This week I’m bringing you two face products no one should be without. That’s right sunscreen! I have not had much luck with sunscreen at all. In fact I never wear it. I actually prefer to wear a hat, because many formulas have not worked for me. Suntegrity have been on my wishlist for quite a while and I’ve finally had the chance to try them.
Suntegrity Impeccable Skin is formulated without silicones or oils, which sounds pretty attractive to my oily skin. They utilise non-nano zinc and melanin to provide broad spectrum SPF 30, as well as blue light protection. The whole debate around blue light is still developing and I’m not entirely sold on the need for it. However the need for UVA and UVB protection has been well documented, especially for those living in Australia.
It’s $55.00 USD for 2oz/56.7g or $6.95 USD for a mini sample tube. In Australia we pay $86.00 AUD for the full size or $10.95 AUD for the deluxe sample. You can see why I only bought samples!
Active Ingredients: 15% Zinc-Oxide (non-nano)
Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Purified Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C13-15 Alkane, Glycerin, Lauroyl Lysine, Polyglyceryl-2 Oleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract, Caesalpinia Spinosa Fruit Extract, Melanin, Bisabolol, Hyaluronic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Phospholipids, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Sodium Chloride, Propylene Carbonate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Titanium Dioxide (C.I.77891), Iron Oxides (C.I.77492, C.I. 77491, C.I.77499)
Described as a medium coverage, it’s not heavy like most sunscreens. I was a little worried about blending it, as it’s a little stiffer than I’m used to. However it does blend very nicely once it’s warmed up. The tint ensures it doesn’t leave that white cast, although I haven’t tested it with flash photography. I like that it sits comfortably and seamlessly on the skin. Without my oil serums it wears satin matte, but with them it’s a little more on the dewy side. It can stick to dry patches if I have them, but it doesn’t accentuate any I didn’t know I had.
This applies best if you start with their recommended amount, a dime (5 cent coin for Australians). It can be layered with no issues. I want to add, that it is recommended that you use a full nickel sized dollop (our closest coin would be a 10 cent coin). It can start to feel a little heavier and doesn’t dry down to a satin matte finish if you use this amount.
The only time I really noticed a huge difference compared to typical foundations is when it’s time to wash this off. When I try to emusify this with my oil cleanse, it takes a lot of work to dissolve. It’s almost … sticky? I always rinse that off and cleanse with a cream cleanser, but even after that I feel like I need to do another wash. Now, I don’t mind this because it’s never broken me out or felt weird on my skin during wear time. I happen to think this is quite the testament to it’s longevity. It’ll hold up better for long work days, exercise and even swimming.
Ivory, Nude, Buff, Sand, Tan & Bronze
There’s no easy way to say that the shade range is definitely lacking. Even though it’s not full coverage, it has enough pigment to be noticeable if it doesn’t match you close enough. Based on their descriptions, I bought a sample tube of Sand and it’s not quite right for me, as it’s slightly too dark and brown. I’ve quickly learned not to fight my yellow undertone, so it’s quite noticeable on me. I actually find that Buff has a touch of yellow that suits me better, but is still slightly too dark compared to my neck.
It’s more obvious in this picture that there is a large jump between the two lighter shades, the middle three and then the darkest. I also think there needs to be more shades developed with undertones in mind. I find that mixing Ivory or Nude and Buff together, works for me.
I’m quite torn on the Impeccable Skin from Suntegrity because I love the product! It’s the first sunscreen I haven’t wanted to scrub from my face or my mind. I know that sounds dramatic but thus far, I’ve hated sunscreen so much, I’ve never applied it again after the first try. I really like the application, the finish, the wear and it’s high SPF. I know there has been quite a lot of recent revelations regarding correct SPF ratings, but I am somewhat assured considering Suntegrity discloses the percentage of zinc oxide.
I also want to mention the fantastic customer service I received, on Instagram and afterwards during all my email exchanges. Their shipping was somewhat disrupted due to COVID-19 but they went above and beyond to ensure I received my treats. Shipping was also surprisingly quick too, so I definitely would repurchase!
My issue is that I don’t like the shade range. It’s really restrictive in terms of who it suits. I would consider my search for suitable foundations to be quite easy, considering the amount of choice I have, because many companies cater to my skin tone. I know I’m lucky in that respect. So while I can use it, I’m not 100% happy with the two shades that are my closest match because the undertone doesn’t suit me. The way around this would be to mix a custom shade from two but at $86.00 AUD per bottle, it’s going to hurt my bank account! I think I may have some makeup tricks I can use to make the shades work for me, but it is something I need to play with.
Foundation: Suntegrity Impeccable Skin in Buff & Ivory
Blush: Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Joyful
Lips: Suntegrity Mineral SPF 25 Lipgloss in Tahiti Breeze
Eyebrows: Kjaer Weis Eye Pencil in Black & Fitglow Beauty Plant Protein Brow Gel in Clear
Purchase here: Official website