As promised in my May 2015 Favorites post, here's a full review of my current sunscreen love! I'm actually in the “sunscreen phase” right now as I've been looking for different sunscreen to use. Sunscreen has come a long way. It used to be something I dreaded wearing due to the thick/heavy feel and strong unpleasant scent, not to mention the white cast that seemed to take forever to sink in, if not at all. Nowadays the formula has been widely improved. It's easy to find one that is lightweight, liquidy, unscented, and goes on practically invisible on the skin. And today I have one such sunscreen to share with you in this post!
Right off the bat, I fell in love with the cutesy packaging! The mint green bottle with a cork-like screw-on cap is so lightweight, so sturdy, and so portable! And look at the nozzle size (see below)! So small, which makes it perfect to dispense only the amount needed. Don't forget to shake the bottle well prior to every use and reapply every 2 hours!
Dream Screen has a very liquidy texture that feels so silky smooth to the touch. The weightless, milk-like emulsion spreads on the skin effortlessly and sinks in instantly to create a soft, velvety matte finish that is truly invisible on the skin. It doesn't leave any oiliness, greasiness, stickiness, or shininess like most sunscreens do although you may have to wait 10-15 seconds for it to fully set. I really just can't get enough of how smooth and comfortable it makes my skin feel!
I apply it post-moisturizer so that it acts as a light “primer” for my foundation. It isn't marketed as a primer but I think it has a finish that mimics one! It makes my foundation glide on smoothly without interfering with its color tone or coverage.
Unfortunately it is not waterproof or sweat-proof. So if you sweat a lot or are going to spend your day in the pool, this is probably not the sunscreen to use. Those who don't like the initial silicone-y feel may not appreciate it, either.
- Liquidy, milky texture
- Unscented, oil-free, fragrance-free
- No white cast, oily, or sticky residue
- Leaves a truly invisible finish
- Parabeen-free but does contain silicone
- Not waterproof or sweat-proof
- Active ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, and Avobenzone 3% (all chemical filters)
- Broad spectrum (PA+++) SPF 45 protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays that cause premature aging and sunburn, respectively
Having a combination to oily, blemish-prone skin, I try to use sunscreen that's lightweight, doesn't clog pores, and doesn't add any more oily residue to my face and I'm glad to find that Dream Screen meets all my requirements. I've been using it for a little more than 3 weeks now and haven't noticed any skin irritation or had any breakouts from it.
Being that it's so light and invisible, I feel comfortable layering it all over my face (sometimes during the day post-makeup, too) and down the neck. It is meant to be used on the face only (not sure why) but I always apply my sunscreen on my neck, too. I suppose you can use it anywhere even on the body but that might get a little too expensive. Some mention that the price is not worth such small amount (45 ml / 1.52 US fl oz) but I find that you don't need a lot at all per application because the fluidy texture spreads so well on the skin.
As I said, I'm on a sunscreen mode right now. I love this Benefit Dream Screen and will continue to replenish but I won't stop exploring other options! Partly because it isn't waterproof and the fact that it contains unstable Avobenzone without any stabilizer in the formula kind of worries me a little bit. For indoor/office days, I suppose it is efficient but for an all-day out in the sun, I feel better using something else. If you know of anything else that is i) liquidy, ii) lightweight, iii) invisible, iv) unscented, v) broad spectrum, vi) non-oily/shiny, vii) waterproof and sweat-proof, and viii) photostable, please leave your recommendation down below in the comments! :)