CLIO Dermatory Hypoallergenic Sun Fluid Tinted Review:
After trying Dermatory’s hypoallergenic emollient (emulsion) I became curious about their other products and when I saw that they had released two new sunscreens with mineral filters I decided to try the tinted out one. As I’ve probably mentioned many times before (oops hehe) I usually prefer mineral filters because the chemical ones make my skin sting/burn and often they somehow seem really oily to me.
Naturally, the problem with mineral ones are that they are so white and make people look like ghosts. Helpfully, Dermatory released two mineral sunscreens – a tinted one and a non-tinted one. Since I haven’t tried a tinted sunscreen before I decided to try the tinted version, I also noticed the ingredient lists are slightly different, with the tinted one having the titanium dioxide slightly higher than the non-tinted one.
Of course, I was worried that the tinted one might be way too dark for me or look odd but I figured it wouldn’t look worse than any bb cream that was too dark for me. Coincidentally, after I ordered this sunscreen I realised it also contained “Thanakha” which is a plant extract from Myanmar used as a sunscreen, it was also in the Secret Key sunscreen I reviewed. I guess Thanakha is an ingredient which is now gaining attention in Korea? Although I don’t think there is much scientific research into it, but it’s still an interesting ingredient to have in the sunscreen.
+ Certified hypoallergenic
+ Result of human testing
+ Duration: 5 weeks | Subjects: 53 South Korean female adults
+ Free of 20 skin allergens
+ A mildly hypoallergenic formula free of 20 harmful skin allergens
+ Reliable ingredients:
+ Allantoin: A moisturising agent with a Green EWG grade
+ Azulene: Protection and care for sensitive skin
+ Thanaka: A naturally derived component for UV protection
Purified Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Cyclohexasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Sodium Chloride, Aluminium Hydroxide, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Limonia Acidissima Extract, Stearic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Silica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Yellow Oxide Of Iron, Disodium Edta, Iron Oxide Red, Polyurethane-1, Cyclomethicone, Olive Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, 1,2-hexanediol, Honey Extract
How to use:
1. Shake bottle before opening it
2. Apply to your entire face, tapping it (rather than rubbing) in
3. Make sure to cover all areas of your face/neck/exposed skin
4. Let it dry for at least ten-fifteen minutes
My skin type: Dry, easily dehydrated skin with mild rosacea
CLIO Dermatory Hypoallergenic Sun Fluid Tinted Review:
The tinted fluid comes as 50ml, so I knew it was going to be a small bottle but it was still smaller than what I expected. It comes in a box, which has both English and Korean written all over it and lots of drawings. I honestly think Dermatory has really neat packaging, I love the design of their products which also encourages me to buy them.
The bottle itself is a small bottle but it’s a good shape and size to take with you, and it also has a space to write the date you opened it on which is also handy. I took the photos when the product was new, so I hadn’t yet written the date on it.
The sun “fluid” really is a fluid, which surprised me at first because lately I’ve been using sunscreens that are creams rather than liquids. So, it took me some time to work out the best way to apply this, now I squeeze it out onto blobs on my fingertips and pat it in. It is time consuming but I find this is the easiest way to do the back of my neck and hard to reach places. I haven’t notice any kind of scent with this sunscreen – but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one, just one that doesn’t bother me.
I was also surprised by the “tint” because it really is quite light, I wondered if it was designed to match your skin tone but I don’t know for sure about this fact. My skin is around NW15 (I think) in MAC shades, and well you can see in the photos that it’s barely visible on my skin at all. I tried in so many different lightings to try and get a photo where you can see it on my skin.
I tried with my camera but the sunscreen blended in so well into my skin. I had more success outside using my phone – you can see the sunscreen in the swatches. One was taken in direct light and the other in the shade. The sunscreen is yellower than my skin (which looks pink) and so it looks paler than the skin on my hand. Considering it’s “tinted” I was surprised that it was so light and wonder how white the other non-tinted sunscreen is.
