Monday, June 9, 2014

Neutrogena Pure & Free Liquid: Is it a Clarins Substitute?

[Product was purchased by me.]

Bottom line first: Yes. This is a much cheaper substitute for the Clarins UV Plus HP Broad Spectrum sunscreen that I talked about in my skincare post. It retails for about $10-13 (depending on where you get it from and if it's on sale), and even though Neutrogena's is only 1.4 oz while the Clarins bottle is 1.7 oz - it's still only $10 (Clarins is $41).

This is an all-mineral facial sunscreen: 5% titanium dioxide, 3% zinc oxide (Clarins, comparatively, is an 8.1% titanium oxide formula). It's fluid (thus, "liquid"), and pretty easy to work into skin - just as easy as Clarins. Both can leave a bit of a white cast if you aren't diligent about rubbing it into skin well (and these definitely photograph white with flash, so skip these on photo-heavy days); I like to apply it immediately after moisturizer, so that my face is still damp and everything blends in well.

This is SPF 50 and broad-spectrum, and I use it daily. I'm also happy to see the blend of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, as zinc oxide covers a larger UV spectrum (both short and long-range UVA rays). If you are looking for an all-physical sunscreen - buy this one.

active ingredients: titanium dioxide 5%, zinc oxide 3%
inactive ingredients: BHT, bisabolol, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, caprylyl glycol, cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone, dimethicone, DMDM hydantoin, magnesium sulfate, polyglyceryl-4 diisotearate/polyhydroxystearate/sebacate, PPG-12/SMDI copolymer, silica, styrene/acrylates copolymer, triethoxycaprylylsilane, trisiloxane, water