Heimish Artless Glow Base Spf 50 PA+++
This product first came to me as a free sample when I placed an order with Beauty & Seoul and I was sufficiently impressed to buy a full size 50ml tube from them for £16.00 (£0.32 per ml). It is marketed as a multi-tasking primer, glow-giver, hydrator and sunscreen and I bought it primarily for the latter.
There is no alcohol in Heimish's Artless Glow Base but there is fragrance. It's a lotion-like smell (maybe a bit like Johnson's Baby Lotion) but it is the very last ingredient on the list and it doesn't linger. The formula is a light pink lotion and it imparts no whitecast or any pinkishness to my brown skin but there is a slight whiteness that comes from the pearly glow. While that is not something I would choose for my warm skintone, it's not that strong and I can get away with it. I find it is a good base for makeup, priming the skin for foundation to go on smoothly, though I can't say it prolongs wear.
Unlike the suncreens I have reviewed so far, this one does not sting my eyes and I have been able to use it consistently on the eye area. If my skin is in good nick, it goes on the skin without trouble but there is a sting when applied to broken or irritated facial skin; luckily for me that does not translate to any itching or burning so I am comfortable using it. It spreads easily, does not feel at all heavy and has not produced pimples. On my very dry skin, I would say it is very lightly moisturising.
I was worried that this being a multi-tasking product may compromise the level of protection the sunscreen aspect offers. But I did not suffer any sunburn while wearing this even on very bright and hot days in Barcelona. I have also found in comparison to the other suncsreens I have been using, the Artless Glow Base is easier to reapply on top of makeup with its light spreadable texture.
So it's a mixed review for this sunscreen. I wish it didn't contain fragrance and that the glow was a warmer or more transparent one. Yet, in spite of the initial sting when used on broken skin, it is still my most used sunscreen. It goes on smoothly, it doesn't make me cry and it gives me the protection I require. This says a lot really about the standard of sunscreens out there - it is just so hard to find a suitable sunscreen when you have brown, sensitive and dry skin. Until something better comes along and bats its eyelids at me, the Heimish Artless Glow Base is my go-to sunscreen.
✔ Chemical Octinoxate, Octisalate, Ensulizone, Octocrylene, Univul A Plus, Avobenzone | ? Mineral Titanium Dioxide (I do not know if it is in a concentration enough to be counted as sunscreen) | ✘ Fragrance Free | ✔ Alcohol Free | ✘ Whitecast | ✔ Moisturising | ✘ Eye Irritation | (✘) Face Irritation | ✘ Comodogenic