Peter Thomas Roth Max Matte Shine Control Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45

Peter Thomas Roth

Max Matte Shine Control Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 34.00
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Peter Thomas Roth’s Max Matte Shine Control Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45 helps temper skin’s oily shine while protecting against UV damage as claimed, but its downfall is a major pilling issue that hinders the overall look and feel.

Dispersed via its opaque squeeze tube, the white cream synthetic formula sheers out as its blended into skin, leaving a shine-free, almost powdery finish. When applied in an ultra-thin layer, the pilling issues aren’t as apparent; but with liberal application (as is needed for sufficient sun protection), the problem becomes much more noticeable. And adding makeup on top pretty much guarantees you’ll experience this sunscreen balling up underneath.

We also noticed that the powder-like finish tends to cling to any sort of flakiness on skin, exaggerating dry patches that you didn’t even know were there.

That’s too bad considering Peter Thomas Roth did a fine job of selecting helpful antioxidants that complement the broad-spectrum synthetic sunscreen agents in this fragrance-free formula. We’re also happy to see ceramides on hand to replenish skin’s barrier function.

But alas, we’ll save you the hassle on this one—there are better sunscreens for oily skin out there. Find those among our top-rated daytime moisturizers.

  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Minimizes excess shine as promised.
  • Fragrance-free formula includes beneficial antioxidants and ceramides.
  • Tends to pill on skin when applied liberally.
  • Exaggerates any sort of flaky patches you may have.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Mattifying sunscreen provides water-resistant, broad spectrum SPF 45 UVA/UVB protection for oilier skin and helps absorb excess surface oil with Oil-Absorbing Technology.

Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (9%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (10%). Other: Water, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Stearate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Dimethicone, Yeast Extract, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Saccharide Isomerate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sclerotium Gum, Bisabolol, Octyldodecanol, Sodium Phytate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Ceramide NP, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ammonium Hydroxide, Ceteareth-25, Glycerin, Behenic Acid, Cholesterol, Ceramide NS, Ceramide EOS, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide AP, Caprooyl Phytosphingosine, Caprooyl Sphingosine, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate.

Peter Thomas Roth At-A-Glance

Peter Thomas Roth is a large but straightforward line with mostly uncomplicated formulations that, for the most part, are quite good and state-of-the-art. Unlike many product lines, most of the acne, AHA, BHA, sunscreen, and moisturizing products contain what they should to be effective and helpful for skin.

Even more impressive are the well-formulated cleansers, sunscreens, AHA products, and skin brighteners. The moisturizers have improved somewhat, and most are now packaged so that the light- and air-sensitive ingredients remain stable. In fact, Roth's packaging deserves special mention because it is exceptionally utilitarian.

After all that glowing praise, what you should be aware of are the instances of products containing potential irritants (noted in their respective reviews) as well as the products in jar packaging that contain ingredients which are sensitive to air and light.

For more information about Peter Thomas Roth, call (800) PTR-SKIN or visit

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