Lakme Sun Expert SPF50 Sunscreen Review

by Mehak Shahani on May 11, 2012

in A+, Lakme, Reviews, Skincare

Lakme Sun Expert Sun Screen SPF 50 PA+++

If you are wondering what the hell this sunscreen is doing perched precariously on planks of creaking wood, i have an explanation. See, this is what happens in the Sagar household every Saturday morning. A beauty blogger wakes up at 10:00 am hoping to catch some natural light, whips out her camera and clicks all the photos that she needs for the coming week (yes im organised that way!). Weekdays are spent in office, and since my employers will not particularly like me making pouty lip faces while doing lip swatches, all of this is reserved for the weekend. The photography session is wrapped up in about half an hour to an hour depending on the number of products , and all of this happens in our backyard much to the neighbours amusement. (Neighbour if you are reading this- i am not winking at you ok. I am shutting one eye and clicking tutorials) Now obviously, with just a month to go before the wedding the last thing i want is a stubborn tan because of the time spent in the sun, so more often than not i have my sunscreen lying around somewhere handy- like this little nook in a wooden ladder in my backyard .

The new Lakme Sun Expert Sunscreen range is not really ‘new” actually. More like old wine in new bottle. If you remember last year, Lakme launched a Similar Sunscreen which i spoke about here . This is pretty much the same product is a nicer, yellower packaging. So to give you a super short review- i like this sunscreen. I like that it has a high SPF and that it doesnt make  my face shiney. I like that it gives me solid protection without feeling sticky or heavy. It does need some work to blend in, but most ones with high SPF do…and it does leave a slightly whitish cast on your face initially, but overall its a really good sunblock. Perhaos what i like best is that it is relatively light weight as compared to other high SPF sunscreens. While my Neutrogena Dry Touch is still my favourite sunscreen (nothing can beat the protection it provides period), sometimes it can get a bit too heavy during the summer months. This one is nice and light.

It does mention that this is for Normal to Dry skin, but i feel like if you do have very dry skin you would need a moisturizer for sure. This definitely does not moisturize enough for me!

Comparison with Neutrogena Dry Touch SPF 50 Sunscreen
Price: Lakme is more expensive. Neutrogena is 150/- for 30 ml and Lakme is for approx 350/- for 30ml.
Consistency: Lakme is thinner and more lightweight while Neutrogena is thicker and heavier
Blendability: Both need work to blend it in
Sun Protection: Neutrogena gives better sun protection. I saw a cricket match at the WC with 6 hours of sun beating down on my face. I didnt tan even one shade. Lakme gives solid protection too, just not as good as Neutrogena.
Other factors:Neutrogena makes your face slightly shiny after you put it on, Lakme doesn’t do that.
Moisture: Neutrogena is more moisturizing.


Neutrogena or Lakme?
For everyday wear its Lakme since it feels lighter on the skin, but for days when i need foolproof sun protection- nothing can beat Neutrogena!


Review Rating: A-

Price: Rs 350/- for 30 ml
Recommendation: Lakme  Sun Expert SPF50 PA++  sunscreen is a lightweight sunscreen .(I say lightweight given that its SPF 50..it will be thicker than an SPF 30 one, but much more lightweight than other SPF 50′s) with high sun protection Like most other high SPF sunscreens, it does require work to blend into your screen or it just sits on top and it initially gives a sort of a whitish cast- but otherwise this is really nice. Its my everyday sunscreen these days- feels light and offers solid protection.
Disclaimer: Product sent by PR. Honest Review. Pinky swear.

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Nisha Khan May 11, 2012 at 9:51 pm

i just bought lakme sunscreen 2 days back….and i like it too…

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Lapanik May 11, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I got neutrogena with the SPF 30,,,, yay.. with the helioplex thingie !!! .. Previously I had Lotus Sunscreen , but it just felt “very herbal , ayurvedic ” .. I really doubt the sun protection on that one !!

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shivangi May 11, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Never thought Lakme sunscreens can be so good :). it seems to be a decent product!

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M May 11, 2012 at 10:46 pm

All the sunscreens I have tried make my already oily face oilier. :( The ones that are supposed to give a matte effect contain parabens (which I’m panicky about). I’ve given up and resorted to compacts with spf. Mehak, any suggestions for a light, paraben-free, matte-effect sunscreen ? (I know I sound sooo finicky here!)

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mehak May 11, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Hi M…Have you tried this one????

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M May 12, 2012 at 12:09 am

No…but I’ve tried Lakme in the past…was too sticky for my taste. This one contains parabens, right ?

