The review for Sephora Sun Safety Kit 15-piece  is in (available online now). My first time ever getting my hands on the sunscreen cushion! I have tried, tested and researched this kit to share my my experience with you. Sephora provides more makeup items in this year kit. It’s clever and I’m excited to try a lot of these multitaskers! It really doesn’t get any better than this. You will enjoy the variety of the products this year.

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Sephora Favorites Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2017 Information

Every year Sephora releases their Sephora Sun Safety Kit in spring (regularly in May). It is a multibrands set full of tons of sunscreen, sun care and SPF beauty samples. There is no subscription required. This set is always the greatest value and the most popular of all Sephora Favorites kits. This set always sells out really quick. Every year Sephora will donate part of the sale to charity.

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I was lucky to grab brand new Sephora Favorites Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2017 for $32 (a $132 Value) in my local Sephora store. There are two versions (online & in stand alone stores and Sephora inside JCPenney kit). This Sephora Favorites Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2017 is NOT a Sephora inside JCPenney Sun Safety Kit 2017. I never came across that one myself.

This year 2017 Sephora Sun Safety Kit contains 15-piece and a cosmetic bag and Sephora will donate $20 from the sale of this kit to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Kudo Sephora!

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It comes in a big bright orange cosmetic bag. Net contents of kit 135 mL/ 3.91 fl oz. I don’t see the price tag for Canadian dollar, Sephora.ca  may get one this year but not this particular set. Please share if you have more information.

Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit 2017 includes:

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  1. Clarins UV PLUS Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50
  2. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Tinted Lotion
  3. Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion*
  4. Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 50+*
  5. Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50*
  6. Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++*
  7. Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish in Medium
  8. Amorepacific Resort Collection Sun Protection Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 30+
  9. COVER FX Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
  10. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 in sugar nude tinted
  11. Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47
  12. Neogen Dermalogy Day-Light Protection Sun Screen SPF 50 PA+++
  13. MD SOLAR SCIENCES Mineral Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 30
  14. COOLA Suncare Daydream SPF 30 Mineral Primer
  15. BRANDT Pores No More Multi-Performance 5-in-1 Complexion Perfector Stick with SPF 45
  16. A rubber cosmetic bag

This year we will have eight sunscreen and moisturizer with SPF, two tanning and body blur, one makeup setting mist, one cushion, one bronzer, one primer and one lipstick. There are four repeating samples (*) from last year’s kit – Peter Thomas Roth, Murad, Shiseido and SUPERGOOP!

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It comes in a big bright orange cosmetic bag. Net contents of kit 135 mL/ 3.91 fl oz. I don’t see the price tag for Canadian dollar, Sephora.ca  may get one this year but not this particular set. Please share if you have more information.

Let’s jump to each item in this iconic Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit 2017.

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Amorepacific Resort Collection Sun Protection Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Review

Full size $40

Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide

IcanGWP Review: Finally, I’ve got to try the cushion sunscreen. I saw them on an eye level shelf at Olive Young (Korean Sephora-like store) when I was in Korea last year. It’s a unique Korean beauty ritual that has not yet found its way to the US market. They reapply SPF throughout the day. It’s nice to be able to do it as easy as touching up your makeup. I regretted not grabbing one. Amorepacific is a high-end Korean brand. Their products are available at a few upscale retailers like Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Cos Bar and AmorePacific direct. It is preferred for more mature skin for the amazing skincare benefits they put in the makeup. It is not a BB, CC or foundation, it’s a sunscreen in a cushion container.

This mineral sunscreen cushion has a fluid-like texture. It comes in a regular cushion compact with little puff. It is easily applied and great quality. It instantly brightens and creates healthy dewy skin. The scent of the product is floral and luxurious. It may be overpowering for someone that is not into floral. It’s a comfortable and wears well under makeup. Also, over makeup?

I did a touch up on top of my foundation after 5 hours and it worked! It blended well and doesn’t cause any problem on my makeup. It added all-in-one luminous dewy and well protected sunscreen. Imagine this, getting this compact out, touch up at on the beach and never get burnt and wrinkled from sun damage, how easy! Your friends will be like – where did you get that?

