Rated 4.11 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Excellent except for 1 thing!
Bismuth Oxychloride is the first inactive ingredient listed in this product, which can cause an allergic reaction when mixed with sweat in some people. I was super bummed when this product arrived and I read the ingredients, because I'm one of the sweaty people who itches like crazy due to B.O. However, B.O aside, this is really an excellent product. You get 2.5 oz for a decent price, it's very light on the skin and yet a bit moisturizing, does not cause breakouts/congestion and has a slight tint. It also has a 20% concentration of zinc oxide as the main UVB-UVA protector which is ideal but uncommon and hard to find. So minus the B.O, this product is a winner. I also have the sensitive skin version of the Cotz sunscreens and I like it as well. It is just thicker, more moisturizing and untinted without the B.O. I wish Cotz would make this without the B.O as I would prefer this sunscreen to the sensitive one for the summer. So the only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is due to the inclusion of the well-known irritant bismuth oxychloride.
Most Helpful Critical Review Very light coverage, slightly greasy
I have been wearing sunscreen everyday for the last 30 years, so I have used tons of different brands from all over the world! I favor tinted sunscreen so that I can just dash out for quick errands without putting on makeup. This product only has a very light tint, so it is not really enough to cover up my light freckles and even out my skin tone, unlike other tinted sunscreen and BB/CC cream I have used. Also, it is slightly greasy, I can see a thin film of oil on my face. Great for my dry skin, but not so great when I put on foundation for those days that call for a more made up face. My complexion looks dewy at first but after a few hours, it turns greasy. It is value for money though, as it comes in quite a big size for its price. May be better for the colder and drier winter months.
Reviewed by 151 customers A solid choice for dry, sensitive skin
peeping tomboy from North Carolina
This is one of the few mineral sunscreens that I've found that don't leave my skin completely parched. That being said, it is pretty greasy, so I generally wear it as a primer under makeup (for which it works beautifully). I have rosacea (types 1 & 2) and super reactive skin and have been using this for over a year with no ill effects.
Eeps from PA
I should have listened to all the reviewer saying this was too greasy. I have dry skin and thought it would be ok for me, but it felt gross on my face and broke me out. Ended up returning it.
Not for everyone
Beauty Trier from St. Louis, MO
So! I like that the product has a high SPF and uses no chemical sunscreen ingredients; unfortunately, without me telling my mom that it was on my face, she commented that whatever I had on it made me look orange and didn't match the rest of my skin so Cotz Flawless complexion's tint isn't a match for everyone. I have cool toned fair skin (I don't like to think it's pale). Also, it just sat on top and when I had to wear my mask and take it off, it had easily rubbed off onto the mask, so it's not ideal for that either. When I would touch my face it would rub off also (too easily). Otherwise, I was hoping it was a new go-to sunscreen.
Yes from Arlington
The best . Use and you will get in love
Disappointed.. I wanted to like this.
MaryJane from South Jersey
Super greasy and heavy in face. My face actually started breaking out. I do like Cotz prime & protect with tint. That one is not greasy
Very good wear, hard to take off
hi from midwest
This sunscreen lasts all day and doesn't change the way that my makeup applies. The only issue is taking it off. I always feel like there is a film of "stuff" left behind, even after I use a cleansing oil + makeup wipe combo to remove my makeup. As such, I reach for this one when I know I'll be having a long day. Will purchase again.
It's all right from Louisiana
Makes my eyes burn if I touch them and makes my skin red and hot. I've always had trouble finding a sunscreen that didn't burn my eyes when they got wet, looks like I struck out again. The sunscreen is thick and has a somewhat oily consistency.
Using for 8 years Now
Layne from FL
I put this on after allowing my moisturizer to dry. I use about a dime-sized amount for my entire face. Because it seems to have a silicone base, it is good at filling in pores and fine lines, but if you don't make sure to blend it in, it will sit on top of the skin. I do find Cotz to be a little more 'greasy' than other moisturizers, it has more of a sunscreen texture, which can be too greasy feeling for a lot of people. Because of my complexion (red hair, fair skin), I just look healthier with a dewy look, so I enjoy the added 'look' of moisture that Cotz gives me.
