Name: Kroger Invisible Gel Sunscreen SPF40
Size: 3.0 oz/89 mL
Packaging: Sunscreen comes in a plastic squeeze tube with a yellow twist-off top.
Best Skin types to use it: Normal, dry, oily, combination
Active ingredients: Avobenzene 3%, Homosalate 11.0%, Octisalate 5.0%, Octocrylene 10.0%
First five ingredients: Dimethicone, hydrated silica, isododecane, dimethicone crosspolymer, butyloctyl salicylate. Check full ingredients list to determine potential allergens.
Claims: Helps prevent sunburn, protects skin against UVA and UVB rays, moisturizes, and water-resistant up to 80 minutes
Other: Be sure to shake well before applying.
How I use it
I ordered the Kroger Invisible Gel sunscreen after reading a post on Reddit about it being a dupe for Supergoop’s SPF40 Unseen Sunscreen. I first applied this sunscreen in the morning before applying makeup. Dimethicone is one of the first ingredients which can be a good or bad thing depending on how your skin reacts to it. According to this article on Puracy.com, it forms “a film that prevents the loss of water through the skin, thus keeping the skin moisturized. It also works as an emollient, filling the spaces between cracks in the skin.”
The texture is definitely a gel and it’s essentially colorless. There was no purplish tint and no weird white dry down color. It’s great for deep and dark skin tones to use. You can see how much smoother my hand looks after I rubbed it in all the way.
I’ll probably get more use out of the Kroger Invisible Gel sunscreen in the summer when I’m outside all day and on days when I’m not wearing any makeup. As I stated above, there is dimethicone in this product so the barrier it created made it difficult for any other product to meld with my skin. Even after letting it absorb for 10 minutes I felt like anything I applied over it just slid around my face.
When wearing this product by itself I think it felt pretty nice on my skin. The claims don’t mention anything about the sunscreen helping with oil-control but I did find that I wasn’t as oily through the day. Overall I think it’s a good sunscreen but I would advise against using it under makeup unless you have uneven texture and plan on using this as a smoothing primer. Otherwise be aware that it may sit on top of your skin because of its barrier-creating ingredients.
Quick tip: if an off brand products states anywhere on the packaging that it compares to *insert popular product name here*, chances are it is the same as the name brand product with a few ingredient differences. This is where brand recognition comes in. People are more likely to buy it because of the brand name. Bottom line: the Invisible Gel is the same as Supergoop’s Unseen sunscreen so it can be classified as a dupe, in my opinion. You get more bang for your buck with the Kroger brand as you get more than double the amount of Unseen for 1/3 of the price.
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