Josie Maran's Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 Protect + Perfect Tinted Warm Glow is essentially the tinted moisturizer version of the brand's Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47. There's a lot to love about this one but a couple of minor drawbacks held it back from being among the best.
Straight out of the gate, Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 Protect + Perfect Tinted Warm Glow gets it right with its packaging. It comes in a brown plastic bottle with a pump-style dispenser that protects its beneficial ingredients from both light and air exposure. Speaking of those ingredients, this provides reliable broad-spectrum sun protection with the mineral actives zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Joining them is a mix of emollients and skin-conditioning ingredients, along with some antioxidants (including the argan oil seen in this product's name) and anti-irritants—both of which are welcome ingredients in a sunscreen. Josie Maran says this contains an "innovative" sun protection ingredient called SunBoost ATB, but that simply refers to the antioxidants in the formula, which, while excellent, are common! Plenty of research has shown that all types of antioxidants are welcome additions to sun protection products, so we're glad to see them here.
As far as the aesthetics, this is definitely a moisturizing formula, best suited to those with dry to very dry skin. It's quite emollient and dries to a natural dewy finish, which will emphasize shine for people with combination to oily skin.
The tint this has is labeled as being universal for most skin tones, but it isn't as versatile as that claim implies (it's too dark for fair skin and too light for medium to deep skin tones, which is one of the drawbacks). The tint is sheer enough that it's workable for those with light to medium skin tones—but its warm undertones can appear orangey if your skin is on the pink or "cool" side. It provides light coverage of minor discolorations that lasts throughout the day without fading.
The second drawback is that this does contain a small amount of fragrance. Though it's likely not enough to irritate most people's skin, those with extra-sensitive skin will want to keep this in mind. That's a shame, because without the fragrance the mineral-only formula would have been an ideal extra-sensitive skin appropriate sunscreen!
Other than these considerations, Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 Protect + Perfect Warm Glow is a good tinted moisturizer with excellent, mineral-based sun protection and an antioxidant-enriched formula that nicely takes care of dry to very dry skin.
Josie Maran At-A-Glance
Strengths: The sunscreens provide broad-spectrum protection; well-formulated daytime moisturizer with sunscreen; excellent tinted moisturizer for dry skin; uniquely effective gel blush.
Weaknesses: Expensive; some products are potently fragranced.
The Josie Maran brand was founded by supermodel and former Maybelline spokesperson Josie Maran. Almost every Josie Maran product is centered on the ingredient argan oil, which the brand attributes many beneficial qualities—some of which are true, and some claims made stretch the facts a bit. According to the brand, this non-fragrant plant oil is said to do everything from reduce wrinkles to heal acne, while giving you younger-looking skin.
Argan oil does contain beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin, as well as vitamin E and other antioxidants—but we should note that it isn't the only oil with such properties. Even more to the point, no single ingredient does it all for skin. It's just like your diet: if you eat only one type of food, you'd soon be malnourished. Skin is the body's largest organ, and it requires a variety of useful ingredients to look and function at its best.
Fortunately, the Josie Maran brand does include many beneficial ingredient’s in some of its best products, and does have some unique offerings to consider. It's worth pointing out also that although argan oil does have benefit for skin, it’s less beneficial to include it in products like eyeshadow and mascara. It does add a unique quality to some makeup, however, especially in a few of the brands lip formulas.
We should note that while the brand relies heavily on the natural theme in its marketing—and there isn’t anything wrong with that—it doesn’t talk about the beneficial ingredients used that aren’t so natural. There isn’t anything wrong with using naturally-derived ingredients, but it strikes us as disingenuous to not tout the benefits of synthetic ingredients such as silicones, preservatives, coloring agents and film formers that also appear in many of Josie Maran products.
As is the case with many brands that use predominantly natural ingredients, there are some fragrant oils to be wary of, as these can be problematic for any skin type (but especially so for those with sensitivity concerns). However, there are a few products here that are absolutely worth considering and unique—see our individual reviews on the brand for more details.
For more information about Josie Maran, call (855) 461-6512 or visit www.josiemarancosmetics.com.
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