To be honest, it was only when I really got into skincare that I religiously applied SPF. So, it was also only a few years ago that I realized how difficult it is to look for an SPF that would work for my oily skin. You know something that’s not too heavy, not too creamy, and nothing that will aggravate the oiliness of my skin. While on the search, Coola gave me some vegan SPF options.
The Mineral Face Matte Tint Moisturizer SPF 30 ($36) promises to be a moisturizer and SPF in one. This is so light and it applies like a silicone primer. The tint is a touch too light for my skin tone but manageable. It’s matte but not mattifying so, on a warm day, I get a bit of shine on my forehead and on my nose by lunchtime. By hour 7 I can see some foundation movement on my forehead so I definitely think this would suit those with dry and normal skin better.
The Rosilliance Mineral BB+ Cream Tinted Organic Sunscreen SPF 30 ($52) also contains rose stem cell actives to nourish and provide antioxidant benefits. This honestly looks ashy on the bottle so I didn’t think it would work well with my warm skin. It does once first applied. It also leaves a bit of a white cast. Not great right? However, it seemed to have settled on my skin after a few minutes so, I’m good. However, after walking under the sun after a few minutes, it immediately left my skin oily and I haven’t had this experience in so long. This is definitely for drier skin types.
The Daydream Mineral Makeup Primer Sunscreen SPF 30 ($42) also has honeysuckle, white lily, and iris stem cells to deliver antioxidants. This feels siliconey and feels hydrating but this made my skin oily in the afternoon and it made makeup move around. Like I can see foundation gathering in small spackles on my forehead. Sadly, this is yet another SPF for dry and normal skin types.
The Coola Mineral Face Matte Tint Moisturizer SPF 30, Rosilliance Mineral BB+ Cream Tinted Organic Sunscreen SPF 30, Daydream Mineral Makeup Primer Sunscreen SPF 30 were provided by @coola and @behrmanpr. Available at coola.com
Australian and vegan-friendly, Bali Body aims to nourish the skin with their cruelty-free products made in Melbourne.
The BB Cream SPF15 ($29.95) is a multitasking beauty cream that promises to combine hydrating skincare benefits to protect, correct and perfect the skin.
It has a very light texture and applies thinly on the skin. It also smells like summer, which is needed for these colder days. It’s perfect for me – application makes me feel like I’m on vacation without the sweat. It has a sheer coverage and was able to provide an even application on my skin. Even if it’s applied with a brush, it doesn’t look streaky. It just looks dewy without looking greasy on the skin making me look like I had a good sleep the night before. It covers a bit of the redness on some parts of my skin but would need a concealer’s help to cover undereye circles and dark spots. I would need to blot after about a couple of hours but what I like about this is that I don’t look like I’m in need of a good wipe. I just look glowy and dewy. The coverage lasts the whole day as well. My makeup, if unretouched, tend to just disintegrate. This one, however, looked fine when I got home. A bit oily all over, yes, but not embarrassingly so. The oiliness seemed light and even in a way.
The Luxe Moisturising Lotion ($24.95) is a natural body lotion that contains vitamin e to provide hydration and antioxidants to smooth, soften and repair the skin. This moisturizes the skin and leaves it smelling like coconuts. The packaging is so compact that you can bring this anywhere if you want to reapply on the drier parts of your body. I like that this sinks in quickly on my skin and it doesn’t feel tacky after application.
The Watermelon Tanning Oil SPF6 ($22.95) uses watermelon seed oil to enhance your tan. I don’t regularly tan as tanning oils can make my skin looky ashy. However, I love watermelons so I can’t resist this. This leaves my skin glowing and even leaves my skin soft and smooth. It has a nice runny texture that doesn’t leave my skin feeling sticky.
These Bali Body products were provided by Bali Body and Red PR for review. Available at int.balibodyco.com