For me, the tint is perfect, because it literally matches my skin, well sure it has a slight yellow sheen but it’s not that noticeable. It also looks slightly metallic, reflective which I am guessing is the mineral filters (although it’s not obvious in photos). But for people with darker skin than NW/NC15 this sunscreen might be too light? It’s much lighter than any BB cream I’ve ever tried before (which usually are too dark and too yellow for me).
I first opened this sunscreen at the end of June, so it’s been about five weeks that I’ve been using this. I haven’t been using it every day, but the first week I opened it I used it on my neck for that week. Which is how I usually introduce sunscreens, I test them on my neck first to see what kind of finish they have, and how easy/hard they are to use.
The sunscreen worked really well on my neck, it was okay even when the sun made me get hot and sweaty and it even stayed on my neck despite me sweating. I’m not sure how well it would work in summer though, since it’s still technically winter here.
It does have a kind of sheen to it, like a slightly oily look but it’s not as oily as many of the other sunscreens I’ve tried. It’s also very natural looking (on my NW15 skin) and looks like I have nothing on my neck/skin at all. After this week of testing it on my neck, I was very excited to see how it would be on my face, because it seemed so perfect – the way it made my skin look better than it usually does, and also not being too dark or too light.
Unfortunately, the first few times I tried it on my face I hated it because my face seemed so incredibly oily/greasy. I have dry skin – but with the sunscreen I had to powder my face, and ten minutes later it felt oily and terrible again. This was incredible frustrating for me, because I loved how it looked on my face (minus the oiliness), the way it looked like it was just my skin and I wasn’t wearing any make up/sunscreen. I also didn’t expect it to cover redness and blemishes as well as it did.
I blamed my moisturiser for the oiliness and tried lots of slightly different routines, before I discovered it was my emulsion that was causing the problem. Once I removed that and another product, the sunscreen was no longer so oily looking. I was lucky that taking a few products out of my routine worked, but I guess it’s something good to try if a sunscreen is too oily looking.
Now that I sorted out a routine that works with this sunscreen, I tried it out a few more times to see how I really felt about it. What I found is that this sunscreen looks a bit patchy and odd when it’s still wet, which is good. Because you can clearly see where you have applied it, and if you try to apply too much at once it might look a bit odd in places when dry, but it’s still okay.
It looks pretty natural, and in my case like my skin but better. It also doesn’t work well with bb cream over top (makes sense) but if you are like me and prone to redness I sometimes apply a little of a green primer over it, and that helps hide the redness.
It feels less irritating than some other sunscreens I have used before. Also, the finish is slightly dewy, but not overly so which fine for me. Clio/Dermatory also say this sunscreen can be used for sensitive skin, but I think it’s still better read the ingredients and make sure it doesn’t contain anything that irritates your skin. It states that it is okay to be used around the eyes and I have found this to be true too, although to be fair I haven’t found any mineral sunscreens to be irritating around the eyes.
I really do like this sunscreen a lot, because it saves me a step in the morning – instead of waiting for my sunscreen to dry so I can apply bb cream, I can simply just use this sunscreen. However, it might not work out that well for everyone depending on your skin tone.
Also, it does take quite a while to dry, which is not great for me either, since I prefer a sunscreen that dries fast. That said I really do love the finish of it and how my skin (cheeks) don’t look dehydrated when I use this sunscreen. It’s a shame that it only comes in a 50ml bottle, since it probably would only last two weeks if I use it on my neck and face every day.
In conclusion, I think this tinted sunscreen is great for me. I like the fact that it is lightly tinted, and it’s neither matte nor too oily for me, but has a slight dewy look to it. But also, the fact that my cheeks aren’t dehydrated when I use this is a huge win for me. Which is why I definitely plan to repurchase this sunscreen again.
The only issue is that the tint is very light, so it wouldn’t match many people’s skin. I guess for Koreans they want a sunscreen that brightens without looking too white, and so that’s what this sunscreen does. I don’t think it would work that well for people with oily and combo skin, but it works well for dehydrated and dry skin and is probably fine for normal skin too.
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