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A lightweight mineral sunscreen with tinted color coverage immediately evens skin tone for a flawless look. This hydrating, antioxidant-rich all-mineral formula is powered by patented EnviroScreen® Technology - which means comprehensive defense against UVA/UVB, Blue Light, Pollution, and Infrared radiation, combined with advanced antioxidants and nourishing, hydrating ingredients for long-term skin health.
FLEX features innovative, iron oxide pigments that bloom in your fingertips to deliver tone-adapting buildable color coverage with a demi-matte finish.
Available in four uniquely flexible shades, each ideal for a broad range of skin tones and under tones. For all skin types.
If you are not sure between two shades, we recommend getting the lighter one.
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Broad Spectrum (UVA/UVB) Sunscreen
UVA protection rating:
UVB protection rating:
Water resistant (40 minutes)
Net Wt. 1.8 fl. oz. / 55 mL
90-day supply based on typical use
Powerful protection with nourishing hydration and advanced antioxidants for healthier skin. Choose just one, or mix and layer to create your own custom look.
Lightly tinted formulas that blend in sheer for a barely-there finish. Available in Classic for a naturally dewy look, and Matte for shine-free, oil-absorbing protection.
Buildable color coverage for a flawless look. Available in 4 flexible tone-adapting shades.
Subtle sheen gives skin a boost of warmth and radiance. Available in Glow for a soft champagne candle-lit effect, and Bronze for beachy warm brilliance.
Powerful defense against sun and environmental aggressors, plus nourishing hydration and advanced antioxidants for healthier skin.
All with SPF 50 and 40-minute sweat/water resistance, so you can mix and match without compromising your protection.
Fresh and Natural - Apply just one layer of Classic for the easiest beautiful bare skin look with powerful protection.
T-Zone Rescue - Combination skin rejoice! Apply Classic all over face, and use Sheer Matte Brush SPF 30 across the forehead and down the center of face to soak up excess oil.
Mattified and Perfected - Apply Matte all over or just on the T-zone. Take just a moment to admire the Matte, then apply your preferred shade of Face Shield Flex for an even-toned, shine-free look!
No filters, just sunscreen - These fan favorites illuminate your complexion and blur imperfections when you apply all over face.
Light up your Flex - For light color coverage with a radiant glow, mix a few drops of Glow with your preferred shade of Face Shield Flex SPF 50 and apply all over face.
Beach beauty - Mix a few drops of Bronze with Face Shield Classic or Matte to add just a hint of warmth.
Buildable Coverage - Apply just one layer for a naturally flawless look, or build another layer or two for fuller coverage, waiting 1 minute between for each layer to set.
All Total Protection™ Face Shields are formulated with the same high all-mineral SPF 50 and water resistance, so you can choose just one or mix them to create your own custom look with the confidence that your skin will be nourished and powerfully protected.
Tips to get the most out of your Face Shield Flex.
Dispense onto your fingers, rub gently, and watch as the encapsulated iron oxide pigments are released and bloom in your fingertips.
Once formula is no longer white, apply evenly on face. Finish with just one layer for a naturally flawless finish, or build another layer or two for fuller coverage.
PRO TIP: For a perfected, protected look, apply FLEX all over the face for a flawless canvas, and then use Glow to highlight the high points, and Bronze to contour.
This 100% all-mineral formula features EnviroScreen® Technology to go way beyond UV and provide unmatched protection against sun and pollution, so you're shielded from:
Provides Broad Spectrum SPF 50/PA+++
Provides protection from pollution exposure
Provides protection against blue light
Helps minimize damage caused by infrared radiation
Lightweight Total Protection Face Shield FLEX formula delivers buildable color coverage so you can say “goodbye” to your foundation.
*Allow 1 minute to set between layers.
Carefully-selected specialty ingredients nourish skin and protect against harmful aggressors.
Patented, Zinc Oxide 12% provides UVA/UVB and Free Radical Defense
Micronized pigments used as cosmetic colorants. Encapsulation allows for adjustment to skin’s natural tone. Also proven to protect skin from damage and photoaging caused by blue (HEV) light.
Also known as Vitamin B3, it helps soothe skin, aid the skin barrier and balance sebum production.
A powerful antioxidant that helps prevent skin aging due to pollution and other environmental aggressors. LIPOCHROMAN™ is a trademark of the Lubrizol Corporation or its affiliates
A soothing agent derived from chamomile oil that helps to calm and condition the skin.
