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Review | Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway Sunscreen SPF 50+ PA ++++

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Petal Velvet Sunaway

RM43 | 55ML | SPF50+ PA++++ 

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Keep the sun away!

A lightweight sunscreen that protects the skin from UV rays with a petal-like finish.
This is the October 2018 addition to the Althea brand product range and it’s a sunblock that has SPF 50+ PA++++ (extremely high UVA protection). This sunblock was perfectly designed for residence in the country with tropical weather as it provides strong UV protection whilst keeping it lightweight, non-greasy, non-sticky and it doesn’t even cause white cast!

Althea said: “Shield your skin from the sun’s rays and give it some petal protection with Althea’s Petal Velvet Sunaway! Ultra lightweight, this invisible sunscreen is formulated with Damask rose extracts, ensuring that your skin stays fresh and hydrated throughout the day without any stickiness or a white cast. It has an SPF of 50+ and PA++++ so your skin will be kept protected all day. As part of the Petal Velvet line, it also contains micro-powder particles that give you a smooth, petal-like complexion. Or, pair it with your choice of Petal Velvet Powder and get 10% off the petal duo!”

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Suitable for

  • Daily use: Long-wear and Strong Protection
  • Moisture Sebum Control without white cast/stickiness
  • All skin types even those with sensitive skin

While this product contains four features: Natural Ingredients, Soft as a Flower Petal (lightweight formula), No White Cast, and Cruelty-Free, there are three key features/ingredients of this product: Microparticles, sebum control and Damask rose extract. Each key feature/ingredient plays a vital role to keep this product lightweight, non-sticky, non-greasy, moisturizing and provide a radiant glow.

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Microparticles: Velvet Finish

This sunblock has a lightweight texture with a very powerful UV protection from a non-chemical formula with an airy, fluid texture to protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays. The non-chemical UV filter adheres well on the surface of the skin and scatters UV light. The formula is gentle on sensitive skin without chemical ingredients and it does not leave a white cast behind due to a more transparent formula.

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Sebum control: Petal-like Complexion

The velvety finishing yet hydrating formula controls excessive sebum on the skin with a micro powder system. The micro powder barrier refers to the microparticles that absorb sebum and excess oil from the skin to give a light, airy and velvety finish.

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Damask Rose Extracts

The extract moisturize and smoothen the skin while healing acne. It has a natural nanomolecular composition that is rich in vitamins to penetrate deep into the skin, soothing sensitivities and strengthening it for a radiant glow.

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Ingredients

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Disiloxane, Propanediol, Titanium Dioxide, Dicaprylyl Ether, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sorbitan Caprylate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Ethyl Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol

For more information about the ingredients:
Skincarisma | Cosdna 
Each site explain the ingredients differently.

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How to use

Step 1: Make sure your skin is clean before application. To use this with your skin care routine, proceed with cleansing, toning and moisturizing your skin before applying the sunscreen. If you’d like to use makeup, you can use the sunscreen before makeup.

Cleanser โ†’ Toner โ†’ Moisturizer โ†’ Sunblock  โ†’ Makeup

Step 2: Shake well. Apply a generous layer evenly onto your skin in the morning or 10 minutes before sun exposure. I’d usually suggest with 10 minutes before exposing your skin to sunlight / UV light. 

Step 3: Spread the sunscreen across your skin evenly. You’ll find that it spreads out pretty easily and does not leave patchy marks or white casts. Once you’re done, you can leave it as it is.  You can also do your makeup after applying sunscreen. On the other hand, you can set the sunscreen for an even silkier and velvety finishing texture on your skin with the Althea Petal Velvet Powder.

The left half of the demonstration is where I spread the sunblock all over that side of my arm. Noticed that my skin does not look pale with the white cast yet it gives a hint of radiant glow. The area which I did not spread the sunblock remains dull and yellowish. Results would be more obvious in real life. 

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Verdict

I am actually enjoying this sunscreen because it’s so light and it smells so amazing. Its scent is like a type of rose essential oil (yes there are many types) and I think the sage oil, bergamot oil and geranium oil are doing amazing pairing up together. In fact, it does smell like rose geranium essential oil since there’s geranium oil in it.

The texture itself is really soft. It’s watery too but if you’re not careful, you might find yourself looking at transparent liquid flowing down the opening of the tub (I’m assuming it’s the rose extract) so you really have to remember shaking the bottle before using. I would also assume that when it is undisturbed, the liquid in the bottle will be separated to two layers due to density: transparent liquid on top (rose extract?) and the rest of the content remain below.

The application process was very easy. The sunblock can be evenly applied across the face effortlessly. The tube itself makes it easy to squeeze the content out without too much effort, too. My eczema skin did not feel any stinging or discomfort too. Although I did hear from a friend that her acne prone skin find this product triggering her breakouts. So far, everyone else who had tried this product shown no issues with it though. Hence, for anyone with acne prone skin, you might want to check the ingredient list and identify if you are allergic or sensitive towards any of the ingredients.

Hours after application, my skin remains smooth and the sunblock still feels very light. It doesn’t feel sticky or greasy at all! By setting the sunblock with powder, it does make my skin feels velvety. However, I prefer to leave it as it is without any powder setting or makeup, especially when I don’t have any intention to meet people aside from my colleagues at work. (I’m currently not wearing makeup to work but it will change once I change job.) While I don’t usually end the day with a greasy face, a certain base product such as tinted sunblock or foundation  (from certain brands) do. This sunblock is definitely not the type to leave my skin greasy at the end of the day.

The pricing of the sunscreen seems justifiable because a typical sunblock at a similar SPF range and price range would cost around RM50 or more. Not to mention that this product has natural ingredients along with high PA level. It’s also very uncommon to see a PA ++++ sunscreen in the market. Besides, those with high SPF and PA levels are typically for body and they always end up getting sticky and greasy the moment you apply. Not to mention that they cause a lot of white casts. Hence, my discontinuation of using body sunblock. But to my surprise, not only that this brand offers one that doesn’t cause discomfort, but it’s also relatively affordable.

Overall, aside from Clinelle’s sunblock, this is definitely a recommended sunblock. If you’d like to purchase and it’s your first time, you can use my link to signup and gain discounts for your first purchase!

Rating:

Smell: ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
Comfort: ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด
Durability: ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ
Price: ๐Ÿ’ฐ | ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
Recommend: Yes!

It’s really worth your time to try this product. Not to mention, Althea has 10% discount for a bundle set including a Sunaway Sun Screen with your choice of Petal Velvet Powder! 
Althea sent a set of these to us Althea Angels for review. I’d like to give a huge thank you to Althea for these goodies! I would personally recommend choosing either translucent (#0) or pink lavender if you’d like to purchase the set below.

Sale!

Petal Velvet Set

RM53.10 | A Sunaway + A Powder of your Choice

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There are three types of powder available for you to choose from:
Warm Beige (#23), Translucent (#0), and Pink Lavender.

That’s all for this post!
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