Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Annmarie Gianni's Sun Love

Annmarie Gianni recently sent me a product called "Sun Love," which appeared to be a sunscreen. After testing it, however, I discovered that this creamy, zinc-based sunscreen is more like a tinted moisturizer that offers sun protection. So just how does Sun Love perform?

  • Yummy chocolate-lavender scent
  • Gentle, zinc-based sunscreen
  • Includes several organic or wildcrafted ingredients
  • Lightweight, tinted formula
  • No "sunscreen smell"
  • More expensive than many sunscreens
I really love how this sunscreen smells like chocolate. It comes in a thick, creamy formula that is tinted, much like a tinted foundation. However, the color appears to be a global shade which adds only a hint of coverage. Used beneath a tinted powder, this is nice for light makeup days. However, the directions recommend using it over a moisturizer, which seems to be good advice. While the formula is a liquid, it absorbs quickly and isn't as hydrating as a traditional moisturizer.

This product is fairly gentle, using zinc as the active ingredient. I was a little confused at first by the lack of an SPF, but Annmarie Gianni posted this article which fully explains their reasoning. The full-sized formula is a bit of an investment at $40, so I recommend trying the sample first to see if you like it. For those who only want lighter coverage and don't use traditional foundation, this product might be a good option.

This product rates about a 3 on the EWG database, but it seems a little high for a product like this. Most of the ingredients are very gentle, especially when compared to other sunscreens. If you're looking for gentle sunscreen product that has many qualities of a tinted moisturizer, this could be a good choice.

Product Ratings (out of 5)


Disclosure notice: This product was sent to me free of charge by the manufacturer for review. No additional compensation was accepted and the opinions are my own. Please verify any claims with the manufacturer, especially if you have any allergies or concerns.

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