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COOLA®’s mineral sunblock is everything we want in a daily SPF. The updated, eco-friendly formula is made with 70 percent organic ingredients and protects from both the UVA rays that lead to premature aging and the UVB rays that cause painful burns. Great for all skin types—especially those with breakout-prone and hyper-sensitive complexions—the transparent cream dries to a flattering matte finish, doubles as a primer, and won't leave behind a chalky white residue. The refreshing cucumber scent gives us yet another reason to love it.
Like many other reviewers, I notice that it gives a blue or purple cast to the skin unless rubbed in well. I'm very pale in the winter so it works great then, but if I get darker in the summer it might not work (or be a high enough SPF to prevent the getting darker!) also, important to note that the cucumber smell REALLY leans towards sushi cucumber rather than the cucumber melon scent of our youth. I was expecting one and got the other and was a bit surprised! I do love this in place of a primer in the winter, it's important to find a good winter SPF and I'm much more concerned with looking matte in the winter (it's going to be shiny times in the summer no matter what!)4
The skin on my face is very sensitive, but this stuff doesn't irritate it at all. I also like how the texture isn't super thick, so it feels very light on my face. It also smells really good.5
PROS: First facial sunscreen I've tried that isn't super greasy and doesn't make me feel like I have a layer of oil on top of my face. It's truly matte and dries to a silky finish. Also, doesn't have a bunch of dangerous ingredients.
CONS: I'm not breakout prone, but every time I use this, even once, I always start to break out a little a day or two later. I can usually curb it by applying a drying mask, or switching to more drying cleanser, but this always causes little bumps on my forehead where a breakout tries to start. Also, the light, fresh cucumber scent is nice in the tube, but the scent quickly turns on my skin to a sort of stale oil fragrance (other sunscreens do as well) that's not at all pleasant. Yuck! Not unique to this sunscreen, though.
I'll repurchase because it's the first facial sunscreen I've tried that's truly lightweight and non-greasy, and doesn't contain a slew of toxic ingredients.
I cannot get over how obsessed my entire family is with this sunscreen. Expensive but worth it5
This is all I will put on my face, all year round. The smell, the texture, the feeling that I am protecting my face. It is a perfect product for my sensitive eyes and works awesome under makeup.5
I love cooler and all its products! It goes on silky smooth and lasts a long time5
I was looking for an everyday SPF moisturizer that didn't leave my face feeling greasy. Although it doesn't feel greasy, the liquid powder texture is unpleasant and leaves my face feeling unfinished. It also makes me look pale, almost sickly, if I don't put a little make-up over it and that's the last thing I want to do when I'm heading outside during the summer months when I need the SPF the most. Bottom-line: it's not necessarily a good stand alone moisturizer or everyday sunscreen.2
This sunscreen feels dry and light going on and and goes well under my powder. I use it every morning under my makeup and on my neck. I'm a big fan!5
The Coola Mineral SPF goes on smoothly and immediately improved the texture of my skin! So much so that I didn't need to use any other makeup on the days that I used this sunscreen. My skin felt soft and the appearance of pores and fine lines diminished while this was on my skin. Loved it!5
I have oily skin but I like to wear sunscreen when I don't wear makeup. Most moisturizers and sunscreens leave me looking like a grease ball, unless I cover it with a finishing powder. I can wear this sunscreen all day with no makeup over it and I don't get super shiny! And it smells so good!5