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I was browsing the aisles of Boots when I came across two new drugstore sunscreens that caught my eye! Affordable sunscreens are just getting better and better with every year I spend trying to hunt down the best of the bunch, so I was really excited to try these two. I'm reviewing them for you here today and you can check out a demo of each here...
First up is the Bondi Sands SPF 50+ Fragrance Free Fluid | £7.99. This is a new, more fluid, everyday version of their original Fragrance Free SPF 50+, which I'm a huge fan of. I know some people found that product a bit too moisturising, but my dry skin loved it! This offers more of a lightweight, milky take on that product, though it doesn't have the same water resistance, which is probably why it's branded as an everyday product that's more for using under makeup when you're not necessarily at the beach or exercising in the heat. This is an Aussie-made sunscreen formulated to some of the strictest regulations in the world to provide a very high level of broad-spectrum protection (reducing damage from both UVA and UVB rays). There's added Vitamin E in here, as an antioxidant and because it's moisturising.
In terms of the sunscreen element; this product contains a couple of more traditional sunscreen filters but is broadly formulated with modern filters that have a lot more cosmetic elegance. Plus this doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes. As a result, this product is super lightweight and it melts into my skin without leaving behind any sort of cast. It sits under makeup well without pilling up and it meshes with my normal skincare routine. If I had one criticism, it would be that this isn't quite moisturising enough for my skin, but honestly: I love that original formula, so I can't complain. This is perfect for those who liked the idea of that product but just found it a bit too heavy or shiny for their skin.
The other new formula I tried was the Garnier Ambre Solaire SPF 50+ Super UV Invisible Face Serum | £14. This is a little bit richer and more moisturising but still has a lightweight feel on the skin. It's a little more pricey and the bottle is fairly small, but it's more suited to dry skin types in my opinion and I got this on offer (so keep an eye out if it sounds like your cup of tea). Again, this is an everyday sunscreen, not something you're necessarily wearing on holiday because it doesn't have that water resistance, but it's designed to work well under makeup. In terms of added extras, we have glycerin to draw hydration into the skin and ceramides to help replenish the lipid barrier and keep the skin strong and healthy. This also doesn't contain any fragrance.
As I mentioned, this is a little more lotion-y and less like a milk than the Bondi Sands formula but it's definitely more lightweight than the £12 sunscreens in a tube that have been popular online for a couple of years now. It's formulated primarily with next-generation filters that don't cause a cast or irritate my eyes. This melts into my skin and it feels hydrating and softening but not greasy or heavy. It provides that perfect smooth, soft and hydrated base for makeup and works with all of the products I like to use. This has been my go-to formula since I got it, which says a lot! If you're also on the normal-to-dry end of the skin spectrum, I think you're going to love this.
Have you tried either of these formulas? What's your favourite drugstore sunscreen?