Review: Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47

With the sun making more of an appearance in Vancouver’s skies this spring, I’ve found a need to search for a suitable sunscreen. I used to rely on Estee Lauder but after finding out that it’s on the BDS list, I’ve been on the hunt for a natural, sensitive skin-friendly alternative.

I was so close to giving up when I saw this on the Sephora website. Below are my thoughts!

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What it promises from the Sephora website:

~ all-natural, chemical-free, lightweight, translucent sunscreen

~ moisturizes the skin with a non-greasy texture

~ smoothes skin’s texture

~ boosts skin’s radiance

~ ultragentle on sensitive skin

~ subtle, non-irritating fragrance

~ contains SunBoost ATB (a unique blend of antioxidants, skin-soothers, and hydrators) that limits the use of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (which can be heavy on the skin and leave a white cast)

What it delivers:

I use one pump of this on my face and one pump to cover my neck and decollete. I apply this sunscreen with the Beauty Blender then wait for 20 minutes before going out into the sun (the recommended time for sunscreen to set). If I’m planning on wearing makeup, I do my eye makeup while waiting for the sun screen to set and then, proceed to face makeup.

The first thing that hits me when I use this is the scent. This product smells heavenly! It smells sweet but not too sickly sweet to give me a headache. The smell quickly dissipates within a few minutes of application.

I do like that this product is ultra gentle and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I forgot to do a patch test of this product on my skin (oops!!) but thankfully, it didn’t cause me any problems. I experienced no breakouts or redness/irritation. In fact, my skin actually looks better when I take off my makeup at the end of the day – is this even possible? I swear it really does!

The texture of this product is a little strange. I describe it as a little goopy but it warms up on my face when I apply it and becomes a little easier to spread. I use the Beauty Blender to keep my hands clean for handling other makeup.

The product is not fully matte. I would describe it as a dewy finish with an emphasis on ‘dewy’. I have naturally oily skin and don’t mind the look of a dewier face but for those who enjoy a matte finish on your face, I would stay away from this product.

The sunscreen is not completely transculent when you first apply it. I have a fair-medium olive skin tone and it looks a little white on my face. However, the slightly whitish cast disappears after 15 -20 minutes, which is the amount of time you are encouraged to wait after putting on sunscreen before going into the sun.

Price point: CAD$40 for 2 oz. I bought the 0.5oz bottle at CAD$18 and I think it will be able to last me a season (~ 3 months). Sunscreen does expire within a year of opening so I tend to be more conservative when purchasing bottle sizes.

Rating: A

Final thoughts: I would definitely recommend this sunscreen to fellow olive skinned/medium skinned/dark skinned beauties. I’m actually looking forward to testing this sunscreen in the summer here in Vancouver (especially without face makeup) and when I visit family in Singapore (to see if it will stand up against the increased humidity). Perhaps I will do an update on this product then. 🙂

What’s your favorite sunscreen to wear? Is it an old favorite or a new find?

you’ve been stylesyah-ed! xo


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