I let Cotz soak in for about 15 minutes before applying concealer and cream blush. If I want a more matte look, I just apply setting powder in the T-zone (I never wear a full face).
I've been using Cotz for the past 8 years, pretty much daily. The added SPF has definitely helped in the fight against wrinkles and sun spots.
Again, Cotz texture is not for everyone, but great for UV protection and gives a dewy look under makeup.
Dermatologist from New York
Loved the idea of this. Perfectly clear skin before using this. Black heads all over cheeks and white heads on forehead 3 days later. BISMUTH OXYCLORIDE over continued use will do much worse than black heads and white heads. So sad. Such a high amount of zinc oxide and iron oxides wasted! Just use Cera Ve tinted sunscreen and color correct it. All these other ones are simply trash. Their inactive ingredients will have you all messed up!!!! The amount of rubbing as well. Dermablend drops to fix pigment and keep it pushing
LOVE THIS SUNSCREEN!
Mary from Los Angeles
ITS SUCH A MUST TRY!!!
Izzy the Skincare addict from Chicao
I like that this is a sunscreen for acne prone skin, and I may have purchased an "old version" of this product...but I feel EXTREMELY greasy all day.
Greasy greasy greasy
Sam from Louisiana
I have pretty normal, acne prone skin so I have been trying out different tinted mineral SPFs and this one didn't even check off one requirement on my list of needs for a good tinted spf. I did my normal AM skincare cleanse, HA and vitamin C serums, moisturizer that I let my skin absorb for 15 minutes before I applied the COTZ flawless complexion. Immediately upon application I felt like I had a layer of cooking oil on my face so I figured it needed time to absorb. Boy was I wrong. I waited 15 minutes and saw it was still a grease pit sitting on top of my skin so I waited another 15 and still no change. The tint also immediately disappeared upon application... everywhere except my eyebrows that is. I couldn't see the tint at all besides the nasty orange "glow" in my eyebrows which was not cute. I have high expectations for any skincare items I buy but this product didn't even hit the bare minimum of just absorbing into my skin so that I could at least put makeup on but every product I put on slid right off even after putting a layer of setting powder on after the spf before my makeup. One star just for the packaging alone that was adequate and made it easy to shake it up before dispensing.
Hay from NY
YOU NEED THIS
Sunshine 82 from Dallas Texas
Besides the coverage it covers UVA1 UVA 2 and UVB the iron oxides used to tint the sunscreen also protect against blue light damage that occurs outside and further aggravates medium golden olive skin tone like mine. I'm about a Mac nc30, maybelline 220, coverfx drops g50 and this tint is pretty undetectable once it has set down. It's emollient but in in the way a soothing moisturizer may feel. It will dry down this particular formula is not water proof but on a day to day basis or under makeup or a dry or Cold environment it's just fine. It's wonderful also for post procedural skin Ie ( if you just had a chemical peel or your skin is feel extra sensitive or irrated) I have the " primer" the tint is a little darker but just as good I enjoy them both. Ulta has the bogo sale I usually stock up then.
Non-Irritating and Glowy
barrioluna from Arizona
Most sunscreens irritate my skin, but this feels supple and protective. I'll take having to blot the later day shine for the early glow. The only sunscreen I've ever tried that I look forward to putting on, which at 45 says a lot. I have to do a really thorough cleanse at night followed by some matrixyl from the ordinary or pores will build up after a few days. But it's a game changer for getting me to finally put on my SPF. Very similar texture to Glossier perfecting skin tint which plays nice on top. It's not very stylish for the price, but this product delivers on the sun protection. Also it's fragrance free which is essential for us sensitives.
Bri from San Jose, CA
I absolutely love this sunscreen! After trying so many sunscreens I stumbled upon this sunscreen because of the deal they had going on and I must say this is better than my la roche posay sunscreen I've been sticking to... it completely vanishes and does not leave a white cast on my skin( for a mineral based sunscreen) I have a medium skin tone( olive undertone) and all the other mineral sunscreens make me look pasty and grey. I did not find it to sting too much under the eyes as well! I'm in love !
