Here Comes the Sun (And the Perfect Sunscreen)!

Ah, summer is just around the corner. Are you excited? I am! It’s my favorite season, even though it’s pretty much the only season here in Singapore.

And speaking of sun, in the last Beauty Tip of the Week, I de-bunked one of SPF’s greatest misconception and am so glad it was helpful to you – I know it was a great help for me when I first found out! In the comments, I was telling a few readers how I have been using THE perfect sunscreen and couldn’t wait to share it with you.

The famous sunscreen in question is Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection Sunscreen. But don’t be fooled by its long, complicated name – this product is so simple, which what makes it such a winner. First, the good technical stuff: it contains mineral sunscreen which doesn’t have any chemicals, so it is suitable for all skin types. It’s high SPF – 40 – also makes for stellar sunscreen protection against UVA and UVB rays, as well as pollution. And while all sunscreens pretty much do the same thing, my favorite bit of all is the formula… it’s absolutely fantastic.

As I mentioned in My Skincare Regime, I’m a bit naughty when it comes to sunscreen – I used to wear it diligently a few years back, but the ones I tried made my face look and feel so shiny and greasy, I eventually stopped wearing them. Thankfully, this one by Clarins is a lightweight, runny liquid formula and once applied to skin, it practically disappears – it actually reminds me of a moisturizer. So because of that, I deem it an excellent product. I’m sure facial sunscreens and their formulas have come a long way since I was using them, but I am really loving this one by Clarins. The only thing that is a ‘con’ in my book is the price – a small 30ml bottle will set you back SGD$70. Yikes. It is expensive, but I have to say it is worth the price – it seriously is a pleasure to apply on and feels like you have nothing on. You can be sure I’ll be wearing this and up-keeping my sunscreen application – no more excuses!

Have you tried Clarins’ UV Plus HP Sunscreen? What do you think of it? I believe it is quite an old product (and best seller of theirs) that recently got a revamp – in formula and in packaging.

19 responses to “Here Comes the Sun (And the Perfect Sunscreen)!

  1. Oooooh I love this sunscreen! Been using it since two packagings (And formulas?) ago :D I personally find this new formula and packaging to be less oilier than the previous one, and I’m loving it more. Plus, I actually wore it to a waterfall trip with friends (And our dogs) once, and while my body was sunburnt, my face wasn’t- just slightly tanned, so it really works! Plus, it has never (Touch wood) broke me out, and I have sensitive, dehydrated/dry, acne-prone (Yes, very complicated) skin. It’s my perfect sunscreen.

    I’m not too crazy about the scent, though, personally, but this formula has a lighter scent than the previous one too thankfully.

    • Yay! I’m glad you like this sunscreen too! I really do love it… where has it been all my life?! Haha.

      I tried taking a sniff of it. I can’t smell anything too heavy? (Might be because I just slathered myself in coconut body lotion, I can’t smell anything but that! Haha)

      • That was also my thought exactly when I used it- where had it been all my life?! Haha!

        It has a slightly rosy, floral scent IMO, but the scent in newest formulation (The one in your picture) is barely there, so no worries if you can’t sniff it. It’s not as heavy as the previous ones haha :D

  2. Yikes that’s really expensive! Way out of my price range for now haha. Have been using the Nutrogena Ultra Sheer Dri-Touch SPF 50 for some time. Doing its job relatively well but I would prefer it if it were more easily absorbed!

  3. Oh my God I cannot believe this :) Very few people pay attention Clarins here in Manila (well, among the local beauty bloggers and forums, it’s not a “popular” brand) so I’m excited when somebody features my favourite Clarins sunscreen :)

    I use the tinted one, and it doubles as my primer/tinted moisturiser some times (although of course I always use moisturiser prior). Just a little concealer on top and I’m good to go.

    Also, since it’s not sticky, I can use a little more when the sun is really crazy shining and it still won’t give a weird whitish face.

    • The tinted one is next! I am saving that one for when I go on holiday and can’t be bothered with makeup – but still want some slight coverage. I’m glad to hear it’s good, I HATE that white, mask-like look some sunscreens give… yuck! xx

  4. You’ve def made me very excited about this sunscreen. I’m using Clinique’s City Block but it’s too oily for me to wear on its own though thankfully doesn’t make me breakout. It sits fairly well under makeup but still I feel my face gets pretty oily by the end of the day. Will nab a clarins sunscreen at duty free once I have the opportunity since it’s so pricey!

    • I was using City Block and it was too oily for me too. Do try this sunscreen out – it really is amazing. Let me know when you do get a chance to try it out. :)

  5. I love this sunscreen! :)

  6. i actually quite like the clarins sunscreen, light yet not leaving behind obvious white casting sheen. it’s expensive but i’ll probably buy again :)

  7. It’s only $38 here in the states:/ I’m sorry you have to pay $30 more, thats ridiculous! (although $40 for 1.7 oz of facial sunscreen is still a bit steep to me, ha.

  8. I recently bought a Clarins eye contour balm was given the sunscreen as a sample. Previously I used to ignore sunscreen eventhough I know the importance of it mainly because it’s too rich and oily. But since I got this sample, I was willing to give a try and I was surprised at it’s texture. I mediately went out to get myself a bottle. Its amazing!

  9. I have used many sunscreens for face and always on the lookout for new (improved!) ones, because most of them make me look like an oily corpse! But this is the one that I want to spend my life with :D. It’s weightless, silky, absorbed so well and does not cause breakouts. I can even tap it on my makeup during the day without smudging it. The only thing is that it’s not easily found in stores, that’s how I came across your site while searching the product online. Well worth the price :)

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