I have been seeing Supergoop Glowscreen ALL over my Instagram feed and everyone is talking about it (beauty editors! makeup artists! bloggers! regular friends who have no skin in the game!) and for good reason – this is one of the best products I’ve tried in ages!
It’s a hybrid illuminator/SPF (SPF 40) /Primer and just magical. It’s become one of my favorite parts of my skincare routine. I’ve posted a photo below of me wearing the product (and no other makeup), and I just can’t get over how pretty it is. I am probably going to say “pretty” a lot in this post, but that’s what it is… it’s just a pretty product (while also protecting your skin!)
PS – for my Canadian readers! The Supergoop team is working on it. Unfortunately I don’t have much information but they’re hoping to get this launched there at some point in the not so distant future. Also! Supergoop is always oxybenzone, paraben, and cruelty-free.
Supergoop Glowscreen Review
What is Supergoop Glowscreeen?
This product is an SPF primer with a pearlescent finish for a gorgeous, dewy glow. If you are not familiar with primers, a primer is the step between skincare and makeup. Primers make your makeup go on smoother and last longer. (This is when you’d apply SPF in your skincare routine anyway!) It has SPF40 and also protects against blue light.
But besides instant glow, and acting as a makeup gripping primer, it is packed with good for skin ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B5 to boost moisture in the skin and leave it soft and radiant. It also contains cocoa peptides to help protect from blue light damage. Lastly, sea lavender provides powerful antioxidant protection while also supporting long-lasting hydration.
It has a slight tint and a glowy finish but it sinks in immediately. All that is left behind is that shimmery, slightly pearlescent finish. It works universally on all skin tones… from very light to very deep!
How to Use it!
You can do a few different things. Apply generously after moisturizing… before foundation, concealer, etc. Or (like in the photo below), you can skip makeup altogether and just let the light reflecting particles do their work. If you want to wear it under makeup, you’ll have just the slightest glow and your skin looks like you have a real life instagram filter.
If you wear it alone (like below), you’ll be glowy and radiant but very natural. This product provides an instant glow, which I absolutely love. And thanks to hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5, the product sinks in immediately to the skin leaving it feeling soft.
Alone, with no makeup over it is my favorite way to wear it to be honest; in my day to day I don’t love putting on foundation – this is just right! You could also mix it with your makeup (I’d recommend using a 50/50 ratio if you decide to do that!)
What does it smell like?
This was a question I got via DMs and I always feel like such a bad person to ask bc I don’t always notice the smells of products. But as I was writing this post I squeezed a bunch out and gave it a whiff. It smells very faintly of sunscreen but there’s no scent otherwise.
Is it irritating?
No, not at all. I don’t have sensitive skin but had no reactions to this product. My eyes can be sensitive and had no reaction either.
Is it Clean? Reef Safe?
The formula meets Sephora’s clean standards! And yes, it is reef safe. I will point out that it’s a clean CHEMICAL sunscreen; and not a mineral sunscreen. A mineral sunscreen is typically free of chemicals and provides a physical barrier from the sun.
A clean chemical sunscreen still contains chemicals but it IS free from all of the chemicals that have been proven to be bad for you (i.e. oxybenzone, etc.) I really admire Supergoop in that any time a chemical is discovered to be bad, (octinoxate was the most recent one), they reformulate their products. They’re constantly working to understand what is safe and what is not and if there is even the slightest inkling that an ingredient they’re using is bad, they make a change.
It’s hard to say what to do. I generally go with a clean chemical SPF on my face as it won’t make me break out, it’s lightweight, and I can’t feel it so I won’t mind wearing it every day. But I still think the absolute safest sunscreen is probably mineral. The only mineral sunscreen I have found that I’ve liked on my face is Beautycounter. Dewskin has mineral SPF! Clean chemical sunscreens are a happy medium, IMO.
Photography by Carter Fish.