First thing's first, the company discontinued Sun Protection Emulsion for Face Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (full review). And they brought out an upgraded version Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 a few months ago, which is one of those new products they just launched.
And as a valued La Prairie customer (:P), I've been given the samples of it whenever I made a purchase at the counter at Nordstrom, which is very nice as I'm always here to try out new suncare products XD. And as you can see, I bought a full size product after trying it out for a month or so.
As I promised previously, here are my thoughts on their new suncare Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 :).
I was pretty shocked when they discontinued their not that old Sun Protection Emulsion for Face Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (full review) whereas they've been keeping their good old Cellular Anti-wrinkle Suncream SPF 30 for many years already O_O. I can actually make some assumptions:
- A. The company finally realised that they don't need to keep two chemical sunscreens that also has the same SPF 30 protection
- B. They saw the revival of mineral sun filters on skincare trend
- C. Anti-pollution is on trend.
- D. They realised that it's lame not to have SPF 50 product in their collection
- E. They received lots of complaints in regards to the scent on their previous Sun Protection Emulsion for Face Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Regardless, what I wanted to say was that their new Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 addresses all the points I mentioned above.
Texture & Scent
The colour from the surface reminds me of their Cellular Radiance Emulsion SPF 30 (full review) as it's light pink tinted. The scent is pretty subtle that I didn't really notice it. My man has eczema, and his skin gets along very well with the product.
The texture is still very similar to their old Sun Protection Emulsion for Face Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (full review), which is creamy emulsion-like. But the new Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is a little bit thick in texture as it contains mineral filters.
It still goes on smooth, not chalky, which is quite nice. As you can expect from the majority of mineral sunscreens, it has a bit of a brightening effect once you apply. However, it goes away once it's all set, so you don't need to worry about leaving white cast on your face at all. In fact, I've walked around Seoul in bare face (photos) only with Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 on as it gives such a nice glow to skin.
It actually leaves less of an oily-residue on your skin compared to their previous sunscreen and Cellular Anti-wrinkle Suncream SPF 30, but it actually creates a fine veil on top of skin just like the name. I wouldn't say it's that light though, like the company claims. It is certainly light compared to other La Prairie products, but you should remember that it's La Prairie :).
- Formulated with physical and chemical UV filters to protect against the burning UVB rays and the aging UVA rays
- UVA protection: Titanium Dioxide, Tinsorb S, Uvinul A Plus
- UVB protection: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide
- tested according to high UVA requirements of Colipa ratio and Japanese standard PA++++
- Noble edelweiss, a survival plant that grows in the Swiss Alps, is a natural and powerful anti-oxidant that supports the protective skin barrier and the integrity of the stratum corneum
Brightening / Evens Skin Tone
- Smart Crystal White, licorice-based brightening complex designed for La Prairie in an advanced delivery system, inhibits melanin production, evens and lightens skin tone, and has strong anti-irritant activity
- brightening herbal blend controls key steps of melanin formation and distribution and exfoliates to promote smoothness
Hydrating / Priming
- glacier water, naturally enriched with minerals and trace elements as it makes its yearlong journey through the Swiss Alps, gives deep and long-lasting hydration. Encapsulated in liposomes to improve moisture balance.
- rose fruit extract and lysophophatidic acid (from soybeans) help diminish the appearance of pores
- low molecular weight and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid improve moisture content and retention in skin
Although it contains a high percentage of mineral filters, I haven't experienced any dryness throughout the day with Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50. I've actually noticed that hydration lasts much longer when it's applied over my regular hydrating cream. I was flying in the plane for 20+ hours and I didn't have any major skin dehydration issues, which very much impressed me. Oily/Combination skin types might not like the sunscreen as much due to its finish, but it works brilliantly if you have more of dehydrated / dry skin types.
As you know, my man and I visited South Korea about two months ago in spring when most of Northeast Asia has a hard time with yellow dust and microparticles as they are at its peak. And yes, we were there getting all excited testing the new Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 XD. We went there for only two weeks, so we were outside most of the time hanging out. Trust me, the pollution was very bad that my sister got skin sensitivity along with breakouts as she normally stays inside for her work. And that's pretty common for the season there, which gives another reason for Asians/Koreans to look after their skin even more religiously. Anyways, my man and I didn't get a single breakout or rash :D. Yay <3 In fact, when we got back, people rather complemented on our skin >_<. Indeed, Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 has passed our experiment ;)
It neither makes pores and fine lines invisible, nor gives a silky canvas for make-up. I haven't experienced any oil control benefit, so it's probably not the best for oily skin types. It also doesn't really seem to work as a make-up base as it doesn't give any make-up longevity O_O. As I said earlier, it creates a fine film on top of skin pretty quick, so if you put on any liquid / cream foundation, you better do it very quick using a foundation brush from inside out with sweeping motion.
Don't swirl or rub it in as you will see the product peeling off. I wouldn't even recommend using any CC Cushion, matte finish product or even a compact powder that you need to pat.
Where to Buy
If you are thinking of using Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 along with other La Prairie moisturisers, here are some of my suggestions based on my family's experience including myself.
Intensive Hydration: Cellular Time Release Moisturizer Intensive
Intensive Firming / Lifting: Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask
Overall intensive Repairing : Cellular Night Repair Cream
Smoothing / Firming / Lifting: Skin Caviar Moisturisers
Hormonal Skin Aging: Radiance Moisturisers
And here are some of the brands that might be worth checking in comparison to La Prairie:
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- La Prairie Cellular Radiance Concentrate Pure Gold
- La Prairie Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold
- La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Transforming Cream Sunscreen SPF 30
- Mason Pearson / Best Hair Brushes & Combs for Men, Women and Children
- La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Lotion (First Essence)
- La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask
- La Prairie Cellular Radiance Emulsion SPF 30
- Simplehuman 8" Lighted Sensor Magnifying Makeup Mirror
- SISLEY Super Soin Solaire Youth Protector SPF 50 vs LA MER The SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid (Blanc de La Mer)
- Laneige / Amore Pacific CC Cushion & Amore Pacific The Resort Collection - Sun Protection Cushion / Stick / Mist