We are obsessed with priming sunscreens in 2023
Do we want to expand our skincare steps or cut down on products in 2023? We can’t decide! Most of the time we are on the side of wanting to streamline our routine into fewer steps but yet we can’t seem to stop buying more steps.
Which steps can we skip?
Which products can we combine?
These are the musings of the modern day beauty lover.
Enter the absolute must have in your already whittled down lineup: a sunscreen that also primes the skin which can also be worn alone!
We want it to improve the look of makeup when we wear it but will also provide some glow so that if we choose not to wear makeup that day we can still look awake. All the while it should be protecting our skin from enemy number 1, the sun.
The glowy priming sunscreen that has been dominating the social airwaves since way back has been the Supergoop! Glowscreen SPF 40.
The newcomer is e.l.f. Skin Suntouchable! Whoa Glow SPF 30 sun protection plus makeup primer. We can’t help but notice that the packaging is looking a bit similar – like the one thing wants us to maybe think about the other thing.
Let’s Compare Glowscreen vs Suntouchable! Whoa Glow:
- Both are lightweight sunscreens with priming capabilities for longlasting makeup wear.
- Both use similar sunscreen filters with e.l.f. using an extra one homosalate that Supergoop! doesn’t have.
- Both contain glycerin.
- Both contain niacinamide to even out skin tone and help reduce the appearance of pores.
- Both contain hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 for hydration.
How do they differ?
- The Glowscreen has an SPF 40 whereas the Whoa Glow has an SPF 30.
- The difference in price is significant, $36 for the Glowscreen and $14 for the Whoa Glow.
- The Whoa Glow also contains squalane as a call out skin helping ingredient.
- Glowscreen comes in 2 shades and specifies no shimmer or glitter in the finish, while Whoa Glow only comes in one universal shade with a hint of peach-tone shimmer.
- It's also important to point out that the e.l.f. Whoa Glow has at least one ingredient that is on the list of ingredients that Supergoop! states it doesn't formulate with.
Which would we choose?
We would definitely try the e.l.f. Skin Whoa Glow and see if, on our specific complexion, it achieved enough of the glow that we’ve come to love from Glowscreen without too much shimmer. However, we do like the higher SPF factor of the Glowscreen. Still however, for the price advantage, this is definitely worth the try and then we can judge if we are convinced to make a longer term switch.