Splurge & Steal: Tinted Sunscreen/Primer

Shu Uemura UV Under Base and Mentholatum Acnes UV Tint are two products that can be used as a sunscreen as well as primer. Acnes UV Tint comes in a lotion formula that is very lightweight and is lightly tinted. I feel like it evens out my skintone slightly although there is a bit of a white cast. However if you use foundation on top of it, the white cast is gone and no, it doesn’t make my foundation appear whiter. The lotion absorbs fairly well on my skin and there is no sticky, slimy residue. In fact my face feels soft and powdery after using it which makes my foundation blend even more easily. The oil control is none to speak of, I still have to blot occasionally throughout the day. To me, the most fantastic thing about this product is the price of course and the fact that it is SPF 30, PA++ which means it protects you from both UVB and UVA rays.

Shu Uemura UV Under Base is a little bit more advanced in formula than the Acnes one. It’s a weightless mousse which sinks in to your skin at a lightning speed! Because of that, you really need to work fast, spreading the mousse evenly on your face before it dries up. It evens out my skin tone, reduces redness and is not drying. I sometimes wear this alone and just dust off some powder on top when I’m in a hurry and my complexion looks nice already. But when I use foundation on top, I just love how it gives me a matte effect and my foundation does stay longer. However, what’s puzzling me is that after going through about half a bottle, the product suddenly turns liquid and no matter how hard I shake it (I almost sprained my arms from shaking too vigorously!) it just won’t come out as mousse anymore! So now my UV Under Base is just sitting in my makeup drawer unused :( I don’t know if I just happen to get a “bad” batch or there was something I did that caused this. It really is too bad because I would love to continue using it as both primer and sun protection, although this product comes in a whopping price of Rp. 525.000 :D

Mentholatum Acnes UV Tint is available on major supermarket and drug stores and retails for approximately IDR 30.000

Shu Uemura UV Under Base is available at Shu Uemura retail counter nationwide and retails for Rp. 525.000