To follow on my from my last post about the Suntegrity Impeccable Skin SPF 30 Foundation, I thought I’d also try their pressed mineral powder. As I’m still on the hunt for my perfect sunscreen, I been thinking about the best ways to obtain full coverage and protection, in all situations.
This multi-tasking zinc based powder from Suntegrity Skincare offers broad spectrum SPF 50 in a pressed mineral form. They say it blends effortlessly into most skin tones, leaving skin with a matte finish, that also helps minimize the appearance of pores, blurs imperfections, evens out skin tone and controls shine.
It’s $48.00 USD for the full product, $34.00 USD for just the refill (14.5g/0.51oz). I haven’t yet seen this stocked in Australia, but since I bought these online, the conversion is approximately $62.25 AUD and $44.09 AUD respectively.
This has a lovely finely milled texture that’s smooth and soft. It’s quite a heavy duty powder, one that takes down the shine very well. Applying it with a large fluffy brush will give you a softer effect, but if you want the full sunscreen benefits, I find patting it on with the Artis Oval 7 the best. The densely packed bristles act similar to a powder puff (which is the recommended application method).
At first this leaves a slight white/grey cast, that can be blended away. I definitely find that the white cast disappears completely if I used it over foundation and once it’s settled into my skin. I’ve actually been grateful for the white cast as it gently tones down some darker foundations I’ve been trying, but as I said that effect disappears.
I only purchased the refill, as the compact is made of plastic and it has a mirror (both of which aren’t recyclable). If I didn’t already have a refillable palette, I’d definitely consider purchasing theirs. I think it’s great for touch ups on the go, but for now I only need it for home.
Application & Wear
I’m very pleased with this pressed powder. It’s much better at counteracting the shine in my oily skin, without feeling too cakey. If I apply it lightly with a big fluffy brush, it’s almost undetectable. I do question if that is enough for it to properly protect from the sun. If I pat it on with the Artis Oval 7, it’s not completely translucent. I happen to think this works in my advantage, especially if I’m layering it with the Impeccable Skin. It’s only when I start packing on the powder, past two or three layers, that the white/grey cast becomes too noticeable. I also find it works really well at blurring pores.
I haven’t properly tested the sunscreen properties yet, particularly on my face. I don’t really want to risk it since my skin tans so easily. For everyday, quick moments in the sun, I have noticed my skin doesn’t sting from the sun. However, I am resigned to the fact I’ll probably keep wearing a hat or hoodie if I’m doing activities such as hiking. Despite this, I really like that it gives me more confidence to be outside without worrying about incidental sun exposure. Those are the times I tan without even realizing. I will definitely be repurchasing (I kind of wish I’d bought a few now) as it’s by far the best way for me to reapply sunscreen and it’s heavy duty enough to mattify my oily skin.