Reviewed by Dawn

Welcome to my review of Marie Veronique Organics Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20 natural tinted sunscreen. In the summer, I love a tinted sunscreen or a tinted moisturizer; my just-hitting-my-40s combination skin has a rough time with heavier creams in the summer, and I do enjoy time outside. Sheer coverage with protection is always my summertime staple.

This product has some great things going for it. For one thing, it contains no nanoparticles of zinc oxide. Now, while the jury is still out on exactly how harmful nanoparticles (particles small enough to be absorbed into the skin and bloodstream) may actually be, this is certainly a good example of better safe than sorry. If something MIGHT be harmful and you can get products WITHOUT that ingredient, why not err on the side of caution? Everyday Sheer Coverage also features no parabens, no waxes, no fillers, and no fragrance. Well, no artificial or added fragrance, anyway (I’ll get back to this in a moment). What you do get is both UVA and UVB protection and SPF 20. Quite a few marks in the product’s favor, I think.

There are many helpful natural oils in this product, including cherry kernel seed, emu, pomegranate seed, red raspberry seed, yangu, and rose and neroli essential oils. There is also broccoli seed oil; it’s the first oil listed and the fourth ingredient overall. And that’s where the smell comes in. The smell is not overpowering and thankfully it doesn’t linger too long, but it is strong. If the smell of cooked broccoli is your thing, you’re going to LOVE this sunscreen. If it’s not, the odor is plain old unpleasant, enough so that some people might be turned off immediately. That’s a mark against.

The Marie Veronique Organics website claims this product offers a matte finish, but I didn’t find that to be the case. My skin is not overly oily, even in the summer, and I found this sunscreen gave me a dewy finish. Now, I happen to like that little glow a dewy finish gives, but the bottle says matte and it doesn’t deliver that. That’s another strike.

The directions on the bottle specify liberal application every two hours (more after swimming or excessive sweating). So if you want convenience or staying power, this isn’t a good choice. Also, if you’re planning to be in and out of the water, why would you want tint or coverage? To me, that’s just one more thing to wash out of the beach towel.

Liberal coverage also affects overall value. While I am always willing to pay more for quality, there still needs to be some kind of value to it. This sunscreen is $50 for 60ml (2oz), or approximately $0.83/ml. Most dermatologists recommend applying between 2½ and 1¼ ml of sunscreen to your face – let’s call it 2 ml for the upcoming math. The company recommends applying every two hours, so that’s four applications in an average day (8 hours spent outside) – 8 ml per day. That’s $6.64 per day; with daily use, one bottle would last a week and a half. By comparison, Juice Beauty’s Tinted Mineral Moisturizer (my personal fave) is $29 for the same amount of product.

Bottom line? Great ingredients. Weird smell. Terrible value. Sure, if you’ve got the cash to burn and you love broccoli the way most of us love cupcakes, this might be just your thing. But I think the rest of us are just going to have to keep looking for our perfect daily use sunscreen.

Ingredients: (Active) 16.6% non-nano zinc oxide; Camellia sinensis (green & white tea), non-nano zinc oxide, vegetable glycerin, Brassica oleracea italica (broccoli seed oil), Prunus avium (cherry kernel seed oil), emu oil, Punica granatum (pomegranate seed oil), Rubus idaeus (red raspberry seed oil), Tocopherol (vitamin E), Calodendrum capense (yangu oil), Cosmocil CQ*, xanthan gum, n-acetyl glucosamine, lecithin, potassium sorbate, pearl powder, Rosemarinus officinalis (rosemary oleoresin), beta glucan, Coffea arabica (coffee fruit extract), Hydrolyzed silk (silk powder), Rosa centifolia (rose) essential oil, Citrus aurantium bigaradia (neroli) essential oil, Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum essential oil), Cistus incanus (cistus) essential oil, iron oxides

*Paraben-free anti-microbial agent