Review | Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway SPF50+ PA++++

Tuesday, 20 November 2018



A month ago, I've received another Althea Angel blogger mail and this time I've received an opportunity to personally tried and tested their recently launched product for their in-house brand; a new addition to their Althea Exclusives, Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway SPF50+ PA++++. Indeed, it's a new sister to my current favourite finishing powder which is the Petal Velvet Powder that are available in 3 different variants as of this year. 


You guys already know that I'm huge on sun protection and sunscreen is the last step for my morning skincare routine; the most important step for skin protection against the sun UV rays. I would say that no matter how much you invest your time and effort to do your skincare through mornings and nights, all those treatments will go down the drain if you do not add suitable sunscreen product to your AM routine and equally important to the first application in the morning (assuming you're like me who always go out to work on weekdays and outdoor activities on weekends) is the reapplication of sunscreen throughout the day.


As someone who have normal to oily (T-zone) skin with dehydrated U-zone area, I'm always looking for sunscreen that hydrates and gives me slightly matte finish. I won't mind slight white cast for that toned-up look as long as my overall complexion won't appear ghostly i.e. overly white for medium skin tone. As for the formula, I'm into sunscreens that contain chemical filters these days (notable ingredients oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate) but I've been using physical sunscreens up to last year (notable ingredients being zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide) so I don't mind using either or better, hybrid of the two group of ingredients.


Now, let's go into some details on this product first.



Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway SPF50+ PA++++


Product Description:

  • Lightweight texture with powerful UV protection
    • A non-chemical UV filter (builds up sunscreen filter on the surface of the skin and scatters UV light) formula with a light, fluid texture to protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Velvety finish, hydrating formula
    • Controls excessive sebum on the skin with a micro powder system while hyaluronic acid ensures the skin is kept hydrated throughout the day.
  • Micro powder barrier™ 
    • Micro particles absorb sebum and excess oil from the skin to give a light, velvety finish.
    • As you apply the Sunaway, hyaluronic acid replenishes moisture and deeply hydrates the skin.
  • Hydrating, fresh formula
    • Controls excess sebum on the skin with a micro powder system while hyaluronic acid ensures the skin is kept hydrated throughout the day
  • Advanced non-chemical UV filter
    • Applies evenly and smoothly onto the skin without leaving a white cast behind due to an advanced non-chemical UV filter with a more transparent formula.
  • Damask Rose
    • Contains Damask Rose extracts to moisturise and smoothen the skin.
    • Damask rose has a natural nanomolecular composition that is rich in vitamins to penetrate deep into the skin, soothing sensitives and strengthening it for a radiant glow.
Dermatologist tested.

Ingredients:
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Disiloxane, Propanediol, Titanium Dioxide, Dicaprylyl Ether, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Pelargonium Graveolens 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

Contains mineral ingredients; titanium dioxide and zinc oxide that work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect and scatter UV rays away from the skin.


Now, let's talk about the packaging!




The sunscreen came within the cute pink box that is in similar design to their Althea box  used for delivery. There's Korean product description printed at the back of the box so if you still need further information in English, I have provide the link at the end of this post for your convenient.


 


There's product batch and expiry date printed at the smaller side of the box and again at the bottom of the bottle itself. The format is YYYYMMDD. 




As you can see above, the sunscreen came in a small bottle in opaque white with pink screw cap. There's simple product description at the back as well. Do note that you'll be needing to shake the bottle well before usage especially when left unused for awhile.




Like most sunscreen bottles, this one too comes with a small opening to easily dispense the product to avoid excessive amount.


APPLICATION


   


Upon first application, the consistency is indeed lightweight, feels fresh on skin and doesn't leave much white cast on me. The scent is rosy and nice; not overpowering or linger at all. This sunscreen does last quite well throughout all morning on its own and even when used under base makeup e.g. foundation, the finishing isn't affected at all and they work nice and even. Although I've only used this sunscreen like few times under Fenty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation and its primer sister but they work well together.




I usually go for tone-up sunscreens for first sunscreen application in the morning but I do use this sunscreen on top of tone-up creams or another Althea Exclusive;  Althea Fixer Cream for no-makeup makeup look for almost everyday during the past month. Whenever I feel like my skin needs hydration boost, I'd incorporate simple hydrating or moisturising sheet mask in my skincare routine but of course, if you're someone who consider yourself as beginner in skincare or just want to go for #skincarediet instead of doing a typical 10-step Korean skincare routine, you can try these Althea Exclusives that include from cleansers to moisturisers to fit your daily skin needs.




If you're wondering how to reapply your sunscreen throughout the day, it's pretty simple! Just dab your face with blotting paper for excess oil or facial tissues for sweat, then to just freshen up your skin, spray your face with hydrating facial mist evenly then after a few minutes, you can just apply the sunscreen on your facial area using clean fingers or air puffs by tapping motions for even application. I have also been pairing the sunscreen with its powder sisters most of the time for that smooth, velvety finish that last all day long. 




I know it's fun to use different products from different brands most of the time but I've got to say that I do enjoy using Althea Exclusives together and I definitely think it's because they're designed to complement each other. I'm a huge fan of continuity not only in design but also in my skincare products. Oh, I can't wait to share with you guys about the latest launch from the brand; an exfoliator that transforms from a clay to a whipped cream lather. Definitely something I've never tried before.


Overall, I would say that this sunscreen is a great product that works well with my skin. If you're on a drier side but still would love to have slightly matte finish then you could use medium to light moisturiser underneath this sunscreen as that's what I do for my dehydrated U-zone area. I know, combination skin is so complicated especially after I hit the big 3-0 this year. Not only I need to cater my oily T-zone but also those flaky areas around lower cheeks to my jawline. I just found an intense cream for these area so I'll update you guys on that later.


You can purchase the sunscreen at individual price of RM43 or in a set of this sunscreen and any of the Powder sister with 10% discount (no code necessary) at only RM53.10 (Retail Price at RM59). If you're new to Althea and planning to purchase more than RM150, use my link (click here!) for 20% discount off your first purchase!


So I guess that's all from me! If you have already tried this sunscreen, do let me know what you think or if you haven't, tell me your favourite sunscreen that you'd like me to try next by leaving comments down below.


Until next post, annyeong~



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