I have recently gone on a sunscreen “European Tour” since I made the move across the Atlantic Ocean. I have been all about the Korean suncare life since I started my skincare journey so I wanted to broaden my horizons. I was mindlessly wandering European Pharmacies upon my arrival & I knew as soon as I tested this sunscreen on the back of my hand that I had to make it mine.
Eucerin was established as a brand in 1900 by dermatologist, Dr. Isaac Lifschuetz. The German company is known for designing simple products for sensitive skin. The company is owned by Beiersdorf AG, which has historically been a respectable organization. During Nazi Germany, the board had Jewish members that the company helped flee the country & produced Nazi-free advertising during the era. The company refused to lay-off a single worker during the Great Depression from 1930-1933.
Most of the sustainability efforts are seen through the parent-company. Beiersdorf has a “We Care” campaign that is designed to show corporate transparency, environmental impact efforts & future sustainability goals. The company uses sustainable ingredients & supply chains, they are currently developing alternative product packaging to become more sustainable. Most of the charity campaigns occur through Nivea, which focus of better education access for children & mothers. You can find their 2015 sustainability review & 2020 sustainability goals here.
This is a chemical sunscreen that offers UVA & UVB protection. It is strong enough for normal daily activities, but does not claim to be waterproof or sweat resistant. This is designed for sebum control on oily or combination skin. I have only used this during the spring & summer seasons in semi-humid climates, but it has not been an issue for my dry skin.
This type of product is for AM routines only & would be applied towards the end of a skincare routine. There is some debate whether chemical sunscreens should be applied before or after moisturizer, certain chemical sunscreen compounds are shown to be activated by skin contact & recommended to be applied before moisturizer.
My perspective with sunscreen, as well as most skincare: Do not get overwhelmed with routine order, it is probably better to have the product on your face than not at all. So this sunscreen will either be the last or 2nd to last step in your routine!
This sunscreen has the consistency of suncare “milks”. It is extremely fluid to the point where it is almost difficult to control the application, but it is not as difficult to work with as other fluid sunscreens like the Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish. Despite this sunscreen being intended for oily skin & containing alcohol, I find this product to feel very rich & non-drying when applied to my skin.
Reference: My MAC shade is NC20
This does have a slight white cast, but not overpowering on my skin tone & not noticeable when foundation is applied over it. The white cast has a smooth & even appearance, unlike some streaky white casts I have experienced with other sunscreen [Again, looking at you Etude House Sunprise]. However, the white cast not dissipate as it dries so it may not be ideal for darker skin tones.
It has the thick sunscreen smell of what your mother used to lather on you at the beach as a kid, but slightly more astringent. While I prefer neutral scents, it is not overwhelming in this product.
The packaging is functional with no frills so I do not have much to complain about. I do prefer tube packaging because I find it easier to control the product amount, but that is just a personal preference.
I do find the bottle to be slightly clumsy, but it doesn’t interfere with the product application. The bottle is made out of hard plastic & the dispenser is similar to toner packaging. I do understand this product formula is liquid, the packaging just is not very forgiving when it comes to dispensing or controlling the product amount.
Most of my skincare addicted life has been dedicated to sunscreens from the Far East. The US skincare has pretty slim pickings for facial sunscreen, all too greasy & heavy on my skin. Once I moved to Europe, I decided to give drugstore sunscreens a try. La Roche Posay Anthelios & Bioderma Photoderm all failed me, but Eucerin did not.
The Eucerin Sun Fluid Mattifying Face is not perfect, but it is the best Western sunscreen I have tried.
The thick fluid dries quickly & leaves behind a mild white cast. The formula is non-greasy & dries completely matte. The ingredient list does contain one of my irritant triggers, but it does not bother my skin in this product. It is a very light formula & layers well with other skincare products.
This sunscreen did pass my Makeup Test, but not with top scores. Anyone unfamiliar with my test, I use a foundation I am high familiar with to apply on top of a sunscreen swatch to test how well it layers. The white cast of the sunscreen does not show through the liquid foundation, but it does have very minimal pilling.
Eucerin Sunscreen Comparison
I purchased two Eucerin sunscreens at the same time: Eucerin Sun Fluid Face Mattifying & Eucerin Sun Cream. I will not pretend that these sunscreens are anything alike because both are designed for entirely different skin types & different types of suncare products.
I do want compare both Eucerin sunscreens just for comparison sake, but also to present a broader perspective on Eucerin sunscreens. Both have similar ingredient lists & offer near identical UVA / UVB protection. However, the texture, finish & white cast are completely different.
There are 1 high acne trigger & 2 irritants according to CosDNA.
|Aqua, Octocrylene, Homosalate, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Glycyrrhiza Inflata Root Extract, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Trisodium EDTA, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol|
Octocrylene [UVB]: Chemical sunscreen that helps stabilize UVA sunscreen components
Titanium Dioxide [UVB]: One of the safest & least irritating suncreens that is ideal for sensitive skin or rosacea
Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane [UVA]: Most popular sunscreen agent in Western skincare, protects against full UVA spectrum
Homosalate [UVB]: Internationally approved sunscreen that is non-toxic & ideal for sensitive skin
Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine [UVA & UVB]: Not yet approved in the US, but has been approved in EY countries for decades. It considered a great sunscreen since it protects against the full UVA range.
It can be derived from lipids or synthetically product, but it is a naturally occurring substance that helps repair the outer skin barrier. This ingredients works to soften skin so other hydrating ingredients can more easily penetrate the skin.
This product contains a few different forms of this emollient rich in fatty acids, but it is also a common comedogenic so be aware if this is an acne trigger for your skin
This ingredient can potentially assist product absorption, but it is listed as an irritant in this product. It can cause skin dryness & damage the outter skin barrier in high enough doses.
One of my all-time favorite botanical extracts that is an antioxidant & anti-inflammatory known for decreasing PIH
Misc. Ingredient Notes
This is a unique product because it contains significant amounts of various oils & alcohol. While I do like this product, I think it would be a difficult product for many skin types. The alcohol content does not currently bother my dry skin during the humid summers, I know this would be overpowering for my skin if it were any other season.
Oily or acne-prone skin may welcome the alcohols that will help sebum control, but the comedogenic oils may be too much for troubled skin. The oils contained in this product are great for dry skin & help balance out the harsh alcohols, but it may be pimple inducing so there are a number of factors to consider before purchasing this product.
Product Price: €20.19 EUR / 1.7oz = €11.88 EUR per Ounce
The price will vary depending where you are purchasing, as is the case with most European cosmetics. Since I am in Austria, German brands are cheaper. I found this product to be €1 – €2 more in non-Germanic countries, £16.00 in Boots UK & $24 – $25 USD depending on the online retailer.
It is not the cheapest sunscreen & it is not my favorite sunscreen. It is the best Western sunscreen I have tried though. I do not find this to be ridiculously priced as long as I am in Europe, I definitely would not purchase this while in the US though. This is my go-to sunscreen for “I need it now” situations since I can easily buy it at any Austrian drugstore. It is widely available online for Western countries as well.
Rating: 3 / 5
This is my go-to local facial sunscreen. It has more than adequate UVA & UVB protection. The minimal white cast doesn’t have a huge impact on how my pale skin appears & even though the texture it rich, it dries matte. It wears well under makeup with minimal pilling. It is on the pricier side for sunscreen, especially consider it contains ingredients that do irritate my skin.