I started taking sun care really seriously when I noticed that I had slight pigmentation on my cheeks, and that my skin duller and darker than usual despite fervently exfoliating and moisturising it.

I’ve tried a few sunscreens that are said to be holy grails but got really disappointed – they were either too sticky, greasy, or just plain gross (I’ll share more about them in my future reviews), so I frankly wasn’t expecting much with this sun shield stick from CNP Laboratory.


Product Description

This sun stick shields your skin from harmful UV rays and soothes the skin with colorant-free Calamine. It is travel-friendly and features an applicator that allows easy glide-on application directly on the skin, without any direct contact with the hands.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 34.90


Ingredient List

Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Octocrylene, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Silica, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Ozokerite, Calamine, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Lauryl Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Titanium Dioxide, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Rose Flower Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Dehydroacetic Acid, Water, Propanediol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Maltodextrin, Butylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Peg-8, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ppg-1-Peg-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Sodium Polyacrylate, Phytic Acid, Rosa Gallica Flower Extract, Carex Humillis Root Extract

Aside from the multiple oils, one ingredient that caught my eye was calamine: calamine lotion is used to tame flare ups, beat acne, and soothe irritated skin, as well as frequently used to cover blemishes while protecting your skin. As you can tell, it’s a wonderful ingredient to have in any skincare product, especially if you’ve struggled with sunscreens that give you terrible allergic reactions.


Review

Packaging

If you’re always on the go, you need a fuss-free sunscreen that makes reapplication easy, because recommended guidelines state that you should be reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours (yes, no exception).

No one likes dealing with messy liquid sunscreen, which is why you’ll love the CNP Laboratory Derma Shield Sun Stick. All you have to do is uncap it, wind it so that you get the stick out, apply a thin layer on your face (and on your limbs too!) and you’re good to go.

Texture

What really sealed the deal for me was this sunscreen’s texture – soft, non-greasy, and absolutely comfortable on the skin.

My sensitive acne-prone skin loathes chemical sunscreens, especially the liquid types that are oily and highly capable of clogging your pores. This one does exactly the opposite – you can barely feel anything on your skin, which may leave you wondering if there is actually any sunscreen on your skin at all.

This sunscreen has not caused any problems to my skin thus far. It also sits very well under makeup, so you have no excuse not to be using sunscreen anymore once you have this.

Effectiveness

It’s a little tough to say for sure if a sunscreen works, but I do think that it works as a travel-friendly sunscreen. I’ve not gotten any sunburns or red patches since I’ve used this – in fact, on some days I even apply just this sunscreen on my face!

I’ve not seen any new pigmentation spots either, credits to this incredible sunscreen.


Final Verdict

For a drugstore sunscreen, this is definitely a little more expensive than what most of us are used to. I checked up on the prices of CNP Laboratory’s products in Korea just to get a sense of whether we’re being ripped off in Singapore, but I found out that this derm brand is simply on the pricier side.

Is SGD35 too expensive for a sunscreen? To be honest, if I hadn’t tried this myself, I probably would have said yes, but after using this for months in different climates, I beg to differ. This is a fantastic skincare investment to make, and I think you’ll agree with me when you try this outt for yourself.


Individual Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮

Overall Rating

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