Mineral Sunscreens & A Brown Girl

Yaay: (chem) BIORE UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++, (chem) SHISEIDO Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion WetForce SPF 50+, KATE SOMERVILLE Daily Deflector™ Waterlight SPF 50+ PA+++ , MURAD City Skin™ Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA++++.

Ok: AUSTRALIAN GOLD Sunscreen Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Ugh: FIRST AID BEAUTY Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40.

I don’t have problematic skin and things very rarely break me out, however lately, I have noticed that chemical sunscreens seem to clog up my pores.

Plus the whole 30 mins malarky with chemical sunscreens was driving me mad! Read rant My Sunscreen is driving me mad.

In chemical sunscreens, the BIORE UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ is my HOLY GRAIL ! And SHISEIDO Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion WetForce Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50+ for long sweaty hikes!imgp3436IMGP2683

That’s it. Look no further.


However it was time for mineral to enter my life. And knowing mineral sunscreens I know the struggle against ashy is real ! I am a MAC NC 40-42 Indian skintone.

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Ages back I had tried a small sachet of KATE SOMERVILLEDaily Deflector™ Waterlight Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ PA+++ Anti-Aging Sunscreen and I LOVED it.Screen Shot 2019-03-07 at 2.00.58 PM

It’s a milky white liquid that soaks well into the skin. I didn’t notice any ashyness. Point to note: in those days I had better eyesight (younger) and didn’t use the mega magnification mirror I use now so did I just not notice the ashyness ? I dont know.

KS Marketing Statement: This super lightweight, waterlight formula melts into skin, absorbing easily and providing deep moisturization, broad spectrum SPF 50+ protection, and anti-aging benefits. A cutting-edge delivery system ensures that the sunscreen stays in a reservoir on the skin’s surface, while advanced ingredients penetrate to restore optimal moisture levels* and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. *I lived in Hong Kong when using this. HK often has a 80%+ humidity level and I was also younger, thus skin was less dry. So my experience was this SPF was good enough to double up as a moisturiser for me.

Anyway this time round I was wondering whether to go back to Kate Sommerville or trying something new. And my fickle mind wanted to try something new 🙂 so I did.


I decided to be stingy, save money and buy something cheaper. So I bought the FIRST AID BEAUTY ULTRA REPAIR PURE MINERAL SUNSCREEN MOISTURIZER SPF 40.

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AWFUL. Ashy, hard to massage into the skin, terrible under makeup because it made everything ball up and clings to dry patches.

Untitled.001I basically don’t dig this look.

Being stingy wasn’t smart.  Oh man oh man, how happy was I to finally use up that awful sunscreen.

On Angie’s recommendation (Angie from Hot and Flashy), I bought the Murad City Skin™ Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA++++ . 1.7oz for $68, yikes!!!

It’s more expensive than Kate Sommerville and promises to protect you with an innovative mineral sunscreen with environmental protection technology. It protects skin from five main causes of skin damage: UVA, UVB, pollution, blue light from devices, and infrared radiation. An advanced polymer matrix helps inhibit adhesion and penetration of environmental toxins, vitamin C helps brighten skin, and color correcting tint evens tone and boosts radiance. iHSVR4paR76QCmomhD8+DA_thumb_1255

IMG_7451This is a liquid and is tinted. A light beige tint on a white base. It soaks well into the skin. If I am being super picky I will detect a faint hint of ‘ash’ and then sometimes I don’t.

Truth be told I am never a 100% happy with my base products. I always seem to see ashyness around my mouth, colour corrected or not.

I think it’s the melanin. It likes to fight.


Now I use sunscreen a LOT, even for the tinny-tiniest errand. In order to make the Murad last longer I also bought the Australian Gold Sunscreen Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 50 $15. Again on Angie’s recommendation.

I wear the Aussie Gold on makeup days and Murad on non makeup days. Clever budgeting I think 🙂

The Aussie gold is a thicker, smooth formula. Almost a hybrid between a mousse and a cream. It definitely leaves a white cast. So base makeup over it is a must for us brown peeps.

By the way the Aussie gold dries up and forms a matte base on the face. So foundation is best applied by pressing it in with a sponge as opposed to being buffed or rubbed into the skin. There just isn’t that kind of slip on the face. 

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Final verdict. Mineral sunscreens are working well. Aside from the slight ash there are no bumpy-lumpy bits on my face.  Mineral sunscreens also need less of a pre-prep time before hitting the great outdoors so that’s perfect too.

In conclusion: What happens once the Murad run’s out ? I will buy the Kate Sommerville just to find out if it is really as great as I remember it to be.