Rated 4.19 out of 5 stars
I was lucky enough to be gifted the Solaire UV Mineral Multi-Defense Sunscreen, and after a few days of testing, I'm happy to share my results. So let's start with a blurb about my skin type. I'm a tan individual with Southeast Asian and Latin American heritage. I rarely tan, and mineral sunscreens tend to leave a white cast on my skin. My skin type is normal and generally can take a beating from most products.
Application: My sample came in a tiny one-use packet. Immediately I am intrigued by the texture. It's very thick, almost glue-like in its appearance. As I apply it to my skin, I notice the texture is almost like face cream. It's very thick and slimy, I can definitely feel it on my skin. Other sunscreens tend to feel very thin and quickly melt into my skin. This one instead clings to the skin. I notice there is no fragrance whatsoever, so it's unlikely to irritate more sensitive skin. I think it's a nice feature, that it's fragrance-free. I've tried several face products with irritating fragrances, and it can not only irritate the nose but there's a chance it can irritate the skin. The sunscreen didn't leave a noticeable white cast, which was nice.
As a couple of minutes pass, the texture changes. It feels very sticky, almost glue-like as it dries. I have never tried on a sunscreen that felt that heavy on my face. It was quite unpleasant. I hated that I could distinctively feel the sunscreen on my face. I prefer sunscreens that dry as soon as they are applied, or at least don't feel they are on my skin. I found this quite odd. As the sunscreen begins to melt into my skin, I notice a change in my face's texture. It feels soft, almost like I just applied a higher-end moisturizer. I wasn't expecting this product to double as a moisturizer which was a nice feature. It could possibly save someone from buying another product. As a sunscreen, it worked as expected. My skin tone didn't darken, and it was about as effective as my current sunscreen. I stay predominantly indoors, near a window but I didn't feel the sun was beating down on my skin.
Overall Thoughts: Solaire UV Mineral Multi-Defense Sunscreen Fluid is a sunscreen, and it's just effective as other sunscreens. I don't think for tan skin tones, it's something you need to run outside and purchase. You likely already own an effective sunscreen. I've tried cheaper alternatives like Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer® Dry-Touch Sunscreen or Canmake's Mermaid Skin Gel which work well for me. There is very little chance I would purchase sunscreen for around $32, no matter how effective it was. I also just didn't enjoy the texture during the drying period of the sunscreen. I couldn't stand having my face feel glued on even for a few minutes was uncomfortable. I think I rather splurge on my face moisturizer and opt for a cheaper sunscreen.
Would I recommend it? I can still see folks who enjoy fragrance-free sunscreens, or folks who would prefer to use fewer products in their skincare routine enjoy this product. But personally, for myself, I wouldn't. But it's not a bad product, and it's just effective as you would have imagined.
I was excited to sample this sunscreen for many reasons: 1) this is a mineral sunscreen, not a chemical sunscreen; 2) it is SPF 50+; 3) it is non-tinted; and 4) it is supposed to work for a range of skin tones. I wear sunscreen daily and often more than once per day. I consider sunscreen to be an important part of my daily skincare routine. I prefer a mineral sunscreen and it has been difficult to find one that does not live a white cast on darker skin tones. The mineral sunscreens that are available for darker skin tones are tinted - this is not a negative... but I prefer non-tinted.
When I first applied this sunscreen, I found that it did live a white cast on my darker skin complexion. I had to massage it in for a good minute for the white cast to go away. It did go away though, which is important! I applied the sunscreen as the last step in my skincare routine. After letting the sunscreen sit for a few minutes, I went on to apply my usual makeup. I found that the sunscreen did cause my makeup to peel a bit. I had small white flakes on the perimeter of my face. I used a damp towel to wipe those away. This happened on the days I used the sunscreen and not on the days I did not use it. This would not prevent me from using the sunscreen in the future but I may lean more towards using it on the days I decide to be makeup free or when I will be outdoors for an extended period of time. As I mentioned, a mineral sunscreen, non-tinted, SPF 50+, and not does leave a white cast is important and unusual to find for people with darker skin tones.
