Wednesday, July 30, 2014
COOLA Tinted Matte SPF 30 for Face
I received this in two different Birchboxes (March and June!), so I figured it was time to just use them!
How To Use: Smooth a thin layer onto clean skin.
How It Works: This is no ordinary SPF. COOLA suspended two skin-safe mineral sunblocks—titanium and zinc dioxide—in a moisturizing base to ensure a smooth, even application. Shea butter naturally softens skin. Age-reversing antioxidants like evening primrose extract and borage seed oil deflect free radicals, while naturally water-resistant plankton makes the formula extra-durable.
Initial Impressions: The first thing I noticed is this has almost a mousse-like texture. The second thing is that this smooths on really nicely, and evenly- sometimes with tinted products, I get streakiness, but I didn't with this. I was a little nervous because the color of this product is so yellow-based, but it completely blended in with my skintone. This also felt great under makeup. Overall, my initial impressions were pretty positive!
Final Impressions: I really ended up liking this product, a lot. I liked the texture, I liked how it just glides onto my skin, and I like the way it matches my skin tone. My only complaint is that I used a little too much one day, and got that annoying "makeup in your pores" look. But it was completely my fault for going overboard. I did notice that if I wore this when it was really hot outside, it didn't stay matte- but my oily skin definitely didn't show through as early as with other products- as a matter of fact, when I spent most of a day indoors (pretty much only going outside when I was to and from work), my skin didn't appear oily at ALL. So I wonder if I lived in a better climate if this is how it would be all the time? And I didn't notice any breakouts!
I've put this on my favorites for Birchbox- it's really that great of a product that I could see myself eventually purchasing a full size. It's just a really great sunscreen that also provides a little bit of coverage and acts like a great primer for my bareMinerals. I highly recommend if you see a sample of it somewhere, try it!
You can purchase this from amazon here.
FTC: This product was received as part of a subscription box service that was purchased with my own money. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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