This review originally appeared on my old blog The World of Blue.
I’ve been using this The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Power Long-Lasting Sun Cream for years now and I can honestly say it’s one of my favourite sun protection products of all times. There are a lot of reasons for that, and I’m gonna touch on each and one them below. I hope you enjoy reading! ❤
About the product
The packaging of this Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Power Long-Lasting Sun Cream (ufff, what a long name) describes the product’s design very succinctly:
This long-lasting water-resistant sun cream filters and screens both UVA and UVB rays. The smooth cream comes in a natural beige shade with matter finish that can be used as a long-wearing colour correcting foundation primer.
The Face Shop sunscreen is water-resistant (I checked it in the all-raining North West England and that claim definitely holds true) and not only guards against the UV rays and the damage they cause but also can serve as a makeup base as it corrects skin tone and minor imperfections. The packaging also adds that the sunscreen doesn’t contain animal-derived ingredients and contains ECOCERT Certified Sunflower Sprout Extract (600µg).
Packaging, Ingredients and Texture
The sunscreen comes in a golden-matte box with some orange bits and a tube of the same colour. When it comes to the tube itself, I’ve never had any problems with squeezing the cream out. However, due to the cap, it’s a bit heavier than other tube sun creams I’ve tried and reviewed here. So even though it comes in a 50ml tube (1.69 US fl. oz.) just like the goodal sunscreen, for example, it weighs a bit more which in turn may impact the shipping price if you combine it with other products in your shopping cart.
Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Tromethamine, Dipropylene Glycol, Hexyldecyl Ethylhexanoate, Panthenol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Distearddimonium Hectorite, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hexyl Laurate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Zinc Stearate, Alanyl Glutamine, Sorbitan Sesquiissstearate, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Sprout Extract, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Alumina, Mica, Nylon-12, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Vanilla Tahitensis Fruit Extract, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Adenosine, Trisodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium PCA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Dimethicone, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Sodium Benzoate, Parfum/Fragrance
In terms of the ingredients, the sun cream contains two physical and two chemical UV filters- Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (physical/mineral), and Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate and Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid (chemical). Combined, they all provide broad-spectrum sun protection and because there are only two chemical filter in the cream, the risk of skin irritation is lowered. I always go for mineral sunscreens as in the past every chemical sun cream I tried broke me out or stung my eyes.
The Face Shop sunscreen also contains some skin-friendly extracts such as the already mentioned Sunflower Sprout Extract, Vanilla Tahitensis Fruit Extract and Panthenol. However, there are quite a few yellow-rated ingredients and Fragrance. Nevertheless, the sun cream has never broken me out and has worked well on my skin since the very beginning.
When it comes to the texture, the cream feels quite heavy but it’s easy to spread and doesn’t leave any white cast. It’s beige-like in colour which is quite unusual for a sunscreen with physical filers and may seem more like a BB cream than a usual sunscreen. However, it’s still a sun cream with broad UV protection and so the foundation-like effect is just a bonus and not the main purpose of the cream. Upon application the suncream blends in really well with a slightly dewy (but not oily) finish, leaving no white streaks.
This The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Power Long-Lasting Sun Cream certainly has its pros and cons. For some those cons may outweigh the pros and they wouldn’t purchase it. However, for me it’s the pros that definitely outweigh the cons and I love how well this sunscreen has proved to work for my skin.
* it leaves minimal to none white cast. Blends in really well and the skin colour is just this bit enhanced. The manufacturer claims that it conceals small imperfections and that’s certainly true indeed. But no miracles, of course.
* it’s long-lasting- provides long and broad-spectrum protection against the sun with the mixture of physical and chemical filters that didn’t break me out. And it’s water-resistant which really comes in handy in a rainy North West England.
* it doesn’t break out or irritate the skin- at least it didn’t in my case. Physical sunscreens (Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide) generally rarely cause skin irritation- that’s why people with sensitive skin (me) opt for sunscreens with physical filters. But even the chemical filters didn’t cause me any irritation which happened to me with sunscreens which contained only chemical filters.
* it contains a few (not many though) skin-friendly ingredients (the mentioned above Panthenol, Vanilla Fruit Extract, etc.)
* it’s relatively affordable, although it depends on from where you buy – I bought my first tube on eBay for less than £10 if I remember correctly, and was lucky enough not to have come across a fake.
* it’s hard to get rid of if you don’t double cleanse. I always use cleansing wipes and a cleansing oil to break down the waterproof barrier, followed with a cleansing cream/gel/foam to get my skin cleansed thoroughly. It may sound like a long cleansing routine but I got used to it quite quickly and so it’s stopped bothering me. And because the practice makes a master, I got quite fast at cleansing.
* it doesn’t contain that many skin-friendly ingredients and there are quite a few yellow-rated ones.
* upon application, you have to wait about 15-20mins before heading outside to ensure the chemical filters work properly (with mineral filters there’s no need to wait). Also, for the first few minutes the skin is a bit oily, and so waiting it out lets that oily shine transform into a dewy finish.
* although the sun cream doesn’t leave white streak or white cast, it still needs to be spread it evenly and patted to make it blend well; otherwise it will be noticeable you’re wearing a cream, especially if you put on quite a considerable amount of it (like I always do).
I like this The Face Shop sun cream a lot. It’s far better than most sunscreens I’ve tried so far. I like the fact that it conceals small imperfections without looking like real makeup (although I’m continuously working on my skin to make look better and not have to conceal even those small imperfections; although constant stress rather exacerbates than improves my skin. At this rate I’m gonna look 60 when I’m 30.). I also appreciate the water-resistant aspect of the sunscreen which works great for me as in the North West England I’m in constant danger of contact with rain and I often forget to bring an umbrella with me. The sun cream also doesn’t make my skin dry which my dry and sensitive skin is extremely grateful for. Although without regular re-application my face can start to look a bit too oily/shiny which on some days is quite bothersome for me- at work I don’t always have time to re-apply it.
The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Power Long-Lasting Sun Cream may not be perfect but it’s one of the best sunscreens I’ve come to contact with. Would I purchase it again? I already did, so many times.
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