I am very excited about this post today! Because besides reviewing two of Kiehl’s UV protection sunscreens, this post MAY help me win S$800 worth of Kiehl’s products that I plan to share with 5 of my readers! I hadn’t planned for this when I asked for their sunscreens to test two weeks ago so it was really great timing when the Kiehl’s team announced this Kiehl’s Kiehl-ler Blogger Challenge last Saturday. So if you wanna help me win, do read till the end of this post to find out how.
As mentioned in my earlier post about visiting Kiehl’s, I asked for two of their facial sunscreens – Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA+++ and Kiehl’s Nymphaea Alba UV Shield SPF 35/PA+++ – to test out and compare. Regular readers would know that I’m a mineral sunscreen kind of gal, and my preference for everyday usage is a physical sunblock. However, because of my obsession with sunscreens, I am open to testing chemical sunscreens too. And as a matter of fact, I use chemical sunscreens whenever I have to stay out under the hot sun. But do note that I have no plans to use these sunscreens every day, so for this review, my focus is more about their texture and protection level as I only took about 2 weeks to test both products.
Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA+++ 30ml S$68
This is their latest addition to the Dermatologist Solutions collection of advanced treatments. Described as a translucent, non-greasy formula that utilizes photostable sun filters Mexoryl SX and Mexoryl XL in combination with the antioxidant Vitamin E and Glycerin as a moisturizer, this 30ml tube is creamy like and suitable to be applied to the face for broad spectrum sun protection.
High photostability with emollient properties
With Mexoryl SX and XL as the key filters, I have no worries about the photostability of this product as they provide complete protection against UVB and UVA rays all day. Plus it has a physical blocker in the form of titanium dioxide. And because it is translucent, there is also no issue of unsightly whitecast when applied. However, due to the glycerin, which is listed 3rd on the ingredient list, I found this cream slightly sticky to the feel. It’s not oily or greasy though when applied but the first few times I applied this, I found it left a slight shiny sheen on my face, and I needed some powder after applying this UV Defense cream. I have combination skin type and I would say I felt a lot more comfortable using this product on my face during cooler days. But the good thing is that I didn’t need to apply any oil or moisturizer beneath the Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA+++ as it was emollient on its own.
Kiehl’s Nymphaea Alba UV Shield SPF 35/PA+++ 30ml S$57
This product is lotion like and contains photostable sun filters Mexoryl SX and Mexoryl XL as well plus vitamins C and E and jasmine extract to protect against free radicals. Additionally, titanium dioxide is listed fifth on the list so there is also a physical blocker. Performance wise, it is as photostable as Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA+++ except that this product comes with a lower SPF. But in terms of texture, I actually prefer this product because it is not only non-greasy, but leaves my skin looking matt and I didn’t need to use any powder if I didn’t want to.
Matt texture but a tad drying
Actually I found this product quite close to some the Japanese sunblock formulations and even one of La Roche-Posay’s that I’ve tried. You’ll also need to shake the bottle before use so that’s something to remember. While texture is great in my opinion, but this product is more drying and I definitely needed to use oil or moisturizer beneath. I suspect the matt but drying texture is because of the combination of dimethicone and alcohol denat, that are quite high up on the ingredient list.
Comparison between the two facial sunscreens
Between the two, it’s quite a tough fight. I initially started liking Kiehl’s Nymphaea Alba UV Shield SPF 35/PA+++ but I later found it to be a tad drying for my skin and I realized it depends on the weather. On warmer days, this product is excellent for me but on cooler days, Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA+++ worked excellently. So I deduced that Kiehl’s Nymphaea Alba UV Shield SPF 35/PA+++ probably works better for oily skin type while Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA+++ works better for normal to drier skin type. Anyway, both are developed for Asian skin types and are said to work well even for sensitive skin. Personally, I find them great as makeup bases, but I won’t use them on a daily basis but probably on really hot days or when I’m due to be out under the sun all day. And when it comes to really hot days, I’ll have to concede the Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA+++ provides me with better peace of mind.
Price point and availability
Both products are available at all the Singapore outlets. In terms of price points, Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA+++ cost more, as it offers a higher level of SPF protection plus it provides benefits against pigmentation irregularities. Both products contain alcohol denat though, something I’m not fond of. Finally, Kiehl’s Nymphaea Alba UV Shield SPF 35/PA+++ has a light scent while Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA+++ is almost scent-free.
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