ISDIN Fusion Water SPF 50 & Interapothek Sunscreen Milk
I tried the sunscreens shown in today’s review during the last summer, and while I’m at it, I’ll just remind my dear readers what we all know, or ought to know, at this point: winter doesn’t mean you can keep your guard down, and skip sun protection. Particularly if you live in a place like mine, where most days are clear and bright and sunny despite the cold.
Interapothek Sunscreen Milk SPF 50
Interapothek isn’t really known outside pharmacies in my general area, I think, but I have my eye on the brand because, despite the decidedly Germanic name, this is actually made quite close to my home; I love being able to opt for locally made products when possible.
So I’d tried things from this brand before, and didn’t think twice before grabbing this big tube of Interapothek Sunscreen Milk SPF 50, chosen mainly because I go through sunscreen quite fast.
On the tube it says that this is sunscreen milk is for children, which I don’t have. I also don’t have delicate skin, so no idea if anything in this (aside from the high SPF) makes it particularly suitable for children’s skin; in the INCI I see several ingredients that will send crunchy mothers and devotees of “natural” skincare running. Anyway, my impression overall is that this product is specifically for slathering the kiddos before they go splashing in the pool, or running and rolling on a sandy beach.
That’s because this sunscreen is incredibly sticky, kind of hard to spread and to remove, and when applied it feels like a film clinging to the skin for dear life. If you’re the sort of person who dislikes the feeling of creams and lotions on skin, this one is certainly not for you.
It’s also quite likely that you’ll want to avoid this if your skin is dark, or on the other hand, if your skin is very pale, and the last thing you want is to snow-blind everyone you meet with your suncare. Personally, I don’t much mind that whitish cast typical of many sunscreens. In fact, I feel a bit more confident about the protection if I “see” I applied it all over, and haven’t skipped any exposed areas, but this sun milk is too noticeable, even for me.
That, and the fact I actually dislike applying this product, because it is so thick and difficult to blend on the skin to lessen the white cast, this sunscreen just isn’t for me. I can see it working for someone who’s going to swim, sweat and frolic on the sand, and has no other choice than to be sensible, and apply sun protection that hangs on to the skin and stays there for a while, but this doesn’t fit with my habits.
So, the Interapothek Sunscreen Milk SPF 50 gets 3 points from me. I don’t doubt that it could be just the thing to someone else, for the reasons I mentioned. Me, I’m anti-beach and anti-any activity that involves sweating outdoors, so I wouldn’t go for this again.
ISDIN Fusion Water SPF 50
The ISDIN Fusion Water SPF 50 was all over the Spanish skincare social media this summer. This, by the way, is something that usually makes me want to avoid the products being hyped, and shoo away their annoying SM teams and fankids by smacking them a cosmetic bag. Begone from my sight, ye pests.
However, this time I find the hoopla justified: the ISDIN Fusion Water SPF 50 sunscreen is just lovely for oily and combo skin, or if you neglect sunscreen because you hate the feel of it on your face.
The similarities of this formula with many Asian sunscreens, beloved in so many skincare forums and SM profiles, are very evident: the consistency of this sunscreen is very light and fluid, it spreads easily, and it feels (and looks) like nothing on the skin: no stickiness, no shine, and no ghostly white cast.
This is the perfect summer SPF for my skin, and while I could technically use it in the winter as well, personally I’d opt for something a bit richer; it’s generally not the best choice for dry skin.
One downside I do find with this product is the tiny packaging, which you can see in the image above: I use up 50 ml of sunscreen in almost no time. I suppose it must be something to do with this sort of formulas, their optimum conservation or something like that, because every sunscreen of this type (i.e. super-fluid, weightless matte ones) that I’ve seen of comes in these little bottles.
If it wasn’t for the fact that I’ve seen this listed for ridiculously high prices abroad (as in, more than double of what it costs in Spain), the ISDIN Fusion Water could well give your J-Beauty and K-Beauty favs a run for their money.
As it is, over here the ISDIN Fusion Water SPF 50 can be found in most drugstores for about 15-16€, a bit more than my beloved Bioré UV Aqua Rich Essence, but then I don’t have to pay for shipping, or end up hauling more products than needed, which is what usually happens when I shop online. In all, it is definitely something to take a look at in your nearest pharmacy if you holiday in Spain.
Would I buy the ISDIN Fusion Water SPF 50 sunscreen? Yes! Needless to say, this one is a 5 point product for me: I used 2 bottles this summer, and plan to go back for more as soon as the weather warms up again.
Also. besides this version, I’ve also picked up the Fusion Fluid Mineral, and Foto Ultra Age Repair sunscreen from this same brand, which I also intend to review soon, so stay tuned!
1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the container and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I don’t think I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.