I accidentally discovered the Avene compact while searching for powder sunscreen for my face. This happened to come up in the search results on Amazon and I didn’t even realize at first that it wasn’t a powder. It is actually a creamy texture and looks like a regular make up compact.
Well, as always I set out to research it. I found that it was recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. You can view it here. (Just search under “recommended products” for foundations with SPF of 50 or higher.)
The Avene website listed the following benefits:
- Available in 2 shades: honey and beige
- 100% mineral sunscreen provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
- Enriched with patented Pre-Tocopheryl (a photostable form of vitamin E) for powerful antioxidant protection
- Soft-to-touch, easy application with matte finish
- Paraben-free, fragrance-free, water resistant
- Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic
I also read tons of reviews from users, and while there are always some people who will not like a product, the overwhelming number of reviews were very good.
But here was the strange thing. It only came in two colors.
That’s right. Two colors. Beige and honey. But people were raving about how they were skeptical, but that it matched their skin perfectly. I have had some nightmare situations with “tinted” products that were supposed to blend into my skin, so I wasn’t too sure about that.
But I ordered the compact and waited.
When it finally arrived, the first thing I saw was that is had a separate area for the sponge. This lifted up to give access to the creamy product itself. As someone with oily skin, I always look for that in a compact. I don’t like for the sponge to get oily and gunky and then sit in the powder, foundation, etc.
When I tried the product I was blown away. It covered better than the foundation I had been using…..or had ever used. And it was supposed to really be sunscreen, not foundation. It stayed in place and didn’t seem to wear off during the day either.
Those are the pros. Here are the cons.
I purchased the beige version. It went on so well and match my skin so completely that I couldn’t tell when I was missing a spot. However, I was sure someone else could tell when looking at my face outside, so I got out a magnified lighted mirror and found all those places. I also saw that the texture of my face left something to be desired. It sits on top of my skin and doesn’t absorb at all.
I realize that it IS a sunscreen first, and a foundation second. That can be understandable seeing as how you are getting stupendous sun protection.
But here’s the second problem. It is difficult for me to get the right amount of the product on the sponge and get it spread out evenly. I wind up thicker areas on my face that don’t look bad. For that reason, I simply cannot put it on without the magnified mirror I mention above. This makes it quite time consuming to get it on my face. (And I was trying to simplify things, not the other way around.) I considered mixing something with it (like a face corrector I like to use) in order to make it more manageable, but that really defeats the purpose of the product and cuts the SPF factor. It doesn’t go on well for me with water either.
Lastly, I found that after I after I had used the product just three times that I could already see the bottom of the compact in the center. Now, I am not saying that I used it up in three applications, because there was lots more product in the compact. But I am saying that I didn’t expect to see the bottom that quickly.
In the end I have to say this product could probably be great for someone who will take the time to apply it appropriately. It is also worth the money for the product if it’s benefits are important to you.
You can purchase the Avene compact here.
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