My MIL recently had her daughter to buy the DiorSnow Sublissime UV Ultimate Whitening UV Base SPF50 PA+++ Translucent formula for her. She picked the product at random from a catalogue but wasn’t certain if it was any good although she likes the texture and how her skin looked with the base. Apparently, she received quite a number of compliments about her skin tone whenever she applied this base on her face.
I understand that the Diorsnow range is aimed at controlling hyper-pigmentation such as age spots, sun spots, or hormone-induced spots during pregnancy. It was a product I had considered before as I’ve heard some rave reviews on it. However, because my mindset is already geared towards using more natural skincare products, I dropped the idea subsequently. Moreover, at about S$70+, the 30ml is expensive.
Offers full spectrum UV protection
Chemical content aside, I have to say that DiorSnow Sublissime UV Ultimate Whitening UV Base is indeed a superior daytime shield for the face as it contains 19.41% of zinc oxide and 7.5% of octinoxate (aka octyl methoxycinnamate). And if you look at the ratings I’ve obtained from the Environmental Protection Agency, this is definitely a potent combination that offers high protection SPF against both UVA & UVB harmful UV rays.
Excellent makeup primer
I tested the texture and applied some on my face and I have to say that it feels great. It’s got a milky lotion-like look and feel but is definitely translucent when applied on and isn’t greasy. In fact, my face, which was oily at that time when I applied this immediately felt less so. So this product makes an excellent makeup primer because it is a smooth, semi-matte base. In fact my MIL used this alone and her face did look more luminous and even-toned. But I’m not so surprised about the matt feel considering the ingredients on its list.
aqua/water, cyclopentasiloxane, cyclohexasiloxane, butylene glycol, peg-100 dimethicone, glycerin, silica, ascorbyl glucoside, disteardimonium hectorite, talc, citrus unshiu peel extract, methicone, tromethamine, peg-4, phenoxyethanol, isostearic acid, methylparaben, disodium edta, sodium citrate, parfum, aminoethanesulfinic acid, citric acid, tocopherol, butylphenyl methylpropional, pentylene glycol, helianthus annuus(sunflower)seed extract, bht, algae extract, citronellol, lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) extract, potassium sorbate, leontopooium alpinum extract, faex (yeast extract), butylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, sodium dna
Offers both correction and protection to the melanin
I am not going to discuss the list in detail since this isn’t a natural or organic skincare product to begin with. But Dior Ultimate Whitening UV Base is a product that acts at two levels. At one level, it offers skin correction with powerful whitening ingredients such as ascorbyl glucoside which is a new form of vitamin C combined with glucose that is less degradable and help to lighten melanin hiding in the skin. On the other level, it also offers skin protection with both zinc oxide and octinoxate to provide the highest shield against UVA-UVB rays, for the ultimate protection against future melanin production. Plus some of the extracts like honeysuckle makes it nourishing enough for normal skin type.
Although I am not using this product, but if I were not biased towards using more natural and organic skincare stuff these days, I might try this simply because I love the 19.4% zinc oxide which provides excellent sun protection! However, the price is steep unless I get it duty free like my MIL who paid only S$55. It is also available at StrawberryNet for S$67.50.