La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid Review & Swatches

Sunscreen is probably the most important skincare product to use in the warmer months. Not only does it prevent sunburn, premature wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, it also helps reduce the risk of skin cancer. I've been loyal to my Dior Diorsnow White Reveal UV Protection for the longest time but this Summer I thought I'd try something different (you can't blame the curiosity/grass-is-greener attitude of a beauty blogger!). The La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid is a brand new product from the brand that has just been released and today I am here to share with you my thoughts on it! :)

La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid
La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid

When it comes to sunscreen, I have my criteria:

  1. Broad spectrum (protecting the skin against both UVA and UVB rays)
  2. SPF 50 minimum
  3. Non-sticky texture, leaves no white cast
  4. Spreads easily and absorbs quickly
  5. Preferably non-scented

I'll go through each point during my review!

La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid
La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid

First thing I'd like to mention is it really depends on one's preference whether physical or chemical sunscreen works best for them. Personally for me I can use either one but I prefer hybrid sunscreens containing both physical and chemical filters. Physical filters protect the skin by deflecting/blocking the sun's rays whereas chemical filters absorb them. In my experience, physical filters tend to leave a white cast and are thicker in formula while chemical filters are not. However, chemical filters are more likely to irritate the skin so they may not be for everyone. They both have pros and cons so you just have to figure it out for yourself which is better for you.

La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid
La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid

Criteria #1 and 2: Broad spectrum and SPF

The La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid is a chemical sunscreen. It has the following organic UV Filters:

  1. Avobenzone 3.00% – protects against UVA1
  2. Homosalate 5.00% – protects against UVB
  3. Octisalate 5.00% – protects against UVB
  4. Octocrylene 2.70% – protects against UVB
  5. Oxybenzone 3.00% – protects against UVB, UVA2

Now we know that it is a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50! Additionally, I've been using it with great success and have not had any negative reactions to my skin so far (2+ weeks)! :)

La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid
La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid

Criteria #3 – 5: Formula

The texture is a little thicker than most sunscreens I have used but it is still relatively lightweight and comfortable to wear. It is also very creamy smooth and spreads exceptionally well without any resistance on the skin. It sinks in really fast, does not leave any sticky residue or white cast, and gives a slightly dewy finish with a subtle healthy glow. I have combination to oily skin and did not find it to be too greasy or make my face oily during the day at all.

I apply a generous amount using my fingertips all over my face and neck every morning as the last step of my skincare routine. It does just about alright in terms of hydration (I mostly rely on my moisturizer to keep my skin hydrated anyway) but it surprisingly does well as a makeup base! I find that my foundation goes on smoother and more even, so the added bonus of this sunscreen is it serves as a good primer, too!

If there is one thing I'm not too crazy about, it's the scent. It has a pretty strong old-fashioned sunscreen scent that does linger for a good 10-15 minutes. Definitely something I can live without considering that it is such a luxurious product. :)

La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid unblended (L) and blended (R)
La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid unblended (L) and blended (R)

Applying sunscreen is such a crucial and mandatory step in a morning routine. I wish I had known the importance of it early on in my younger years. I didn't apply sunscreen on a daily basis until I was in my 20's! Horror I know! And now I'm still paying for it. So my advice is, apply sunscreen, deliberately, every day even if you are indoors, especially if you work near windows where UVA can still pass through. Protection is absolutely key.

Overall, I'm satisfied with the La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid, although there's still room for improvement in the scent department. It costs a pretty penny but it is to be expected from the brand. These days you can find a lot of sunscreens that can protect your skin just as effectively for a fraction of the cost, but if there was ever a time to indulge, you can't go wrong with La Mer.

Now I'd like to know what sunscreen is on your rotation right now. Please do share your favorite and why you like it! :)


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  1. Jaa, such a detailed review and I am convinced already that I need this sometime soon. I have been lazy with sunscreen all my life and I can understand why its absolutely necessary. La Mer may be difficult for me to get my hands on at least in India, until then I will try Dior Diorsnow White Reveal UV Protection

    1. says: Jaa

      It’s hard to complete an extra step but it is just so important, Fiona! Sometimes I take a shortcut and mix my moisturizer with my sunscreen and apply them altogether at once. Haha.

      I think you’d be happy with either the La Mer or Dior one! :)

  2. says: Sunny

    Hahaha I have to admit something. The only thought I have after reading this post is: I can’t believe she squeezed out so much of this EXPENSIVE liquid for the photo LOL

    Gotta admire your dedication! I haven’t tried ANYTHING from La Mer ever, but you certainly made this sound tempting!

