Suncare is such an important part of your every day skincare routine; however, it’s especially important to consider incorporating a good sunscreen when it’s summer. I wear sunscreen all-year so it’s become a habit of mine in the mornings. I like to keep an eye out for wearable sunscreens that perform well under makeup especially. Additionally, I prefer liquid sunscreens because they’re typically light, non-oily, and can be worn under makeup without feeling like an additional layer of product on the skin. Liquid sunscreens that are high in SPF is key, but a runny texture that will smooth on the skin and absorb fast are important features that I look for. Generally, I stick with Asian brands since they’re liquid sunscreens fit my criteria, they don’t cause breakouts, and I’ve been able to happily use them under makeup during the day.
Currently, I’m trying the Benefit Cosmetics Specialist Dream Screen Invisible Silky-Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Sunscreen For Face because I forgot my trusty sunscreen when I was traveling. Unfortunately, I didn’t really like Benefit’s version of liquid sunscreens and I returned it after two uses.
Benefit claims that Dream Screen is a “silky-matte sunscreen [that] is ultra lightweight and truly invisible on skin. It absorbs instantly to help prevent skin from aging by protecting against sun damage…and leaves skin feeling moisturized. The description sounds exactly like what I would ordinarily be looking for. However, I didn’t like this product because it never absorbed into the skin — which made makeup application a little tricky. While the liquid sunscreen did feel light upon initial application, it was very slippery and oily feeling once applied. It didn’t absorb or dry down, so when I applied my foundation on top (which is normally what I would do), the makeup slipped all over the place. In addition, while the product is considered to be oil-free and fragrance free, it made my skin oily from the get-go and the weird plastic scent wasn’t doing anything for me either.
Another thing that I didn’t really like was the this particular liquid sunscreen did not act as a primer — like most Asian sunscreens do. While the product description never claimed to be a type of primer, I hated layering on products (like primer before foundation) after the Dream Screen was so heavy and oily.
Other liquid sunscreens that I’ve tried and would recommend are: Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face, Clarins Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50, and Biore Kao Aqua Rich SPF50+.
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this product because it just doesn’t seem like a product that can be worn under makeup during the day. Even with powder and countless oil-blotting sheets, I found that it was more inconvenient than anything else since I just didn’t like how it felt on the skin. The whole reason why I avoid thick, creamy, traditional sunblocks is because it feels heavy and oily on the skin. That’s the point of me exclusively using liquid sunscreens. For these reasons, I didn’t like Benefit’s Dream Screen and I would’nt recommend it. On top of that, it was expensive for what it was. I think you could probably wear this on its own without makeup on top, but since it isn’t meant for the water, it may not be worth the hassle. If you do decide to try this, remember to shake well before applying.
Made in Japan.
Retails for $32.00 USD.