Tuesday, 27 May 2014

L'Oreal Paris UV Perfect Aqua Essence with SPF 30 - Review

I've done a couple of sunscreen reviews in the recent past and if you have read them you will know what's my no 1 reason for giving full marks to one. Protecting my skin and preventing tanning is definitely important but if a sunscreen is sweat proof and matte, it has already won half the battle.

L'Oreal Paris recently launched the UV Perfect Aqua Essence with SPF 30. Read on to know if it gets full marks from me for its performance.

L'Oreal Paris UV Perfect Aqua Essence with SPF 30

Our Most Complete UV Shield:

Anti-UV: formulated specifically for Asian skin, the advanced Mexoryl XL Filter provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection for 12H.

Anti-Oxidant: with Vitamin E, which reinforces skin to fight against free radicals and slow down skin aging.

Anti-Aging: enriched with Adenosin, a renowned anti-aging ingredient which helps to strengthen premature skin aging.

Encapsulated in an ultra-light watery essence which melts on skin and is quickly absorbed for a light refreshing effect. It lets the skin breathe and makes it suppler and smoother. Non-sticky, non-greasy, it leaves a velvet and invisible finish..

I agree with the watery essence part. It is really light and feels practically weightless unlike most sunscreens which have a heavy texture. I also like that it does not leave a white cast on the face.  The problem comes after it's absorbed into my skin. I start sweating like crazy! The first time I applied it, I started sweating so much I had to take a towel and rub off everything. Gotta admit it was extremely hot and humid that day and the ac wasn't on when I was applying it so I took a second chance. Waited for a few days till the temperature came down slightly, switched on the ac and applied the sunscreen 15 mins before going out. I was fine inside the room but once I stepped out into the sun, again started sweating profusely. Had to wipe off my face using a cleansing wipe.

While I like the texture of the Aqua Essence, on me it just did not work in the very humid Kolkata summer. This might be best suited for dry temperatures. I have not used this product again so I won't be able to comment on how effective it is against tanning, dark spots etc. Maybe will give it another shot a few months later or during winter and do a follow up review then.

UV Perfect Aqua Essence with SPF 30 is priced at Rs 475 for 30 ml.

P.S - PR Sample. Honest review.

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