Though we mostly eschewed New Year’s resolutions (apart from these), if we were to make one, it would be to wear more sunblock, dammit. Managing to put it on our face (or better yet, use a BB cream with a decent SPF) is one thing, but remembering to apply it to our décolletage, hands, neck, etc—it’s all a bit more than we can handle first thing.

But we are trying to be better. And the first step in that direction? Sunday Riley Cashmere SPF 30 sunscreen. If you haven’t heard yet, to us, Sunday Riley is synonymous with quality, potency and killer innovation.  So we were ecstatic when we had the opportunity to try their cult-favorite sunscreen, the aptly named Cashmere.

This powerful sunscreen, with its luxurious texture and finish, provides weightless hydration without any white streaks or typical oiliness. Made with wheatgrass, stone root, rice grass, ginseng, pomegranate, and NV-5 Ageless Complex, this formula detoxifies the skin and provides continuing anti-pollution protection. With use, skin feels softer, looks more youthful, and is protected from the daily assault of UV and pollution.

Also noted on the label: “This powerful sunscreen is technically SPF 53, although we label it as SPF 30+.”

The formula is a thick gel crème hybrid, and ever so slightly sticky. It is unscented, with a very faint hint of the comforting scent of Elmer’s glue. If you’re not into childhood nostalgia when it comes to skincare, you’ll be pleased to note that it fades almost instantly upon application.

The formula itself glides on easily and for the most part transparently. On one or two occasions, depending on how parched our skin was, we did see one or two small streaks, but nothing that couldn’t be blended. This sunscreen dries to the touch quite quickly, though, so you’ll want to do any blending efficiently.

Once the formula dries, it’s a velvety base for foundation, tinted moisturizer, or nothing at all.

The bottom line: this is a wonderful formula, and it’s packed with skin nurturing ingredients, as well as Sunday Riley’s patented NV-5 Ageless Complex made from traditional Native American botanicals. If you’re in the market for a good sunscreen though, there’s no real reason to spend $125. Shiseido, Kate Somerville, and even Neutrogena’s Dry-Touch products are all sufficient at a fraction of the price. That said, if you have the means, or if you just want sunscreen that’s going to do anti-aging double duty, Cashmere is a gorgeous option.

Sunday Riley Cashmere SPF 30+, $125. Available at Sunday Riley, Barney’s and Sephora.com

 

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