Today’s review is about The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Power Long-Lasting Sun Cream. I’ve been using this Korean sunscreen for quite a while now and I can honestly say it’s one of my favourite K-Beauty products so far. There are a lot of reasons for that which I’m gonna list below, but first- some pictures!
The sunscreen comes in the golden-matte box with some orange bits. The tube itself is of the same colour and I didn’t have any problems with squeezing the cream out. It’s also a bit heavier than the sunscreens I’ve reviewed here up till now (I meant the tube) due to the cap. So even though the sunscreen comes in a 50ml tube (1.69 US fl. oz.) it’s heavier than the one from goodal (same capacity of the tube) for example.
The first picture is the ingredients list. You can find it here as well, with some additional information on the ingredients and what they do, although I did notice a few ingredients are missing.
The sun cream contains two physical and one chemical sunscreen- Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (physical) and Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (chemical). They all provide broad sun protection and because there’s only one chemical filter in the cream, the risk of skin irritation is fairly low. The physical filters provide excellent protection against both UVA and UVB rays. How so, you can check here.
The sunscreen also contains some skin-friendly extracts such as Nutmeg Extract (Myristica Fragrans Extract on the ingredients list) and other beneficial stuff like Adenosine or Panthenol.
The texture of the cream is quite heavy but it’s easy to spread. It’s also beige-like in colour which is quite unusual for a sunscreen with physical filers. The sunscreen was designed to resemble a little bit a BB cream so that you get foundation-like effect along with high and thorough sun protection. After application the suncream blends in really well so there’s no (or very minimal) white cast left.
So now let’s get to the juicy bits of the review. Some pros first.
* it leaves minimal to none white cast. Blends in really well and the skin colour is just a bit enhanced (just like with a discrete foundation I’d say). The manufacturer claims that it conceals small imperfections and that’s true indeed. But don’t expect miracles.
* it’s long-lasting- provides long and broad-spectrum protection against the sun (due to physical filters) and it’s also waterproof.
* it doesn’t break out or irritate the skin- at least it didn’t in my case. Physical sunscreens (Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide) generally rarely cause skin irritation- that’s why people with sensitive skin (me) opt for sunscreens with physical filters.
* it contains some really skin-friendly ingredients (the mentioned above Panthenol, Nutmeg Extract, etc.)
* it’s relatively affordable, although it depends on from where you buy – I bought my first tube on eBay for less than £10 if I remember correctly, and was lucky enough not to have come across a fake. But if you buy one from other places, it may be a bit more expensive.
* it’s hard to get rid of it- I have to use olive oil to break down the waterproof barrier, face scrub and cleansing cream to get my skin cleansed (which is really bothersome if you’re like me and you’re a lazy being). However, I got used to it and since I started using more makeup due to my new job, I have to use oil to cleanse my face anyway. So it’s not that bothersome in the end. And if you do it properly, it can get quite fast to remove it. So it may be a bit con for some, but maybe not such a big one for people used to wearing makeup.
* it could contain more skin-friendly ingredients. There are some but I wouldn’t complain if there were more. The more, the better, as they say.
* you have to wait about 15-20mins before heading outside- for the first few minutes your skin is a bit oily, most likely due to the chemical sunscreen in it. So it has to settle to make you get full benefits out of it. After that time, though, it has an interesting finish- your face is dewy but not too dewy to appear oily.
* you have to spread it evenly and pat it in to make it blend well; otherwise there will be noticeable traces of it left on your face. So even though it doesn’t leave that much white cast when compared to other sunscreens, you still need to pay a fair bit of attention to spread it well.
I like this sun cream a lot. It’s far better than most I’ve tried so far. I like the fact that it conceals small imperfections (but at the same time I’d like my Korean skincare routine to improve them so that I don’t have to hide those imperfections. Which I’m continuously working on, although constant stress rather exacerbates than improves my skin. At that rate I’m gonna look 60 when I’m 30.). I also appreciate the waterproof aspect of the sunscreen that works great when I’m at work and I’m in constant danger of contact with water (or other liquids) or when I go somewhere on foot and it starts to rain (which happens quite often in the UK) and I didn’t take my umbrella (happens from time to time but I generally try to remember to take it with me). The sunscreen doesn’t make my skin dry which I’m grateful for. Although after spending some time outdoors, my face can get a bit too oily and hence shiny due to the chemical filter it has. Which is quite annoying.
Overall, the sunscreen’s really good in terms of protection, appearance and skin-friendliness. It’s not perfect though, that’s why I gave it only 8/10. Would I purchase it again? I already did.
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