Conclusion: I would purchase this in the future. It would not be my go to daily sunscreen.
Lisa from Utah
This had a very strong chemical smell and was extremely orange!
Stacy from Florida
I love the brand and wanted to love this sunscreen so bad! After owning it for a couple of months I noticed it started to seperate and i would need to shake hard. Its gotten to the point now where it comes out almost black and is unuseable. This is unacceptable for a tinted sunscreen and will need to go in the trash!
from Redondo Beach
Love the texture blends into my skin nicely. Even firms it to some degree. It's great especially for lighter complexions.
Rosie from Florida
I love wearing tinted sunscreen instead of foundation … however on this occasion, no way !! , …. The tint was much too dark for my fair to light skin, so I returned it & exchanged it for the "colourless " version .. much better !!!
Geraldin from Indiana
I like so much, my only comment is with the consistency, is too liquid
MrsJcksn from California
I purchaded the tinted sunscreen a while ago. I complained about how dark it was for me. I'm light-medium skin tone with melasma. Also have dry skin. During summer the tinted SPF was perfect under my foundation. I went ahead and purchased the non-tinted version and it does not leave a white cast on me. I do rub in it fully and I use over 3 finger lengths to make sure my melasma is well covered. On days I know I'll be outside, I will layer more on the melasma patches. On light make-up days, I use the tinted version and the non tinted together. I do not mix them, simply place them on my face with my fingers This lightens the tint a bit and looks beautiful. I do agree that it is rather pricey, BUT when you find a sunscreen that works for you, it's worth it. I stock up during sales. I do find it very dewy, but hydrating. Oily skin may find it too greasy.
I give the sunscreen a couple of minutes to dry down, then I set my face with either foundation powder or a translucent powder. Looks beautiful.
Crysta from Texas
This sunscreen has a very unpleasant smell. Literally avoid wearing it around my significant other bc i don't want to risk him getting grossed out by the smell on my face if he goes to kiss me. It also pills when used in combo with niacinamide + hyalauronic acid. Not for oily skin individuals either. Only reason its 3 stars is bc it doesnt have much of a white cast at all & it mixes well with my water based primer since this sunscreen has no silicones.
Alina from Atlanta, GA
I like the consistency and that it is fully mineral zinc. However despite it claiming to be oil free, it still feels super oily upon application.. However my skin looks glowy and beautiful after it has dried. It is pricey.
Rubi from Flemington NJ
Made me breakout and its too dark
Nataly from Florida
At first it smells weird, but the smell and the white peel disappear 15 minutes after applying it, it's very gentle on sensitive skin and it doesn't dry out, I must say that if you have oily skin you won't like this, I have sensitive combination skin, and It does not peel when applying makeup, I bought without tinted, because I have fair to light skin and tinted is for tan skin.
Mit from Carlsbad
Its sooo dark so small, im gonna return!
Kk from Ohio
I would not recommend because the color is very off. It looks orange, and it broke me out.
Shaunte from IL
I've been using this sunscreen for about 4 weeks now. At first I absolutely hated this sunscreen. It left such a hideous white cast on my tan brown skin. If you use more than the standard amount it does leaves a cast (for about 1 hour) but it eventually fades. If you use the standard amount then the white cast becomes invisible in about 15 minutes. It certainly does what it claims and after removing the sunscreen at the end of. the day, my skin looks better than ever. Overall for the price point and pros of this sunscreen, and the amount you get I will definitely repurchase.
Cons: Leaves a white cast upon application, has a slight odd smell, packaging is shaped a little awkward
Pros: No perfume fragrance, High SPF protection, Mineral, White cast does fade, Affordable, Water resistant, Great for summer months
Kc from Minnesota
This sunscreen felt nice on my skin but was way way too dark. For reference, i wear Nars Deauville. I'm fairly certain this sunscreen would be too dark for anyone who wears light/fair in most foundations. However, if you have a tanner skin tone, it might work well for you.
