Ultra Violette Review: Full Range!

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This post is sponsored by Ultra Violette.

Exciting news – one of my favourite sunscreen brands, Ultra Violette, is now available in the UK through Space NK. I’ve raved about a few of their products before, but I haven’t really done a comprehensive post going through all of the options and what the differences are. Strap in!

(Also: you can use the discount code LABMUFFIN10 on the site for 10% off until 16th May – excludes limited edition products.)

Ultra Violette Sunscreens

Brand overview

Ultra Violette are an Australian, women-founded sun protection brand. They’re on a mission to make sunscreen enjoyable enough to wear every day.

The reason? Most Australians don’t wear sunscreen regularly. Australian medical authorities recommend applying sunscreen every day as part of your morning routine if the UV index is 3 or above (i.e. almost all year round), and Australia is the skin cancer capital of the world, with 2 out of 3 Australians getting a skin cancer diagnosis before 70.

Unsurprisingly, one of the big reasons people tend to avoid sunscreen is texture. Many sunscreens are fine on the body, but they don’t feel great on your face or sit well under makeup, especially if you apply the right amount to get the labelled protection (around ¼ teaspoon for your face).

Ultra Violette’s wardrobe of sunscreens has a variety of textures, so you should be able to find one that works for you! There are 4 face sunscreens in their range (side note: these now come in a bumper 75 mL size if you’re in Australia), one body sunscreen, and 4 shades of SPF lip balm. 

Supreme Screen SPF 50+

What it is: A lightweight hydrating sunscreen with a satiny finish.

Sunscreen ingredients: Octinoxate (10%), Tinosorb S (3%), Tinosorb M (2.5%)

Other ingredient highlights: Pentavitin (saccharide isomerate), glycerin: humectant moisturisers that hold water to skin for hydration; Kakadu plum: antioxidant; Dragosine Plus (L-carnosine): dipeptide with infrared, visible and blue light protection claims

What I love: I’ve raved about this many times before – it’s one of my holy grail sunscreens! Supreme Screen is recommended for all skin types, and works really well on my oily but dehydration-prone skin, keeping it hydrated without going greasy. It also sits well under makeup, with a primer-like smoothing effect. When worn on its own it makes my skin look slightly airbrushed. It has a light scent, and comes in a convenient pump tube. 

Ultra Violette Set

Queen Screen SPF 50+

What it is: A serum-like sunscreen with a dewy finish.

Sunscreen ingredients: Octinoxate (10%), Octisalate (5%), Tinosorb S (4%), Tinosorb M (2%)

Other ingredient highlights: Same as Supreme Screen. Pentavitin (saccharide isomerate), glycerin: humectant moisturisers that hold water to skin for hydration; Kakadu plum: antioxidant; Dragosine Plus (L-carnosine): dipeptide with infrared, visible and blue light protection claims

What I love: Unfortunately this didn’t work for my skin, but all the drier-skinned people I know LOVE it. I seem to be an anomaly here – it’s the highest rated sunscreen on the Ultra Violette website, and their best seller. Those who love Queen Screen gush about the light texture and the lit-from-within glow, and I am very jealous. It comes in a dropper bottle.

Clean Screen SPF 30

What it is: A combination sunscreen formulated for sensitive skin, with a satin finish.

Sunscreen ingredients: Titanium dioxide (3%), Tinosorb M (2.25%), Uvinul A Plus (1.6%)

Other ingredient highlights: Pentavitin (saccharide isomerate): humectant moisturiser that holds water to skin for hydration

What I love: This is a really lovely sunscreen for sensitive skin. Even though it contains “chemical” filters, they’re very large and don’t go into skin easily, so they aren’t very irritating or allergenic. It’s fragrance-free and very very unscented, and has a lovely lightweight gel texture. It does leave a very slight white cast on my skin (common with titanium dioxide and Tinosorb M). This is easily covered with light foundation, but may be an issue if you have darker skin. The texture works well on my skin, without being greasy or drying. 

Ultra Violette Range

Lean Screen SPF 50+

What it is: A lightweight, fragrance-free zinc oxide-only sunscreen with a matte finish. The newest Ultra Violette sunscreen.

Sunscreen ingredients: Zinc oxide (22.75%)

Other ingredient highlights: Pentavitin (saccharide isomerate): humectant moisturiser that holds water to skin for hydration; Kakadu plum: antioxidant

What I love: A mineral-only sunscreen that doesn’t leave a white cast on my skin – turns out it’s possible! Lean Screen achieves this by using a tint that seems to work for most people, including for some darker skintones, although it may be a bit too dark if your skin is very pale (but then you have Clean Screen). On me, it works like a subtle tinted moisturiser that gives a my-skin-but-better effect. It also has one of the nicest textures I’ve ever tried in a zinc oxide sunscreen. Howeveer, like other zinc oxide sunscreens, this can be a bit drying so it’s best suited to oilier skin types. Lean Screen is fragrance-free, so both this and Clean Screen are great options for sensitive skin.

