My Ultra Violette Lean Screen Review.
Cute purple packaging aside, there's a lot to get through here.
To make things super simple, I've broken down my review by answering the most common questions I've been asked about Lean Screen since posting about it on Instagram.
How To Apply Ultra Violette Lean Screen.
First thing's first: you need to apply sunscreen every gosh-darn day. Even more so if you use retinol or acid skincare products in your routine.
To get the full SPF50+ protection, apply five pumps of Lean Screen over your face, neck and ears as the last step of your routine - after cleansing, serums and moisturiser.
More is more.
If you like the idea of using a zinc-based sunscreen but still want a dewy finish, do what I do and pop a few drops of your favourite face oil over the top. See? Glow city.
How Does Lean Screen Feel? Is It Sticky?
Lean Screen is a zinc-based sunscreen, so the texture isn't as silky as chemical or organic sunscreens that are formulated to feel that way.
That said, Ultra Violette Lean Screen isn't sticky, heavy or tacky. The formula has a soft cream texture with a bit of grip that sinks into the skin in a minute or two and dries down completely matte.
I wash my hands after applying Lean Screen, otherwise I find I'm left with a sticky feeling - but that's just part of using a zinc sunscreen.
Is Ultra Violette Lean Screen Actually Mattifying?
Compared to the brand's more hydrating, dewy sunscreens Queen Screen and Supreme Screen, Lean Screen dries with a matte effect.
As you can see in the comparison photos below, rather than making your face look like a piece of paper, the formula gives a diffused, slightly blurred finish, which I'm not mad about, at all.
Is Ultra Violette Lean Screen Tinted?
Ultra Violette Lean Screen is not a tinted sunscreen, even though it looks like one.
The formula has a slight sand or beige tint when you pump it out of the tube that disappears as you rub the product into the skin.
Is Ultra Violette Lean Screen Suitable for Dark Skin (Does It Have A White Cast)?
I'm going to defer to two women who can speak to whether or not Lean Screen has a white cast and is suitable for PoC (people of colour), and if you'll get flashback if photographed wearing it.
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Shanthi Murugan reviewed Lean Screen on her Instagram account (comparing it to Rihanna's Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor SPF 15+). Here's what she thought: