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Bare Republic

Mineral Sunscreen Lotion Diamond Dust SPF 30

3.40 fl. oz. for $ 14.99
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The sunscreens from Bare Republic tend to be a mixed bag, and their Mineral Sunscreen Lotion Diamond Dust firmly lands in the bag marked “avoid”! This is a majorly problematic sunscreen no matter your skin type, although it does get broad-spectrum sun protection right, using a mix of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

OK, one more positive is the inclusion of antioxidant-rich, non-fragrant plant oils; however, it’s a small consolation given the terrible aesthetics this water-resistant (40 minutes) sunscreen has.

Without question, the most significant issue is that this sunscreen is very difficult to blend evenly and never truly absorbs. Instead, it just sits on the surface of skin looking thick and pasty. The shimmer from the amethyst powder and various mineral pigments is an ethereal opalescent pink, but it, too, looks uneven on skin. In addition, the shimmer clings to skin so tenaciously, it’ll still be there long after you wash away the sunscreen.

Another oddity about the shimmer is that due to the base formula, the effect goes from subtle to garish. From our experience, nothing about this sunscreen looks attractive on skin, no matter your skin type or color.

As you can imagine, this opaque cream packaged in an opaque tube also leaves a blatantly obvious white cast on skin. This looks like a blotchy, shimmer-infused paste on skin, but we suppose it has some merit if you only intend to use it on small areas, like the bridge of your nose or perhaps on the collarbone area.

The formula does contain fragrance, and as such presents a slight risk of irritation; however, that’s the least of our concerns. We simply cannot recommend this mineral sunscreen over many others from brands like Coppertone, Banana Boat, Aveeno, Clinique, and other formulas from Bare Republic.

Note: The inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical rather than descending order. Although this is permissible due to this sunscreen being regulated as an over-the-counter drug in the U.S., listing ingredients in descending order is more helpful to the consumer.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum, mineral sun protection.
  • Contains antioxidant-rich, non-fragrant plant oils.
Cons:
  • Nearly impossible to apply evenly.
  • Formula “sits” on skin, no matter how much you rub.
  • The shimmer particles stick to skin even after you wash this off.
  • The “shimmery radiance” just looks oddly opaque and garish.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

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Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 6.4%; Zinc Oxide 4.2%; Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aluminum Hydroxide, Amethyst Powder, Bisabolol, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Coco-Glucoside, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Fragrance, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Iron Oxides, Mica, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Silica, Sodium Gluconate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Stearic Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tocopherol, Water, Xanthan Gum.

An offshoot of the popular (and more expensive) COOLA brand of sunscreens, Bare Republic focuses on mineral-only sun protection catering to the entire family of outdoor enthusiasts. Based in Southern California, the name is a pun on that state’s nickname (“The Bear Republic”) and reflects the ideology of a lifestyle focused on routinely spending time in the sun.

For the most part, Bare Republic gets its sunscreens right: all its offerings focus on SPF ratings that are at least 30, and in most cases even higher. Given SPF 30 and up is recommended by medical boards around the world, clearly Bear Republic did their SPF homework—you’ll be getting reliable broad-spectrum protection.

In most cases the products are also affordable, meaning you’ll be more likely to apply these sunscreens liberally to get the most from them.

A couple of missteps occur, like the inclusion of fragrance ingredients in some of the products that mean these mineral sunscreens aren’t ideal for those with sensitive skin (and sensitive skin usually responds best to mineral sunscreens).

Speaking of those fragrances, Bare Republic claims its sunscreens are free of synthetic fragrance ingredients in an effort to be eco-friendly. While the brand does use natural fragrance sources like coconut and vanilla, it also uses synthetic fragrance ingredients like heliotropine and gamma decalactone, making this claim disingenuous.

For more information about the brand, visit https://www.gobareoutside.com/.

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