Saturday, August 21, 2010

Review: Biore Dual Fusion Moisturizer with SPF 30

If you are a fan of stores like Ocean State Job Lot, Big Lots, and various other discount stores you may have noticed a bunch of the newer Biore products cropping up, and I'm telling you not to hesitate to try them! Biore products are very good as far as drugstore skin care goes in my opinion. While they usually cost a bit more, the ones that I've tried have been very effective, especially the moisturizers and toners. This review is for only a moisturizer but I'll be sure to post some more Biore beauty!

This is a dual moisturizer. This means that it is a combo of moisturizer and SPF, but the products are separated until you actually pump them out and then you mix them and apply them to your face. Supposedly this is supposed to be better as it protects against the degradation of the SPF, but I can't really attest to it.

You can see in these next couple of pics how the product comes out:

This dispenser my only pet peeve with this moisturizer, but I'll get to that later.

Here's what the packaging looks like:

If you think it looks a bit on the small side, you are correct, it is very small, as far as I'm concerned. You only get 1.7 oz of product, which, for a high end brand would be ok, but this is just too little, especially as half of it is the SPF. Keep in mind that this retails for $13.99. This may not seem like too much, but if you do the math it's more expensive that my Clinique DD Gel. The Biore one is about $8.29 per oz, while the Clinique one is about $5.71 per oz, so while I may pay around $24 for the Clinique, I'll actually be saving money in the long run. As great as this moisturizer is, I wouldn't pay full price for it. However, I found this at my local Ocean State Job Lot for $5, which is a steal!!! If you can find it discounted like that, snap it up. Otherwise, it's not really worth it.

Here's the dispenser:

It's got two little holes. One dispenses the sun block and the other the moisturizer. You can tell which is which by the color. The sunblock is white and the moisturizer is green.

The product:

You dispense it and then mix it together before applying it to you face.

When you mix it, it just turns white and then applies clear.

This is right after you rub it in a bit. Ignore the blue shadow in the corner. Idk where that came from :/ It feels really good right after you put it on. My face felt super moisturized, but not greasy/sticky. It feels really light, almost like a gel and absorbs very quickly.

Here's a couple of minutes after I applied it:

My skin feels very fresh after this. The biggest plus for this moisturizer is it's non greasy formula, even though it has SPF 30!!! My biggest pet peeve when using the Clinique DD Gel is that is doesn't have any SPF, so I'd have to layer it over SPF and end up feeling like I've got a ton of product on my skin. This moisturizer goes on very light, absorbs quickly, and doesn't leave me looking oily like almost every other moisturizer with SPF has in the past. Also, SPF 30 is a significant amount of SPF. Usually in moisturizers it's 15. And as it's been proven that we usually don't apply enough of the moisturizer to get full protection, a higher SPF is better. The box also mentions that this is supposed to improve skin tone, but even with continued use (a month and a half) I haven't noticed a reduction in redness, so I wouldn't put much stock in that. This moisturizer is supposedly meant for in between (not a teen, not old enough for serious anti-aging ingredients), but I think anyone can benefit from light moisture and a good SPF.

There really is only one big problem with this moisturizer, and that is how much you have to pump to get BOTH sides of the dispenser to dispense products. If you've used those click pen concealers/glosses you'll know what I mean. You've gotta pump and pump until a ton of product comes out, only here, you've got a ton of product coming out from one side of the dispenser and none coming out from the other side. I must have emptied almost half of the SPF before I wizened up to check out other customer reviews online on how to solve this problem.

Here's what you're supposed to do:

Well let me tell you, tapping the bottle does nothing. I tapped, and tapped, and tapped, and still no green. I Googled the problem and here's what I found:

The dispenser actually removes the show the two pumps that the product comes out of.

You can then pump whichever one you need to catch up (in my case the green) until the product comes out, as opposed to pumping both and wasting a ton of product.

Final thoughts: if you can find it at a discount, then you may wish to try it. It's a great moisturizer with a good amount of SPF in it that doesn't leave your skin feeling oily, greasy, or sticky. However, if you do purchase it, be careful that you don't waste a huge amount of product trying to get both pumps to dispense product. And I wouldn't advise paying full price for this product as it is way more expensive (per oz) than more high end moisturizers.


Price: $13.99

Ingredients: Octinoxate (3%), Zinc Oxide (3.9%), Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Butylene Glycol, Phenyltrimethicone, Cetyl PG Hydroxyethyl Palmitamide, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Nymphaea Coerulea Flower Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Hordeum Distichon Extract (Barley), Disodium Rutinyl Disulfate, PEG 3 Dimethicone, Polyacrylamide, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Copolymer, C13 14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Stearoxy, PG Hydroxyethylcellulose Sulfonate, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Laureth 7, Propylene Glycol, Iron Oxides, Disodium EDTA, 1,2 Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Tropolone, Fragrance (Parfum), Green 5, Yellow 5, Green 3

Disclosure: The product featured in this post was bought by me for the purpose of my personal use. If you have any further questions about disclosure, don't hesitate to ask in the comments.

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