I decided Glossier was worth the hype after trying some of their products awhile ago. Everything fits really well in my routine with minimal effort. I have a long list of more Glossier I want, but (being on a no-buy) I behaved and purchased only the new Invisible Shield SPF 35 once it was released. Because sunscreen is a necessity, not just a want. You gotta wear that sh*t every. single. day.
I hate sunscreen
Who gets excited about sunscreen?
I only wear it because I have to. And, admittedly, I can be bad about wearing SPF on overcast days when the sun isn’t blatantly out. I just hate that sunscreen is so thick, greasy, and hard to spread, plus it leaves a white cast. Glossier wanted to change that, creating a “sunscreen for people who hate wearing sunscreen.”
Glossier’s sunscreen is a clear watergel that looks and feels like a serum. I really enjoy this watery texture because it absorbs so easily into skin and feels like nothing. And, since it’s clear, there’s no white cast. It’s completely invisible, both alone or under makeup. It’s as if it wasn’t even there.
The scent is a bit citrusy (they added sweet orange peel oil), but also has that sunscreen kind of smell. This is cool with me, I like the citrus-sunscreen combo.
Also, do you like antioxidants? They put Vitamin E, Vitamin P, Broccoli, and Aloe Leaf extract in there.
Now this is where things get tricky. Sunscreens generally leave a white cast due to physical sun blockers like Zinc oxide and Titanium dioxide. In this case, Glossier opted for chemical sunscreens Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (6%), and Octisalate (5%). These three actives are surprisingly listed as “best” on Paula’s Choice, a site which is usually incredibly rigorous on skincare ingredients. Still, there is some controversy over whether chemical SPF is okay. If this is a concern to you, I’d steer clear.
I personally have no issues with chemical sunscreens and have had no negative reactions. My mom, on the other hand, gets very red and irritated with chemical SPF, so she has to stick to physical. If you’re unsure, I’d do a patch test, knowing Glossier has a nice return policy.
I really love Glossier Invisible Shield. For me, it’s the perfect everyday sunscreen. If I’m going to be out in the sun for prolonged periods of time, I’ll opt for an additional SPF (and be sure to reapply!) though. I do think it’s quite pricy at $34 for 1 oz, but it’s worth it to me to protect my skin.
Update: The price has been reduced to $25 for the same amount!
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