Rated 4.15 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 178 customers No white cast on dark skin!
Michelle from Washington D.C.
It's so hard for us who have darker complexions to find a mineral sunscreen that does make us look like Casper, but this is the one!!! Just takes some rubbing in and it blends in pretty seamlessly. I recommend trying it out!
Florida from Florida
I'm pretty pale and this blends in pretty good, but it is so so so shiny! I used 2 fingers to measure the proper amount and with that much I shine all day and it never dries down to a finish, it's always oily to the touch
The best of them all but shiny
Melo from Los Angeles
This is the best mineral sunscreen I've tried thus far. I'm about the shade of Nicki Minaj and Kerry Washington and it doesn't leave a white cast and it's not hard to rub in. However, the finish is so shiny. Extremely shiny. Like I've had to tell people that I wasn't sweating. I prefer a natural/satin finish for my normal skin type. If you don't mind or prefer a dewy finish or have dry skin, this sunscreen is the one for you. I subtracted a star for personal preference but it really is a great mineral sunscreen if white cast is a major factor for you.
This may be the one
FennelTheCat from Western Mass
I don't really find it greasy, but it does have a shiny finish. The main thing is, it doesn't feel itchy/heavy/sticky like so many mineral sunscreens. It doesn't cause breakouts for my skin, and it's not especially drying. I find I can reapply it comfortably. If I need it to dry down more quickly I use a dry blending sponge and just kind of bounce it around until the moisture is all blotted away. It's just as nice as the Clinique mineral spf, but seems to offer a little better protection. Also compares favorably to the Dr Dennis Gross, which is really great but way more money, and has a bit of a tacky/dry finish.
Great sunscreen but greasy !
Tala from Dc
Its lightly tinted and blends in very well with my olive skin-tone but its soooooooooo greasy it looks like i put oil on my face , i have very dry skin from using retinol and this sunscreen just makes me look sooo oily !!!! Other than that it has no smell, nice tint
No white cast
Cyn from LA
This my favorite sun screen. I have very sensitive skin and this does not break me out.
Great everyday sunscreen for people with dry skin
Alexa from Girard, Ohio
I use this on my face everyday both alone and under foundation. It glides on smoothly and does not leave chalky residue. It gives my skin a dewy look, so I would imagine that it not be ideal for people who have oily skin.
Excellent SPF for those with rosacea
EB from New Hampshire
This is without a doubt my favorite daily SPF. I have a very fair complexion with rosacea and extremely sensitive skin. This is one of the only tinted SPFs that does not irritate my skin. I love that this product is fragrance free, apparently free of all other irritants, doesn't clog my pores, and super affordable. The light tint doesn't over power my fair complexion or make me look too orange or tan either. Obviously everyone is different, so it's possible this would irritate others with sensitive skin, but I feel like overall compared to many of the other brands this one does a great job of providing adequate sun protection with a very gentle formula.
I will continue to buy
Sunscreen Lover from Boston, MA
I apply this daily under my foundation. Great product!
AMAZING for darker skin tones
Shannon from Miami, FL
I have been searching the internet for mineral sunscreen that actually works and doesn't leave a white cast on my brown skin. This is the one. I am brown skinned (think Logan Laurice and Yara Shahidi colored). This leaves no white cast what so ever! It takes a little while to rub in, as all face sunscreens usually do, but once you do you definitely don't need to worry about looking like Casper the Friendly Ghost. The zinc they use doesn't dry out my skin like others I've tried and this sunscreeen does NOT break me out. My only minor complaint is that it is irritating to the eyes but nearly all sunscreens are and advise to keep it away from your eyes/eyelids. Other than that I give it 5 stars. My years of hunting for mineral sunscreen is over. :)
Black Girl Friendly!
T from MA
Best physical sunscreen for black girls! I have milk chocolate Skin complexion and this sunscreen works wonders. It blends perfectly and doesn't leave a exit cast like other sunscreens do. I do have oily skin and only tried this in cold weather, unsure if it'll be greasy in hot weather but I would definitely recommend. You won't regret it!
Finally found my perfect sunscreen!
Claire from Pittsburgh, PA
I love this sunscreen! It is perfect for dry skin. It leaves the skin hydrated and with a nice dewy finish, and is not drying like most mineral sunscreen formulas I've tried. The tint helps alleviate any white cast, but was not too dark/orange for my fair skin tone. I love that it comes in a good sized tube, and it is a great price! I could see people with oily skin finding this to be greasy, and definitely give the bottle a good shake before you open it! But if you have dry skin, and are looking for a mineral sunscreen, I would highly recommend this, and will continue to repurchase this!
Alexandria from North Carolina
This sunscreen really had me in the first half. All mineral with iron oxides for extra visible light protection and a little Vitamin C as a boost. I am darker skinned (about Gabrielle Union's shade) and this sunscreen did fully disappear and left no white cast. However, depending on the day it can look really greasy! Some days it dries down fine and some days no amount of powder can hide the excess shine, and my skincare routine is the same every morning. If it were consistently less shiny it would be perfect. If you have drier skin you will probably love it.
