Sunscreen is a vital part of any skincare routine. In fact, applying sunscreen is the best thing you can do to prevent premature aging and skin cancer. Did you know that it’s important to reapply sunscreen, even if you’re wearing makeup? The big question is, how do you apply sunscreen over makeup? The best method I’ve found is to use sunscreen powder. I’m using Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30.
This is the first sunscreen powder I’ve ever tried, but I’m enjoying it so far! I previously tried a couple of setting sprays with SPF, but they were a bit irritating and smelled strongly of sunscreen. I was not a fan, so I knew that wasn’t the best option for refreshing my sunscreen. When it comes to sunscreen, it’s especially important to find products that are enjoyable to use since we’re more likely to use products we like!
I don’t use Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 every day since I haven’t been spending very much time outside. However, it’s been great to have on hand for days that I do need to go out in the afternoon. I’ve used this product enough times now that I’m familiar with its pros and cons. Please continue reading for my full review where I’ll discuss packaging, ease of application, sun protection, ingredients, how it layers over makeup, and price.
Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 product claims directly from DermaE.com
This translucent non-nano mineral powder can be worn on its own or over makeup for a natural, flawless look. Easy to carry to reapply throughout the day for all day sun protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays.
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Other product details
- Price: $21.95 (or currently only $17.65 from Amazon)
- Net weight: 0.14 oz. | 4 g
- Made in the USA
- Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
- Free of gluten, soy, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, petrolatum, sulfates, mineral oil, artificial color, and fragrance
- Broad spectrum SPF 30 sun protection
- Where to buy: DermaE.com or Amazon.com
- Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
- DermaE.com unfortunately only ships within the United States.
- Overall rating: 8.8/10
- Packaging/ease of application: 7/10
- Sun protection: 7/10
- Ingredients: 10/10
- Team player: 10/10
- Price: 10/10
Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.
Packaging/ease of application
The packaging for Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 is very similar to that of other sunscreen powders I’ve seen, but I still think it’s so innovative! The powder is contained on one end of the product, and the other end is a brush. There’s a plastic piece that comes up over the brush to protect its bristles when the cap is being taken on and off.
While I think the design is brilliant, I deducted a few points from this category, because of the packaging. First, while the design is convenient, it’s also wasteful. There’s quite a bit of waste with this product once it’s used up because of the built-in brush and piece of plastic that’s only there to protect the brush. I think Derma E should redesign this product to make it refillable. I found a Jane Iredale sunscreen powder that is made to work with refills, so I know it could be done!
There are a couple other flaws with the packaging as well. It feels quite cheap and I’m not sure how well it would hold up in a suitcase if you wanted to travel with it. I think it would be fine in a purse, but I don’t think the plastic could withstand very much weight if it was crushed in a suitcase. Lastly, the brush…it is not a good quality brush at all. I’m honestly not surprised, as Derma E is a skincare brand and doesn’t ordinarily make brushes. However, it’s not very soft and it sheds quite a bit even though I’ve never tried to wash it and have always been gentle when using it.
The poor packaging of this product definitely isn’t a deal breaker. It gets the job done and that’s what matters most. However, I think Derma E should consider making it refillable, a bit sturdier, and improve the quality of the brush.
Until I got this product and tried it for myself, I was pretty confused about how it works. I thought there’d be some kind of button to dispense the powder, but there’s not! It actually flows through the brush automatically. I was skeptical the first time I used it because I didn’t see powder on the brush, but I did see a small cloud of powder as I swirled it over my face. It’s actually a very smart delivery system and quite easy to use!
The most important part of every sunscreen, of course, is the level of sun protection provided. First, sunscreen should be labeled as “broad spectrum,” which means that the product will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreens that do not offer broad spectrum protection will not protect you from UVA rays. UVA rays were not always fully understood like they are today, but we need to be protected from them since UVA rays, like UVB, damage the skin’s DNA and can lead to skin cancer. UVA rays also penetrate the skin deeply to cause premature signs of aging. Fortunately, this sunscreen does provide broad spectrum protection!
The second thing to note is SPF factor. Sunscreens with an SPF factor of 15 provide 93% protection from UV rays (7% of UV rays are able to reach your skin), while SPF 30 provides 97% protection and SPF 50 provides 98% protection. No sunscreen can provide 100% protection, though SPF 100 is very close with 99% protection. The Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder has an SPF factor of 30, so it provides 97% protection, which is not bad. Since I am fair-skinned and burn easily, I wish it was SPF 50 or higher (to be fair, most if not all mineral sunscreens are SPF 50 or lower).
There are a couple of other things to consider with this sunscreen powder’s sun protection. My biggest concern is that certain parts of the face will be missed, since it’s not easy to see where it’s been applied. It’s important to apply sunscreen to every part of the face to avoid sun damage.
I also want to note that this sunscreen powder is not water- or sweat-resistant. If you’ll be sweating a lot on your face, definitely reapply more often than recommended. If you’ll be spending time in water…frankly, I’d recommend skipping makeup (gasp!) and using a regular water-resistant face sunscreen and/or a sunscreen stick like the Beauty by Earth Mineral Sunscreen Stick, which is also water-resistant.
