Monday, 20 July 2015
[review] Kate Somerville - Daily Deflector Waterlight Broad Spectrum SPF50+ PA+++ Anti-Aging SunscreenI like the Kate Somerville range but...what an effing freaking mouthful for a product.
The people at Kate Somerville should make the freaking long name shorter, like Daily Deflector watertight SPF50. I mean, not only will it lessen the time for people to actually finish saying the whole darn name, but it will probably decrease people's lost of breath after saying it. So overall a win-win lol.
I've read quite a few negative reviews and thoughts about this product on the net. I'll try to debunk and explain why I love it and why I don't.
It is a mineral-based sunscreen.
The sunscreen actives in this formulae is comprised of Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. Why do I prefer mineral-based sunscreen over chemical-based sunscreen (e.g. Oxybenzone, Octinoxate...-based) is because physical sunscreen has a lesser chance of causing a skin-reaction and is recommended to those who have sensitive skin.
There are also researches focusing on how mineral-based actives are slightly better as they form a layer of 'shield' on top of your skin to block the rays of the sun but nevertheless, both mineral and chemical based sunscreens are as good but just depends on your own preferences (The Wall Street Journal).
At SPF50, it's as good as it's gonna get in terms of a product that is mass-marketed. There are higher SPFs out there but rare. I use SPF50 sunscreens almost whenever I'm going out, no matter if it's cloudy or raining. I use SPF30 whenever I'm indoors. Currently, with the hot summer weather here, SPF50's more important and always the way to go.
Leaves a white/greyish cast
Several reviews online gave this product a thumbs down because of two issues and one of them is the white cast that it leaves behind. So, does it really leave a white cast?
I'm afraid to say that it does. Mineral sunscreens are known for leaving white casts. Buuuuuut, the white cast does disappear on me at about half an hour later but I can imagine this being a bane on darker skin-tones as it may look greyish. For me, I don't find this a problem since I often only wear an SPF50 when I'm going out. And when I go out, I often powder a bit or put on some coverage from Alphabet creams or foundations, which neutralises its cast.
Super-liquidy + Lightweight
Another issue that people on the net complain about is the consistency. And this is the only (stressed) issue that bothers me. The consistency is very very liquidy and light. Why does it bother me? Because for other sunscreens in my rotation, I often put a dollop of it on my palm, rub it between two palms and apply to face.
It doesn't work with this sunscreen. If you do rub it between two palms, most of the product will be absorbed into your palms. As I like to apply my sunscreen liberally on my face. If you're like me, you'll feel that it won't be enough to cover your face+neck. Partly, also due to its lightweight texture that you won't even feel like it's 'there'.
How to solve this: apply a dollop onto palms> with the other free hand, dab onto face and apply/massage> repeat on another area.
Or, you could just squeeze some out of the tube> apply onto face > squeeze again> apply. Does the latter sound tiring? While yes. duh.
I'm not fond of the typical sunscreen smell so I like that this product contains some fragrance. It may be strong at first but it doesn't linger, which is a plus. It smells slightly flowery-ish + powdery-ish... I'm so bad at describing fragrances haha. Basically, not cloying and overly sweet.
Another thing that I like about the sunscreen apart from those mentioned above is it contains some good antioxidants such as peptides in the form of "Palmitoyl Oligopeptide" and "Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7", Sodium Hyaluronate (which is the gamed Hyaluronic Acid), Trehalose, etc.
I also use this sunscreen mixed with the Cover FX- Custom Cover Drops (review is on the blog) sometimes to make it into a tinted sunscreen to offset the white cast.
Another question is does Kate Somerville test on animals?
No. But recent news suggest that Unilever has snatched up the Kate Somerville brand so I'm unsure. But as of writing, no they don't test on animals and their products are made in the USA.
Overall, I recommend this product if the issues stated above (e.g. white cast, it's consistency/texture) does not bother you. Try to test it in-store or get a sample if possible.
It's 60ml of product for $48 at Kate Somerville's website (which ships to UK, US, Canada, HK and S. Korea). Also in Sephora. In Malaysia, it retails for approx between MYR 180-190.