Mariah from Redmond, OR
I got this for lake days when you're wet, hot, and sweaty but wanting to feel covered and confident. I am fair and this product is wayyy too dark, which is a bummer. My solution was mix it with my SPF 50 from Cera Ve face sunscreen. Did the trick, blended well, and moisturized!
Likely will not be buying again due to price and lack of ease to apply for my skin.
Draddical from Eau Claire, WI
I bought this because I love the Avene brand and ran out of my current tinted SPF so I figured I'd go with the same brand as everything else. First bottle I brought home looked like it leaked everywhere and noticed the bottle looked like it was stained gray-ish? Or something, didn't think much of it, just went back and exchanged for a new bottle. Went to use it and now this one has a dark blue/gray tint all throughout that won't mix in no matter how much or how long I shake it. I despensed it on the back of my hand and tried rubbing it in and it turned into this nasty dark orange/gray color. And has such a greasy feeling to it that I almost broke out just thinking of it. I hope they can change the formula or something because Avene is such a great line!
Lisa from USA
I got the tinted version by accident, but I decided to try it since I like tinted sunscreen more than regular sunscreen. This tinted sunscreen looks more like a tanning serum (dark, orange). It looked a little separated, so I mixed it and it turned grey. I was very intimidated because I'm on the lighter side (NC 25) and this was easily several shades too dark for me (the tint is probably darker than NC 35). But I still tried it and at first it was straight up orange; I looked so bad. After a while, it did settle and look fine on me while indoors. I still wouldn't recommend the tinted shade for anyone who isn't a warm medium or tan at the lightest though. It also takes a while (~10 minutes) to dry down and not feel so tacky.
Tomato from Kingsport, TN
As soon as I squeezed the bottle the tint was RED. All the pictures and videos i've seen of this product was not red. Prettu much made me look like a tomato. Very sad because I had high hopes it would replace my other tinted sunscreens.
Tay from Nashville
Literally worst tinted sunscreen ive ever used. Tint is dark orange. Doesnt apply wvenly. Made me break out. Trash product.
Izzy from Chicago, IL
This has been my go to sunscreen for a while now. I have acne prone skin so it was a challenge finding a mineral sunscreen that was oil free, didn't break me out, and didn't feel thick and gross. This sunscreen is so lightweight and easy to apply. It gives my skin a really nice glow and looks great under makeup. I have fair skin so I use the untinted version and don't get a white cast. I bought the tinted version by accident once and still liked it but feared it would stain my white shirts.
Darla from California
Greasy, orange and made me break out.
Monica from Minneapolis, MN
I am of southeast Asian decent and this sunscreen is way too dark on me! Very noticeable orange finish, oily too. Would not recommend!
PamB from Boston
This is my favorite under mineral foundation. So you end up with over 50 protection using them together. Bare minerals which is what I use has spf 25. My makeup is still on my face at the end of the day, not sliding everywhere. It is not greasy, has no noxious smell, and does not aggravate my skin. Im 53 and look 35 according to other ppl. Sunscreen is the key to youthful looking skin and Ive worn it since I was a teen. Mineral makeup is the best to use with mineral sunscreen. Stay youthful that way. Mineral foundation works without all the terrible chemicals in liquid foundation. I do not use a primer. Just my Cetaphil moisturizer elf hyaluronic acid and this. Let each product dry before going to the next. This is the best. I cant speak to the tinted. Too dark for me.
Application: smooth & invisible over my anti-wrinkle serum. Non-sticky. Worn alone or w/serum &/or make-up. I've tried numerous sunscreens & this is the best so far. I purchased it on sale & used a coupon, & bonus $'s; otherwise, I wouldn't have purchased it at the regular price!