Sold as a primer with sunscreen, La Roche-Posay's Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Daily Tone Correcting Primer works in that fashion but also doubles as a sheer tint for those with light to medium skin tones. It's an intriguing product that's not without some drawbacks, but it gets far more right than wrong!
To start, you're getting broad spectrum SPF 50 from pure titanium dioxide—and a lot of it, as this contains the maximum amount of titanium dioxide the United States FDA allows in sun protection products.
The high amount of titanium dioxide not only shields skin from the aging effects of daylight and eliminates any sign of white cast mineral sunscreens tend to leave, it also lends an opacity to this product. Coupled with its warm tint, the opaque nature of this much titanium dioxide gives this primer the sheer to light coverage of a foundation and a long-wearing matte finish.
You'll get enough coverage to softly blur minor imperfections, including the look of large pores. More to love: This helps keep oil breakthrough in check, making the formula best for normal to oily or combination skin.
A note on the color: If you have fair skin, the tint is strong enough to alter the color of your foundation, which is why those with lighter skin tones should consider this product carefully.
La Roche-Posay talks up the antioxidants they added to this primer with sunscreen, but only a few are included, and not in amounts that justify the boast. We suspect these antioxidants will benefit skin, but would've preferred to see a better mix of them plus some replenishing and restoring ingredients to ensure skin was getting what we like to call the cocktail approach to anti-aging ingredients.
Should you try this if you have breakout-prone skin? Tough call. The high amount of titanium dioxide is more likely to clog pores, and that can contribute to breakouts; however, this can be an individualized response, so the only way to know for sure is to try it and see how your skin responds.
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 25%. Inactive ingredients: Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Talc, Triethylhexanoin, Isohexadecane, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Stearate, Iron Oxides, Silica Silylate, Alumina, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, PEG-8 Laurate, Tocopherol, Water, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Laureth-4, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
La Roche-Posay At-A-Glance
L'Oreal-owned La Roche-Posay has a pharmaceutical lineage based in France, and the company speaks of their thermal spring water as the cornerstone of their commitment to dermatological skin care. In fact, the name La Roche-Posay comes from the French town that is the source of this water, which is said to be a rich in selenium. While selenium is an element that has potent antioxidant ability, it's unclear how much the water La Roche-Posay uses contains, since all water has to go through purification processes to be to used in cosmetic products.
That aside, this brand does have a number of standout products, including some good sunscreens and anti-aging treatments. Another positive: All of its skincare is packaged in containers that will keep beneficial products protected from light and air (no jar packaging here!). Unfortunately there are some missteps, namely that some otherwise-excellent products include potentially-irritating amounts of alcohol, fragrance, or other irritants. The line could also benefit from additional products that contain more state-of-the-art ingredients. Still, for a no-frills approach to serious skin care, there are some finds to be had!
For more information about La Roche-Posay, owned by L'Oreal, call (888) 577-5226 or visit www.laroche-posay.com.
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