ISDIN FusionWater Color 50+ SPF
Facial skincare

This month’s dud: ISDIN FusionWater Color 50+ SPF & Sunbrush Mineral 30+ SPF

ISDIN FusionWater Color & Sunbrush Mineral
ISDIN FusionWater Color 50+ SPF, ISDIN Sunbrush Mineral 30+ SPF

Beauties, are you planning to go somewhere nice this summer post-lockdown? I’m not, but I’m kind of amazed with the peace and quiet that surrounds me today: the moment it was announced that restrictions were lifted in my area, apparently everyone up and ran to the beach, country or wherever it is that they could run to, so at the moment of writing this, I have the impression of living neighborless. I could get used to this, you know.

Anyhow, be careful and don’t let your guard down, not just about that which shall not be mentioned, but with sun exposure too. Unfortunately, I’ve had no luck with a couple of my latest sun protection choices, so I’m here to tell you about them, for those of you who are based in Europe and might run across them.

ISDIN FusionWater Color 50+ SPF

ISDIN FusionWater Color 50+ SPF
ISDIN FusionWater Color 50+ SPF

I had my eye on this ever since I used the regular version of the ISDIN Fusion Water 50+ SPF from this brand, which I’ve also reviewed before and I still consider a great summer suncare option, particularly for combination and oily skin.

Sadly, I cannot wait to use up this one. I have no complaints about the product itself, as the consistency is the same as the non-color version of Fusion Water: it’s lightweight and fluid, it doesn’t feel sticky or grease up one’s face or turn it into a shiny cookie pan, nor does it dry the skin or gather in folds and/or wrinkles; it’s the perfect sunscreen for people who hate using sunscreen.

Then what is my problem with the FusionWater Color ISDIN SPF? Well, it’s the color part: I got this in order to apply it over my usual SPF as a lightweight, light coverage foundation of sorts. I did have some misgivings in the drugstore, since the brand only offers this in a single “one size fits all” color, but my hope was that it’d have only a very slight amount of tint, just enough to even out skin tone and give a healthy look.

I don’t doubt it’d work that way for someone who was one or two tones darker than me, but on my post-confinement, pre-summer skin, this SPF is noticeably dark; some days I’m a bit more pale than usual, and then it looks like I applied a very thin layer of Nutella on my face, not unlike a good many instagrammers and youtubers (typically from the US/CA and UK side of the beautysphere), who overuse self-tanner and too-dark, too-orangey foundations.

Beyond that, the ISDIN FusionWater Color works just as most tinted moisturizers: not much coverage, only a hint to wash over the skin and even it out slightly. If you’d rather not wear makeup in summer, but want to look nice at work or at a barbecue, this does the job. If you’re in luck and your skin is somewhat close to this color, that is.

ISDIN FusionWater Color 50+ SPF INCI
Ingredients: Aqua, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, CI 77891,, Dimethicone, Homosalate, PEG-8, Butyl Methoxydibenzoyl-methane, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, CI 77492, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, CI 77491, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum, Sodium Hyaluronate, CI 77499, Sodium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Lysine, Tocopherol, BHT, Magnesium Chloride, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid. See analysis in CosDNA.

In my case, the only way to make this wearable is to use it in combination with a mineral SPF (the kind that gives you a ghostly overlay), like the ISDIN FusionWater Mineral SPF, which I’ve also reviewed before. Since we still have a long hot summer ahead of us round these parts, that’s probably how I’ll use up my bottle of ISDIN FusionWater Color, but all things considered, it’s not something I’d repurchase once I run out.

Therefore, and just because of the color issue, which for me limits severely what could be a very good option for suncare for oily and combo skin, I give it 3 points. To my mind, putting on the market a product like this in only one color, like it’s a Ford Model T, simply makes no sense. If you’re going to launch a color SPF, do it right and offer more skin tones.

Swatches ISDIN FusionWater Color, ISDIN Sunbrush Mineral
Swatches: above, ISDIN FusionWater Color; below, ISDIN Sunbrush Mineral.

ISDIN Sunbrush Mineral 30+ SPF

ISDIN Sunbrush Mineral 30+ SPF
ISDIN Sunbrush Mineral 30+ SPF

I like mineral makeup for summer very much, and I’d wanted a mineral foundation with SPF for a while now (like Bare Minerals’, except not actually Bare Minerals, because I don’t like their loose powders). So when I found this brush to keep in your handbag and retouch your SPF during the day, it was as if it was made for me. Or so I thought.

For starters, drawback number 1: just like the previous product, it only comes in one color. Sigh. In the package it looked like it was kinda sorta close to my skin tone, so I went for it blind. Kids, don’t be dumbasses like me, and don’t blind-buy makeup. Anyhow, it’s also a bit darker than my skin (not very much, but you can definitely tell), and with a pinkish undertone, while my skin has a yellow undertone. In practice this isn’t really the biggest drawback of this product, for the reasons below.

Drawback nº 2: This product is a lot more difficult to apply than I expected: the brush hardly releases any powder, so you need to shake it very hard to get it to release a bit of powder, then you can dust a bit of the product on the skin. Then you need to shake again and again to try to get some more product out, and apply it until you’ve done all your face.

If, like me, you were looking for a quick and convenient way to apply loose SPF powder during the day, this brush isn’t the thing for that. Besides, the loose powder itself doesn’t have much color intensity… in fact, I have my doubts that this kind of packaging releases enough product to give me what I want, which is to reinforce sun protection a bit when I have to stay out for long.

Drawback nº 3: When I bought this, I hoped the brush was refillable (to be fair, it says nowhere in the packaging that it is), but this tube can’t be opened or refilled. The hair of the brush is a bit rough, and personally I find that it isn’t the best to apply the product and give a nice finish. And of course, I can’t get the loose powder out to put it in another container, and apply it how I want.

ISDIN Sunbrush Mineral 30+ SPF INCI
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Calcium Silicate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Benzylidene Dimethoxydimethylindanone, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499. See analysis in CosDNA.

So that’s that for today, among other things because the brush, of which I had great expectations, ended up pissing me off, and on top of that it was expensive: I remember paying over twenty-some euros for it. Now, instead of using it the way I’d planned, I keep it at home to use up when I need to go out for a bit during the day, but I do not recommend this: I give it 2 points.

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 product 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. 

Surfacing periodically to chat about cosmetics.

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