Murad Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30 ($35) is definitely one of my favorite suncreen! It contains Hyaluronic Acid and phyto-lipids to preserve skin’s moisture barrier along Pomegranate Extract to enhance sun protection and prevent free radical damage.
The sunscreen feels very hydrating without being greasy and the smell is pretty tolerable. I like to use this straight after I wash my face in the morning (with or without a moisturizer underneath) then apply a thin layer of MAC Select Sheer Powder with my Cats Cosmetics Kabuki brush. My face stays glowy and flawless all day this way. I also love that it also contains SPF 30 and is waterproof which gives me enough protection for a normal day indoors. I am definitely going to stock up on this!
I admit it – I only got Coppertone Waterbabies Spray SPF50 (~$6) because I fell in love with the pink bottle and the baby. Lucky for me, this sunscreen is so much more than just a cute bottle.
The sunscreen contains Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (13%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (2%) and Oxybenzone (4%) for both UVA and UVB protection. Thanks to its super gentle formula that is clinically tested to be non-stinging even on baby’s delicate skin, it works great on my sensitive skin. It never dries out my skin or breaks me out. It does go on a little greasy but for someone with dry skin like me, it is perfect and I do not need another moisturizer underneath. I have also worn makeup on top of this and it never makes my makeup slide off, not even in the steaming Los Angeles weather.
Not to mention, you get a lot of product for its price. It comes in a huge 8oz. bottle that lasts forever and all you need is one pump for the face and two for the arm or leg.
No wonder supermodel Heidi Klum is also an avid user of this!
Flip through any Japanese magazine and you will definitely see Shiseido Anessa Neo Sunscreen SPF50 ($38) – yes it is THAT popular in Asia. So when it first came out in Hong Kong, I literally ran out and got myself a bottle. But sadly, that turned out to be a not-so-great idea.
Like most Japanese sunscreens, this goes on greasy but dries to a very matte finish and I mean very. In fact, it is so matte that it made my nose slightly flaky. Plus it gave my skin a ghostly white cast which was so not hot! So yes this may come with a high SPF and pretty models in their ads, but I will not be buying this again.
Because of its £3.50 (~$7) price tag and the tacky-looking display, I swear I must have walked past Concealer by Barbara Daly for Tesco (£3.50) at least a million times without even noticing its existence. Thank God I read the last issue of Marie Claire in which a beauty editor RAVED about this because believe it or not, this is definitely one of the best and cheapest concealers out there!