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Eau Thermale Avene Sun Care

A couple of months back I tried out some products by Eau Thermale Avene, but promptly forgot all about doing a review of them. (I will, belatedly and because I don’t much have a head for details, say that their …

Mon, Jun 27, 2011, 12:30

   

A couple of months back I tried out some products by Eau Thermale Avene, but promptly forgot all about doing a review of them. (I will, belatedly and because I don’t much have a head for details, say that their moisturiser was one of the best I’ve tried in my short life.)

So when they sent me some of their new suncare to try, I didn’t waste time, and brought it with me to Las Vegas (more on which anon) for a flying two-day visit last week.

I tried their 50+ high protection lotion (above, €23), the 50+ high protection stick (€17) and the 50+ high protection beige compact (€25). First things first: the lotion goes on really nicely. I’ve been wearing Factor 50 since February of this year, having decided that 2011 was going to be my year of living safely, and had previously tried L’Oreal and Nivea versions, which I found much akin to slathering Sudocrem all over one’s skin and awaiting the calming down of said shiny, white look (around two hours later), at which point you’d have a brief half hour’s respite before you’d have to reapply.

Not so with this baby! It goes on really easily, settles in, and doesn’t leave a sheen. I found I could apply it on my face and apply foundation directly on top – which I’ve never been able to do with a high factor suncream before, as it’s been far too greasy.

As for the compact! Genius idea, just genius. Factor 50 in a foundation compact – and you can bring it with you and reapply! It’s matte, so there’s no shine, it’s non-greasy and, best of all, your face gets factor 50, which most foundations don’t give you. (A representative at a Giorgio Armani counter once told me they don’t put SPFs in their foundations because it messes with the formula. Mad, Ted.)

In short, I’m a big fan. The range is available at pharmacies all over the country – from checking the list I have in front of me I would say Unicare is your best bet!

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