Best natural sunscreen I have found
Veronica from Chicago
I have tried numerous sunscreens and I found that many of them were oily, too dry, or left a white cast on my face. This one does none of that. It feels so nice when you put it on and disappears quickly. The consistency feels very luxurious and little bit gets you great coverage. I love that its tinted so not to leave the white cast I get with so many sunscreens. I don't get the oiliness that some reviews noted. Its more of a soft "dewy" feel but I like that feel, and it dries quickly. It feels like its moisturizing. I feel its a bit expensive at 25 dollars for 2.5 ounces but its definitely worth it.
Tint Doesn't settle in lines
Pribbs from Bethesda, MD
This is my favorite. Great physical sunscreen that gives coverage and doesn't settle in lines.
Joanne from Los Angeles, CA
I have a deeper skin tone, so I was worried the tint would noticeably show up, but to my surprise it blended in well. There is a slight tint, but it's not enough to make me feel uncomfortable wearing this outside.
Sadly, that's all I liked about this sunscreen. I really wanted to love it, but no matter how I applied it to my face, I would always end up looking super oily and greasy. With my combination skin, most zinc-based sunscreens feel more matte on my skin, and this for sure did not. After an hour, this would start to feel heavy, and it felt like my skin couldn't breathe. I also had minor stinging in my eyes, and would feel my face warming up while I had this on. This also has that distinct sunscreen smell, which I wasn't a fan of. I can't see myself buying this again.
Nicole from Georgia, USA
I have pale, dry, sensitive, breakout prone skin and I love this stuff. It's quite moisturizing and a little "greasy" looking at first but sinks in very nicely in just a few minutes. Great under makeup or alone, and doesn't break me out even wearing under a KN95 face mask every single day for work.
leah from california
i really wanted to love this and was so excited to try it out, but it doesn't work for me. like many of the other reviews said, it does not dry down or sink in at all. i have really really dry acne prone skin, and honestly i felt like it made my acne worse. no matter how long i waited it wouldn't set in, so my face literally looked wet. used it for a week and i can't get myself to continue. i find that tinted sunscreens tend to come off easily, so whenever i wore a mask i would see residue from the tint. so sad since it doesn't leave a white cast ):
DARK SKIN FRIENDLY!!
The Black Esthetician :) from Chicago
I chose this SPF because i saw a youtuber talk about how it melts into the skin and doesn't leave a white cast & she was not wrong! I much prefer a mineral based SPF vs a chemical because chemical SPFs are kinda of sketchy (more research needs to be done) but with mineral SPFs you have a high chance of getting that white cast; so i'm sooo happy this doesn't do that.
For skin tone reference my complexion is
similar to kelly rowland, gabrielle union, skai jackson, etc.
It does the job well
Lynds from CO
As a daily sunscreen it hasn't made me break out with two weeks of use. I like that the tint counters any whitecast and you can almost use it as a tinted moisturizer on light makeup days.
A must have priming SPF
Mayoush from Chicago
This is the product I didn't know how much I needed until I ran out. My makeup doesn't go on half as well without this. I also like to mix it with the other Cotz Prime & Protect SPF, but if I had to pick between the two it would be this all day. I can't get more fast enough. Also just really reasonably priced and obscurely amazing product.The extra moisture is also great for dry climates in the winter.
So close to great, but no
Sunscreen seeker from Maryland
The great thing about this sunscreen is that the tint is actually translucent, so when I put it on I could still see my skin underneath. This wasn't the case with a lot of tinted sunscreens I tried, they're often too full coverage, which means if the tint doesn't match you perfectly, it's going to look wrong. This product actually has just enough tint to ensure no white cast from the zinc but the tint otherwise isn't noticeable on me, even when I measured out the 1/4 tsp to make sure I was putting enough on. Unfortunately, though, this stuff is so, so shiny. I have dry skin, I certainly wasn't looking for anything mattifying, I can handle a dewy finish. But I can't overstate how shiny I was when I put this on. I was even willing to use a finishing powder to mitigate the shine, but when I used a brush, it contaminated my powder with the oiliness from the sunscreen. If CoTZ were able to reformulate this to keep it almost the same except the immense shine, it would be perfect.
Semi Casket Film
Saii Shawdy from Austin, TX
I looked grayish-blue. Super greasy over my Hyaluronic and Niacinamide. Felt and looked like sunscreen all day.
Alyssa from Abilene
I tried to love it... it's so shiny. It feels fine on the skin. It doesn't smell bad. It blends nicely. It's just the shiniest sunscreen I've ever tried, I look like an oil stick
Brown skin approved
Reesa from New York
good for dry sensitive brown skin. Melts right in. Since I have barely any sebum this gives me a lovely glow and I'm here for it. It dries down very nice and can even dupe as a primer (again for dry skin I definitely wouldn't do this for oily/combo skin). My only wish is it came in the same amount as the Cotz Sensitive.