After cleanser, sunscreen has to be my most important skincare step. A lot of skincare issues like acne, hyperpigmentation, fine line, early ageing, dullness, dark circles, etc are triggered by unprotected exposure from UV rays.
And that’s why it’s necessary to make sure you’re using a good sunscreen that’d help block those harmful UV rays. Today I’m going to review one of my favourite sunscreens at the moment, Qurez Mattifying Sunscreen with SPF 50.
Price: INR 450 for 50ml
If you look at the ingredients list, it has got both chemical filter (SunCat DE which is plant-derived) and physical blockers (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide). So it’s what you call a “Hybrid Sunscreen”.
My Thoughts on Qurez Mattifying Sunscreen
I came across the brand Qurez and their skincare line around a year ago and their sunscreen really stood out for me. But recently I heard that they have reformulated their line so I was excited to see what has changed and do a detailed review of their sunscreen for you.
The Qurez Mattifying Sunscreen comes in a white and orange tube packaging that has a flip open cap. The back of this travel-friendly tube mentions the ingredients list, directions of use and other product details.
Texture & Smell
The texture of the Qurez sunscreen is creamy and moisturising. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and has a refreshing (slightly strong) smell.
How to use?
Ideally, you should use two milligrams of sunscreen per square centimeter of skin. Most of the people I know use way less than what is required to completely protect you from UV rays so the three-finger rule by Fiddy Snails – a skincare blogger – comes in handy.
This is the quantity (in the picture above) I use for my face, neck, exposed chest area and ears. I also take some extra to make sure I have covered the nape.
How does it work?
The Qurez Mattifying sunscreen leaves a white cast that takes 15-20 minutes to settle down. My biggest issue is that it balls up and gets stuck in my brows and hairline and that’s not pleasant.
I have found out a way to tackle this in a few steps:
- Firstly, I take out the required quantity and apply that in thin layers to make sure I don’t get a lot of product stuck in my hairline
- I spread the first thin layer on my face but the subsequent layers are patted in to avoid the product to ball up.
But this would still be a problem for men with beard or women who have a lot of facial hair.
This way it does take extra time to apply the sunscreen but it’s very important for me to find and use a sunscreen that feels comfortable on the skin.
Often times I’ve talked to people who don’t wear sunscreen because it doesn’t suit them. It’s very important to find a non-irritating formula that you can commit to wearing daily without fail and this sunscreen provides just that.
Another good thing apart from the fact that it didn’t cause any redness or irritation is that the finish of this Qurez sunscreen is soft-matte and doesn’t feel tacky.
Usually, I cleanse my skin in the morning, apply some hydrating toner and use this sunscreen and my skin doesn’t miss the moisturiser. But it’s also not dewy which is a good thing for my oily skin that’s struggling badly in very humid weather.
My upper lips get quite sweaty especially when I wear the sunscreen so I make sure to blot and powder that area. There’s no way around this one, at least I haven’t found any because this is something I’ve experienced with almost all the sunscreens that I’ve tried till now.
Even after the downsides, I believe this is one of the best sunscreens I have used till date for the price and yes I have given a shot to all the famous drugstore ones including Neutrogena, Lotus, etc.
Please note: If you use enough sunscreen, it is bound to feel a bit heavier or make you slightly sweaty. I have experienced the same thing with this sunscreen too but it’s quite negligible.
The Qurez mattifying sunscreen offers PA++ protection which is good enough for daily use. But if you’re heading out to the beach for a nice vacation I’d suggest you opt for sunscreens with PA+++ or PA++++ for better protection against UVA rays.
If you want to know in detail about PA and other interesting things about sunscreens then check out my post on 10 SPF Facts You Need to Know!
How does it work under makeup?
When I have to wear makeup in the morning, I apply this sunscreen generously and wait for at least 20 minutes for it to set properly. After this, I brush off all the crumbles stuck in my jawline and hairline and proceed with makeup. The Qurez mattifying sunscreen sits well under makeup and doesn’t move or rub off.
How’s it different from the older one?
Earlier the sunscreen came in a pump packaging but I have personally experienced that the pump stopped dispensing the product evenly after some uses. So having a tube now is better.
The current formula is creamier, lighter and easy to spread. The previous formula left a slight tackiness behind but this one is soft-matte. If you can see, the colour of the product has also changed from peachy/off-white to white.
I have mixed feelings about this product. The comfortable, non-irritating formula that doesn’t feel heavy or sticky on my skin is what I absolutely like about this sunscreen. And it’s cruelty-free and vegan!
However, it does get stuck in facial hair and isn’t very easy to blend into the skin. To wrap it up, I’d say if you’re tired of almost every sunscreen out there giving you burning face, you should give this one a try.
But I guess I’ll probably have to shell out extra bucks and explore the higher end sunscreens to find a cruelty-free formula that ticks all the boxes.
Why You Should Buy Qurez Mattifying Sunscreen?
- Didn’t cause skin irritation
- Feels comfortable to wear
- Well suited for combination-oily skin
- Matte finish
- Soft-matte finish
- No synthetic fragrance
- Sits well under makeup
Why You Should Avoid Qurez Mattifying Sunscreen?
- White cast
- Not easy to blend into the skin
This is a sponsored post; however, the opinions expressed are still my honest opinions.