I’ve not reviewed anything since my only 2 reviews a wee while ago. Apologies. Life got in the way as it inevitably does. And then I spent hours the other night writing this review for it to literally disappear off the page without a trace! But I have re written it and here it is.
“Botanical Sunscreen Tinted Face High Protection SPF 50 – Australian Gold Premium Coverage Mineral Lotion Non-Greasy Antioxidant Rich Very Water Resistant”. Rolls right off the tongue.
So let’s dive in...
Price: I bought this from the Australian Gold UK website last year after watching HotandFlashy on Youtube where it received a glowing review. Generally speaking this product has very good reviews everywhere so I thought I would give it a bash. I paid £22 for 88ml of product. Most branded tinted mineral suncreens are charging this pricepoint. Overall, I think this is decent value for money baring in mind I could buy La Roche Posay Tinted Shaka Fluid for roughly £12 for 50ml. This product is also available cheaper on other websites. I bought it from the official site to ensure I had the legit product. Given that I can buy products that I like better for a similar price point, I give it 4 out of 5 for price.
Packaging: it is a plastic bottle so it is easily cleaned, it is easily carried around in your bag for re-application, it squeezes out easily and doesn’t leak everywhere and like all SPF bottles it is a solid bottle that doesn’t allow for light or air to penetrate and degrade the product. The only downfall of the squeezy bottle is that when the product gets low, it is then difficult to squeeze what is remaining out due to the bottle size and the thick consistency of the SPF. A beauty spatula can’t save the day here either as it is a small hole. The only remedy would be to cut the bottle open and decant the product in to another appropriate container. Hassle. I would have liked to have seen a better designed tube that would allow all the product to be accessed. I do like an airless pump bottle as well. For this reason, I give the packaging 3.5 out of 5
Smell: Fragrance free! Always go with fragrance free products. However, despite this product saying it is fragrance free, it is clear it isn’t because as soon as I opened the bottle I was hit with an over powering smell. To me, it smells like over ripe bananas with an after smell of paint. I stress, this is my senses telling me this and it will likely smell like something completely different to you. I tested this theory by asking my partner and he immediately said it smelled of playdough. Despite this being said, the smell isn’t actually unpleasant. It’s not off putting, it’s just very strong in the bottle. Thankfully, the smell doesn’t persist once you have applied it on the skin. No banana-paint-playdough scented skin for you! I don’t mind the smell however I prefer products that really are fragrance free. As this product is, in my opinion, misleadingly touting itself as fragrance free, which it really isn’t, I give the product 2 of 5.
Application: This is long. Sorry! But all relevant and helpful, I swear!
The SPF has the consistency you would expect from a silicone heavy product mixed with shea butter. It has the consistency of a thick cream. It’s smooth and blends in relatively easily for me, depending on what other products it was coming in to contact with. It dries within seconds and leaves no sticky or tacky residue. For less than a minute, while it fully absorbed and dried it did look as if it had a low level sheen to it, however it dries down completely matte. It is not pore filling, despite it having silicones in it. It did not fill my large pores. At all.
The tint, is generally light but compared to my pale complexion, looks peachy so it will not be suitable for a lot of skin colours. It is realistically too dark for me and while I would be able to make it work, it’s obvious I have a product on my face that isn’t a match.
When I applied this product on to clean bare skin on it’s own, it went on well. No issues. However if I had used skincare before hand, such as a serum or moisturiser, the SPF didn’t absorb well and went on streaky. As the SPF is tinted, the streaks were obvious. This was made even more obvious when I tried to apply a liquid foundation on top. If other skincare had already been applied it was almost as if the SPF was too heavy to be absorbed too. As a result the SPF appeared to not be able to soak in leaving it to sit on top of the skin and free to slide around, which it did! This then left the foundation to slide around and look streaky too. Slidy, streaky mess.
Knowing my skin, I feel this issue is down to the shea butter in the product. Shea butter is quite a heavy ingredient (for me) – it is a humectant but also an occlusive and emollient. I know from my experience of shea butter that it doesn’t absorb well on my skin. Shea butter leaves my skin feeling suffocated and greasy. I know when I have applied a product with shea butter as an ingredient because I become so aware of my face and I can sense there is something on it making it feel heavy and restricted. If you have no issue with shea butter, this could work really well for you. Re-application for me would result in me feeling as if I had a clay mask on my face as I wouldn’t be able to tolerate layer upon layer of the consistency.
It may well be that this is just a tinted SPF to be worn on it’s own and isn’t something to be wearing make up on top of for some people. It’s tinted, is make up even needed?
Personally for me I am giving this 2 out of 5 for application. The shea butter ruined it for me making it feel too heavy and leaving it to sit on the skin.
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Silica, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer,
Phenoxyethanol, Stearic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Iron Oxides (CI77492), Alumina, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Panthenol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Squalane, Iron Oxides (CI77491), Disodium EDTA, Iron Oxides (CI77499), Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Porphyra Umbilicalis (Red Algae) Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract , Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract
Good Good depending on skin type
Potential Irrita nt
It’s a silicone based product, with a couple of antioxidants, a couple of skin softening and soothing ingredients and a couple of humectants. If shea butter and squalane are good for your skin, you are on to a winner as they do good things for the right skin. The standard UVA and UVB filters are in, both in their own right protecting against UVA and UVB rays individually. The rest is emulsisfiers, surfactants, stabilisers etc, all the products you need to get it to be the consistency it is. There a few potential ingredients to be mindful of but nothing major at all. Phenophexyethanol – preservative. When used at correct doseage, irritation is rare. But still possible like with any preservative, natural or not. Stearic Acid -Fragrance, surfactant, emulsifier. Safe, depending on the quantities used. Can be irritating if too much is used which it shouldn’t be. Disodium EDTA – Can enhance the dermal penetration of other ingredients so this is something to be mindful of if there is an ingredient your skin doesn’t agree with in the product. Triethoxycapryylsilane – penetration enhancer. Generally, it’s a good enough SPF with very few potential problems. There is a fragrance, but I can’t pin point specifically what ingredient might be influencing that so keep that in mind. Although the shea butter and silicone feel didn’t work for me, it has some good skin ingredients, good SPF filters and relatively low potential for irritation (fragrance aside). As I can’t pin point the cause of the fragrance to comment, I am giving this product 4 out of 5 on ingredients.
Summary: So what do we have? We have a decent priced product in a nice enough tube; strong but not unpleasant smell, but still fragranced none the less; works well on bare skin but doesn’t play well with others; problems with absorption and blendability (IMO due to the shea butter) and a relatively okay ingredient list (excluding the ingredients with fragrancing properties). It comes in at 15.5 out of 25.
Will I continue use? No. Will I repurchase? No. But we know why I won’t be repurchasing. I will be giving it to someone else to try because I do think it has the ability to be an amazing product for someone. It has lots of good reviews for a reason. I feel I have just been unlucky.
Conclusion: For the price point, if you don’t mind a thick texture or shea butter, the tint matches your skin tone, you’re okay putting fragranced leave on products on the skin, none of the other ingredients are known irritants or allergens for you and you’re looking for a product to wear on its own, I would say give it a bash. 15.5 out of 25 given my own personal issues with it leaves it to work wonders for someone with no issues with shea butter or fragrance.