This bio-available form of vitamin E provides antioxidant support while helping soothe redness related to environmental, bacterial, and mechanical factors. It is also shown to help calm skin both prior to and following UV exposure. Vital ET™ Trademark, Ashland or its subsidiaries, registered in various countries
Significantly more hydrating than hyaluronic acid, this extract is proven to provide immediate hydration and improve skin’s ability to retain moisture. Also, helps provide antioxidant support to defend against premature skin aging.
This combination of tara tannins (a powerful antioxidant) and organic sunflower sprouts helps to protect skin against the aging effects of infrared radiation (IR).
Provides environmental protection against UVA/UVB, pollution, blue light, and infrared radiation.
+ Flecks of encapsulated pigments adjust to skin's natural tone
+ Hydrating and antioxidant-rich formula
+ Free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, oil, dyes, and fragrance
+ 100% chemical-free active ingredient
+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50/PA++++
+ Water/sweat resistant (40 minutes)
+ Dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic
+ Medium color coverage, Demi-Matte natural finish
One and Done: Evenly apply one layer to entire face, including under eyes for a look that’s naturally you and powerfully protected.
The Foundation Replacer: Build your coverage to your ideal level of flawless perfection. After applying your first layer, wait 1 minute before applying another layer.
Zinc Oxide 12%
Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Lauryl PEG-8 Dimethicone, Isododecane, Propanediol, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Tridecyl Salicylate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trilaureth-4 Phosphate, Dimethiconol/ Propylsilsesquioxane/ Silicate Crosspolymer, Lauryl PEG-10 Tris(trimethylsiloxy)silylethyl Dimethicone, Mica, Polyester-1, Maltodextrin, Sodium Chloride, Bisabolol (Levomenol), Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp (Silver Ear Mushroom) Extract, Allantoin, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Isoceteth-10, Zein, Hexylene Glycol, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Silica, Caesalpinia Spinosa (Tara) Fruit Pod Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Sprout Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Aluminium Hydroxide, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
NOTE: This product contains Niacinamide, or Vitamin B3. If you have a known allergy to Niacinamide, or suspect you may be allergic, please perform a patch test on the forearm or neck area before using this product.
2021 ELLE Future of Beauty Winner
2021 Women's Health Best SPF for Sensitive Skin Award Winner
Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield Flex SPF 50 features innovative encapsulated pigments within the white sunscreen base. These pigments are the flecks of color that you'll see as you look closely. The pigments are released, or activated, when rubbed gently into your skin, transforming the white to adapt to your skin tone's natural tone and undertones as you blend. Once it has been fully blended and no longer white, any imperfections are immediately blurred and skin tone is even for a flawless look that is powerfully protected.
Select the same shade as you would use in our Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-on Shield SPF 50 or our Tint du Soleil.
Activate. Develop. Set!
Activate - Dispense onto fingertips and rub gently to release and activate encapsulated pigments.
Develop - As the shade begins to develop from white to your shade, apply to moisturized face and continue to blend for even coverage. Watch as it adjusts to your skin to immediately blur imperfections and even skin tone. The shade is fully developed when product is no longer white.
Set - Allow 1-2 minutes for shade to adjust completely.
No need! Face Shield Flex SPF 50 should be applied with fingertips. This ensures the flecks of encapsulated pigments are released and fully activated to give you the color coverage you want as well as to ensure product an adequate amount of product (at least a nickel-size!) is applied to your skin for complete protection.
Apply Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield Flex SPF 50 as your first layer of sun and environmental protection in the AM. Like all SPF products, reapply every 2 hours. Or for convenient all-day reapplication on-the-go or directly over makeup, use one of our Total Protection™ brush-on sunscreens.
With one even layer, Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield Flex SPF 50 offers medium coverage.
Yes. Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield Flex can be layered to achieve a fuller coverage. After applying your first later, wait approximately 1 minute before applying another layer or two to achieve your desired coverage. Face Shield Flex also layers beautifully under liquid of powder foundation.
Yes! Create your perfect sunscreen "outfit of the day" wardrobe by mixing, layering, and spot-applying any of our Face Shield products. They are all SPF 50 / PA ++++ with 40 minute water resistance. Just be sure that you are always applying at least a nickel-sized amount to your entire face to be fully protected from sun and environmental aggressors. You'll find there is endless versatility to create a simple every day look or a complete look that goes from day time to date night. Here are just a few ways to get you started:
Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield Flex SPF 50 will last approximately 90 days, depending on usage.
Although Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield Flex SPF 50 was formulated with ingredients that help to hydrate and nourish, it is best applied to moisturized skin, particularly for those who have dry or fragile skin.
Yes. Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield SPF 50 is 100% mineral protection that is free of chemical active ingredients, oil free, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and is suitable for all skin types.
Yes, Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield SPF 50 is 100% mineral protection (free of chemical active ingredients), oil free, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and is suitable for all skin types.
Yes. Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield Flex SPF 50 is formulated to suit the range of skin tones within each shade. It is available in 4 natural-looking shades – fair, medium, tan, and deep.
Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield Flex SPF 50 has a demi-matte finish for a look that's between mattified and dewy.
As with all SPF products, Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield Flex SPF 50 should be applied 15 minutes prior to exposure. In addition, please allow 1-2 minutes for the shade to adjust completely. The shade is fully developed when product is no longer white. Like all SPF products, reapply every 2 hours. For convenient reapplication on-the-go or directly over makeup, Use the Total Protection™ Brush-on Shield SPF 50 brush for all-day, on-the-go reapplication every 2 hours.
We recommend at least a nickel-sized amount for the face and more as needed for neck and décolleté.
Apply Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield Flex SPF 50 as your first layer of protection in the AM and set with your shade of Brush-on Shield SPF 50 and use throughout the day for convenient reapplication at least every two hours.
Tint du Soleil® SPF 30 Whipped Foundation is a nutrient-infused, foundation meant to deliver SPF 30 defense with moderate to full color coverage in one application. The creamy, whipped texture provides cushioned application and wear.
Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield SPF 50 is a lightweight lotion texture designed primarily to provide comprehensive environmental protection from UVA/UVB pollution, blue light and IR. It offers medium color coverage that can be layered for fuller color coverage, or used under Tint du Soleil® SPF 30 Whipped Foundation. In this case, apply your preferred shade of Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield Flex SPF 50 first and follow with your selected shade of Tint to follow.
Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield Flex SPF 50 is designed to be the first step in your makeup routine. We recommend applying after moisturizer and after our primer if you prefer to use one.
Yes, if you would like to use Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield Flex SPF 50 with one of our Primers SPF 20, apply the primer first.
Yes, you will find that all Face Shields offer so much versatility for use in your skincare and makeup regimens, including mixing, layering, or using on select areas of the face. To use Face Shield Flex SPF 50 with treatments, apply Even Up® Clinical Pigment Perfector® or All Calm® Clinical Redness Corrector first. This ensures you are getting the full application of the treatment product. Allow approximately 1 minute to dry. Then apply Face Shield Flex SPF 50.
Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield Flex SPF 50 has a 2-year expiration period. See bottom of carton and bottom of the bottle for exact date. After product has been opened, it will last approximately 12 months.
Yes, Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield Flex SPF 50 is water/sweat resistant for up to 40 minutes.
The Face Shield Flex formula has the same SPF value as the other Face Shield products. The formulas are all different even though they may have the same zinc oxide value, thus obtaining a different PA rating. Colorescience continues to improve the formulas to achieve the highest protection possible.
UVB exposure causes redness or burning, while UVA exposure causes skin darkening/pigmentation. Protection from both UVA and UVB means this product provides Broad Spectrum protection. Total Protection™ Face Shield SPF 50 provides Broad Spectrum SPF 50 (UVB protection) and PA++++ (UVA protection).
The PA rating system measures the level of protection from UVA rays, which are known to cause pigment darkening in the skin. It measures the amount of time a product would protect your skin from darkening.
The following shows how much protection each PA score provides compared to unprotected skin. If your unprotected skin normally darkens/pigments after 5 min of UVA exposure:
|PA Rating||Level of Protection||# of minutes protected before experiencing skin darkening/pigmentation|
|PA+||2-4 times||10-20 minutes|
|PA++||4-8 times||20-40 minutes|
|PA+++||8-16 times||40-80 minutes|
|PA++++||>16 times||>80 minutes|
Total Protection™ Face Shield Flex SPF 50 has a PA++++ rating.
EnviroScreen® Technology is proprietary to Colorescience®. EnviroScreen® Technology uses patented active ingredients, Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, that create a barrier preventing free radical formation and oxidative stress. These patented actives are combined with specialty ingredients that, together, work synergistically to protect skin from damage caused by exposure to UVA/UVB rays, pollution, blue light (also known as High Energy Visible, or HEV, light), and infrared radiation.
