What is it? Sunscreen.
What does/should it do? Protect you from the sun.
It’s SPF month here on the #TLDRblog, as the weather gradually warms up to what I consider bare minimum acceptability. That means, if you’re not already wearing SPF every day (why not?), you really should be. Don’t make me get out my Mum voice.
Ultra Violette is fairly new Australian sunscreen brand. They’re big on making sunscreens with bonus extra ingredients to make your skin happy and, thankfully, starting to branch out into fragrance-free SPF as well.
Their stuff gets rave reviews on the places I read reviews. Why not test it for yourself, I said. Go on, you deserve it, I said. To be honest, I just enjoy their directions of ‘more is more’ when it comes to sunscreen application. I opted for Extreme Screen, based purely on it being a price I was happy to pay.
Fragrance free? Yep. Sting my eyes? Nope. SPF 50+ Yep? Hydrating? Extremely yep. I would not put this on my face.
Do I love it? Nope.
It’s incredibly hydrating. I love it on my limbs for now; in the height of summer when I’m sweating like a person who lives through Australian summers I might disagree. But when the marketing copy uses words like ‘glow-getter’, ‘sheeny’ and ‘radiant’, I didn’t register this would be accomplished with mica. Mica is the light-reflective particles you get in eyeshadow, and often in ‘brightening’ makeup.
Extreme Screen has Pentavitin, which creates a moisture barrier on your skin and holds hydration in skin layers for up to 72 hours. There’s also aloe vera and vitamin e, providing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant goodness – these two ingredients look like becoming standards in SPF formulas, with the market needing to offer you more than simple sun protection factor to get your dollar.
And so it should!
The packaging is not my favourite. Rather than twist off, the cap twists open for you to squeeze out product. I find that when I twist the cap back closed, there is always leftover sunscreen in the lid, which is now on my countertop because in my hurry I forgot it would do that. Again. I wouldn’t even dream of risking it in my bag, I can see all too clearly the absolute mess I’d find.
I am a sparkly, hydrated, sun-protected goddess when I wear this, sure, but that’s not the vibe I’m after. It’s not a repurchase for me – I can get closer to what I want, without the glitterball, at less than half the price.
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