Make p:rem UV Defense Me Calming Sun Stick SPF 50+ PA++++ Review
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I used to really dislike sun sticks, because the only ones I’ve tried were sticky, hard to spread, and looked as white as shaving cream once applied. But this year, my mind was once again changed by the wonders of Korean formulations.
One of my sunscreens right now is Make p:rem UV Defense Me Calming Sun Stick SPF50+ PA++++. It’s available on Amazon (use code kbhobbit10 to save on anything sold by Credithink), YesStyle (use reward code KBHOBBIT), Stylevana (use code INF10KBH), and Olive Young.
This is a mineral-only sunscreen which uses zinc for SPF protection. I typically prefer having both titanium and zinc, but this is fine. Make p:rem updated / reformulated their sunscreens in May 2021, including this one. I have the newest formula, with the newest ingredients list. I’m not sure what the old ingredients were exactly, but if you see discrepancies to my list in other online resources - that’s why.
How to use:
Swipe over the face and body on all areas exposed to sunlight
I use my fingers to spread it over harder to get areas like around the nose
The sunstick doesn’t leave any visible white cast on my skin (I am quite fair, so I’m not sure what it would do with deeper skin tones). The finish is a bit tricky to describe - it’s not completely matte but not exactly dewy, either. I suppose it’s somewhere in between, but closer to dewy than matte. The most important part for me is that it's not sticky and not oily. The brand advertises it as a “matte, silky finish”. I’m not sure how many times I can say “matte” in one paragraph...
If I tried this stick first, it probably would be my favorite. However, I started with the Scinic one (review here), and I prefer its matte finish. Make p:rem is very easy to apply, isn’t sticky or greasy, and doesn’t look white on me - all great things. It’s also considerably faster to use than creams, or at least it feels like it.
I love this for my face, hands, neck, and even to use on the kids. My toddler, who likes to dodge all my sunscreen attempts, doesn’t fight this one. Of course, I am not a doctor, so feel free to reach out to your pediatrician regarding the safety of any skincare products for kids.
It’s just a tiny bit too dewy for me, but that’s not a deal breaker. And also nothing a touch of powder can’t fix. The convenience and portability of this product more than make up for that tiny flaw. I will continue to use this until it’s out, and wouldn’t mind getting it again.
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Make p:rem UV Defense Me Calming Sun Stick ingredients: Isopropyl Palmitate, Zinc Oxide, Polyethylene, Coco-caprylate/Caprate, Benzotriazolyl Dodecylp-cresol, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Vinyl Dimethicone, Ozokerite, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, CardiospermumHalicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Water, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil,CeriumOxide,HelianthusAnnuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Fructan, Pyrus Communis (Pear) Fruit Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf/Stem Extract, Solidago Virgaurea (Goldenrod) Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Water,Caprylyl Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Propanediol, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Tocopherol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Water, Octyldodecanol, Maltodextrin