I was thinking of hacking it a bit, by getting some Amorepacific sunscreen and putting it in the cushion compact. However, the regular sunscreen and cushion sunscreen formulas are quite distinctive and may not work out. For those with sensitive skin, there’s alcohol in this product.

If you have been wanting to jump on the cushion sunscreen bandwagon, this $32 kit for a good cause will surely delight you.

BRANDT Pores No More Multi-Performance 5-in-1 Complexion Perfector Stick with SPF 45 Review

Full size $35

Octinoxate 3%, Titanium Dioxide 22.85%

IcanGWP Review: It comes in a stick that you can apply directly to your face. It feels creamy, spreads easily and sets to a powder-like matte finish. It’s a fine piece of work from Dr. Brandt. This product comes in a universal shade – peachy beige. It provides sheer to medium coverage. I use it for contouring and add extra protection on my cheeks that usually get more sun spots. This in-part mineral and chemical sunscreen will both dissipate and reflect UVA/UVB rays to add double protection! I love that this product doesn’t cake or flake, instead, it leaves skin looking naturally radiant.

COOLA Suncare Daydream SPF 30 Mineral Primer Review

Full size $42

Titanium Dioxide  2.3%. Zinc Oxide 4.0%

IcanGWP Review: I’m happy to tell you that this is my most favorite item in terms of product finish on my skin, including last year’s kit! That’s the best of the 30 SPF items! Mineral sunscreen will have a longer shelf life and is widely used. But when it comes to facial products, mineral sunscreen ingredients leave white cast, make a chalky look and wear off easily. It’s not a problem even a little bit for this product. This white sheer primer has a heavenly spongy texture. It glides on smooth like silk. I can’t tell that this product is SPF 30, it’s so light! It took time to dry but it was worth waiting. There’s no grease and no tacky film left on my skin – matte finish. The silicone blurs fine lines and preps my skin well. I experienced no piling of makeup. It is an excellent product to keep oil in check all day. It supplies broad-spectrum sun protection.

The ingredients are among the best of primer with SPF out there – no single ingredient that will hurt you. This product is paraben-free; sulfate-free; phthalate-free and cruelty-free. Plus, it uses certified organic ingredients. It’s gentle, effective and is a great option for a 2-in-1 primer with SPF.

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Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 Review

Full size $32 – $54

Zinc Oxide 6.4%, Titanium Dioxide 5.1%

IcanGWP Review: If your skin is so dry, it breaks down collagen faster and you’re more prone to sagging. Moisturizer with Argan Oil and SPF is such a real treat. Josie Maran skincare is a dream product for normal to dry skin. This antioxidant rich sunscreen moisturizer has a milky texture that blends well, absorbs instantly and is very hydrating. It’s almost counter-intuitive that this SPF 47 moisturizing product is capable of having a semi-matte finish without greasy residue.

I want to test it on my face but the ingredients are too rich for my combination skin. So I tested out around my eye including eyelid where there are  less oil glands and 40% thinner. I have been searching for mineral board spectrum sunscreen that can be use under eyes on a regular basis. I’m very pleased with the results. It complimented the final finish of concealer and foundation effortlessly. There’s a tiny amount of fragrance.

COVER FX Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Review

Full size $45

Avobenzone 3.0%, Homosalate 10.0%, Octisalate 5.0%, Octocrylene 2.6%

IcanGWP Review: I regularly use COVER FX primer and when they came up with this invisible sunscreen, I am dying to try it. It’s out of stock everywhere at Sephora or even UK retailers like Beautybay.  The gel-like texture effortlessly glides across the skin and immediately provides a velvety and emollient canvas like being well-preped with primer. It’s loaded with healthy ingredients. I’m happyto skip primer altogether when I use this amazing sunscreen.

Neogen Dermalogy Day-Light Protection Sun Screen SPF 50 PA+++

Full size $30

An ultra-lightweight and quick-absorbing formula that nourishes the skin and promotes antiaging with natural ingredients.

