Sunday Riley Cashmere SPF 30 is a mineral sunscreen for the face. My skin does best with mineral sunscreens and the active ingredient in this one is titanium dioxide which protects from UVB and UVA rays. The sunscreen has “cashmere protein”, wheatgrass, stoneroot, rice grass, squalene, ellagic acid, and NV-5 Ageless Complex (a complex of 5 Native American botanicals). Oh, the skincare industry…it keeps me up to date on trés chic botanicals.
First impressions: The sunscreen is very lightweight and it’s white (you expect it to be since it is a mineral sunscreen). It has a faint “oat bran” aroma that fades fairly quickly once on the skin (and it does not smell like “sunscreen”). The first thing I notice is the texture.
My experience: The texture of this sunscreen is amazing! It’s not oily; it’s not thick. It does not feel like sunscreen. It almost has the feel of a makeup primer. I’ve tried so many sunscreens and I’ve never tried one that feels like this. The product claims to not be streaky. I think they should state “not streaky if you apply this and rub it in really good in front of a mirror with lots of light and do not apply too much”. There have been a few times where I’ve went out with a striped up neck and chest (I’m not the most observant person in the morning). Once I notice it (hours later) and rub it in, it blends. It layers wonderfully under my foundation and in the summer I don’t feel a need to apply a moisturizer under this sunscreen. Overall, I love this product, but there is usually a catch. This stuff retails for $125 for 1.7 oz!
I have concerns about the price because sunscreen should be applied liberally (and every few hours) to be effective. I have a feeling that I’d be a bit stingy with a sunscreen that goes for about $83 an ounce (I’m sure it’s the most expensive sunscreen on the planet). Sunscreen is one of those products that we shouldn’t be stingy with. People telling you that the 1.7 oz bottle will last them a long time are not applying enough sunscreen to their face and décolletage. You should be using a nickle sized dollop to the face alone (about 1/4-1/2 a teaspoon). And another nickle size dollop for the neck, etc.
Who may like this sunscreen: Those that want a light-weight mineral sunscreen that they don’t have to shake up. It’s a good choice for those that find most sunscreens too greasy or they feel they can feel it sitting on top of their skin. If you are tired of the white mask that most mineral sunscreens leave on you, try this. It’s been the most “mask free” that I’ve tried. I feel if you have a normal or sensitive skin type, this is a good product for you. You don’t really need a moisturizer with it during the day. And if you hate the smell of sunscreen, this one doesn’t have that.
Who may not like this sunscreen: Those that do not want to deal with the white streaks that titanium dioxide based sunscreens usually leave. This has been the least streaky that I’ve ever used but it still streaks if you apply too much. Dry skin types will need more moisture but this product does layer nicely. The most obvious – the price. The price is a big deal considering you can get a mineral sunscreen for $10.
Like I said, I love this stuff but it is very difficult for me to recommend it because of the cost. The cost is crazy. I can’t deny that. I can’t excuse the cost away. But, it’s the best feeling mineral sunscreen that I’ve ever used and I’ve used many.
Cashmere SPF 30 retails for $125 for 1.7 oz at Sephora.
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