Plum Niacinamide Sunscreen Review

When Plum launched the Niacinamide Sunscreen I checked the ingredients list and found out that it’s an oil free sunscreen. So, I thought of trying it. Initially I didn’t like the sunscreen texture and the performance. However as I kept on using it till I finished the tube I noticed some amazing effects on my skin. I am pretty happy with my purchase so let’s check out Plum Niacinamide Sunscreen Review.

Plum Niacinamide Sunscreen Review.

Brand Claims

PROTECTS FROM UVA & UVB RAYS: With clinically-tested SPF 50 & PA+++ rating, this multi-tasking daily sunscreen is infused with hybrid UV-filters i.e. a blend of UV-reflecting physical filters and UV-altering chemical filters that not only protect skin from harmful ultraviolet (UVA & UVB) rays, but also prevents photoaging & tanning.

BRIGHTENS SKIN & REDUCES BLEMISHES: 2% niacinamide in the formulation helps brighten skin, clear blemishes & spots. Fermented Rice Water and Vitamin B5 power up this formula with hydration that improves skin texture and barrier function.

LIGHTWEIGHT & NO WHITE CAST: This niacinamide sunscreen is so lightweight and quick-absorbing that you’ll forget you’re wearing it. Plus no white cast & greasiness in sight!

CLINICALLY PROVEN & CONSUMER-APPROVED RESULTS: Rice Water & 2% Niacinamide SPF 50 PA+++ Hybrid Sunscreen is dermatologically-tested and clinically proven to brighten skin & reduce tan in 2 weeks*.

Ingredients

Aqua, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Benzophenone-3, Phospholipids, 1,3-Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide, Silica, Dimethicone, Rice Ferment Filtrate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, D-Panthenol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Gluconate

Price, shelf life and Availability

399 INR for 50 gms with a shelf life of 24 months from month of manufacturing. Available on Nykaa, Amazon, Plum website

Plum Niacinamide Sunscreen Review.

Packaging, Texture and Fragrance

The packaging of the sunscreen is tube with an airless pump. It has an extra cap to protect the nozzle. The airless pump packaging is something which I really love because unlike other tubes it is easy to dispense and sucks out every bit of sunscreen. The tube is sturdy and travel friendly. The texture of the sunscreen is kind of sticky lotion, but isn’t much runny. The sunscreen is white in colour. The consistency feels perfect without being too runny or too thick. The sunscreen is moisturizing, hydrating and little sticky in texture. The sunscreen has no significant fragrance and is a result of formulation I feel.

My experience with Plum Niacinamide Sunscreen

It is a hybrid sunscreen with chemical as well as physical sunscreen agents  Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Benzophenone-3 and Titanium Dioxide.

I refrain from using a hyaluronic acid based serum before using this sunscreen. However, I do use oil free moisturizer before using this sunscreen and it works just fine with or without moisturizer. Ever since I have started using this sunscreen I have not faced any breakouts or acne or clogged pores.

This product is hydrating but it does give a dewy, sticky finish. The sticky and dewy finish settles down after 30 minutes. Personally I feel this is good since we must use sunscreen at least 20 minutes before heading out in the sun. The product is gel cream in consistency and takes time to blend into the skin. When using the three-finger technique, it feels heavy and leaves a significant sticky feeling for my oily acne-prone skin. So I use two-finger technique while using this sunscreen. The sunscreen gives a little white cast and will not be suitable for people who have a deeper skin tone.

After I started using Plum Niacinamide Sunscreen I have noticed that the pigmentation around my lips has reduced considerably and the sunscreen gives a glass skin kind of effect with regular use. The sunscreen doesn’t irritate the eye area at all. I have used it on my upper eyelids too and there is no irritation whatsoever! It doesn’t even make my eyes water if I go out in the sun. Moreover the packaging is airless and it sucks out every bit of the sunscreen. It doesn’t have the hassle of cutting the flip top tube wherein more than 1/4th sunscreen sticks to the tube of the sunscreen.

Finally speaking about the hot afternoons, this sunscreen isn’t sweat proof or waterproof. So you need to reapply the sunscreen whenever you sweat or come in contact with water. I experience sweating sometimes immediately after applying if I am at home. I personally feel this sunscreen is apt for monsoons and winters since it’s not sweat proof and water proof.

The reapplication part of the sunscreen can be tricky due to the dewy and sticky finish it gives. One can wash off the previous sunscreen and use it again or just reapply on previously applied sunscreen. It may feel heavy after reapplication. The sunscreen is easily to remove using an oil based cleanser or a good foaming cleanser.

Plum Niacinamide Sunscreen Review.

Pros

  • Oil free, moisturizing formulation that provides good hydration
  • Gives a glass skin kind of effect with regular use
  • Sunscreen helps brighten skin and improves skin texture
  • Sleek, airless pump packaging which is convenient to use as well as travel with
  • Hybrid sunscreen formulation with chemical sunscreen and physical sunscreen agents
  • Contains UVA and UVB filters to provide broad-spectrum protection
  • Doesn’t irritate the eye area or doesn’t make the eyes water when applied near the eyes
  • Works well without moisturizer or serum for oily skin
  • Can be easily removed with any oil-based or water based cleanser 
  • Doesn’t clog pores or cause any acne to my oily, acne prone skin
  • Suitable for normal and dry skin with moisturizer beneath

Cons

  • Gives a sheen and feels sticky if applied in excess
  • Might give white cast for deeper skin tones
  • Some may experience sweating especially in the hot afternoons as well as summers
  • Neither waterproof nor sweat proof if you indulge in physical activity immediately upon application

Plum Niacinamide Sunscreen Review

It is a moisturizing, oil-free, hybrid sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection of SPF 50+ PA+++. The blending of the sunscreen takes time and might give white cast for deeper skin tones. It gives a moisturizing effect with a dewy finish owing to its hydrating formulation. Moreover, it doesn’t clog pores or cause any acne for my oily and acne-prone skin. It is apt to use this one on a regular basis especially in monsoons and winters since it’s not much sweat proof or waterproof. Do give it a try if you are looking for a budget friendly sunscreen that gives glass skin effect. I already have repurchased this sunscreen and love the affordable price and the efficacy of it.

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About Sonali

Sonali, is a skincare aficionado who tackles one skin problem at a time. She has been blogging at Skincare Villa since 2016 and is a Certified Formulator for making dry powder based masks and cleansers.