It’s 2021 and we’re only wearing shine-free sunscreen now

Here’s what our Review Crew® had to say about this fast-absorbing, dry-touch offering

BEAUTYcrew Content Producer / January 12 2021

The product

It’s 2021 and sunscreen is shine-free now. Because let’s be honest, who has the time to faff about with slow-drying, sticky formulas that leave your makeup looking less than desirable? Not us and no more.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+ is a lightweight sunscreen with SPF 50+ sun protection and a mattifying finish. Specifically formulated for oily and combination skin types, this hard worker is packing a quick-dry finish as well as a perspiration, sebum and oil absorbing magic ingredient called Airlicium.

Our panel of Review Crew® testers put this dry-touch sunscreen to the test.

The panel

Beauty Crew sent La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+ to a panel of women aged 25 to 44 with oily to acne-prone and combination skin, as well as those with a proclivity for skin sensitivity.

The lowdown

Here’s what the Review Crew® loved about the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+.

The non-sticky, shine-free finish: Our members really liked the sunscreen’s departure from sticky, greasy traditional formulas. Many said the fast-absorbing sunscreen dried down easily, and allowed for immediate, streak-free makeup application.

Sweat and water-resistant: Those of our members with an affinity for exercise loved that they didn’t have to worry about the sunscreen starting to move, no matter how much they sweated. And the same went for the beach where reviewers experienced a sun-protected swim sesh without having to worry about the dreaded sting of sunscreen in the eyes.

An effective sun-protection option: A few of our members noted a difference in sun protection, saying they’d worn the sunscreen on their face whilst opting for other body sunscreen offerings for their limbs and experienced sunburn or redness on the areas where a traditional formula was applied, while this hardworking anti-shine offering kept them protected.

The verdict

“High quality skincare product that actually protects your skin from the sun! I wear this product predominately on my face and choose other sunscreen products for the rest of my body. I have oily skin and when I exercise I get pretty sweaty. My face stayed and felt fresh, didn’t go clammy like other sunscreen products, did not go into my eyes from either sweat or water. Most importantly I did not get burnt! Highly recommended this product with those that have sensitive skin, want good protection from the sun and don't want that annoying shine.”
Jessica M
REVIEWcrew® Member
“I love love love this sunscreen. Gone are the days where you have a sticky face and body! I usually only wear sunscreen to the beach but I have incorporated this into my skincare/makeup routine and it’s great. Most makeups only have 15+ or 20+ which isn’t really strong enough for all day wear, it also didn’t make my makeup blotchy or clumpy at all! I have normal-to-oily skin and It really didn’t clog up the pores like some other sunscreens do. Oh and another thing... The smell isn’t obnoxious and it’s not really thick for everyday wear, would highly recommend it!!”
Bridget R
REVIEWcrew® Member
“This sunscreen is honestly amazing! I have tried a few sunscreens and I have found this one to be the best. It only requires a small amount to cover my face and I did not feel like my face was oily and did not look as though I was wearing sunscreen. I wore it on a day to the beach and honestly the rest of my body got burnt except my face! (Even though I was wearing 50+ sunscreen). I would definitely recommend this product to anyone that is looking for a nice soft sunscreen to wear each day without looking like wearing sunscreen.”
Caitlin L
REVIEWcrew® Member

Like the sound of this shine-free sunscreen? Read more La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+ reviews.

The products for this Review Crew® trial have been provided by La Roche-Posay to Are Media and BEAUTYcrew for the purpose of trial and review by Review Crew® members.

*This combined average star rating for La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+ is based on a combined total of 50 reviews submitted and is correct as of 12/12/2020.

Main image credit: Are Media

Briar is a Content Producer at BEAUTYcrew. She is a self-professed skin care obsessive, always on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and can't go past a plumping lipgloss.