Resort Collection Sun Protection Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen
AmorePacific's Resort Collection Sun Protection Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen is an OK option for a broad-spectrum spray-on formula, but some aesthetic issues and the price compared to many other spray-on sunscreens make it a tough sell.
Housed in a sleek, opaque bottle (also available in a 2.7-ounce travel size), this liquid sunscreen dispenses as a fine mist via its pump applicator. The fineness worried us a bit, as you have to hold it very close to skin to ensure coverage; otherwise, it seems to "hover" in the air (like perfume) and will either drift away or settle on skin, perhaps unevenly.
This blends well, but feels greasier than we expected. Once set, a slick sheen remains which tends to easily rub off on anything your skin touches. A great sunscreen spray should have a drier finish than this.
There are some intriguing antioxidants present, all of which boost skin's environmental defenses, but the amount of alcohol is concerning. Even though its listed toward the end of the inactive ingredients list, you will notice a strong alcohol smell upon application. This tells us the amount is much greater than the ingredient list suggests. Combined with the fragrance this sunscreen contains, skin is at risk of being irritated.
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- Provides broad-spectrum protection.
- Contains some interesting antioxidants.
- Easy to apply and blend.
- Contains a potentially irritating amount of alcohol, despite its placement on ingredient list.
- Leaves a greasy-looking sheen on skin that rubs off easily.
- Contains fragrance, which poses a risk of irritation.
The ultimate in indulgent sun protection. Nourish your skin with this botanical-infused Sun Protection Mist, which delivers skincare benefits and powerful broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection. Its formulated with mineral-rich bamboo sap to hydrate and cool, and plum extract to protect against heat and reduce rednessleaving you with more nourished and radiant skin.
Strengths: A very good lip balm; antioxidant-rich facial oil.
Weaknesses: Some products use jar packaging, which weakens the stability of beneficial ingredients; toner with plant irritants; some formulas contain high amounts of skin-ravaging alcohol.
AmorePacific is a popular South Korean cosmetics line established in 1945, whose skincare products made their way to U.S. Sephora stores in 2009. At its core, AmorePacific claims to be all about beauty secrets found in nature. Some of those highly touted ingredients like antioxidant EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate, a polyphenol found in green tea) really are great for skin, whereas others (like bamboo sap and red ginseng) don't have solid research backing their benefits for skin, but at least they're not hurting it.
Either way, good skincare comes down to the formula as a whole, not just a superstar ingredient here or there, so how does AmorePacific rank in that regard? Like many brands, it varies product by product. Some products in the AmorePacific line offer a broad range of plant-based antioxidants and various skin-beneficial ingredients, while other formulas fall into the lackluster category due to overly basic formulas that cant make good on their anti-aging claims.
Many of the products contain potentially irritating fragrance (which is never good news, particularly for sensitive skin), and worse yet, a handful are plagued by high concentrations of skin-ravaging alcohol which can increase inflammation in skin, provoke breakouts, and accelerate the signs of aging in the long term. In short, these can leave skin worse for the wear when they're part of your daily skincare routine.
Well also have to point out that the use of jar packaging for some of the products is an ill-fated choice. Plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and most other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Not only that, but dipping your fingers into them can add bacteria, which further deteriorates beneficial ingredients. That's disappointing at any price point, but since some of these products cost between $100-$450, that's a major waste of money.
Standing back and looking at specific products, even though there are a few good options, the prices aren't justified and you can find better products for far less in each category. However, if you choose to shop this line and are OK with spending more than necessary, at least you'll know from our reviews which products are worthy of a purchase.
For more information about AmorePacific, visit us.amorepacific.com.
Note: The AmorePacific products reviewed on Beautypedia include those that are currently sold at Sephora in the U.S. The company offers an even pricier range of products at upscale department stores such as Neiman Marcus. We may review those in the future; for now, the demand from our readers simply isnt there, likely because many of them have gotten the message that in the world of skincare, hyper-expensive doesn't mean better products or better results!
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