This summer went by much too quickly. Either that or I have spent way too much time researching and trying beauty products that I missed out on the gorgeous weather! While I was absconding from the blog, not posting on Instagram or anywhere else socially (akin to demise in blogger rule book) I was looking up products, reading, “researching”, buying, trying. Especially sunscreens!
The world of beauty blogs is a really cool place and fun to be a part of with so many different ideas and points of view but, sometimes diversity in opinions can be very obfuscating. Imagine being comfortable with your sweet little beauty routine when suddenly someone posts alarming details about your perfect moisturiser and you no longer see it with the same eyes. That sunscreen that you have been using for years is now “too toxic” and you feel like an idiot thinking of how many times you have openly declared your love for it. Happens to me all the time!
Sunscreen has to be the most controversial of beauty products. Ever. Not two sunscreens are made the same and they are notorious for behaving differently on different skin types. That in fact is true for a lot of skincare products but sunscreens are on a different scale. Sun protection, which I am sure everyone would agree, is the most important aspect of health and well being and, the one thing that should be made as simple as drinking water, is anything but. Millions of formulas, some “chemical” some “physical” some “mineral” some “!#@$*^” ! There is no way I can ever keep track of what’s “safe” and what’s not. Recommending a sunscreen is a therefore a gamble I have consciously been keeping myself clear of.
So, when I say that Radical’s Skin Perfecting Screen might be the best SPF skincare I have ever used I know what I am getting myself into. A lot of potential trouble and possible side eyes! I have been sitting on this review for a month (waiting for it to hatch by itself one day!), trying my best to not applaud it prematurely and not to be misleading in any way. I have given it a good go, in fact, everyday for the past few months and I am nearly half way through the bottle.
This stuff is really as good as it says on the tube.
Its a thin pearly slightly pink tinged liquid which goes on smoothly and disappears instantly on the skin leaving behind a matte finish but enough luminosity that makes the skin look perfected. Its touted as part skincare and part primer and I can vouch for its priming capabilities. The bottle itself is a slim white tube holding 40ml of the liquid, with a narrow opening that slips out just the right amount for each use. Even on the hottest of days it never turns greasy because once I put it on its pretty much gone off the skin and I can hardly feel it on my face.
It is formulated as a physical sunscreen with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. It also has a fair amount of silicones which explain its priming and smoothing properties. My only concern before buying this was the dreaded grey/pale cast most physical sunscreens leave behind. Thankfully that never happens with this one. On my medium/tan skin all I can see is a glow.
Its not a moisturiser and not very hydrating, so on my dry-combination skin I need to wear a moisturiser underneath. It does not clog my pores, has yet to break me out and I have not had trouble removing it with an oil makeup remover (which I have found some reviews complaining). It is comfortable to wear and given how less tanned my forehead has been this summer (and I spend 1 hour each morning in commute) I can safely attribute it to this. I don’t wear makeup everyday so most days I only wear this screen with a little bit of concealer and dust some Chanel Les Beiges powder on top, also with SPF. This has been my routine on most days this summer and I have not had any new issues to report. I can definitely see myself wearing this all year, it is perfect for the kind of place I live in.
One problem though, it does not come cheap. I bought mine from FeelUnique, on sale, and I would recommend that. On its own it costs $55 or £39 which is very steep for a product like this.
The ingredient list looks like this:
Aqua, Caprylyl Methicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Zinc Oxide (Nano), Isododecane, Titanium Dioxide (Nano), Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Maris Sal, Adenosine, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Niacinamide, Tocopherol, Diamond Powder, Allantoin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Coffea Arabica Seed Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Alumina, Methicone, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Mica, CI 77891, Disodium EDTA, PEG-10, Glycerin, Isostearic Acid, CI 77491, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Pentylene Glycol, Tromethamine, Phenoxyethanol
Have you tried this? What’s your favorite sunscreen?