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    What ever sunscreen you buy, please don't buy this one here. Hard to wash off and the sunscreen stays on for days and make you smell like crap!

    https://www.woolworths.com.au/shop/productdetails/502855/?is...

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    Buyer beware. The new Neutrogena hydro boost water gel sunscreen is not light nor non-greasy like it claims to be.

    I bought it thinking it might be similar to the fantastic sunscreens they sell in Japan, boy I was wrong.

    I have yet to find a decent sunscreen from an Australian brick & mortar store…have tried all the sunscreens that claim to be non-greasy like the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer dry touch and the La Roche-Posay Anthelios but they are all terribly thick & greasy!

    We have many of the same brands at shops & pharmacies as they do in Japan - Biore, Neutrogena, Nivea etc but why don't they stock the same product lines as they do over there?

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      I'm not sure about the sunscreens they sell in Japan, but the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face isn't too bad. Feels light on the skin. Just isn't great for water sports. My favourite at the moment though is Feel Good sunscreen http://www.wearefeelgoodinc.com.au/ I've only tried their signature sunscreen but it works really well. Less toxic crap in it which is great but you'll pay a lot more than supermarket stuff. I was in midday sun at the beach/surf in QLD last weekend for 3+ hours and didn't get burnt. It rubs in well but honestly is still going to feel like you have sunscreen on, more so than the Neutrogena face one.

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      Interesting. Thanks for the feedback on the Neutrogena hydro boost water gel sunscreen. It's pretty hard to beat the texture of Japanese sunscreens, but some people are wary of the alcohol content (apparently that's what makes the texture so pleasant).

      Michelle from labmuffin has tried out a bunch of sunscreens and put it in a spreadsheet. She's a self-confessed sunscreen nerd from Australia, and her skin type is oily. In the spreadsheet, look for the 'overall enjoyment' second last column which takes texture into account. There are some that score well like the Natio Daily defence SPF50+ moisturiser, Canmake UV mermaid gel (Japanese). There are also more pricey ones like Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser and Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Superscreen SPF 50+.

      Edit: The Coles face sunscreen SPF50+ is supposed to be very good as well.

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      I haven't used the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer clear Face but I have used Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body on my face and the texture is quite good for me - not as light as japanese sunscreens but not greasy. I guess it depends on individual skin types.

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      Buyer beware. The new Neutrogena hydro boost water gel sunscreen is not light nor non-greasy like it claims to be.

      I think it's definitely lighter and less greasy than regular sunscreen. I do wonder what the really light/non-greasy Japanese ones are like. This one seems like it'd sit in between regular sunscreen and that mythical Japanese stuff, at probably 1/4 the price when on sale.

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        I completely agree with you on this one! It definitely feels suffocating on my skin. I had high hopes. I do highly recommend this new sunscreen from Nivea, however:

        https://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/buy/89033/nivea-sun-spf-...

        It isn't greasy, shiny, sticky… has no white cast and you can't tell you have it on. Mind due, I always put 2 layers of sunscreen on daily. The only thing that annoys me, is that Nivea fragrance that's totally unnecessary. They should've made it fragrance-free. I highly recommend this one - I don't think it'll let you know. It's quite thick and has a slight yellow tinge to it, however despite its thickness, it doesn't apply horribly as you may expect. It's fantastic!

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      Mecca Cosmetica's own sunscreen line is not greasy- the 50spf one might be a tad thicker, but not as much as all the other "drugstore" ones. It's designed to be a makeup primer as well, so it's not thick and greasy. Dries matte quickly and no white cast. Though price is more expensive.

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    If you prefer inorganic sunscreen, Aldi sells their version in a blue “sensitive” tube which is zinc oxide based - for the same price as the other organic variants. I think it’s $3 which is incredibly cheap. It’s a bit harder to rub so I “dilute” it with the other types.

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    woolworths has the neutrogena full price at $17, $2 more than at coles which is $15- sneaky!!!
    im waiting for the 1/2 price at coles, it should bring it down to $7.50

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