Colorescience® follows the FDA guidelines for testing water resistance or adherence to the skin after exposure to water. A panel of 10 people apply the product to their skin prior to being immersed in a whirlpool (of moving or circulating water) for 20-minute cycles. After 20 minutes in the whirlpool, panelists exit the whirlpool before immersing themselves again. For 40 minutes water resistance, panelists are immersed in the water for two 20-minute cycles. For 80 minutes water resistance, this is done a total of 4 times. After all cycles are completed, the SPF that is remaining on the skin is measured. If after 80 minutes in the whirlpool, the SPF remaining is at least 50, the result is an SPF 50 with 80 minutes of water resistance.
We measure our pollution protection by directly measuring free radicals created from UV + pollution events on unprotected skin and skin protected with Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield SPF 50. We use a testing technique called electron spin resonance (ESR) that uses a combination of a magnetic field and electron magnetic waves to directly detect the unpaired electrons of free radicals.
Blue (HEV) light protection is tested by measuring the ability of the formula to block light in the HEV spectrum that would otherwise reach the skin. In practice, this is done by applying the formula to a transparent substrate at the same dose level (2mg/cm2) used in the FDA Monograph SPF test. The substrate is then placed at the entrance of an integrating sphere detector which captures all the light passing through the sample. This configuration is the same as that used in the FDA Monograph Critical Wavelength measurement and mimics the situation of a formula applied to the skin. The percentage of HEV light blocked is calculated by comparing the intensity of the light transmitted through the formula to the incident light at each wavelength throughout the HEV spectrum (400–490 nm).
Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield SPF 50 is safe to apply to 6 months and older. As with all sunscreen products, consult your physician for use on children under 6 months of age.
All Total Protection™ products use only non-chemical zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as sunscreen active ingredients. The FDA recognizes only these two sunscreen active ingredients as safe and effective.
Total Protection™ products have not been tested on pregnant or nursing women. Consult your physician before using.
Yes, Colorescience uses only mineral (also known as physical) sunscreen active ingredients, zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide in all of our sunscreen products. These are the only 2 sunscreen actives the FDA recognizes as safe and effective. Colorescience has never and will never use any chemical sunscreen actives.
Yes, all Total Protection™ products are non-comedogenic.
Yes, all Total Protection™ products are hypoallergenic. They are dermatologist-tested.
Yes, all Total Protection™ products are gluten free. People who have gluten allergies may experience sensitivity when using topical products. Total Protection™ is gluten free, and therefore, safe for those with Celiac disease. In addition, all Colorescience® products are 100% free from parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, animal testing, talc, dyes, mineral oils, drying alcohols & chemical sunscreen.
Yes, all Total Protection™ products are formulated without parabens. In addition, all Colorescience® products are also 100% free from phthalates, synthetic fragrance, animal testing, talc, dyes, mineral oils, drying alcohols & chemical sunscreen.
Yes, all Total Protection™ products are sulfate free. In addition, all Colorescience® products are 100% free from parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, animal testing, talc, dyes, mineral oils, drying alcohols & chemical sunscreen.
Yes, all Total Protection™ products are phthalate free. In addition, all Colorescience® products are 100% free from parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, animal testing, talc, dyes, mineral oils, drying alcohols & chemical sunscreen.
Yes, all Total Protection™ products are oil free. In addition, all Colorescience® products are 100% free from parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, animal testing, talc, dyes, mineral oils, drying alcohols & chemical sunscreen.
There are no animal products or derivatives in the following Total Protection™ product: Brush-On Shield SPF 50, Sheer Matte SPF 30 Sunscreen Brush, all shades of Face Shield SPF 50, all shades of Body Shield SPF 50, Sport Stick SPF 50, blush and bronze Color Balms. The berry Color Balm contains carmine. All Colorescience® products are 100% free from parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, animal testing, talc, dyes, mineral oils, drying alcohols & chemical sunscreen.
Yes. Colorescience does not conduct any animal testing and we are committed to the highest standards when choosing raw materials for our product formulations. We require non-animal testing statements on all raw materials before final formula approval.
The micas that Colorescience uses are ethically sourced. They are sourced from various parts of the world, including Japan, U.S. Mica is not a derivative of asbestos. Our mica vendors adhere to global regulations pertaining to the quality and safety of cosmetic ingredients. The mica used in Colorescience products is mined and processed to meet consistent standards of high quality, safety and aesthetics. Our mica passes or exceeds the standards for heavy metal and microbial testing.
Available in 4 shades
Usually burns, Tans minimally
Sometimes burns, Tans uniformly
Rarely burns, Always tans well
Never burns, Tans very easily
Available in 3 shades
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