Beauty product of the week: Ultra Violette Queen Screen
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A total game changer, this sunscreen is oil-free and makeup-friendly.
Why we love this product
This sunscreen serum has rave reviews from just about everyone that's tried it, and I can now add myself to that list. A serum and a sunscreen in one, this product is the solution to so many problems.
The quick verdict
Why is it good? A super-light sunscreen that won't clog your skin or ruin your makeup.
How much is it? $47
Where to buy it? Adore Beauty
A strong SPF has been a key part of my beauty routine for about 10 years. But it's not been without its downsides. I have very easily congested skin. Not acne-prone, but just rough with the propensity to get very blackhead ridden. And unfortunately, many sunscreens cause lots of congestion. I once had a beauty therapist, who assessed my skin, suggest that I consider cutting the SPF out of my routine. But my fear of premature ageing means that I ignored the advice and begrudgingly continued to fight with the congestion to avoid wrinkles.
Now Ultra Violette's Queen Screen has provided an alternative for me. This concentrated sunscreen has the consistency of a serum. And it has many of the same qualities of a serum too. It contains Australian Kakadu Plum extracts which are packed full of vitamin C for an anti-oxidant boost. It's also oil-free and has a luminescent finish. This product is absolutely skin-friendly, unlike many of the other sunscreens I've tried.
While I can't say Queen Screen leaves me completely congestion-free, it's a night and day improvement on the other SPF products I've tried. Normally when I wash my sunscreen off at the end of the day, my face is a bumpy mess. But after using Queen Screen, my face is still smooth.
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Queen Screen is designed to sit over the top of your skincare and underneath your makeup. Think of it as the last step in your skincare routine. And no, it doesn't leave your face with a white cast on your skin. I was also surprised by how well it sits underneath makeup. It doesn't disturb your foundation at all. But it does add some luminescence and dewiness. So if you have oily skin, you might want to finish with a bit of powder around the t-zone.
The big question for me was, with all these skin-saving features, does it still perform as a sunscreen? Yes, it does. I've worn it on long walks in the sun and I've worn it when heading to chill on the beach. Thus far I can report that I've had no burns, redness or irritation that you'd normally get from excess sun exposure. Just remember to not under-apply. Use a few good sized drops to get your face adequately covered.
This is a skin-loving sunscreen you can barely tell you're wearing. I love it. And you will too.
Ultra Violette's Queen Screen is $47 which I think is a fair price. And if you consider other similar products in the market (which don't work as well), this one is actually cheaper.
Where to buy
I bought mine from Adore Beauty because I find the shipping is the fastest and all the orders come with a Tim Tam. But you can also buy directly from the Ultra Violette site.