Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer SPF 30 Sunscreen

Welcome to my series on Sun protection.  Since my little encounter with skin cancer, I have made it a priority to learn more about sun protection and the different types.  What works for me may or may not work for you.  I am not saying that one thing or another is better or worse, just what my experiences have been, and I look forward to feedback and input from all readers.  Please leave your comments in the box below or chime on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @everydaybeaut11.


  • Natural sunscreen UVA and UVB protection
  • Immediate protection from the suns rays
  • Clean ingredients


  • Greasy
  • Doesn’t play well with other makeup
  • Leaves a white cast
  • Smears and wipes off everywhere
  • Runny
  • Expensive


This Drunk Elephant sunscreen retails at Sephora for $45CAD for 90ml/ 3.5oz of product.  You can purchase a mineral sunscreen from Garnier’s Ombrelle line for $16CAD and receive a 200ml size bottle. So, to me, this is expensive.  I found this product to be very runny, and even though it had no smell, it was unappealing in its level of gloopiness.  Yes, that is a word now.  Because a mineral sunscreen it is designed to sit on top of the skin and reflect the suns rays, it never sinks in.  Have you ever tried to apply makeup with a greasy oil slick on your face? This product is a nightmare to use with makeup; it left a scary whitecast on my skin and smeared everywhere.  All in all, a horror show.

This formula is heavily formulated using Zinc Oxide.  This is a natural, safe barrier from the sun, and works well on diaper rash.  Which is a nice way to say that it won’t clog pores or cause irritation to the skin.  Zinc Oxide works across the entire UVA and UVB spectrum, which is great.  Trade off being that a mineral sunscreen has a shorter effective time when used in the water or sweating. (Basically, it is sitting on your skin and easily wiped off, washed off or sweated off.)

I would give this product a pass, it is way more trouble than it is worth when there are other options on the market that work more effectively.


-Zinc Oxide 20%: Provides sun protection.-Zinc Oxide 20%: An invisible physical sunscreen that provides powerful UV protection from harmful rays, ideal for all skin types including sensitive.
-Astaxanthin-rich Algae Extract: A cartenoid with potent antioxidant properties that provides defense from oxidative damage.
-Sunflower Sprout Extract: A powerful ingredient that helps neutralize free radicals and exhibits strong anti-glycation properties.
-Grape Juice Extract: Naturally soothing and helps calm redness; has natural anti-microbial and antioxidant properties and acts as a natural free radical scavenger.

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Steareth-2, Propanediol, Steareth-21, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Silica, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Sprout Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil/Tocopheryl Succinate Aminopropanediol Esters, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Sea Water, Acetyl Glucosamine, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Glycine, Sucrose, Lecithin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491).

As described on the Sephora website:

What it is: A sheer sunscreen that delivers powerful broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and aids in the prevention of free radical and oxidative damage.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Fine Lines and Wrinkles, and Dullness and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:
– Zinc Oxide 20%: Provides powerful UV protection from harmful rays; ideal for all skin types including sensitive.
– Astaxanthin-rich Algae Extract: A potent antioxidant that provides defense from oxidative damage.
– Sunflower Sprout Extract: Helps neutralize free radicals and exhibits strong anti-glycation properties.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is cruelty-free and an Allure Best of Beauty winner:
2015 Allure Best of Beauty Award—Natural Wonders
2018 In Style Best Beauty Buy Award—Best Natural Sunscreen
2015 Allure Reader’s Choice Award—Best Natural Facial Sunscreen
2018 Prevention Magazine Award—Best Reef-Safe Sunscreens

What Else You Need to Know: Umbra Sheer™ helps defend from free radicals and environmental aggressors for skin that looks healthy and preserved. Ideal for daily use without white residue or greasiness and developed without chemical screens or silicones. It’s suitable for all skin, including the most sensitive.

Drunk Elephant is committed to using only ingredients that either directly benefit the skin’s health or support the integrity and effectiveness of their formulations. They never take into account an ingredient’s synthetic or natural status, but instead choose based on its biocompatibility. You won’t find what Drunk Elephant calls the “Suspicious 6” in their products (essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical screens, fragrance/dyes, and SLS,) making them, in their opinion, appropriate for all skin. They believe that these six ubiquitous ingredients are at the root of almost every skin issue we see. When formulating the products, they focus on pH levels and safety, always making sure that the active ingredients are at efficacious levels. This is the Drunk Elephant difference.

Drunk Elephant is a supporter of IEF (International Elephant Foundation) and is cruelty-free.

Clinical Results: In an independent consumer testing panel of 50 women age 25 to 55:
-98% agreed skin felt protected
-94% found Umbra Sheer™ gentle and non-irritating
-93% agreed skin felt soft and smooth

Clean at Sephora
When you spot our Clean seal, you can be sure we’ve checked that this brand’s product is made without the ingredients you told us you’d most like to avoid.

Clean at Sephora™ is formulated without:
Sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban. All skincare, hair, and makeup brands with the Clean Seal have less than one percent of synthetic fragrances.

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