I've been trying out a few facial sunscreens recently on the hunt for 'the one'. Or the one for this summer at any rate. Knowing that I was looking for sunscreen, Klara from Mookie on the Bench sent me a sachet of Murad Oil-Free Sunblock SPF30 and Triology Age Proof Moisturiser with SPF15. I also received small samples of Coola facial sunscreen SPF 30 in both the scented and unscented versions from Mise Beauty. These are just my initial impressions but I thought they might be useful to anyone on a similar hunt.
I found the Murad Sunblock really easy to use. I'm not usually a fan of oil free formulas on my skin but I liked this very much indeed. I find sun protection on my face can sometimes feel cloying, especially when worn under foundation, so something I can't 'feel' is ideal. This is described as having a matte finish, I don't think I registered that but it certainly didn't feel greasy. I had fully intended to purchase this as soon I finished the sample but it appeared to be out of stock everywhere. I'm going to take this as a good sign! A full size tube costs £25 for 50ml.
The Trilogy Daily Defence moisturiser with SPF15 was not as much of a success. This felt super, super thick. I think it's partly the texture of the moisturiser itself but I found it too heavy for my skin. So much so that I actually wanted to wash it off. I've just applied some to my hand and I would say it has the feel of a night cream. I think unless you have very dry skin, this is probably one to miss.
I've only tried the cucumber scented version so far but I really like the COOLA Moisturising Sunscreen SPF30. I like the cucumber scent, there's something about it that reminds me of holidays of my youth but I've yet to put my finger on why! It goes on easily with no hint of a white cast. It doesn't feel any heavier than a moisturiser and layers well. I wish I'd been able to do a direct comparison with the Murad as I can't say for sure whether one is better than the other. Price wise the COOLA costs £23.50 for 50ml. They also produce a Mineral Sunblock which is a little more expensive at £26.
Have you tried any of these? Do you have a favourite facial sunscreen or do you prefer to use a moisturiser with SPF?
Disclosure: The samples of Coola were sent to me without cost.