Sunday, August 14, 2016

MD Solar Sciences MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm: All Mineral, All Fab

[Product was received from PR for review. Opinions are my own. No affiliate links.]

One of these years I'll get my act together and actually post a sunscreen review before summer.

Alas, this is not one of those years.

But summer's not over yet, at least? And really, I wear facial sunscreen all year long, so I'm gonna give myself a pass for this one.
All mineral! Broad spectrum coverage! SPF 50! Great makeup primer! It's the stuff of dreams, you guys.
I prefer all-mineral sunscreens, so even though I did like how Tatcha's sunscreen preps skin beautifully for makeup, I was still keeping an eye out for an all physical sunscreen facial cream. And this one fell into my lap. And it's amazing.

It's called a "mineral beauty balm," and is meant to do the usual things a BB cream does: even out skintone, provide broad spectrum coverage (active ingredients are 2% titanium dioxide, 17% zinc oxide, so it's UVA and UVB protection), and mattify the skin in preparation for makeup. I was a little wary, because "mattify" and dry skin don't usually mix, but I'm happy to report that this actually keeps my skin feeling supple and smooth. It does provide a nice base for makeup (it has typical primer ingredients: dimethicones), though it is pretty sheer in terms of coverage (less than your typical tinted moisturizer). However, the slight tint keeps it from turning my face white or gray, like other physical sunscreens can sometimes do. Because it doesn't really feel mattifying (although it's not oily or shiny), I think it's probably best for dry to combination skin; if you have oily skin, this might not be enough mattifying action for you.

I have the "light/medium" shade, which is perfect for me, but like I said, it's not really meant to be foundation. The amount above in my hand is actually maybe a little excessive. I squeeze the tube gently before application to mix together the ingredients (otherwise it separates - the instructions say to "shake well"), and the tube has a thin nozzle, so it's easy to squeeze out just what you want, despite my poor example above, lol.

This retails for $39 for 1.23 oz at Sephora, and I think it's my current favorite sunscreen. I have two other MDSolarSciences formulas to try, but since this one is a combination makeup primer and sunscreen, this one takes the cake so far.

What's your favorite sunscreen right now? Have you tried anything from MDSolarSciences?