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Before applying this powder, hide your under eye circles with Peter Thomas Roth’s Un-Wrinkle Conceal and Brighten.

Birchbox Breakdown

Sunscreen buffs know that mineral makeup is the best way to keep skin protected from UV rays without risking any pore-cloggage. It’s no wonder, then, that Peter Thomas Roth’s Instant Mineral SPF 30 is a perpetual best seller. It provides broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection while infusing skin with anti-aging actives that even out your skin tone and prevent wrinkles before they pop up. The nifty powder brush makes it easy to apply the formula, and the translucent beige powder works on a range of skin tones, from pale to golden.

How it Works

Free of potentially harmful ingredients like talc, this silky powder has a matte (never chalky) finish and contains both titanium and zinc dioxides, two mineral sunblocks. Willow bark extract has a mild dose of salicylic acid to promote cell regeneration, while a trio of vitamins (A, C, and E) shields skin against free radicals.

How to Use

Shake gently to release a dose of powder into the brush, and remove the cap. Brush lightly all over your face, either on bare skin or on top of your other makeup. To close, pull bottom down to conceal the bristles before replacing the cap.

Titanium Dioxide 14.30%, Zinc Oxide 9.80%, Silica, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Stearate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Maltodextrin, Glycerin, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium Edta, Mica, Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet, Chromium Oxide Greens.

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Disappointed

I couldn't wait to get this product for the summer. I applied it for the first time , it made my face look white. I was disappointed in the product. I don't think it works on a range of skin tones....I have medium skin tone and it looked like power on my face.

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Bought and returned

A little backstory...I originally wanted to try the Bare Minerals version but they didn't have my color. So I bought the PTR Instant Mineral SPF 30 buff brush (from a different makeup retailer). The brush was very scratchy on my face, the color was not transparent, and it smelled weird. I returned it for a refund. Bummer b/c I love the concept.

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SPF without disrupting makeup

I LOVE this product. I keep it in my purse at all times to reapply sunscreen if out in the sun. You can put it on a bare face or totally made up and anywhere in between without disrupting makeup. It is like putting on translucent power. Doesn't smell funky. Doesn't make you feel greasy. Can be applied with no mirror, one handed. Just a good product. And the fact that my face is not nearly as tan as my body (just from regular sun exposure exercising, etc) let's me know it really is working. My only issue is I feel like it's the same size as a "trial size" I bought at another store for much less cost-- but perhaps brush is the same but there's just more product in there. Still worth it.

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Messy

I bought this in the hopes of being able to apply sunscreen throughout the day over my makeup. It was WAY too messy and powder would get everywhere. I returned it.

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Quick and easy

This instant sunscreen brush is a quick and easy way to apply sunscreen throughout the day without having that oily or heavy feeling on your skin. Such a simple way to make sure you are wearing your SPF daily!

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You could use it for your face, but.....

This product works best as dry shampoo and sunscreen for your scalp. I've never ever used it on my face to set my makeup, I consistantly use it for its properties in keeping my scalp from sunburning at the beach, while water skiing, volleyball and running.

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Chalky appearance

I stopped using this product. The few times I tried it on, it looked awful. It just looked like I didn't know how to apply my powder correctly. For me, the entire point of buying this product was for convenience/on the go...but I had to spend more time trying to make it look normal so it wasn't serving it's purpose. I don't really recommend this product for anyone. I'm sure there are better ones out there.

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Bad Design

The sunscreen works, but the container is awful. I had used it all of twice when it exploded inside my purse, coating everything in chalky powder. It was a waste of my money and a huge mess to clean up. I will not buy this again (and in fact, it would be great if I could get a refund or another one to try since mine was defective).

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The Best Ever Sunscreen For Combination/Oily Skin

I first purchased this while I was living in Italy. It was the most humid place I've ever been (and I live in Atlanta now!) and the only way to stay sun-safe and glisten free was this handy (and purse-size) powder stick. I can't live without it!

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Hard to keep contained

I really enjoy this product. I love the functionality of this product: it's sheer, dry, can be applied any time of day without messing up your make-up and will still protect you from the sun. I docked two stars not because of the quality but because the container is a little rough. When you use it A LOT comes out. You have to make sure to be extra careful so as not to get it everywhere. Especially since it costs $30 for that small amount--You don't want to waste it. I hope someday they make a better applicator. The actual product is fantastic however.

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