Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen Oil Spray SPF 50+
This spray-on sunscreen has a smooth, emollient, lotion-like texture that moisturizes rather than dries the skin while providing broad-spectrum sun protection. Skin is shielded from the sun's most aging rays (UVA light) thanks to stabilized avobenzone, so what's not to like?
The two chief concerns with this sunscreen are the amount of alcohol it contains and the mix of fragrance ingredients included. The fragrance ingredients put skin at risk of irritation (see More Info for details) and can make the active sun-protection ingredients more sensitizing, which won't help anyone's skin.
Although this sunscreen contains some good ingredients for normal to dry skin and it's easy to use, the drawbacks should give you pause due to the lack of skin-repairing ingredients and antioxidants, especially if you want to use it on the face. There are other spray-on sunscreens that provide the protection of Sublime Sun SPF 50 without the formulary drawbacks.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Lightweight, spray-on lotion is easy to use.
- Contains several fragrance ingredients that may irritate skin.
- Inclusion of fragrance ingredients plus the sunscreen actives increases the risk of a sensitized reaction.
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L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance
Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.
Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.
L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minorif there are any at all.
L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.
The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreals makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.
Unfortunately, despite the brands enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstoreimagine the results if their skin care followed suit.
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