This lightweight, fluid-like sunscreen offers major protection with broad-spectrum SPF 50 PA +++. It delivers light but nourishing hydration from honey, rose, and raspberry extracts, so dry skin types can get an extra boost of hydration. The quick-absorbing formula leaves no white cast or greasy feeling.

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Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 in sugar nude tinted review

Full size $24

Octinoxate: 7.49%, Oxybenzone: 2.00%

IcanGWP: We need SPF for our lips too. It’s hard finding a lip balm with decent SPF and decent ingredients. When it comes to tinted lip balm/treatment with SPF, there are not many prestige or high-end beauty options. Fresh Lip Treatment is like a cross between a lip balm and lipstick. It glides on smoothly and offers a hint of coral nude. Not too much color and it’s sheer. This pleasant citrus scent lip treatment leaves lips supple, well protected and feeling good so that I want to reapply. A few things to consider for this shade NUDE. It has around 50% opaque, super glossy and contains gold shimmers.

NARS Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment is also a good option with both UVA and UVB protection (in-part mineral). Another option for higher SPF, board spectrum SPF 30 mineral sunscreen, is Sisley Paris ‘Super Stick Solaire’ Sunscreen SPF 30.

Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion Review

Full size $42

Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5.0%, Meradimate 5.0%, Oxybenzone 3.5%, Avobenzone 1.0%

IcanGWP: This product contains 6 chemical active ingredients. Good chemical sunscreen needs multiple ingredients combined in order to achieve broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. However, people with skin that can take it really love it. This product is fragrance-free.

Sometimes we should stick with short ingredient list beauty products. But for PTR, it has long been known as a pioneer in highly effective anti-aging skincare. He is more adventurous and willing to take a risk. The Ordinary Skincare and Paula’s Choice are also a good example of this style. If the maximum strength allowance in skincare is 2%, you will see these three brands offering it. Most luxury brands will avoid using possible irritants. What is your style? Can your skin handle extra strength skincare?

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++ Review

Full size $65 – $80

IcanGWP Review: This product is so unique: a 3-in-1 primer, sunscreen and moisturizer. It has a silky gel-like texture. It goes on smooth like a primer. Once it is dried, it doesn’t leave any grease on the skin like most sunscreens. I think that oily/combination skin may give this product a try. For those with sensitive skin, there’s fragrance in it. In terms of sun protection, it might not be enough for a long day. I have read somewhere that we have to use so much to cover our face. It will ball up if I use that much, just so you know.

NOTE: For IcanGWP men readers, gel sunscreen is the best option for areas with body hair (like arms, beards). See Gel Sunscreen search results at Sephora or Nordstrom.

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Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Wetforce For Face Review  

Full size $36, Travel size $20 and also available in a set for $32 (a $42 value).

Octinoxate 7.4%, Octocrylene 3.0%, Titanium Dioxide 1.4%, Zinc Oxide 16.4%

IcanGWP Review: Shiseido makes many of my all-time favorite sunscreens. This is a great rescue sunscreen for swimming days! It is a water resistant (80 minutes) sunscreen with Wetforce technology. It contains a little bit of alcohol and fragrance but it is also a very water-resistant formula, high SPF and contains great antioxidants.

This creamy sunscreen adds a subtle sheen to my skin. Not sticky and can wear well with makeup. When I wash my skin with everyday facial foam it did nothing to this sunscreen. You need a little bit of oil-based makeup remover to clean it. I highly recommend this product for outdoor humid days or swimming. You will feel like it truly protects your skin from the sun. FYI – 16% Zinc Oxide may leave white-ish cast, test it out!

I have tried Anessa, which is a sister brand of Shiseido (available in Japan and Amazon here). It is also water resistant but it is a sunscreen milk, not cream.

Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 Reivew

Full size $28, Travel size $12

Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 4%, Octisalate 3%, and Octinoxate 6%

IcanGWP Review: It dries stickier compared to the famous Urban Decay Setting Spray. In terms of makeup setting, Urban Decay and Coola outperform this one. The average review is 3.3. It contains a lot of fragrance and alcohol. I think that the convenient way to use any setting spray with SPF is for reapplying your sunscreen and refreshing your makeup during a hot humid day.

