Reviewed by Aubrey

I was very excited to receive this product from TIA for a review. I have been reading good things about Osmotics and have been wanting to try out the line. I also love tinted sunscreens.

I don't think this product has been released for sale yet. I wasn't able to find a link online anywhere to buy it or read more about it. The description on the small sample-sized bottle reads: "Applied daily, this silky, sheer, oil-free formula provides complete broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection while enhancing natural skin tone for a fresh, healthy glow." It sounds to me like Osmotics has developed something similar to their Age Prevention Protection Extreme SPF 40, but with a tint. The two have the same active ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate and Octisalate.

Unfortunately, only the active ingredients are listed on the bottle, without percentages. It is difficult for me to form a solid opinion about a product without a full list of ingredients. All I have to go on is how it feels and looks on my skin, and whether it prevents sunburn. I did test all of these aspects, and I thought about how it compares to other SPF products I have tried. I have a picky list of skin concerns, and I have tried a lot different things in search of the perfect solution.

I will outline the major factors I think about when choosing sun protection, and I will describe how Osmotics Sheer Facial Tint performed for each of them.

1. The Color. I have very fair skin that is hard to match with tinted products. However, I like the help that a slight tint provides with evening-out my ruddy cheeks and under-eye circles. I have had the best luck finding a good shade with lines that offer a wide range of colors. My Osmotics sample bottle was labeled "Medium," which was definitely too dark for me. However, the fact that it had a color name indicates it comes in other shades, and I might do okay with a lighter one. Also, it lived up to its name in that the color is nice and sheer. It provides just a hint of color. Even in the Medium, I didn't look like I was wearing foundation. I looked more like I had gotten a touch of sun... not such a bad thing in the summer!

2. The Consistency. I have combination skin, which means I want my sunscreen to moisturize the skin around my eyes without adding to the shine on my nose. That's a tall order. The Osmotics Sheer Tint does a pretty good job. It doesn't dry into chalky streaks like products for oily skin often do, and it also doesn't feel greasy and heavy like products for dry skin often do. Instead, it's super-smooth and spreads easily, so I can blend on a thin layer without tugging at my skin. There's also a certain silkiness about it, which has a bit of a softening effect on the crinkles that appear around my eyes when I smile. However, that effect doesn't hold up all that well if I put powder on top of it. I need to dust a little powder around my eyes to keep mascara from smudging.

3. The Protection. I like the high SPF. I try to stay at least above SPF 15, and even better above SPF 30, especially in the summer. I also prefer physical sunscreens, so I'm happy to see the Zinc Oxide. I'm not as happy about the Octinoxate and Octisalate, but it looks like if you're going to have chemicals, these aren't particularly worrisome ones. It definitely does a good job at preventing sunburn. I put it on my face, neck and decolletage one morning, then walked around for hours in the sun. My arms came home red and tender; the rest of me did not.

I think, overall, Osmotics Age Prevention Sheer Facial Tint is a very good sunscreen, but I wouldn't say that my search for the perfect sunscreen is over. If it comes out for sale, I might have to try it in the lightest shade. It could turn in to my go-to sunscreen on days when I'm not wearing other makeup on top. But I think I'll have to stick with my Stila sheer color tinted moisturizer on dress-up days. The Stila sunscreen doesn’t have impeccable ingredients, but it does match my skin perfectly and soften fine lines even with powder applied over it.

TIA note: We have learned from Osmotics that Age Prevention Sheer Facial Tint SPF45 ($36) will be available at the end of July; ingredients are listed below.

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Oxtinoxate, Octisalate

Other Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Purified Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Taurate Copolymer Acryloyldimethyl, Iron Oxides, Capryloyl Glycine, Oleth-3 Phosphate, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Phenoxyethanol, Polyisobutene, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Undecylenoyl Glycine