With Their Sunforgettable Sunscreens and Lip Shines, Colorescience Makes SPF Stand for “Sublime Protection Factor”

Published in: Face, Guest Post, Lips, Product Reviews

The steamy summer months can be hard on makeup lovers. Those of us who live in warmer climates may be more adept at making our makeup widthstand the sweltering heat and summer sun, but given that I live in a very cold climate (Wisconsin), I’m not always ready for the onslaught of “glow” (*cough* sweat *cough*) that often compromises the longevity of my makeup.

More importantly, sun protection is a must, and to be honest, as far as this pale-skinned girl is concerned, sun block is always a must (rain or shine, blizzard or heat wave). And it’s important every day, too, and not just on days at the beach or afternoons at the park.


Colorescience calls itself a premium “all-in-one” suncare company, and they’ve combined makeup sun protection, makeup powdering and on-the-go summer life in one convenient package. The brand’s Sunforgettable range is something you’ll definitely want in your beach bag!

Available in four matte shades and one shimmer, Sunforgettable Brush on Sunscreen (broad spectrum SPF 30 or 50) is perfect for sun-conscious on-the-go ladies.

Remove the cap and twist to reveal a brush pre-loaded with powder mineral sunscreen tailored to your complexion.

Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush on Sunscreen and Lip Shine

Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush on Sunscreen (from bottom to top) in Fair, Medium, Tan and Deep

Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush on Sunscreen and Lip Shine

Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush on Sunscreen with the cap off! (Ooh-la-la!)

Fair has become my faithful companion. It’s easy to blend and chemical free. I dust the sunscreen on as a setting powder, and throw the tube in my purse when I leave the house. Rather than reaching for a blotting powder or paper mid-day, I just reapply Sunforgettable Brush on Sunscreen to ensure that I’ve re-upped my sun protection.

  • The SPF 30 version, which retails for $57 a tube, includes 11.8% zinc oxide, 21% titanium dioxide, iron oxides and calcified red algae.
  • The SPF 50 version, which retails for $64 a tube, includes 24.1% zinc oxide, 23.9% titanium dioxide, iron oxides and calcified red algae.
Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush on Sunscreen and Lip Shine

Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush on Sunscreen (L-R) in Fair, Medium, Tan and Deep

Believe it or not, your pout can get sunburned too, and why compromise on sun protection when even glosses are available in SPF formulations? I almost always reach for a balm or gloss that includes at least some element of SPF protection to keep my lips shielded.

In addition to creatively packaged sunscreen, Colorescience’s Sunforgettable range also includes five glosses ($29 each).

They smell like fresh mint gum but without any uncomfortable tingling and feel incredibly smooth (there’s also a cushion-y sensation) on my lips. I love the one called Champagne. 


While these glosses aren’t the longest lasting ones in my cosmetics arsenal, they feel unique and very comfortable.

A word to the wise, though — I was surprised to see that this gloss looked almost like an agate when I removed it from the packaging. While this is startling for those of us familiar with less natural ingredients, Colorescience’s Lip Shines do settle in their tubes over time. A few swirls of the wand to mix things up and some careful pumps, and the formula is mixed in no time.

Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush on Sunscreen and Lip Shine

Colorescience Sunforgettable Lip Shine (L-R) in Coral, Champagne, Rose

Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush on Sunscreen and Lip Shine

Like many other natural products, these Colorescience Sunforgettable Lip Shines do settle between uses…

Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush on Sunscreen and Lip Shine

Colorescience Sunforgettable Lip Shine (L-R) in Coral, Champagne, Rose

Skin care is something I prioritize, particularly when it comes to SPF protection, and Colorescience clearly wants Sun Protection Factor to stand for Sublime Protection Factor. They’ve creatively come up with a way to solve one of a glam girl’s most common sunny beauty dilemmas, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to throw the Sunforgettable range into my makeup bag.

What’s your favorite sun protectant, beauty lovers? Have you tried Colorescience’s Sunforgettable Brush on Sunscreen or another powder SPF?

Jessica Revitte

Jessica is a Project Manager by day and a mommy, wife, avid reader and makeup lover in the in between times that really count. You may remember her from her former beauty blog, Getting Cheeky. Jessica is stepping out of beauty blogging “retirement” as a creative outlet and is eager to write about makeup, once again bringing her signature cultural, literary and historical twist to the table. See what she’s been up to these days, with and without makeup, on Instagram.


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  1. Chris25 says:

    I’ve seen this product before. At first I thought it wasn’t worth taking a look, but now that you mention it this could be more convenient than a blotting paper. At least it gives you some SPF protection.
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  2. I just wish there was something like an SPF pill. I’d pay big bucks for that! But for now I just try to stay out of the sun when I can and protect myself by layering make-up products with SPF over my morning SPF.
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  3. hanna says:

    I love makeup that has SPF in it.
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  4. Kellie says:

    I actually just ordered the SPF 50 one in fair this last weekend and it should be arriving soon! I am glad it is fair enough for you because it looks like we have similar skin tones. I tried the Peter Thomas Roth one at Sephora a few weeks ago and it made me look like a pumpkin (so orange!) I am taking accutane right now so I need all the extra sun protection I can get. That gloss is beautiful on you by the way!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kellie,

      I did accutane when I was in college and I just wanted to say hang in there! It’s hard but once you’re over the rough part it all gets better.

      • Kellie says:

        Thanks Karen! 🙂 I did it myself at age 15 and had clear skin for a decade! Unfortunately in my 30’s my cystic acne has decided to come back with a vengeance. It makes the fun of wearing makeup not fun anymore and I finally had it with everything so my derm put me back on another course. I don’t have any side effects yet (it’s only been 12 days) but I know that they tend to come. I remember really dry lips and eyes. I have also heard joint pain? Ugh. Did you have any rough side effects with yours? Did you have a favorite lip balm/moisturizer when you were on it in college?

        PS- Congrats again on your new little angel 🙂 She is so beautiful!

  5. Karen says:

    Very pretty, Jessica. I especially love the gloss on you.

  6. Divina says:

    I use the SPF50 version this product because. It seems pricey but really, what other product can you reapply continuously and not mess up your makeup? There are maybe one or two other versions of this by competitors but this is the best one with shades that suit my tan skin. This is a game changer and a life saver.

  7. Ana says:

    Brush on sunscreen is great, easy to use and you have brush + product in one piece, I love it for travels.
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  8. I have to check if I can get them here in Germany. SPF is a very important topic, but reapplying can be annoying. I use the Bioderma Hydrabio SPF 30 spray to top up at the moment. Works great, but can add a little shine.
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  9. Stephanie says:

    I’ve been thinking about trying this, especially with summer coming. Sometimes it seems like my skin care is the only thing I can control about my body, and I want tons of sun protection. But it’s pretty expensive, you know? Especially the lip glosses. So I’m still on the fence… I wish there WERE a really good, not super expensive lip sunscreen/primer. I am pretty sure I got sunburnt on my lips a couple weeks ago, and wearing sunscreen since has kept my ultra-dry lips protected from completely drying out. I just wish there were more options! More Sublime Protection Factor in different price ranges, please!

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