Review: Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Expert+ Face Super UV Fluid SPF 50+

I believe this has been renamed, though I am not sure to what exactly. But it's still in paper box with the same plastic packaging that looks very similar to La Roche-Posay Shaka Fluid which is also the one that it gets compared to the most. 

Packaging

It comes in small pocket sized plastic packaging which looks very similar to the La Roche-Posay Shaka Fluid and I'm guessing it was intentional. Small nozzle lets you control the amount you want, though it sometimes spills it as well. 

In it is 40 ml of product and it costs around 11€.  La Roche-Posay has 50 ml and costs around 18€, so costs wise Garnier is still cheaper. 

Formula

It's liquid and white, but it has great spreadability and it soaks into the skin fairly fast leaving no white cast. I'd say finish is satin matte, but depending on what skin care you use under it or how oily your skin is, it can look more satin and less matte. 

It has chemical filters as well as glycerin and hyaluronic acid. Thee formula worked over most of my skin care products, because it's so nicely liquid. 

I remember Shaka being full of alcohol which I suspected broke me out and I hated the heavy alcohol scent. This one also has alcohol denat in the beginning, probably for better spreadability, but it doesn't smell nearly as alcoholic as Shaka, which I liked much more. There is no added fragrance, which is a big plus as well.

Performance

I have combination skin that can get very oily in the summer and this performed great. I liked how lightweight it felt on the skin, but it still gave me good protection with SPF50+ and I didn't notice any clogged pores while using it. It doesn't get too shiny through the day either. 

I will say that 40 ml is very little, when you use the proper amount daily, so it doesn't really last a long time and it's not the cheapest either. I hear it costs around 7€ in US. 

This is probably one of my favorite daily SPFs that I have tried in a while. I liked Shaka before, but has noticed it clogged my pores badly and I also had some stinging on my face because of the heavy alcohol. This one felt gentler and was just as lightweight, but without the heavy alcohol. I only wish there would be even more product in it or that it would be cheaper. I will probably buy it again and I think it's a great option, if Shaka isn't working for you. 

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