Last summer I brought you the recommendation of Colore Science Sunforgettable® a topical sunscreen powder with SPF 50. This is still one of my favorite products and you will find it in my purse all year long. But, I know it isn’t affordable for everyone, so I wanted to offer some other options for those looking to get the same experience but for less money. I am excited to say I found a comparable product for much less and more readily available.
Available in the makeup isle at most mainstream convenience stores for around $12.95. I have been using the product for a few months and have barely made a dent in it, so I am guessing the investment will likely monetize over six months to a year if not longer.
The first notable difference between the Physicians Formula product and the Colore Science is the SPF: 20 vs. 50. Additionally, the Physicians Formula product is made to be a bronzer so multiple applications and an all over application could provide some interesting outcomes. I reviewed the Physicians Formula website and found they also offer a few SPF 30 products in pressed powder and a loose mineral makeup. While I haven’t tried them and can’t recommend them, they might be worth a look if you want an affordable SPF powder that isn’t a bronzer.
The packaging is a bit more cumbersome but still great for mobility. Really the main difference is you have to have the compact AND a brush, or you need use their enclosed brush. The brush on the Sunforgettable product is wide and loose and makes it much easier to apply.
The Physicians Formula Bronzer only uses the active ingredient Titanium Dioxide vs. the Colore Science product, which uses a combination of both Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.
I’ve started to incorporate the SPF 20 Bronzer into my morning ritual. I have always used a Physicians Formula bronzer to add a sun kissed glow, so the added SPF 20 is just a bonus. The product will also work for re-applications throughout the day. It glides on very smoothly and feels very light on the skin. Never looks heavy or cakes. I use my own powder brush for application instead of the enclosed brush which I find too thin. The bronzer comes in two color choices. The lighter one works well on my pale skin tone.
I still prefer the Colore Science product since it has the higher SPF, is more easily portable and also water resistant for up to 80 minutes. But I do love Physicians Formula products and have really enjoyed using the Solar Pressed Powder Bronzer. I can’t see a reason to not use it, especially in the summer months when a little pop of color is nice.