Review: Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

Hey babes!

If you watched our recent February Favorites Video with Roseanne, you’ll notice how I mentioned this has been my HG Sunscreen lately! I bought it ever since my 4th bottle of Clarins UV Plus HP finished and thought I might want to try something new!

Luckily, Luxola was having a 30% sale (plus it was the last bottle!) so I took it as a sign that I should buy this. 2 months on, I am still as madly in love with it as when I first started, but I thought I’d still give an in-depth view into this wonderful thing.


It seems pretty upfront. It’s a very sleek slim bottle that you can take on the go anywhere with you. It’s so tiny you can slip it into any makeup pouch or tiny bag you have easily! There’s about 50ml worth of product, and if you use about half a teaspoon for your face and neck everyday, it can last you a good 6 months or more.

 I like that it’s a spout nozzle which makes it easy to pour the sunscreen out! It actually controls the amount of liquid rather well, which means there is no wastage and easy to gauge just how much you want. Simply tilt the bottle back to an upright position when you’re done.


This groundbreaking, weightless, 100% physical sunscreen provides water-resistant broad spectrum protection with transparent titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (Z-Cote®). Enhanced with Artemia Salina, a plankton extract, this lightweight sunscreen increases skin defenses and resistance to UV and heat stress. Color-infused technology enhances natural skin tone and boosts daily radiance.

  • Sheer, universal tint adaptable to all skin tones boosts radiance for a more even, luminous complexion
  • Water-resistant for 40 minutes
  • All physical, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Increases skin defenses and resistance to UV and heat stress based on in-vitro testing
  • Paraben-free and non-comedogenic
Information from: Official Skinceuticals Site
Application and Texture
Application is simple. All you do is pour half a teaspoon into your palm, I gauge this by about a 50 cent size, spread the amount out with the fingers/palm on your other hand and pat it into your face! Remember, PAT it in not RUB it in! Rubbing reduces the efficacy of the sunscreen, especially if it is a physical one because it doesn’t get to stay on your skin! (learnt this from MusicalHouses! hehe)

This sunscreen is extremely watery! A lot of people are shocked because something with a high SPF normally comes out tacky and gooey but this is far from it; the best part is that there is no white cast at all either! When you pat it on, it kind of sinks into your skin immediately and leaves this nice satin finish – nothing too glowy and nothing too matte. It’s just nice! In fact, if you wait it out by another 10-15 minutes (say, pack your bag during this time or change into your clothes), the whole sunscreen dries into an almost powdery finish that allows you to skip your loose powder on days you just want to go ultra-minimal on your makeup!
However, I feel compelled to mention that this sunscreen does not work that well on dry skin. It can accentuate your dry areas (sometimes it stings) and make whatever flaking you have more obvious. I suggest that people with drier skin types to stay away from this. Otherwise, do put a strong or heavier moisturizer below in case.
Color and Smell
The color of this is stated to be a universal tint (as you can see in the above photos), but I’ve read reviews where some people complain it can be a little greyish? That doesn’t happen to me though. It blends in smoothly and beautifully, making my skin look fresh and awake! I also love how it has about a 5-10% coverage which is just enough to slightly conceal dark rings, blotchiness, and acne scars. If you find you want more coverage, you definitely have to go with a concealer on top. This also is a good base setting for your foundation if you’d like.
The biggest issue I have with this sunscreen is the smell. It smells… bad. I say this as someone who uses SKII’s Facial Treatment Essence so you got to take it from me. I always hold my breath when applying it or just simply breathe through my mouth. I assume because there’s no fragrances that this is the pure sunscreen smell.. but it still irks me to death. Fortunately the amazing texture makes up for this small flaw, but I know people who really place importance on scents, so this is a heads up.
Before and After

Here is my skin before and after application of the sunscreen (click to enlarge!). The left is my skin bare naked and the right is with the sunscreen on. As you can see, the change is not drastic since it only gives a 5-10% coverage, but it gives a brightening effect to the dark eye rings
The recommendation is to apply this every 2 hours, but I find that hard when I’m in school. Moreover, I always apply my Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder on top.. so it’s hard to reapply the sunblock. If you do bring this on beach trips though, then skip the make up and do pile this on instead.
Overall Thoughts

Right now I feel a lot of people will ask me what I really think of the cons I mentioned: accentuation of dry spots, flaking, and the very bad smell. Of course I’m going to say I am no fan of those factors.. who would be? But at the end of the day I still choose it over my Clarins.
Why? Because dry spots and flaking I can handle. I can moisturize my skin better, make sure I take better care of it, put more moisturizer on dry spots, or do masks. As for the bad smell, I can hold my breath – anyway it only lasts when I apply it and disappears thereafter, it doesn’t linger at all. Plus the tint for this sunblock is just right, and I like how it suits my tanned skin (damn the crazy heat and sun right now!) better. It even ends with a slight powdery finish which my Clarins UV Plus HP cannot match up to. The extra SPF (my Clarins was an SPF 40) also makes me feel slightly better, though it might just be a mental thing.
Regardless of so many factors, I love it all the same so that should tell you something! Also, if you get it now from Luxola, there’s a checkout discount!

P/S: I typed this out at a time when I had drier skin. My skin is pretty much back to normal now that I’ve changed moisturizers so this has been working like a charm! As you can see in the photo above, it’s smooth and works great under translucent powder! There’s been ZERO photoshop editing done to my skin!
Overall Rating: 9/10

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