[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] Honestly, I can’t get carried away by the beauty SPF mafia – yes, we all know we need regular applications of SPF although I really question it on a grim November afternoon indoors where it’s more night than day. Personally I am not hauling out the SPF in mid-winter and I’ll happily do a very early morning walk in summer with nothing on my skin at all… you do you but SPF isn’t my religion – I’m vigilant but relaxed and I think that sums up the new Malin + Goetz SPF that has the best tag line – ‘orange is the new block’. That makes me happy every time I read it!
As you’d expect from a modern SPF, it’s very lightweight and was at home straight away on my complexion. In fact, that’s the striking thing about this texture and weight – the gel-cream feels like it’s meant to be there. I don’t like layering products – it never feels natural or particularly comfortable on my skin when its hot and the most I usually do when I’m not testing products is moisturiser before SPF but with this you can swap out your day moisturiser and use the Malin + Goetz SPF as a two-in-one. It doesn’t leave skin shiny so it’s suitable for anyone – I might even persuade Mr BBB to use it.
It’s a mineral formula which is my preference – the days of weighty block are so long gone – because they’re immediately effective and simpler, somehow. Because it doesn’t leave any residue or casting, I think it’s probably suitable for deeper tones too but I haven’t tested for that. A big question is whether it works well under make up – I’ve tried it under Chanel Water Fresh Tint, L’Oreal Paris True Match and bareMinerals Complexion Rescue it and worked perfectly under all of them. The only caveat is Water Fresh which, when I rubbed my skin some time later, did come away a little but it was a proper rub in the name of testing and I’d have been none the wiser if I hadn’t done it. It’s a strong recommend from me especially if you don’t like layering or the feel of multiple products on your complexion on a hot day – in fact, my ideal partner for this would be Tan Luxe (£36 HERE) so I could eliminate everything but the two products before applying any blush. Malin + Goetz SPF30 is £32 HERE. I’ve linked to SpaceNK in case you have points but Tan Luxe is £28 at Look Fantastic HERE.
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Thanks for saying that Jane, that’s my strategy with SPF too. I don’t burn easily anyway and I’m dubious about any layer of chemicals on my skin that’s not strictly necessary.
Do you know what’s happened to the Clarins facial SPF?
I loved it for years (just the smell of it means summer for me) but it has been re-formulated (50 ml instead of 75ml and no price reduction of course) and the reviews I’ve read say it’s very different and not in a good way.
I never really hear from Clarins these days so I can’t update you I’m afraid. Yes, I am all for being very sensible without it being ‘the law’ – I get a bit tired of the flag waving and endless information battering that we pretty much all know by now anyway.