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Tinted Lotion

Full size $30

Tinted body lotion that gives skin an instantly sun-kissed glow upon application and builds a faux tan over time as well. Features a mood-boosting fragrance. Paraben-free.

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MD SOLAR SCIENCES Mineral Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Review

Full size $30

Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide

IcanGWP Review: This multi-purpose tinted sunscreen rocks on my combination skin! It doesn’t contain hydrating ingredients and is recommended for normal to oily skin. The whip beige cream is so lightweight – gorgeous texture and formula. It feels extraordinary on the skin and simultaneously highly effective. It softens the look of fine lines, dark spots or other imperfections. This fragrance-free product performed superbly under makeup. I find the tint is adding warmth to my fair skin but it’s beautiful and I don’t find it’s prevent me from using it. It’s like a healthy tan. I highly recommend this product for normal to oily skin. It’s water-resistant up to 80 minutes. Just like Shiseido, try to add oil-based makeup remover when removing this product. It’s not the cheapest sunscreen out there, but it’s a good one.

 Clarins UV PLUS Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Review

Full size $43

homosalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone and titanium dioxide.

IcanGWP Review: This concentrated milk sinks into skin quickly. It leaves my skin matte and luminous. I find the scent is pleasant and short lived. It wore well under makeup. There’s a little bit of white cast. The alcohol content is high.

 Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish in Medium Review

Full size $45

IcanGWP Review: It’s adding beautiful and luminous tan that is not orange-y. The scent is not so discernible.

Quick Take:

The best skincare item that has proven to effectively prevent premature skin is sunscreen. This kit will get us cover from head to toe and address all our SPF needs: face, lips, waterproof, touch up, misting spray or multitasker stick. Next year Sephora might come up with SPF spray for hair, who knows!

They are profoundly powerful sun care items that protect and fight aging in any manner. Yet they are joyous to use and excel with my regular skincare and makeup routine.  For me, it’s affordable, effective, fun, easy to use and most importantly for a very good cause. If you need to stock up on some sunscreen products for this summer then be sure to check out Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit!

What do you think of these 15 gorgeous samples in this epic set? Will you buy this year Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2017?

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A Quick Sunscreen Buying Guide

Sunscreen is the best anti-aging skincare we must own. If you are prone to breakouts or have sensitive skin, you will likely know from experience that finding the right sunscreen can be a challenging task. Some sunscreens break you out, wear off, leave some ugly white-ish cast, ball up etc.

How to pick the right one from those with weird labels: SPF thing, PA thing, mineral, chemical or physical thing, UVA, UVB thing?

What ingredients in sunscreen to avoid?

I will try to conclude it in a few lines so that we can enjoy Sephora FavoritesSun Safety Kit review together even more!

UVA, UVB?

UVB = Burn (cause sunburn + blocked by window glass)

UVA = Aging (we can’t feel it but it can cause all aging problems + and can pass through window glass)

SPF?

SPF is an indication for UVB or sunburn protection. Minimum requirement by FDA is SPF 15. American Academy of Dermatology recommends at least SPF 30 (as of June 2016).

Board-spectrum?

Broad-spectrum protection means it will protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

Waterproof?

Recently, they will use these terms: Water Resistant (effective for up to 40 minutes in water) or Very Water Resistant (effective for up to 80 minutes in water).

PA+++?

PA followed by plus signs are Japanese rating of the UVA protection of a sunscreen. PA+++ indicates the highest level of UVA protection. PA+ means some UVA protection. North Americas do not have indication for UVA yet. But you can look for the ingredients below.

UVA active ingredients?

Look for zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, Mexoryl SX, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, or Tinosorb.

Mineral Vs Chemical?

Classic sunscreens use chemical (non-mineral, traditional, syntactic) active ingredients designed to absorb and dissipate UVA/UVB rays.

Mineral sunscreens use mineral (or physical) active ingredients such as Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to scatter and reflect UVA/UVB rays.

Sunscreen ingredients options for special needs?

Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are preferred for sensitive skin, rosacea, or children.

People concern about?

May be Retinyl palmitate and Oxybenzone?

(Thanks Source: FDA.gov, EWG.org, AAD.org)

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