Because less is more for me these days, I am on the hunt for another multi-tasking product that offers decent coverage and sun protection. I know BB cream is supposed to be “the manna” but I’m a beauty junkie so I won’t concoct protracted stories for you. Read: I just want to try new things, period
Enter Avene Haute Protection SPF50 Tinted Compact (Sable/Beige). Per website description, it’s “100% mineral sunscreen with cream- to powder- formulation for fair to medium skin tone. It has Avene Thermal Spring Water to soothe skin and SPF 50 which protects skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays”.
Hmmm…. quite a novelty because I don’t own a tinted sunscreen presented this way. Similar to most powder makeups, it is packaged in a compact with split partition for the sponge and actual product. It has a mirror which comes in handy for quick touchups.
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (18%), Zinc Oxide (4.9%). Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phenyl Trimethicone, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Squalane, Polyethylene, Talc, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Silica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polyglyceryl-3, Diisostearate, Water/Eau (Aqua), Beeswax/Cire D’Abeille (Cera Alba), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Microcrystalline Wax/Cire Microcristalline (Cera Microcristallina), Phenoxyethanol Tocopheryl Glucoside, Tribehenin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), (CI 77492), (CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007).
How do I scope out the product? Should I use the sponge, brush or mah fingers? Decisions, decisions. I’m iffy with the first two due to possible bacterial contamination so I’m better off with the lesser evil: swipe with clean finger, pat on face, and then use a foundation brush to blend. There, trivial issue solved.
The skinny. It feels and covers like a tinted moisturizer. It has slight chemical scent but overall tolerable (think drugstore foundation). Since it has dimethicone, it blurred my pores albeit temporarily, I would say two hours at the most. Take note, this is a sunscreen so reapplication is encouraged every two hours especially when you’re outdoors. Sable/Beige is supposed to be a good match for my medium skin tone but as you can see from the photo below, I’m Casper reanimated, haha! I had to color-correct using Laura Geller Balance-N-Brighten Foundation Regular Powder SPF15. The ultimate deal breaker? this tinted compact is available in two shades: Honey for fair to very fair and Beige/Sable for fair to medium. In short, this product is solely created for you my fair ladies!
Despite the Casper-effect which can be corrected with a powder or liquid foundation, it still has its own merits: high SPF, paraben-free, water-resistant. It also depends on how you will use this product, exclusively sunscreen or as an add-on to your makeup routine? Either way I’m not repurchasing because of the shade mismatch.
Still on the subject of Casper, you may or may not know that the ingredients in sunscreen (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) reflect the camera flash which makes your face look pasty white especially at night time. Do yourself a favor, steer clear from foundations with SPF if you plan on taking photos. For one, who wears sunscreen at night? #commonsense
Have you tried this product?