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Even though I'm obviously Team Sunscreen all year round, this tends to be the season of new SPF-related launches, and there are four affordable formulas here that caught my eye, so I've tried them for you and I'm returning my verdict today...
So, why is this a borderline review? It unfortunately leave a white cast on my skin! I was intrigued as to why this was happening, given I'd assumed it was a chemical sunscreen so dove into the ingredients and I think the culprit might be a nano-hybrid filter called Tinosorb M which does have some mineral sunscreen features. I do find that some chemical sunscreens take a moment to sink in fully, but I gave this 10-15 minutes and unfortunately there was still a mild cast on my skin tone (Fitzpatrick Type 4). This isn't noticeable under makeup, but I think it's just a bit too much for me to be comfortable wearing this on its own! If you're a type 1, 2 or (maybe) 3: this will probably be fine for you, but if you're a 4, 5 or 6, I'd probably avoid this one, sadly! I'm not sure why a chemical sunscreen (that's the only one in Beauty Bay's line, currently) couldn't have been a bit more inclusive, but I just wanted to put it out there that even though it doesn't seem like it should have a cast, it actually does.
Next, I have the Glow Hub Sun Silk Face Cream SPF 30* | £12 | which can act as a one-stop-shop as we head into the warmer months or if you're a little more on the oily side. This is a lovely, lightweight lotion that feels hydrating and melts beautifully into the skin. It sets down, so it's not shiny but does leave my skin with a healthy glow. This melts effortlessly and doesn't leave any kind of cast on my skin and I don't see it leaving a cast for anyone; obviously, I expect a chemical sunscreen to be pretty traceless on the skin, but after the Beauty Bay formula, I thought it was worth highlighting! In terms of the sunscreen filters: you're getting a broad spectrum SPF 30 and I think that's absolutely fine on a day-to-day basis if you're going into the office and you're only getting incidental sun. This is really what you'd expect from a modern, European sunscreen in that it contains a wide range of filters and relies less on the traditional, more irritating ingredients. This is an everyday sunscreen (like all the formulas in this post) so it's not water-resistant and it's not like I'm breaking a sweat in it typically but I did get a little bit of eye watering the one time I have.
We also have a reformulation: Hello Sunday's the Everyday One SPF 50* | £16. Sunscreen brand Hello Sunday launched last year and a lot of reviews did mention that the SPF 50 version of this moisturiser-sunscreen hybrid pilled like crazy. I'm really happy that they listened to this feedback and reworked the product to improve the application experience, alongside upgrading the packaging to make it more easy to recycle. This is a UK brand so as expected and like the other products in this post, it's a modern formula utilising a range of filters. Although it contains the same mineral-chemical hybrid that I think gave Beauty Bay's formula that unfortunate cast, I don't experience that issue with this formula at all. This provides your broad spectrum protection as well as visible light protection, which I think is a really great addition for an 'every single day' product to make sure you're getting the widest-possible well-ageing benefits from your sunscreen.