I’ve been trying all kinds of sunscreens. I am looking for that perfect combination of reliably blocking the sun’s UVA/UVB rays and being comfortable to wear. I usually prefer physical block sunscreen.
Recently, I was sent a new kind of sunscreen for me: Brush On Block Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30.
It comes in an attractive black tube applicator with a retractable brush at one end and a clear area at the bottom where you can see the powder sunscreen. The sunscreen is self-dispensing: I turned it upside down and the powder goes through the inner tube and comes out on the brush a small amount at a time. The dispenser actually reminds me of Bare Minerals travel brush that works exactly the same way.
Perhaps because I associate the mineral sunscreen powder with Bare Minerals, I only use Brush On Block on my face, and I love it for my face!! Because of the brush and the powder form, it’s easy to apply at home as well as when I’m sweating at the beach. Unlike regular cream sunscreen that I hate reapplying over what I had on before, I actually like to reapply the powder to my face because it makes me feel cooler and more put together. Like any sunscreen, it should be reapplied every 2 hours and after 80 minutes of swimming or serious sweating.
Most of the time, I use Brush On Block as powder over my foundation or BB/CC cream for extra protection from the sun. You can also wear it under makeup, if you prefer.
The box doesn’t say that Brush On Block is limited to use on the face. I believe you could apply Brush On Block to your body, but it seems like too big an area, too difficult to cover, and maybe too difficult to see where you’ve applied it. For me, using it only on my face isn’t a negative. I’d rather “save it” for my face!
The powder is described as “translucent”, and it appears to be a beige shade that reads as translucent on my light skin. It doesn’t add any color on my skin. The product website says that it is invisible on all skin tones.
The mineral sunscreen has a very faint, very pleasant fresh scent that I really like. But it is very faint.
I love the self-dispensing brush tube. A bit odd, Brush On Block doesn’t come with instructions on how to use the tube. However, the Brush On Block website (here) explains how to operate the self-dispenser and also how to clean it. But it’s not that hard to figure out what to do. What you do is turn the bottom piece of the tube to the left to open the flow of powder to the brush.
When you invert the tube with the brush pointing down, the powder begins to be seen on the brush. After you’ve finished applying, turn the bottom piece to the right to close it. There’s a plastic sleeve around the brush that you can push down into the barrel to reveal the brush or pull up to protect the brush before putting the top back on the tube.
The benefits of Brush On Block are many:
- it provides UVA/UVB protection
- it provides translucent protection
- there’s no greasy mess, thank goodness
- it doesn’t sting the eyes
- it’s water resistant to 80 minutes
- it’s hypoallergenic (a mineral powder sits on top of the skin, isn’t absorbed, and is much less likely to irritate skin, cause breakouts or clog pores)
- it’s portable and convenient
- it’s easy to clean and refill.
The active ingredients are the ones I look for:
- Titanium Dioxide (15%)
- Zinc Oxide (12%).
Brush On Block also provides skincare benefits. It contains botanicals that enrich, soothe and replenish skin. Nice!
- Green Tea Leaf Extract: a natural antioxidant
- Safflower Seed Oil: an emollient that moisturizes and protects the skin
- Chamomile Extract and Honeysuckle: help prevent skin inflammation and irritation
Brush On Block contains 3.4 g/.12 oz., and it is supposed to last about 2-3 months. It’s made in the U.S. It’s sold on the Brush On Block website, on The Grommet, on Amazon, at Anthropologie/anthropologie.com. It’s priced at $30. A refill is sold for $16. Or you can buy a duo of two brush/tubes for $50.
Brush On Block is cruelty-free and vegan-friendly. The brush is made of synthetic hairs and the mineral powder contains no animal by-products.
BTW, thegrommet.com is a very cool retail shopping site that features new better-for-you or handmade or unique products from small start-ups. A friend of mine did most of her holiday shopping last year on thegrommet.com, and she introduced me to the site. Definitely visit and take a look at all the wonderful and usually innovative products!
I like Brush On Block. As I mentioned before, it seems very familiar to me because it’s so similar to Bare Minerals translucent setting powder. I really prefer using Brush On Block mineral sunscreen for my face than any of the other sunscreens that I’ve tried this season because it’s greaseless, lightweight, doesn’t interfere with my makeup, and is much easier to reapply than a cream sunscreen.
I’ve added Brush On Block to my sunscreen arsenal for a specific use, but it does not replace other sunscreens for my body. Still I’m really glad I have it!
Have you heard about Brush On Block? What do you think? Would you use a mineral sunscreen powder on your face instead of creams?
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 15%, Zinc Oxide 12% Inactive Ingredients: Alumina, Boron Nitride, Chamomile Flower Extract, Green Tea Extract, Honeysuckle Flower Extract, Iron Oxides, Jojoba Oil, Mica, Rice Lipids, Rice Starch, Safflower Oil, Silica, Stearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylsilane