This was the first sunscreen that I began using consistently in my AM routine! I’m ashamed to say that as I’m 27 and wish, wish, wish that I had started earlier but I suppose it’s better late than never! 🤷🏼♀️
So let’s get into it – Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen SPF 30 Review 🌞.
PRODUCT: Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen SPF 30
INGREDIENTS: See bottom of page
- Chemical sunscreen so no white cast (yay!)
- Gel-like, clear formula
- Contains antioxidants (see INCI list)
- SPF 30 which is classed as high sun protection
I’ve Got *Insert Skin Type Here* Skin, Can I use It?
Glossier states that all skin types can use this sunscreen.
As I always mention, I have normal-to-dry skin so for me, this gel-like sunscreen is dreamy! It blends in beautifully and it’s light with a dewy finish. I have heard some people with oily skin mention that it can look a bit too ‘glossy’ for them, however!
Another thing to bear in mind, is that there is fragrance within this SPF (sweet orange peel oil). So, for sensitive skin types you may want to be wary of this. From the reviews on Glossier though, people who do have sensitive skin have generally commented that they’ve not experienced any irritation!
Broad Spectrum Coverage
That means you’re getting UVA and UVB coverage. If you read my last blog post then you’ll know that UVA rays cause ageing and UVB causes burning. So, ideally you want to be protected on both fronts!!
No White Cast
You read that right, this sunscreen comes out clear and rubs in clear so great for those of you who don’t want the dreaded white/grey cast (i.e. every one…).
We know from my vitamin C post that antioxidants help protect your skin from the oxidative damage that free radicals (such as oxygen), can do to your cells. UV radiation is a trigger of free radicals. When UV radiation contacts the skin, it reacts with oxygen, which causes a free radical chain reaction in your skin cells.
This reaction can then cause damage to the cells, like the ones within collagen and elastin, which then leads to signs of ageing within the skin.
We have a range of different antioxidants within this sunscreen, all working to counteract the damaging effects of free radicals. See INCI list to see which antioxidants are within this SPF.
This is the nicest sunscreen that I have put on my face, ever! We have all experienced those thick, gloopy sunscreens that just take ages to rub in and leave you looking paler than Casper and spottier than Mr Blobby (google him….). So, this light, clear gel formula which doesn’t block my pores or make me look pale is a joy to use!
Only SPF 30
I like an SPF 50, I want the highest factor to be honest. Especially when I’m so crap at reapplying throughout the day. Hopefully Glossier will come out with a higher factor option as well but for now I’m going to get the Kate Somerville mist SPF 50. I can then use this throughout the day to top up my protection from the sun!
Let’s be honest, 30ml is tiny! Most sunscreens are around 50-150ml and so, when used properly, this sunscreen really won’t last you very long! Also, forget putting it on your body, this bottle wouldn’t last you a day of 2 hourly reapplications all over. I know all over application isn’t Glossier’s aim here, it’s meant more for the face and to be put in your bag for top-ups but still!
It’s also expensive, £20 for 30ml is a pricey SPF!
As mentioned, it contains sweet orange peel oil. I’m guessing purely for that nice citrus, summer scent but it’s really not needed so come on Glossier!
I don’t mind it myself and it causes no irritation to me but I don’t have sensitive skin so my opinion doesn’t count!
No sunscreen is waterproof. However, they can be water resistant for a couple of hours but this one isn’t. It’s also unclear if it’s sweat proof?! Seems fine to me when I go for a run but I run early in the morning when the sun is not so strong.
The white pump packaging means you can’t see when you’re near to finishing. You can guess by weight but other than that, you’re never 100% sure! This could leave you without sun protection if you thought you had enough to cover you whilst on holiday, for example.
I always make sure I have a backup ready to go when I think I’m near to finishing but a couple of times, I have misjudged which means the spare has been sitting around for another month. Not the end of the world as it’s only a month and not 6 months, for example, but really you don’t want your SPF sat in a cupboard waiting to be used!
How Do I Use This Product?
Last, after you’ve used your cleanser/toner/serums/moisturiser!
Now because of the pump bottle, it makes it difficult to do the ‘2 finger method’ that we discussed in my previous post. However, based on my experiments, it looks to me that 6-7 pumps of this sunscreen would be roughly equal to 2 fingers of sunscreen.
In reality, I tend to just use about 3-4 pumps for my face and neck. Anymore and it feels too much but any less, I don’t feel like I have adequate coverage! Plus, because I use a different sunscreen for my chest, I don’t feel like I need 2 fingers worth of this sunscreen which is why I only use 3-4 pumps rather than 6.
Glossier could make this all easier by changing the packaging to a tube rather than a pump, to be honest! Although, in the meantime I could also purchase a ¼ teaspoon! This is apparently the amount that is enough to achieve the recommended amount of 2.0 mg/cm2. Maybe I’ll do this and let you guys know how I get on!!!
Gimme The Deets…
I bought this SPF directly from glossier.com, 30ml = £20.
I think this is expensive to be honest and because of the size as well, I can well imagine that this would encourage people to use far less than is required for adequate sun protection. Plus, you shouldn’t really bulk buy sunscreen because most of them need to be used up within a year (this one has a shelf life of 12 months). So that’s another factor to consider as it encourages you to sort of hoard this sunscreen, in fear of running out quickly!
Stick Or Spin Again?
Ok so for me, right now it’s a STICK situation. Purely because I recently had a horrendous experience with another chemical sunscreen that I tried and that has sort of put me off experimenting with SPF right now. At least with this one, I have no breakouts, no irritation and it sits on my skin nicely throughout the day! It also reapplies lovely (when I do reapply…) and doesn’t pill on top of other products or under makeup.
I will of course try another SPF in due course but once my skin has calmed down. You know I love trying out lots of different products so I won’t be stopped that easily!! 🤣 Also, I’ll write a review shortly on the one I didn’t have a great time with!
As for you guys, I think if you’re ordering from Glossier anyway and have a spare £20, then give it a try but if not, I think there’s probably better and cheaper alternatives out there! Plus, ones with a higher SPF rating too!
A few that I’ve got my eye on:
- Thank you Farmer Sun Project Water Sun Protection SPF 50 – 50ml = £18
- Supergoop Glow Screen SPF 40 – 50ml = £33
- Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF 50 – 60ml = £15.80
- Krave Beauty Beet the Sun SPF 50 – 50ml = £26.99
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In the meantime leave me some comments below, I’ll always get back to you. Tell me what you think about the Glossier SPF. Have you tried this one? Let me know!
Love & Knowledge,
S A M A N T H A
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INGREDIENTS: Aqua/Water/Eau, Butyloctyl Salicylate (solvent – no rating), Homosalate 6% (sunscreen active – best), Ethylhexyl Salicylate (UVB sunscreen active – no rating), Dipropylene Glycol (texture enhancer – good), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane/avobenzone 3% (sunscreen active – best), Methyl Trimethicone (silicone/emollient – good), Biosaccharide Gum-4 (skin conditioning – no rating), Caprylyl Methicone (silicone/emollient – good), Propanediol (an ingredient that can enhance the absorption of products into the skin – good), Bis-Ethylhexyl Hydroxydimethoxy Benzylmalonate (antioxidant – goodie), Betaine (hydration – good), Acrylates Copolymer (texture enhancer – good), Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer (texture enhancer – good), Hydroxyacetophenone (synthetic antioxidant/hydration – good), Phenoxyethanol (preservative – good), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer (texture enhancer/holding agent – good), Dibutyl Lauroyl Glutamide (viscosity controlling – no rating), Dibutyl Ethylhexanoyl Glutamide (viscosity controlling – no rating), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil (fragrance – poor), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (skin-soothing – best), Carbomer (texture enhancer – good), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant – best), Aminomethyl Propanol (pH adjuster – good), Butylene Glycol (texture enhancer – good), Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract (seabuckthorn/antioxidant – best), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent – good), Pentylene Glycol (texture enhancer – good), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (skin-soothing – good), Silica (thickener/emulsifier – good), Bioflavonoids (antioxidant – best), Potassium Sorbate (preservative – good), Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid (skin-conditioning – goodie), Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract (astringent – no rating), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative – good), camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (antioxidants – best), Ascorbyl Palmitate (antioxidant – best).
*Ingredient info & ratings from Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary & Incidecoder (my personal faves for ingredient ratings)*