Since this is the first sunscreen powder I’ve ever reviewed, I really wasn’t sure what to expect to see on the ingredients list. It’s actually a pretty simple formulation, but a good one! There are often some questionable ingredients in skincare products, but this one doesn’t have anything like that. All of the ingredients are there to provide sun protection or other skincare benefits, or support the overall formula.
A keyword in the name of this product, Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30, is mineral. There are two sunscreen ingredients in this product, and they’re both mineral/physical sunscreens: titanium dioxide (17.29%) and zinc oxide (20%). These ingredients provide sun protection by reflecting UV rays away from the skin.
Here’s a full list of the inactive ingredients in Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30:
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Capryloyl Glycine, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Mica, Potassium Sorbate, Silica, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Undecylenoyl Glycine
*May contain Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77489)
Are you surprised by how few ingredients are in this product? I was! Looking at these inactive ingredients (not counting the iron oxides), there are four “good” skincare ingredients and six “neutral” supporting ingredients. I’ll provide brief descriptions of the skincare ingredients first:
- Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract
- Capryloyl Glycine
- Synthetic amino acid derivative
- Protects skin from water loss
- Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract
- Potent skin-soothing property
- May aggravate skin that is sensitive to plants in the daisy family
- Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
- Strengthens skin barrier
These ingredients aren’t likely to make any big changes to the skin, but they are helpful for protecting the skin and keeping it healthy. Really, since this is a sunscreen product, all of these other skincare ingredients are just added bonuses. 🙂
The other inactive ingredients are simple and safe. They perform important functions to support the formula. These ingredients include an emollient that makes skin feel smooth, preservatives, colorant, thickener, and an antimicrobial. The iron oxides that may or may not be included in the formula are additional colorants that are yellow and orange in color.
I was so relieved to see that there aren’t any common irritants in Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30. The other Derma E skincare products I’ve used have been fragranced, and fragrance ingredients have the potential to be sensitizing. This product should be safe for those with sensitive skin (with the exception of people sensitive to plants in the daisy family; see above description for Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract).
Since Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 is applied over everything else, including makeup, it’s a little easier for it to be a good team player compared to most leave-on skincare products. What do I mean by “team player?” I’m simply reviewing how well this powder interacts with other products on the skin.
I should note that I only use this product on days that I’m wearing makeup, because the other days I can easily reapply my standard sunscreen or use a sunscreen stick for reapplication. I use this sunscreen powder specifically because it doesn’t disturb my makeup. In fact, it sometimes helps my makeup to look better!
I have combination skin with an oily t-zone and this powder mattifies my skin. In addition to mattifying my skin, it also makes it feel very smooth and has a slight pore-blurring effect. This product really is a 2-in-1 makeup and skincare product. It actually improves the look of my makeup instead of making it look cakey, which I feared. I’ve never needed to use this powder more than once in a day, so it’s possible that it would become cakey after multiple applications. However, I think that would be true for any type of powder.
One last note on this subject: on my skin tone, I don’t feel that this powder affects the color of my foundation. I’ve read some reviews that it’s too dark for some fair-skinned people, while those with darker skin tones find it to be too light. I have fair skin and I don’t have any problems with the shade of this powder. However, it does look like it would be too light for deep skin tones. Derma E claims that this powder is translucent and that seems to be true for me, but not as much for others. It’s possible they are applying it more liberally than I do, as I simply try to coat every part of my face with a thin layer of powder.
When I first saw this product, it was the first of its kind that I’d ever seen. I thought to myself, “wow, that’s brilliant, but it seems so expensive!” Compared to some other products from Derma E, the Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 is kind of expensive at $21.95.
However, as I found similar products, I learned that $21.95 is actually very affordable by comparison! This Derma E product was the least expensive of all the sunscreen powders I found. I think part of the reason this type of product is pricey could be that there aren’t that many options (compared to other types of sunscreen).
Some sunscreen powders I found are $60+ and I think that’s crazy! This Derma E product isn’t perfect, but I can’t imagine any sunscreen powder is worth three times the price of this one. I’m so happy I found this affordable option for refreshing my sunscreen.
For the longest time, I applied sunscreen in the morning, applied makeup over it, and crossed my fingers hoping I’d be protected from the sun all day long. Thank goodness I finally have a product I enjoy that allows me to reapply sunscreen no matter how much makeup I’m wearing. I’ll definitely be taking Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 with me on my upcoming vacation to make sure I can look good and also feel good about my sun protection! Tinted lip balm and sunglasses are a must, too!
Derma E’s product claims for this sunscreen powder are quite simple. They state that it is translucent, may be worn alone or over makeup, looks natural, and that it’s easy to carry and reapply. The only claim I might disagree with is that this powder is translucent. While I don’t see any color from this powder when I apply it over my makeup, there is definitely a light tint to it. It’s a tint that will work for a lot of skin tones, but I think it’s entirely possible that some people will find it to be too light or dark. I agree with all of their other claims!
One thing I’d like to note, is that while the directions for this product don’t specifically state that it’s meant for reapplication of sunscreen, I think that is its best use. You’re much more likely to get thorough, even sun protection with a traditional sunscreen applied first (whether you’re wearing makeup or not). Then Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 is perfect for reapplying sunscreen for extended protection from UV rays.
Have you ever used a sunscreen powder to reapply sunscreen over makeup? Or is there another method that you prefer? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject, so please comment below!