwhile products to consider and is an overall decent debut. Although we were pleasantly surprised, it also must be said that nothing from Kylie Skin is groundbreaking or innovative enough to rank among the best skin care products available today. For more information on Kylie Skin, visit https://kylieskin.com/.

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