Is Glossier’s Invisible Shield Worth The Hype?


It’s no secret that incorporating sunscreen into your daily skincare routine is a necessity. While it’s not so much the amount of candles on you birthday cake that show your age, but the years of sun damage.

For me, wearing sunscreen is not an option. I have oily, acne prone skin and use a tretinoin gel at night, which makes my face extremely sensitive to the sun. My dermatologist suggested I use a daily sunscreen with avobenzone acting as a key ingredient in it to ensure protection from UVA rays.

Needless to say, I’ve tried many different sunscreens. Ready to attempt just one more, I purchased Glossier’s Invisible Shield when it was first released in early May. I loved their Priming Moisturizer but because it didn’t double as a sunscreen, I was never able to utilize it.. until now.


“Introducing sunscreen for people who hate wearing sunscreen—a clear watergel formula filled with active microcapsules that instantly absorbs into skin with no greasy residue and zero white cast.”

– Glossier


What I liked…

What sets Invisible Shield apart from other sunscreens is its formula. Where most sunscreens are thick and greasy, leaving a white film over your skin, the Invisible Shield has a clear, water-gel recipe that completely absorbs. It’s packed with a mixture of Vitamin E, Vitamin P, Broccoli and Aloe Leaf. All of these help neutralize free radicals inside your skin and prevent pollution from penetrating.

As I mentioned previously, I have oily, acne prone skin, so finding moisturizers and sunscreens that are light and absorb easily is of the utmost importance to me. Nothings worse than going through 20 blotting sheets a day! The lightweight consistency allows your skin to breath, using active microcapsules filled with UVA and UVB filters, which includes avobenzone! The scent mimics the airy consistency, as it has a faint aroma of sweet orange peels.

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What I disliked…

Many beauty companies have successfully incorporated SPF into moisturizers, canceling out the need for more products and extra steps in your skincare routine. After applying each step in my regimen, I like to let my skin drink in the product. Therefore, waiting to put the Invisible Shield on after my face oil and moisturizer can be a drag.

In addition, the price point they’re selling at is a bit disappointing for the amount of product received. Each bottle is 1 fluid ounce being sold at $34. Now $34 dollars does not seem like a large amount of money but when you factor in the fact that you must now buy a separate moisturizer, costs add up.

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Is it worth it?

I would strongly recommend this product to anyone with oily skin! I’ve found that moisturizers that incorporate SPF tend to leave my skin feeling greasy, so for me this product helps to eliminate that oiliness. It absorbs easily and can be worn underneath or overtop of makeup. If you’re looking for a new SPF, give it a try!




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