Kate Somerville SPF 55 Serum Sunscreen Review

With a long list of celebrity fans including Nicole Richie, Debra Messing, Cameron Diaz and Marcia Cross, Kate Somerville SPF 55 Serum Sunscreen utilizes a patented SPF boosting technology to provide high-level protection against UVA and UVB rays.

Main ingredients include your typical sunscreen ingredients – Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (10%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (2%) and Oxybenzone (6%) – along with Aloe Vera, Vitamins A, C and E to soothe and refine skin.

The oil-free formula feels very gentle and not the slightest irritating on my sensitive combination skin. It moisturizes my skin nicely and sinks in within seconds without leaving any greasy feeling, chalkiness or a scary white cast. My face always feels soft and supple when I put this on. I also love that the sunscreen does not ball up or interfere with any foundation/concealer/powder I put on afterwards. Not to mention, the high SPF is more than sufficient for everyday.

Yay for a sunscreen I LOVE putting on!

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The Kate Somerville SPF 55 Serum Sunscreen is now available at Sephora, Nordstrom and www.katesomerville.com for $45.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Do you know how this compares to the La Mer SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid? I’ve used Kate Somerville products in the past and while they’re nice, I can’t get over the smell..! Maybe I’ll try both out when the stores open early tomorrow, but I’d love to hear your opinion :)

    • Jessica,

      I didn’t like the scent of some of the KS products either (ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment was a good example) but I didn’t find the the SPF 55 Serum Sunscreen unpleasant at all. There are definitely worse smelling sunscreens out there.

      Oh and I haven’t tried the La Mer but I’ve heard many good things about it.

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