I have a good 10-12 sun creams, powders, sprays you name it. There are some I like more than others, some I use very regularly that I’m still not 100% happy with and some that are just duds. When I kept hearing about Benefit’s Dream Screen it didn’t take me long to jump on it and buy it for myself.
Dream Screen is part of Benefit’s skincare line. It’s an SPF 45 PA++, a high factor skin care that would keep you protected for a fairly long time (don’t be naive, remember you always have to top up SPF’s every 2 hours or so if you’re in the sun for long periods of time). Let me start by telling you what I like about Dream Screen:
- The packaging. Usual great, dinky and cute packaging from Benefit. I love the fresh pastel green. The 45 ml size makes it easy for travelling (remember topping up) and I love the little grips around the bottle.
- Also to do with the packaging, the end dispenser is small enough to dispense the right amount of product, you have to be careful though as the product is very runny.
- The product does have that silky feel it promises on the label. It’s not like any other sun cream I’ve tried before. The consistency is very thin and runny, almost water-like, but not quite. It’s really smooth and that’s before you even apply to the skin.
- Next up, application. Having the smooth, thin consistency (think MAC Face & Body but thinner) makes it super easy to spread and absorb quickly in to the skin which I love.
Now comes the one and only con of the “silky matte” SPF…
- ….. It’s not MATTE! 🙁
This is a real bummer for me. It’s so hard to find sun protection that dries matte or just not super shiny. Personally, I love the dewy make up look and I’m all about that, but this SPF along with many others, is just way too shiny. Not only that, but it takes a good half an hour to fully absorb on my face. I’m starting to feel like the promise of “matte” in SPFs must be partly down to skin types but then I wonder. So many reviews online have claimed this dries matte, do these people have dry skin? I have combination skin, it is no way oily so I wonder why this takes time so de-shine? It contains absolutely no oil in case I forgot to mention.
The mattifying part is disappointing as the SPF states on the bottle that it is silky-matte and so many people have backed this up. Maybe this will still work for you but I would recommend you give it a try before you open up your wallet.
Overall, I’m still really happy with the product, for me I know I have to leave it a while before I go out and that’s just my personal take. I’m happy applying make-up straight after (as I said, I like the dewy look) but I’m careful with powder or walking out straight after. Grease ball. I love everything else about this product and will continue using it. PS. No breakouts, whoop!
Have you tried this SPF before? And if you know of any matte spfs what are you waiting for, tell me! Xx