This product is from Garnier’s new releases for 2020, and now I understand why La Roche-Posay discontinued the Anthelios Ultra-Light last year (only in Europe).
This sunscreen contains solely chemical filters, including L’Oréal’s patented Mexoryls XL & SX. Garnier are the cheapest brand if you want to use Mexoryls without spending too much for sunscreens from the L’Oréal family. In the formula, we can find one type of ferment, vitamin E, and hyaluronic acid, for the hydrating and antioxidant benefits that Garnier promise us. The product doesn’t contain fragrance, but it has a pleasant scent of its own. It smells like rich cream or baby cream if you know what I mean. The product contains alcohol, but in my experience, this sunscreen didn’t dry out my skin or cause irritation. I agree with Garnier that this product is suitable for sensitive skin types.
This sunscreen is a very close copy to the Anthelios Ultra-Light Fluid. I am saying close because it isn’t exactly the same; it bears some resemblances to the Shaka Fluid too. In my opinion, it has similar film-forming technology to the Shaka Fluid. I can notice it while applying a second layer or reapplying. When I smear some of the product on my face, it doesn’t stay as a whole, but separates and creates a web-like pattern, pretty interesting to observe. What it makes it similar to the Anthelios Ultra-Light Fluid is that it’s very light, I can apply a half a teaspoon of this sunscreen to my face, and I don’t feel it. As for the finish, when I apply a quarter of a teaspoon, it’s invisible, leaves little to none shine. When I use a half a teaspoon, then it enters into the oily territory, but still, it looks fine. I don’t even bother putting powder on top of this one. The greasy finish is something that all new L’Oréal’s sunscreens (that I have tested) have in common, but only with this sunscreen, I find it acceptable.
Another aspect which I like about this sunscreen is that it has a pretty good staying power. It doesn’t transfer, and it doesn’t seep into eyes or mouth. Also, it doesn’t irritate my eyes at all. Garnier don’t make any claims about water resistance, but I believe this product is resistant to water, at least to some extent. It holds pretty well on the skin, and you need more than just water to remove it, but I don’t know why they don’t mention it. I don’t notice any white cast with this sunscreen, but I get a white reflection on photos. It’s probably not the best for days when you intend to take a lot of pictures. It works with colourful stuff: BB creams, cushions, etc.
I don’t have much to say about this product, other than it is an excellent product! It does what it says on the tin. It has a light-weight texture, good UV filters, and it’s relatively affordable. This is my new favourite sunscreen from the L’Oréal family, and I highly recommend it.
Water, Alcohol Denat, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Silica, Isopropyl Myristate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Glycerin, C12-22 Alkyl Acrylate/Hydroxyethylacrylate Copolymer, Propanediol, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Perlite, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopherol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Caprylyl Glycol, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Potassium Sorbate. (packaging)
Update 31/03/21: The Ambre Solaire Super UV Face Fluid SPF50+ is not a new sunscreen; it was released last year under a different name, the Ambre Solaire Ultra-Light Sensitive Face Fluid SPF 50+. They have the same formula and similar claims, just different labels and marketing strategies. It is hard for me to say why L’Oréal do it, but, in a similar fashion, the Anthelios Shaka Fluid was rebranded back to the Anthelios Ultra-Light Fluid last year.
5 responses to “Garnier Ambre Solaire Super UV Face Fluid SPF50+ – Review”
I believe that since it is an exact copy of the (previously named) Shaka Fluid (difference in ingredients is past the 1% mark), they have done internal testing to confirm the water resistance but they do not want to pay the external testing required to have the claim.
They can keep the price lower and they know consumers associate the Ambre Solaire brand with beach holidays anyway so there is no real reason to have the claim on the packaging.
I think it’s most likely the case. I can’t think of any other reason for omitting the water-resistance testing.
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