Luxury Suncare Comparison Review > La Mer vs La Prairie vs Sisley vs Chantecaille vs Chanel vs Dior

Published by Jasmine Imms

I must admit that I'm a huge suncare obsessive, more than anything else in skincare. Personally, suncare has never been just for summer and winter activities to me, but for daily purpose whether it's cloudy outside or not. As some of you who have been reading my posts, I'm very good at sticking to the ones that actually work. However, sunscreens have been something that I would never stop searching and experimenting with as that's how much weight I put on it in my skincare routine. As much as I've been addressing the importance of hydrating skin on my blog past years, proper suncare is also as essential specially nowadays, especially with the rising concerns in regards to pollution and global warming. We all want to age gracefully, without skin cancer, right? :) And the key to that begins with using a good sunscreen daily.

A Wheatfield On A Summer's Afternoon by Marc Chagall, 1942

A Wheatfield On A Summer's Afternoon by Marc Chagall (1942)

Anyway, this year has been extra interesting to me as major big companies including the ones that I love have released their new/upgraded sunscreens. Looking back this year, it was pretty crazy spending so much money on those, but I think it was well worth it since I like to analyse and compare. Most importantly, I'm very curious and they all goes onto my skin after all :D.

If you are contemplating other high-end skincare brands, then my previous posts on them may be helpful as well.

Just for a quick reference, I have normal dehydrated skin most of the time. However, my skin can get normal to dehydrated combination over summer and dehydrated normal to dry in autumn and winter. My skin can also become a bit allergic to some of the natural skincare products containing certain ingredients and oils. As I've mention before, the nature of the post is very personal, so how I feel about the products may be different from how the companies have advertised. Regardless, those sunscreens that are mentioned here have been tested throughout all the seasons and I hope this post will help your decision making so you can find the one that meets your needs and taste :).

Below USD 100 (excl. tax)

  Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Primer Chanel UV Essentiel Soin Quotidien Multi-Protection Daily Defender UV-Pollution SPF 50+ Dior ONE ESSENTIAL City Defense SPF 50
Key benefits • Collagen protection
• Increasing skin’s natural defense
• DNA protection from oxidation
• Strengthening skin’s own defense
• Protection from pollution, internal & external stressors and UV damage
• Protection against UV damage, pollution and toxins
Personal preferred usage Suncare & moisturiser & primer Primer Suncare & primer
Amount 40mL 30mL 30mL
Major sun filter type Chemical Physical Physical
UVB Rating SPF 45 SPF 50+ SPF 50
UVA Rating PA+++ N/A PA++++
Texture Fluid emulsion Lightweight emulsion Gel emulsion
Finish • No white cast
• Glow
• Can get slightly sticky or greasy depending on the amount you put on
• Visible whitecast
• Semi-matte finish
• Cooling
Almost no visible whitecast
• Glow
• Subtle skintone evening & brightening
Hydration power • Long lasting
• Flight safe
• Not much hydration
• Best used with other skincare/makeup products
• Not much hydration
• Short flight safe
Preferred weather All except humid All except cold & dry All except very dry
Preferred skin type All except oily Best for normal to oily with no fragrance sensitivity All except those with fragrance sensitivity
Reapplication East Easy, but white cast amplifies Easy
Layerability with other skincare & makeup Easy Easy Easy
Price range (excl. tax) $$ $ $
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USD 100 and above (excl. tax)

  Blanc de La Mer The SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid La Prairie Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil Sunscreen SPF 50 La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Transforming Cream Sunscreen SPF 30 Sisley Super Soin Solaire Youth Protector SPF 50
Key benefits • Pigmentation control • Pigmentation control
• Moisture balance
• Supporting skin’s natural defense system
• Colour correcting
• Hydrating
• Oil free
• Protection from UV induced photo-aging & environmental damage
• Cell protection
Personal preferred usage Suncare & primer Moisturiser & suncare Tinted moisturiser & suncare & primer Moisturiser & suncare
Amount 50mL 50mL 30mL 40mL
Major sun filter type Chemical Physical Physical Chemical
UVB Rating SPF 50 SPF 50 SPF 30 SPF 50+
UVA Rating PA+++ PA++++ PA+++ PA++++
Texture Bouncy gel emulsion Dense cream Velvety cream Creamy emulsion
Finish • No white cast
• Glow
• Can get slightly sticky or greasy depending on the amount you put on
• No white cast
• Glow
• Can get slightly sticky or greasy depending on the amount you put on
• Semi-matte finish with a subtle glow
• Light to medium coverage with natural look
• No white cast
• Glow
• Can get slightly sticky or greasy depending on the amount you put on
Hydration power • Subtle hydration
• Short flight safe
• Long lasting deep hydration
• Flight safe
• Long lasting subtle hydration
• Flight safe
• Long lasting deep hydration
• Flight safe
Preferred weather All All except humid All All except humid
Preferred skin type All All except problem prone/easily perspiring skin types, best for dry/dehydrated All except fragrance sensitivity All except oily/easily perspiring skin types, best for dry/dehydrated
Reapplication Easy Tricky Easy Easy
Layerability with other skincare & makeup Easy Tricky Tricky Easy
Price range (excl. tax) $$ $$$ $$$ $$
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