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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 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.
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.
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”.
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.