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mehak May 12, 2012 at 12:13 am

Hmm…then you need to look for a lower spf..almost allways the higher spf you go the thicker your sunscreen gets…theres a new neutrogena one out..ultra sheer which is supposed to be lightweight and non greasy. ou could give it a shot.

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mehak May 12, 2012 at 12:15 am

but i find the neutrogena dry touch thicker than this one, so dnt knw if ultra sheer will be better

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M May 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Thanks…will check it out. :)

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Vish May 11, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Neighbour if you are reading this- i am not winking at you ok. I am shutting one eye and clicking tutorials
rofl Mehak love dese little narratives of ur’s
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mehak May 11, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Hehe ! Im so sure my neighbours think im mad!

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Bharti May 11, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Not really a fan of Lakme sun screens. I feel the same way of them using new packaging with the same old product. Its too sticky and uncomfortable for my face.
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mehak May 11, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Really??? I found this much lighter than other high SPF sunscreens..

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Shruti May 12, 2012 at 2:04 am

Since you have mentioned that you have dry skin, may I suggest the Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturiser with SFP30/55? I used to use the Dry Touch one too but I found it a little bit too greasy but if tried using it without a moisturiser my dry patches would show up. Also chemical based sunscreens need to be put on directly on the skin, without moisturiser, in order for it to actually penetrate into the skin. So I switched to this moisturiser cum sunscreen and haven’t looked back since! It’s a lovely moisturiser, the SPF protects my skin and it doesn’t leave a white cast. It saves time and allows your chemical sunscreen to penetrate into your skin while still taking care of your moisturisation needs. If it breaks you out when you first try it, have patience. Your skin will get used to it in a few days. P.S. I swear I am not being paid by Neutrogena.
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pavani reddy May 12, 2012 at 3:40 am

this looks gud mehak..i m using the avon one n its a bit oily for me….
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Kritika May 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I love the Neutrogena one but yeah it does make my T-Zone look like a mini oil factory ! Yikes. I should try this one.
I have no clue what to put on my arms, they definitely need a good moisturizer before sunscreen and when I put my Neutrogena Dry Touch, I get that heavy sticky feeling. I was using the Lotus Sun Block Spray but I have a feeling it’s not working. Gah !
Any suggestions on a light, high SPF and preferably runny in texture because its easier to apply on the arms na.
:| :|

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Tanmayee May 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Seems really nice for daily use…….I am not outdoors much, but yes for beach holidays, I would definitely try out neutrogena:).thx fr the infi Mehak :)
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prerna May 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm

oh i love neutregena spf 50 too!!..glad to knw it is stil the winner!..great review

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mehak May 12, 2012 at 11:53 pm

HI checked it !!! Thanks a ton!!!

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lakme beauty parlor August 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm

It is really effective and good for daily use. It makes skin soft, clean and fresh. It is suitable for every types of skin. The fragrance is very nice. It keeps the skin tan free. And good thing is that it is easily available in the market.

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chaitu September 24, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Hi mahek.. I have oily face.. Can i use lakme sun ex. 50?? Pls reply

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Anu Goel October 15, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Hi Mehak, I hv been following ur blog for sometime now & read ur reviews when I need to buy something, coz I also hv dry skin.
I hv tried this Lakme sun expert SPF 50 as it came free (30 ml tube) with Vaseline Healthy White Triple Lightening Body Lotion with SPF 24 in summers. I hv 2 of these tubes :). At first i was happy for getting a free sunscreen that too with SPF 50.
But I m not at all happy with its performance. Though u r right, it is lightweight & thin sunscreen, but since I hv dry skin, I dont feel it to be moisturising. Morover, the biggest prob I hv with it is d blendability & d final look. It takes a lot of effort & time to blend. No matter how much I try it does leave a white cast in d end. I hv tried using a moisturiser beneath it & still not better.
Also any product that leaves a white cast on my face makes me look dark after half an hr or 1 hr, which is not at all desirable since I m already wheatish complexioned. My mother & sis remarked that I looked dark d day I tried it & they didnt know what I had applied.
May be I can give it a try again in summers when its very sweaty. But I still doubt d white cast part.
I hv used Neutrogena Dry Touch SPF 50 & Jovees SPF 30 sunscreens b4 & I really love them for d protection they give & d dewy glowing look on skin, & yet they both r moisturising :). So I m gonna go back to that :)

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sanjana March 18, 2014 at 5:06 pm

does lakme sunscreen cause rashes or burning sensation ??? because i heard so

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riya kulreja March 31, 2014 at 3:52 pm

hi mehak, as my fce gets drk aftr i apply any cream on mahh fce aftr hlf n hour in dese summer dys nd it sweats too.. would neutrogena ultra sheer will b bettr or i shud prfr lakme exprt

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