Glossier, Chantecaille, and CoverFX Sunscreen Review & Comparison

Glossier Invisible Shield SPF 35 Sunscreen, Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen Primer, CoverFX Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen. Five Product Face.

A few month's ago Glossier seemed to single-handedly turn the sunscreen word upside down with the release of the Invisible Shield SPF 35 Daily Sunscreen. For the first time ever girls of all skin tones (mostly talking about brown girls here) could rock some SPF without fear of a ghostly white cast. A whole new world of sun protection materialized overnight.

Or did it? Now there's no denying that the Invisible Shield is one the best sunscreens I've ever tried (you'll read about that below)… but it does kind of bother me that people are treating the release as something never done before, when other brands have been selling clear sunscreens for years [End rant].

Below I compare three clear sunscreens on a few different dimensions with the hope that if you're not already wearing sunscreen on a daily basis you will start. IMMEDIATELY. Protect your goddamn skin, please.

Invisible Shield SPF 35 Daily Sunscreen Review. Five Product Face.

Glossier Invisible Shield SPF 35 Daily Sunscreen

1 ounce | $34

Active ingredients: 
- Avobenzone 3.0%
- Homosalate 6.0%
- Octisalate 5.0%

Texture and compatibility with makeup:
Good smoothing abilities, but no addition to makeup longevity.

Packaging: 
Great, pumps evenly but I wish there were some way to tell how much was left.

Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Primer

1.3 ounce | $92

Active ingredients:
- Octinoxate 7.5%
- Octisalate 5.0%
- Avobenzone 3.0%
- Octocrylene 2.8%

Texture and compatibility with makeup:
Surprisingly liquidly, but elegantly glides on the skin.

Packaging:
Good, but there's something nice about a product that can stand up on its own. 

CoverFX Invisible Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 30

1 ounce | $45

Active ingredients:
- Avobenzone 3.0%
- Homosalate 10.0%
- Octisalate 5.0%
- Octocrylene 2.6%

Texture and compatibility with makeup:
Very thick, similar to the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, but smooths evenly.

Packaging:
Faulty, I ended up having to throw half of it away. And I'm not the only person that has had this experience. The picture is courtesy of CoverFX.

Now only the Chantecaille product claims to have any makeup benefits, but since I am a huge fan of multitasking products I wanted to let you know that I have experienced priming benefits from the other products as well.

It's hard for me to choose a favorite between the three because their benefits and drawbacks are all so different. I love the elegant texture and high potency of the Chantecaille, but it's expensive. The CoverFX might have been my favorite - price was right, texture was right, but the fucking packaging!! It was infuriating having to throw so much product away. The Glossier is what I use on an everyday basis because it's decently affordable, provides good coverage, and feels and looks nice on the skin, while I whip out the Chantecaille when I want to feel special.

My recommendation is:

  • If you're a casual sunscreen wearer, go with the Glossier.
  • If you're looking to step up your sunscreen game and are willing to spend some coins, go with the Chantecaille.
  • I cannot in good conscious recommend the CoverFX simply because of the packaging.
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