Absorbs well. Great at protecting against the sun. Not greasy. Can put makeup over it without it peeling off. Does not irritate sensitive skin. Doesn’t leave a white residue. Doubles as a moisturizer. No oxybenzone to cause allergies.
The cucumber smell is off-putting to some customers. Not water-resistant.
Scent-free. Does a good job of protecting against burns with solid UVA and UVB coverage. Suitable for sensitive skin. Does fine with makeup over it, once it's absorbed. Water-resistant. Oxybenzone-free.
Some customers found the consistency too oily.
Works well in blocking the sun. Dries clear on the skin. No oily feeling. No unpleasant smell. Light, comfortable consistency when applied. Comes in a convenient size. Works well under makeup. Resists water and sweat.
Contains oxybenzone, which can be problematic for allergy-sensitive customers.
Great at protecting the face from the sun. Convenient stick for a pocket or purse. No greasy consistency. Good under or over makeup. All-natural ingredients prevent allergic reactions. Doesn’t run into the eyes when you get wet.
Goes on white but can be rubbed in to become clear.
Applies smoothly. Fine to put makeup over or under it. Good sun-blocking action. Doesn’t contain oxybenzone. Doesn’t leave white residue as long as you rub it in well. Doesn’t cause sensitive skin to break out.
Thick consistency bothers some customers. Not water-resistant.
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