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I’m quite loyal to the Elizabeth Arden brand although I must admit I tend to buy their products only when they are on special offer. I’ve long been searching for my perfect summer day cream, something with sun protection that won’t need to be constantly reapplied, and that won’t make me look basted like a Christmas turkey. My Elizabeth Arden First Defense (sic) Protective Lotion SPF15 was something I bought as part of that hunt for the perfect product. Sadly it isn’t the holy grail I was seeking but it’s still a nice lotion.
This is actually designed for combination to oily skin whilst I have dry skin. However, like many people, I go for less rich product for summer daytime use to avoid getting too shiny.
I have a 50 ml bottle which is attractively presented in a transparent glass bottle with a pump top. I like to be able to see how much I still have left so transparent bottles are good for me. The pump dispenses smoothly and with a good degree of control and it doesn’t tend to block. I find the lotion very light and I need more than with others to cover my face and neck.
The lotion smells beautiful - an unexpectedly fruity, citrus scent - and it feels pleasant on my skin but, understandably, not very moisturising. The lotion contains what looks like very fine pearlescent particles which should ‘lift’ and brighten your skin - but to me it just looks like I’ve had a fight with a bottle of very fine glitter.
Would I trust this for strong sunshine or extended exposure? No to both point but it’s OK for running around back and forth between car and office, and general low exposure wanderings.
I suspect that this product may not be available from Elizabeth Arden any more as it’s not listed on their website but it’s widely available from beauty websites at what look to be very reasonable prices - certainly it’s not a challenge to find it under 20.00 per bottle. Perhaps they are clearing old stock.