Brown skin friendly
Erika from VA, USA
This leaves absolutely ZERO white cast which is an absolute first for me using a 100% mineral sunscreen. No awful added fragrance and it doesn't break me out either.
My only caveat is that - as someone with really oily skin - this never really "dries down" on my face. I completely agree with other reviewers that it stays tacky for as long as you wear it, and after a few hours I go from dewy to greasy, hence my rating. But if you have darker skin, want a mineral sunscreen, and don't mind the sticky feel and shine, I HIGHLY recommend this. My mom with drier skin loves this. I think I will try the prime and protect one next since I believe it dries matte.
My New Favorite!
Heather M. from Boise, ID
I've been looking for a mineral sunscreen that doesn't leave a white cast on my face and THIS IS IT! I have neutral, medium/light skin and although this blended with my skin tone perfectly, it didn't give me any "coverage" or even out my skin tone or anything like that - which is absolutely fine with me. It does leave my skin slightly sticky feeling if I am bare faced that day so I gave it 4 stars, but for me that is such a small price to pay for a solid mineral sunscreen.
Great under make up
Great primer from NJ
I hated it at first because it's sticky but then ended up loving it for the same reason. You don't need a separate primer with this. It works as a sun shield but also as a great primer before your foundation. My foundation and under eye area doesn't crease with this as a base. Love it. under eye and face primer. It doesn't peel under make either. I will be repurchasing.
Great for dark skin (Lupita Nyong dark)
FiFi G from Washington DC
This is a great mineral sunscreen. I have been searching high and low for a physical sunscreen that didn't leave my dark skin looking ashen or grey. Cotz didn't do that at all! It went on smooth. Blended well. No white cast. Well ... you don't see anything that would make a dark skinned women scream until you sweat. My partner noticed it first. He told me that I had a white line along my hairline. I immediately got my face in front of a mirror and saw that sweating had caused the sunscreen to whiten. Perhaps I didn't blend the sunscreen into my skin well. Based on that experience, I try to avoid getting any of the sunscreen near my hairline or on my hair.
Would recommend this product. This has a high SPF which is what one needs if you are putting acids on your face.
New Brown Girl Sunscreen Wearer: I'm a fan
GldnGirl48 from Connecticut
This is a good product. I'm a black woman who has never worn or considered wearing sunscreens. I felt the chemicals could not be healthy for our skin based on how they function, their penetration into tissues, and the fact that some of them harm living marine life. I tried CoTz. I am VERY happy with the product. It's tinted but it blends right into brown skin. There is ABSOLUTELY NO white cast. I wear my usual skin products including moisturizer underneath as I don't feel it is moisturizing enough to go without. I gave a tube to my SIL and recommended it to a friend. I will not hide from the sun with or without sunscreen but I'll definitely be proactive in maintaining the health of my skin. My only complaint is it feels slightly tacky/sticky on the face for the duration that it is on the skin. Otherwise, I have no complaints and fully recommend the product.
Too greasy, doesn't dry down
Katie W. from Overland Park, KS
I like the dewy finish of this sunscreen, but it never dries down and still feels sticky on my face even after I try and let it "sink in" for several hours. Since it's so hot and humid in Kansas right now, and since I'm working from home full time anyway, I haven't experimented much with layering a full face of makeup over it, but on the days i have applied even minimal concealer or tinted moisturizer, with a bit of powder, my face still feels sticky and greasy. I like the subtle tint, and I think it's a great value for the size which can be difficult to come across in an SPF, but I don't think I will be repurchasing this.
Bekah from Indiana
Hands down best facial sunscreen! I feel good knowing it's mineral based. I have very oily skin. This product does feel greasy at first, but quickly absorbs into the skin. It leaves a beautiful dewy glow and preps my skin for foundation. I have used it with several different liquid and powder foundations, and it works with all of them.
JD from Portland, OR
Very easy to apply and light on the skin.
Ekm from Az
Never absorbed into the skin, just sits on top.