Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen SPF40 Review

By Lynnie | April 26 2011 | 25 Comments

clarins UV Plus HP

Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen SPF40, €36, is one of the brand’s best selling products. A number of you are already fans, and I decided to give the overhauled version a go recently. It’s a non-chemical sunscreen that contains 100% mineral sunscreen filters in the form of titanium dioxide, together with delicious-sounding and antioxidant rich organic cantaloupe melon extract to fight free radicals.

Oil-free, with UVA and UVB protection, it’s intended for everyday wear: the texture is that of a lightweight fluid and it’s been formulated to leave an invisible veil rather than white mask of protection on skin while also allowing it to breathe.

Basically, the ultimate daily use facial sunscreen. I had high hopes for this one.

My cantankerous, hard-to-please skin, however, was unconvinced. Remember those monstrous spots I told you about last week? Well, they all sprouted within days of starting to use Clarins UV Plus, and only stopped their seemingly relentless march across my chin and shagged off when I dropped it from my routine. Bah.

I can see how normal-to-dry skins that aren’t prone to acne flare-ups might consider this to be their Holy Grail sunscreen. There’s no question that it’s elegantly executed – not leaving a white cast on skin, playing nicely with make-up – and the added skincare benefits are an obvious boon, but sadly my quest continues.

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25 Replies to "Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen SPF40 Review"

  • KellBell says:

    I haven’t tried the re-formulated version of this but i have found some of mineral sunscreens can make my skin itch :( I’m yet to find a HG sunscreen

  • sevda says:

    Lynnie – I used up the last of my channel at the weekend and bought the LRP – I bought the fluid. So far so good but I can see it runnig out fast though.

  • dubmel says:

    I am also looking for an HG daily use facial sunscreen (to prevent my sun marks getting any worse), and I have combination skin, so won’t try this one then!
    Sevda, did you buy the tinted fluid or the regular? I read that the regular one might leave a white veil?

  • Cait says:

    I have horrible breakouts of spots ongoing at the moment (oily/combo skin). I’ve started using the Elizabeth Arden 8-hour factor 50 face cream instead of moisturiser over my Estee Lauder Idealist serum. One week in and so far so good…

  • Brass Neck says:

    I used this all weekend in sunny England and found it brilliant (I’m one of those dry skinned/no breakout people) – in particular the lack of cast was a great benefit. I got burned on my arms but clearly the Clarins did its work. I only needed a smidge, and it’s a great size to travel with too.

  • Donna says:

    I use the Elemis one, and it breaks me out. The sa told me to mix a tiny amount into my moisturiser and apply. Strangely this seems to work. Now not sure how much protection I now get?

  • xgirl says:

    What a strange thing to tell you Donna – you won’t get very worthwhile protection applying it like that unfortunately.

  • Glamazon says:

    I desperately need to find a good spf – my skin doesn’t seem to like products with chemical spf built in so I must try a separate mineral one. Do you wear it under or over moisturiser?

  • Aphrodite says:

    I use this one and I find it brilliant! It’s really lightweight and you hardly notice it on your skin but the protection is ace. We’ve different skintypes Lynnie (mine is dry) and I bet that’s the difference

  • Edelmc says:

    This is my Hg SPF but I was just wondering what is the difference with the reformulated one?

  • sevda says:

    dubmel – I bought the white one. It has a slight white film but this kinda evaporates after a few seconds.

    It’s a dupe for the channel one if you ask me and this has a white film as well. Again this dissappears after a few seconds.

  • I like the sound of this, I’ve v dry sensitive skin so it sounds like it’d work well for me.

  • SJP's Missing Mole says:

    €36 for a sunscreen is insane though. For that money it’d want to sprout arms and legs and follow you around with a parasol!

  • ShiversB says:

    I have used Clarins, LRP and Vichy Capital Soleil (Micro-Fluide (Face) SPF30) – I am sallow skinned with combination skin and I find Vichy the best of the three for me – no white cast and foundation goes over easily (usually give it a good 20 mins between putting on the two and usually put on moisturiser on first and after 10 mins put on the SPF). However when on holidays I use the LRP creme SPF50 (white cast welcomed!)

  • hopeandpray says:

    Have you tried clinique city block?

  • Polly says:

    I’ve been using Clinique city block and it’s great. I use it on it’s own on good skin days. It may be a little drying though if you’ve dry skin to start with. I’ve an spf 25 one for everyday and spf 40 for the summer hols.

  • Jone says:

    I was a big fan of the old one of these and have been waiting for the new version to arrive. It’s one of the few sunscreens that you can actually use over mosituriser. many of them say you can but then they turn into a bally mess. i’ve really sun-sensitive skin and this is my spring/autumn/winter go-to but i use a dedicated sunscreen in the summer – my skin’s oilier then anyway so can do without a real moisturiser. But if you’re skin is sensitive without extreme photosensitivity then i’d definitely give this one a go.

  • Sandy says:

    I have been using Hamilton Everyday Face SPF30 for the last few years are I find it great. I am prone to breakouts and it doesn’t cause spots. It is also matt, has a sheer tint and is really good as a make-up base. Its also very reasonable- about €10. They sell it in some Sam McCauleys and a chemists in Stillorgan Shopping Centre.

    Here is the blurb from their website:

    •Everyday Face is a light, non-oily sunscreen that has been specifically formulated for the face and neck to provide SPF30+ broad spectrum high sun protection.

    •It also has the combined benefit of being a light, non-oily moisturiser which contains a sheer tint that becomes invisible after application. It also offers a matt finish.

    •Ideal for use under make-up. It is suitable for everyday use at home, work and any occasion where the face needs special attention.

    •It is ideal for normal/combination and acne prone skin.

    •It is non-comedogenic and does not clog pores. Everyday Face is PABA, Padimate O, Oxybenzone and Fragrance Free.

  • Clueless says:

    I use the Mac primer which has SPF50. It’s really effective as sunscreen for your face and you also have the added bonus of having your make up stay put on a hot day. Also I’m bordering on albino so factor 40 is still too low, need the 50!

  • Oh I forgot I used the Hamiltons one before too, I really liked it.

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