  3. says: Carolyn

    Hi Jaa! I’m allergic to a few chemical sunscreen ingredients so I tend to prefer physical sunscreens. My favorite is Coola Mineral Sunscreen — it’s lightweight, doesn’t make my oily skin any oilier, and doesn’t tend to leave a white cast! It’s SPF 30, though, so it wouldn’t meet your SPF 50 criterion unfortunately!

    1. says: Jaa

      Wait a minute, I think I have a mini size of the Coola Mineral Sunscreen somewhere! I should give it a try next week! :)

  4. says: Dee

    Interesting Jaa! I just wrote about this a few days ago so you probably already know mine but they’re the La Roche Posay Fluid and IDC Integrale ones. They work so well with my skin that I keep repurchasing the same ones. I’m curious about the DiorSnow one though – Ill have to check the consistency out on my next trip to Sephora!

  5. Beautiful shots and great, informative post as always, Jaa! The sunscreen that’s been getting the heaviest rotation for me this summer has been the NARS Pure Radiant TM with 30 SPF. It even kept me from getting burned in the intense sun of Puerto Rico. I use it before every trip to the pool, too!

    1. says: Jaa

      I love the Nars TM, too, Kristen! Thanks to you! You raved about it so much that I had to try it and it did not disappoint! :D

  6. says: Sylirael

    I don’t wear sunscreen unless I’m out and active in the sun >_< It irritates my skin something wicked, usually, bringing up my eczema, and I can't really afford most of the ones that are supposed to be awesome and special for sensitive skin (especially at NZ prices, and very especially for everyday use!)

    To mitigate the effects (especially since I live in a country with no ozone layer), I wear foundation with a low SPF, run from place to place covering my face, and spend most of my time in a darkened room with no windows playing with lasers. Seriously!

    I wish I found it easier to use sunscreen, especially given where I live and how pale I am, but the effects are awful if I use standard sunscreen on a daily basis. Heh, if you ever see me at the beach (not likely), I'll be the one in a long sarong and long sleeved kaftan and wide brim hat and big sunglasses, under heavy tree shade. With an umbrella…and just for that day, I'll still be wearing sunscreen!

    1. says: Jaa

      Aww I’m sorry to hear, Syl! So going to the beach/playing in the water under the sun is out of the question? But you live in NZ! Land of sun! Lots of sun! I’d be out playing all the time! Do you know what ingredient in the sunscreen that’s causing you problems?

      1. says: Sylirael

        Pretty much :-( the whole ozone thing is a killer (literally) – it is actually possible to get burned in some places in winter here. NZ is a gorgeous sunny (in parts, LOL) place, but sunscreen is a must if you want to actually expose flesh at all for long periods during the day.

        Which ingredient? Possibly all of them, LOL! The usual chemical ones for sure, and the physical one tend to block my skin. I can and will wear sunscreen for babies (i have survived the Mustela one) if I’m going hiking or need to be outdoors in the summer, but otherwise I just avoid the sun. I remember being enchanted in Eygpt (yay ozone!) that I could spend a day in the western desert In Winter (but it was still 35 degrees C and blazing sun) with no sunscreen (not on purpose, I forgot mine) and not get burned.

        Moral of the story is: you guys have no idea how mild your sun actually is if you have an ozone layer. Love your ozone layer!! :-D

  7. says: Rachelle

    As usual, Etude House all the way lol. Most of the sunscreens in my rotation are from Korean brands which work really well for me.

    Currently using this Etude House Sunprise SPF 50 + PA +++! I always make sure I wear sunscreen when I’m going out, regardless of whether I’m wearing makeup or not… It’s important to shield those UV rays lol

    1. says: Jaa

      Ditto! Sunscreen is so important. Same here, I make sure to wear sunscreen even when I’m at home and indoors all day. Haha.

      Now I’m curious about the Etude House sunscreen!

  8. says: Chris

    I use La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 on my face and Jason Natural SPF 45 on my arms. I wish I could find a natural sunblock that could be used on my face but doesn’t make me look super greasy.

  9. says: Jaa

    If it leaves a greasy finish, I usually blot afterwards before applying makeup. Seems to help a little bit! :) If you’re still looking, I would suggest Korean/Japanese sunscreens as most of them dry down to a non-greasy/satin finish. :)

  10. says: Erin

    I can get burned anytime of year so this sounds like a lovely option. I’m always getting irritated tough and clogged pores or super dry patches.

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