Extreme Screen SPF 50+

What it is: Ultra Violette’s 4 hour water resistant body sunscreen.

Sunscreen ingredients: Octocrylene (8%), Homosalate (10%), Avobenzone (3%), Octisalate (5%)

Other ingredient highlights: Pentavitin, aloe vera, vitamin E: non-greasy moisturisers 

What I love: Extreme Screen is lightweight and spreads easily, which is really impressive for a water-resistant body sunscreen! It has a subtle coconut scent, a light smattering of shimmer, and leaves my skin feeling silky and hydrated without being greasy. It comes in 30 mL (for the handbag) or 150 mL (for slathering on excessively), both in handy twist-open caps so you don’t have to worry about losing the cap at the beach.

Sheen Screen Hydrating Lip Balm SPF 50

What it is: A high SPF lip balm that looks great on your lips and keeps them hydrated.

Sunscreen ingredients: Octocrylene, octinoxate, avobenzone

Other ingredient highlights: Lanolin, shea butter, cocoa butter: heavy moisturising ingredients

What I love: Your lips are one of the areas where you should really wear sun protection. Your lips have thin skin, and your lower lip is pretty much like a roof facing up towards the sun – unsurprisingly, the lips are one of the most common sites for skin cancer. High SPF lip products are also unfortunately difficult to find, and they often have textures and scents that scream “sunscreen”.

Ultra Violette Lip Balm

Sheen Screen is a cross between a lip gloss and a lip balm. The tube has a slanted top for easy application. It’s super hydrating, applies in a smooth, even layer, smells like vanilla cake and works well on top of lip colour (perfect for reapplying). If you told me it was a regular non-SPF lip product, I’d believe you. It’s just really pleasant to use.

There are 4 shades of this lip balm available. All 4 are sheer enough that they should work for most people – I prefer Rose and Nude which don’t have shimmer. 

Ultra Violette products are available via Adore Beauty and Sephora (Australia), and Space NK (UK).

This post is sponsored by Ultra Violette; however, the content is all based on my independent research and my honest experience. For more information, see Disclosure Policy.

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13 thoughts on “Ultra Violette Review: Full Range!”

  1. Thanks for the review, Michelle! I’ve been wanting to try this brand and I’m always on the hunt for good lip screens. Curious if these ones have a bad taste? I find chemical lip screens usually have an icky taste if they get in your mouth.

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    • FYI, another Australian brand, Lanolips, does nice lanolin-based tinted lip balms with sun protection that are less expensive than Ultra Violette. Just in case they are stocked where you live. SPF 30 rather than SPF 50 I think.

      I like the idea of using lip products with sun protection but I do wonder if the average person will ever apply enough to get the full SPF. That is, does it have the same problem as SPF in makeup? A very thick layer of lip gloss is unpleasant. Gloss also tends to wear off easily and require constant reapplication.

      AFAIK ordinary lipstick offers some sun protection (women apparently get fewer skin cancers on their lips than men for this reason) even if it isn’t stated or promoted.

      I’d be curious to know if, in practice, wearing a matte lipstick that stays on is comparable to (or perhaps better) than an SPF lipgloss?

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  2. Thanks for the review but one thing that wasn’t addressed is how effective they are as sunscreen. I too am always looking for the perfect sunscreen in terms of texture and how it looks but I know products really vary in how well they actually block UVA and UVB. Consumer Reports rates sunscreens in effectiveness but not many of the higher end cosmetic ones.

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    • Unfortunately Ultra Violette sunscreens haven’t been tested yet in consumer group tests, but the owners of the brand were involved in the development of the Mecca brand sunscreen, which was tested by Consumer NZ to have the correct SPF rating.

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      • Thanks for info! I currently use SuperGoop’s Unseen Sunscreen or Play. I’ve been trying to take a 40-60 minute walk every day and have noticed my skin has gotten darker even though I use sunscreen every day. I’m looking for that holy grail of a really effective SPF and a silky, light texture. I’ll keep reading your blog to get the real scoop!

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      • Hi Michelle. Your comment got my attention because I was under the impression that Australian-manufactured sunscreens are among the most reliable when it comes to their SPF & Broad-spectrum claims. This is because your country seems to have one of the most reliable & stringent regulatory boards in the world (TGA). Thus, this led me to believe that Australian sunscreens must certainly be true to their SPF & broad-spectrum claims, because otherwise they wouldn’t even pass TGA’s inspection. Am I wrong in this assumption? I hope you can enlighten me. ❤️🥺❤️ This is actually the reason why I plan to switch to Australian sunscreens instead. Previously, I used to purchase the old Purito formulations–but after the controversy came out, I’ve now become quite worried on how to choose. Thank you for your time! ❤️

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