I get irritated when I think of this product; it is so terrible. I have given it a fair chance, even twice. It is a mattifying sunscreen, and usually, I would buy SPF 30, but it isn’t available, so I’ve opted for SPF 50+. Now I regret it.
This sunscreen was formulated for acne-prone skin. It is chemical only, alcohol-free, and it contains quite a bit of fragrance. There are also antioxidants, Pre-tocopheryl + Thialidin, but not too many. The sunscreen itself is not dense in texture, but once applied it creates a visible white layer. It leaves a white cast that I can only compare to mineral sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens shouldn’t leave such a white cast. You need to cover it up with some BB cream; otherwise, your face will look oddly pale. I am not sure who at Avène thought that this product would be a good sunscreen.
I reckon there’s a lot of silica and other mattifying agents in the formula. However, the sunscreen doesn’t mattify much. My oils were going through about an hour after application. The worst part is that it breaks me out. I have tried the product twice for over a week each time. I gave a two-month break between each testing, and both times it was the same story. It left me with clogged pores and breakouts. I don’t recall a sunscreen breaking me out this badly, honestly. I used the sunscreen during cold months, but I cannot imagine wearing it in summer. It is just too much for oily skin. Perhaps if you apply a drop of it, there wouldn’t be any problems, but then you might as well not apply it at all. You need to use a generous amount of sunscreen to get sun protection.
Unfortunately, this sunscreen is not for me. I cannot recommend it either; it leaves a horrible white cast and clogs pores. It doesn’t mattify despite the claim. I will bin the rest of my sunscreen, as there’s nothing I can do with it. It’s just too bad.
Ingredients: AVENE THERMAL SPRING WATER (AVENE AQUA). C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE. METHYLENE BIS-BENZOTRIAZOLYL TETRAMETHYLBUTYLPHENOL [NANO]. WATER (AQUA). DIISOPROPYL ADIPATE. ISODECYL NEOPENTANOATE. SILICA. DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE. BIS-ETHYLHEXYLOXYPHENOL METHOXYPHENYL TRIAZINE. DIETHYLHEXYL BUTAMIDO TRIAZONE. ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE. BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE. DECYL GLUCOSIDE. 1,2-HEXANEDIOL. C10-18 TRIGLYCERIDES. GLYCERYL LAURATE. VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER. ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER. BENZOIC ACID. BUTYLENE GLYCOL. CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE. DISODIUM EDTA. FRAGRANCE (PARFUM). GLYCERYL BEHENATE. GLYCERYL DIBEHENATE. GLYCERYL STEARATE. OXOTHIAZOLIDINE. PEG-100 STEARATE. PROPYLENE GLYCOL. SODIUM BENZOATE. TOCOPHEROL. TOCOPHERYL GLUCOSIDE. TRIBEHENIN. XANTHAN GUM. ZINC GLUCONATE. (avene.fr)
Avène’s CLEANANCE SOLAIRE SPF 50+ retails for €12, available worldwide.