This product was my most initial urgh I hate this, to very quick obsession buy.
I’ve heard a few whispers about this SPF being a really good purchase. I went into Amazon initially to buy other skincare items, and bit the bullet and added this to my basket, and I don’t regret a thing.
This wasn’t plain sailing however. As this was a spare of the moment kinda buy, I seen Heliocare, I seen SPF 50, and that’s all I needed to know (apparently).
It arrived in the post, and to my horror, I seen ”color”. Now, as you may know, I am very fair skinned, Irish looking almost, so anything that involves ‘colour’ or ‘tint’ or ‘shade’, if I haven’t done my research on it, is butt clenching. The only glimmer of hope I had was the word ‘light’, thank the heavens I didn’t choose ‘dark’ or anything of that nature, or this would be a whole different blog post.
So I decided to use this for a day to the shop. Cracked the lid off, pumped some product onto my fingers and, oh god, it was literally foundation, (I thought it would be a slight tint or a cream which blended to match your skin tone). But no, it’s full on colour.
I applied anyway. It smells reaaaally nice, that typical suncream, holiday smell. Also smooths around the face easy too.
For the record, before using this I hadn’t worn make up in THREE MONTHS… yeah, you read that right, I did that during lockdown! So anything that added any type of colouring to my face was always going to give an initial shock factor. So I applied a decnent amount of it (it is an SPF after all), made sure it was blended down my neck, I use a damp-ish beauty blender to soften around the face, then apply a matte powder to take away the extra shine an SPF usually gives off, along with my oily complexion.
I… am… IN LOVE.
I’ve never gone so 0-100 on a product before!
I get many compliments as it gives off a dewy glow that I just can’t get out of my regular foundation. And the added reasurrance that I’m getting my dose of SPF makes it so much better.
There’s a major difference between a foundation that contains SPF, and an SPF that contains colour. Usually with foundations, you only get a 15/30 sun protection factor. And on top of that, have to use more product to reap the benefit, which in the end, is way too much foundation anyway.
But SPF with added colour is designed to put sun protection first and foremost.
The coverage is really amazing, I’ve even gone as far as to say I’ve replaced it from my regular foundation (Maybelline Superstay), for day time wear.
The colour pay off also stays throughout the whole day, but keep in mind you must top up SPF to stay fully protected, so maybe a spray or fluid SPF is best to apply on top a few hours later.
The size of the product is also a reason why I love this. SPF, specifically for the face, can be quite expensive, but I believe Heliocare is an affordable brand for what you get.
I’d love to try the clear SPFs too.
It’s a pump decanter, which is my favourite type of packaging, it’s hygenic, you know what you’re going to get, and it’s the most visually pleasing, in my opinion.
From what I have found online, they only have 2 shades in this product, light and beige. I think they do a wider range of complexions in their other bottles. I’m quite disappointed if I’m honest, as I respect a brand on it’s diversity. Hopefully they will do something about this soon.
I will for SURE be repurchasing this product when I am running low on this bottle. It’s the safe, natural looking glow I’ve been searching for all these years.
(Now, please correct me if I’m wrong).
Heliocare is a Spanish brand, so the UVA/UVB stars which are included on bottles sold here in England, aren’t legally required. However, it does state on the packaging, that this is a broad spectrum SPF, meaning it does provide both UVB and UVA protection, which is what you need to look out for when buying your sun protection items. I think they also do both physical and chemical SPFs in their ranges.
Full inci: Aqua, Butylene Glycol Cocoate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Ci 77891, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Polysilicone-15, Titanium Dioxide, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Myristyl Alcohol, Coco-Glucoside, Dipropylene Glycol Dibenzoate, Ceteareth-25, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Polypodium Leucotomos Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ci 77492, Myristyl Glucoside, Disodium Ethylene Dicocamide PEG-15 Disulfate, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether Benzoate, Ci 77491, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ci 77019, Camellia Sinensis, Manganese Dioxide, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Parfum, Propylene Carbonate, BHT, Linalool, Limonene
Company website: https://www.cantabrialabs.com/en/our-brands/heliocare/
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