A highly requested review of a majorly-hyped up product. Keep reading below for a review of Glossier’s new Invisible Shield sunscreen.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or taking an Instagram hiatus), you probably know that Glossier recently released a new sunscreen. Glossier claims that the formula is invisible on the skin with no white cast, greasy feeling, and no interference with makeup. Being a strict, everyday sunscreen user and having had overall positive experiences with the brand, I ordered it right away.
Invisible Shield is a chemical sunscreen using Avobenzone, Homosalate, and Octisalate UV filters. Avobenzone is a fairly common irritant/allergy for those who have problems with sunscreen sensitivity. I haven’t had sensitivity issues to chemical sunscreens in the past, so I felt okay about this. However, if you have, I’d recommend sticking to a physical sunscreen. Glossier also chose to include Sweet Orange Peel Oil to provide a citrus-y fragrance. I’m not a fan of this choice as essential oils can be irritating as well as photo-sensitizing—theoretically, if included in a significant amount then you could actually sunburn worse.
Regardless of the potential ingredient pitfalls, I actually had a really lovely experience with the sunscreen. It is a cloudy-clear gel that spreads and applies easily over the skin without any greasiness. I applied it over my morning skincare and under my foundation with no pilling problems. I also applied some on the backs of my hands and topped them with other foundations and bb creams to check for any compatibility issues and found none. It neither emphasized nor smoothed-over my pores, at didn’t affect the wear time of my makeup for better or worse. I really had no problems with this sunscreen.
The downside? It is 34$ for 1oz of product. 34$!!! That’s kind of crazy. While this formula may be relatively new to the “Western” market, there are several other sunscreens from Korean and Japanese brands that I like equally as much and have a much lower price per oz.
The upside? It is a really nice daily sunscreen formula (at least, if you aren’t sensitive to the ingredients) with an even better campaign. If you’ve read my previous blog post, “A Skeptic’s Guide To Glossier,” then you know how I feel about their overall marketing scheme. However, they encourage users to wear sunscreen “Every. Single. Day” with a sticker included for your mirror to remind you. Glossier is also promoting a “Wear Safe Sun” campaign that seems to be making sunscreen trendy. Is it self-serving? 100%. However, if it makes protecting your skin cool and gets more people to wear sunscreen, then I am all for it.
Thanks to you guys who used my link, I was able to try this product out for free. To get 20% off your order (and in turn, give me a $10 store credit), you follow this link to the Glossier website. I am not a Glossier rep, but with these credits I am able to order more product to review on the blog for you guys. A Skeptic’s Guide part 3, perhaps?
Have any of you guys tried this sunscreen? What are your thoughts?
Also, would you be interested in a “Sunscreen Round-up” post where I go through all my favorite sunscreens by pros/cons, accessibility, and price? I have several that I rotate through!