Let me introduce you to someone… Readers, meet Invisible Zinc. Invisible Zinc, meet readers.

On day 4 of my 60 day ban, I wanted to review and swatch one of my all time favourite sunscreen brands for you. As you can probably guess from the name, Invisible Zinc has built its brand on using zinc oxide in its products, but without the ghastly white cast of zinc sunscreens of the past.

I’ve been a big fan of Invisible Zinc since it first came out years ago. There was something about the idea behind it that intrigued me, and I was happy to see an alternative to regular chemical sunscreen.

In this post I will show you my two favourite sun protection weapons, the Tinted Daywear SPF 30+ sunscreen/moisturiser/sheer foundation, and the UV Silk Shield SPF 30+ stick foundation.

Tinted Daywear SPF 30+

PROS:

  • Clear zinc formula
  • UVA + UVB protection
  • SPF 30+ protection
  • Natural protector, not chemical
  • Sheer, blendable colour
  • All-in-one product, moisturiser, sunscreen, sheer foundation

CONS:

  • Thick/heavy formula
  • White cast in photos
  • Shine. May need to powder/set or mix with other products

MY TAKE:

I have combination/oily skin, so to be perfectly honest the thick formula doesn’t always agree with my grease farm. If oily skin is the bane of your existence then this might bug you. That said, I still love this product for its high sun protection and have found that I can mix it with other products to eliminate shine on my bad days.

Although I have medium skin tone, I find the light shade suits best. It gives a barely there hint of colour and makes my skin look naturally beautiful. I think the benefits far outweigh the heavy formula, and I have found great product combos to make the perfect balance.

OILY SKIN FIX – BEAT THAT SHINE!

  • Mix with your favourite matte products: I like to mix and match with Avon Magix Face Perfector, Smashbox Photofinish Primer, natural/organic moisturisers, foundations or Face Of Australia Mineral Therapy Illuminator.

Left: Light, Right: Medium.

Lightly blended – Left: Light, Right: Medium.

UV Silk Shield SPF 30+

PROS:

  • Clear zinc formula
  • SPF 30+ protection
  • Natural protector, not chemical
  • All-in-one product, foundation, concealer
  • Buildable coverage, sheer to full
  • Longwear – sweat/water resistant
  • Easy stick application
  • Creamy formula dries to dewy/matte finish

CONS:

  • Limited 3 shades: light/highlighter, medium, tan
  • Not UVA + UVB rated
  • White cast in photos
  • Can oxidize to light undertones with long wear –  possibly due to zinc formula

MY TAKE:

It’s difficult to compare with other foundations, simply because stick foundations are almost a thing of the past. But as far as sun protection and long wear, this is great. If you’re looking to boost your sun protection factor, or want more protection out of your everyday foundation this is a top choice. And of course it goes without saying, it gives you a nice flawless look.

This can be a touch heavy for those wanting a base that feels nonexistent. Also something to remember, this is not exactly the same as the long wearing foundations you may be used to. The colour may need touching up throughout the day, but there is a layer that will remain and will require proper cleansing to remove.

Tip: Remember to keep facial wipes or a good cleanser handy for removal. Regular water alone wont to the trick with this long-lasting beauty.

UV Silk Shield in Tan

UV Silk Shield in Tan swatched in direct sunlight

COMPARISON

Left: Tinted Daywear Light, Middle: Tinted Daywear Medium, UV Silk Shield Tan.

So what do you think?
Have you tried Invisible Zinc?
What are your favourite sunscreen products?

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