Just a very quick post today: I don’t have a huge amount to say about this product, but as sunscreen is such a big deal for me, especially at this time of year, I thought I’d just quickly show you what I’ve been wearing on my face all summer. (Or for the parts of it I’ve spent at home, anyway: I used a higher SPF when I went on vacation, as I got to experience actual sunshine then!)

This is Lancome’s Genifique Soleil: it’s a sunscreen designed for the face, and it comes in SPF 15 – 50. Mine was a PR sample, and, as you can see, I was sent the SPF 30 version: given the choice, I personally always go for the highest SPF available, as you just can’t be too careful, but SPF 30 is perfectly adequate for a Scottish summer, so this has become part of my morning beauty routine.

The reason I like this is simple: it feels more like a moisturiser  than a sunscreen. My eternal complaint about sunscreen is that it tends to be thick, gloopy and hard to absorb, and that’s even more annoying on the face than is on the body, because it can be hard to apply makeup over some of particularly thick formulas.

There are no such issues with this, though: it’s lightweight, easily absorbed, and has only the faintest trace of that telltale “sunscreen” scent, so it’s really no different from applying a moisturiser. In fact, although you can obviously use moisturiser with it, I’ve dispensed with mine altogether for daytime, as this product keeps my skin soft, hydrated AND protected courtesy of the same Genifique formula you’ll find in the rest of the range.

This costs £22.98 per bottle, so it’s not cheap. It is, however, worth it, I think, and my bottle has lasted the full summer and is still going strong, so you will get your money’s worth. Click here to buy it at Boots.


  1. Wow, that’s awesome…we don’t have a Genefique sunscreen product in the US…Or at least I’ve never heard of it. I could totally sell this at my Lancome Counter! Using the Genefique for a month completely re-texturized my face, it would be wonderful to be able to have a sunscreen as well!

  2. Oooh, this is interesting – I’ve been using Neutrogena Multi-Defence (SPF 25) for quite a few months, but didn’t feel “well protected” when it was a warm, sunny day. I do have a Simple SPF 50 product, but it does exactly what you say – sits on the face rather than sinking in, and I can almost feel my pores clogging up as I put it on. So if this is available in SPF 50, it sounds perfect!

    I do hope my years of SPF’ing religiously pay off when I’m old….

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