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Marie Veronique Organics Everyday Sheer Coverage- reader reviewed and rejected

August 18, 2013 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 5 Comments

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

  • April 15, 2016

    by Lunar

    '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.'

    This comment is just stupid.
    Firstly...chemical sunscreens are avoided by many people for various reasons. I, as a biochemist definitely prefer the physical sunblocks. Those are however also the ones that leave you looking as white as a sheet.
    MVO tinted face cream is exactly for that market of people who wish to use a physical sunblock on their faces on a daily basis and not look anaemic.
    It's very obviously not a sunscreen for the pool or beach!

    I have been using it for as long as it's been on the market and you really don't need to use a lot. Mine was lasting me for 3 months per bottle. I have no idea how many bucket fulls were applied here to make out that it's not cost effective.

    It does smell weird...but that vanishes after a while.
    It's done wonders for my skin and I can honestly say that at age 40 I have no crows feet and very Little other wrinkles due to the great sunscreen. I've had to present my ID on serveral occassions to people who thought I was under 30.
    So... <3 MVO!

  • February 12, 2016

    by Greta

    I have been using Marie Veronique products - her Everyday Sheer Coverage and face oil - for over eight years now. I am in my early 60s and have beautiful, youthful skin. Marie Veronique products are in part responsible for that. This is a fabulous product line, and I trust Marie Veronique Nadeau.

  • October 23, 2012

    by Yuliana

    I ordered acne kit from Marie Veronique Organics and i must say that was the BIGGEST WASTE of money in years! ALL of the products were horrible for various reasons. The sheer coverage in question above (and i agree with the reviewer) has horrible smell and NO - it does NOT go away for at least 3 hours! even my boyfriend made comments that i smell weird! Moreover, i do not have sensitive skin (which is ideal for experiments), but this sheer coverage made me itch, i felt like i have some itchy mask on and i need to scrub it off. To add to that - it sucks out the moisture from you skin - and keep in mind i have very oily skin, but even more me it was too much. I also tried their Moisturizing Face Screen and i must report that there is NO signification difference between the two products. What amazed me in addition to all of the above - was the fact that it sucks out the moisture from your face but if you apply it with you fingers, your hands are super greasy and you have to wash it off really well, almost scrub! Last punch - bottles - impossible to use! nothing is coming out of those pretty to look at bottles. I had to use q-tips to get all of the products out (all i mean all that came with the acne trial kit). BIG disappointment, it seems to me that this company is nothing but marketing and pretty ingredients written on the box. Also, i wrote to the company that i had a horrible experience with their product and all they had to say that i am wrong - really? that was just bad customer service - cherry on top of all the bad stuff...

  • August 22, 2012

    by Ruth

    Thanks Catherine, your clear explanations make sense and really make me want to check
    out your product

  • August 20, 2012

    by Catherine

    Thanks for taking the time to experience MVO. We appreciate your feedback and would like to address your concerns:

    First, you are correct, we do use a number of therapeutic oils in our products including broccoli seed oil which contains essential fatty acids and sulforaphane, which provides UV protection by provoking an increase in a protective enzyme. We scent Everyday Sheer Coverage with a combination of essential oils, including rose and neroli, to create a fragrance which most of our customers enjoy.

    Second, most customers experience a Matte finish when they apply the product without a moisturizer. Many customers actually prefer the dewy finish and achieve this by applying our Anti-Aging Oil first.

    As for the application, the application instructions are required by the FDA. We recommend using our Moisturizing Face Screen which has an SPF 30 when you are outdoors in the sun, and yes you should reapply sunscreen every 2 hours when outdoors and/or after swimming or sweating. We also recommend Kid Safe Screen for people who prefer no tint and plan to swim/sweat. Like all our sunscreens, Kid Safe Screen is top rated by the EWG. Our Everyday Sheer Coverage, SPF 20 is best for use everyday, rain or shine. This product is great for everyday use and we typically don’t reapply unless we’re at the beach or in the mountains. Many of our customers (me included) put this sunscreen on once in the morning and the coverage lasts all day. My bottle easily lasts 3 months. As for the pricing, we do use quality ingredients and essential oils which are very expensive. We sell primarily online through our site so that we can keep the costs down.

    We appreciate the advice this site provides! Thanks again for your feedback.

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