ISDIN FotoUltra Age Repair SPF 50 and Fusion Fluid Mineral SPF 50
Even if it’s winter, we’re still diligently applying facial SPF, right? In my case, since I live where the sun lives almost year round, today I talk suncare, specifically ISDIN’s: Fusion Fluid Mineral and Foto Ultra Age Repair.
ISDIN Fusion Fluid Mineral SPF 50
This facial sunscreen belongs to the same range as the better-known ISDIN Fusion Water, which I love and recommend almost without reservation for oily to combination skins in the summer… and I add “almost without reservation” because, given that it’s mainly a chemical sunscreen formula, it may not be the best for sensitive skin.
My skin isn’t sensitive, but I do like physical sunscreens, whitish cast notwithstanding. Normally, I’m not too bothered by this (within limits, obviously), in fact it kind of reassures me a bit more to “see” the layer of protection applied.
However, I have to say that the Fusion Fluid Mineral ISDIN SPF 50 is just too ghostly white, even for me, particularly since I have the habit of applying a good coating of SPF, which is how SPF should be applied to make sure it does its job.
It could be because my skin does become paler as autumn advances, but even so, I suspect that, no matter where you stand in the skin color range, this can make you look like you escaped from a Tudor-era painting (all those cerusse faces, argh… ); if you’re a lady d’un certain age like moi, this could end up looking even worse than it sounds.
Slapping on products way lighter than your skin tone: expectations vs reality.
This is really a shame, because this sunscreen has a very lightweight silky feel, which is a pleasure to apply and to wear all day, if it wasn’t for the horror of seeing how this looks under the bathroom lights. Or worse even, with the laptop’s front facing camera when talking with clients… noooo… just awful.
And it’s not just because of the characteristic whiteness of physical filters: this also has a tendency to gather in enlarged pores, the teeny-tiny lines that I didn’t know were creeping below my eyes, the sides of my nostrils… and if this wasn’t enough, this sunscreen is very dry, and besides all the lovely things I’ve just mentioned, it will highlight every dry patch and flaking skin on your face. In short, this is an outright attack to one’s self esteem 😢.
All in all, I do believe that in the height of summer, when my skin is at peak oiliness and shine, this would have been a very different story, but once it’s a bit cooler and sebum production decreases, there’s just no way to make the ISDIN Fusion Fluid Mineral SPF 50 work for me. Since I’d already opened it and I like applying it, I decided to use it on weekends when I know I have to be outdoors, and only my nearest and dearest will see me: they love me even if I look like a revenant.
Would I recommend anyone to try this? Well, I think it could work for someone with very oily skin, who must wear SPF, and who prefers to steer clear of chemical filters. And also doesn’t mind letting their Goth pride shine (oh, my white-faced, dark-clothed, long-sleeved 19-year-old self would so have been all over this SPF, no doubt).
For everybody else, and even though I’m actually considering to give it a second chance in the summer (because of the unholy heat where I live), I recommend looking into other options. In the meantime, I’ll give the ISDIN Fusion Fluid Mineral SPF 50 3.5 points.
ISDIN FotoUltra Age Repair SPF 50
For me, this sunscreen and the one above are like night and day: there’s simply no comparison in how they work for my skin in wintertime
Now let’s start at the beginning: the ISDIN Foto Ultra Age Repair SPF 50 is a lightweight facial sunscreen with hyaluronic acid (my precioussss… if only it was a bit higher than in the second half of the INCI list). When applied, it all but disappears on the skin, and doesn’t make one look like a yōkai of Japanese tales, or any of that nonsense that’s so typical of sunscreens
The ISDIN Foto Ultra Age Repair SPF 50 has a very fluid gelly-cream-lotion consistency, very similar to its more famous sister Fusion Water, and suitable for combination to oily skins; for a very dry skin this will probably be inadequate, and in fact, in the colder days of winter, I need to apply a little face oil before this
However, in more normal circumstances, when my skin isn’t feeling the effects of the cold outdoors and the heating indoors, I don’t need to bother with additional moisturizing, nor primer: this leaves my skin feeling soft and supple, without the side effect of shine during the day, nor that dense, slightly suffocating feel of many sunscreens.
To sum up, I just love the ISDIN Foto Ultra Age Repair SPF 50: I haven’t found a single bad thing to say about it during the time I’ve been using it, which is most of this winter so far. This to me deserves a full 5 points, and I’ll certainly repurchase.
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.