La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Invisible Fluid VS Eucerin Oil Control – Review Of SPF 50 Used On Acne Prone Combination Skin

I’ve been a dedicated fan of Eucerin’s SPF since discovering it and think it’s highly underrated. I was quite content to just keep buying and using it. After all, it works well for me and is affordable but after I was fortunate enough to win an SPF bundle from La Roche Posay which included their Anthelios SPF50 I knew a VS review post was round the corner!

I’ve forever grateful for the acne and skincare community on Instagram for making me aware that so many acne fighting skincare ingredients make skin more sensitive to the sun. Wearing SPF every day makes me feel like I’m protecting my skin and caring for it for the future which makes up for the years I feel like I spent trying to nuke spots into oblivion.

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Eucerin Oil Control SPF 50La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 50
Price (as per brand’s website or best I can find!)£16 per 50ml£18 per 50ml
Labelled as suitable for
(as per brand’s description)
Oily and blemish prone skin with studies showing good tolerability on sensitive skinSpecially formulated for sensitive skin
Product claims (as per brand’s description)Oil regulating, gives skin immediate dry touch finish, mattifying for up to 8 hours, water and sweat resistant, non greasy with no white marks, not sticky, non eye stinging
Extras to noteLabelled as suitable for users of topical acne medication

Eucerin Oil Control SPF 50 Review

I’ve writing this having purchased 4 bottles. I picked up 2 last time they featured in Boots £10 Tuesday offer so I was well stocked and saving some pennies whilst protecting my skin. I have combination skin and find this a really effective product. It doesn’t cause any dryness on my less oily areas and doesn’t make me look shiny. It doesn’t have a typical sun cream smell or texture which is great. It’s never made me break out or caused any sensitivity. I haven’t had any major problems with this pilling.

I have experienced a bit of eye stinging with this but that’s generally only if I get tired and rub my eyes without thinking. This can then cause a bit of stinging that causes my eye to water but it isn’t a painful burning sensation. I’m incredibly pale and this doesn’t make me look any more ghostly so can confirm zero white cast for me.

La Roche Posay Anthelios Review

This was my first full sized bottle of this. I had previously bought a sample via Feel Unique’s Pick & Mix service. The first major difference with this product compared to Eucerin’s is the texture. It is very, very runny. Where I’ve been used to pumping a thick gel like cream texture and applying that squeezing this out of the bottle left it dribbling and running down my fingers. I found it quite hard to measure out an amount to apply and instead found it easy to squeeze 4 smaller sized helpings and dot these on my cheeks, forehead and chin before rubbing in.

I’ve never experienced eye stinging at all with this product, this is the only major perk it has for me over the Eucerin SPF. Upon application I find this makes me initially look a bit shinier than the other product but this does die down very quickly and I don’t find it off putting. In terms of similarities to my trusted Eucerin Oil Control SPF 50 this also doesn’t cause me to break out, doesn’t make me look paler and has no white cast. I’ve also not had any pilling issues with this one.

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The Final Word

For me these two products have such similarities and do such a good job. Neither make me break out, cause sensitivity, give me white cast, smell bad or pill excessively when reapplying. I’ve popped into a table below the only real notable differences I’ve found.

Can I pick a winner? No. I honestly can’t. I think the Eucerin product is really underrated, it is slightly cheaper and I personally much prefer the texture as it’s less messy to apply. It is also very morning proof, if like me, you struggle to wake up and need something you can just throw on. The La Roche Posay requires shaking to activate which I have definitely forgotten to do a few times when dozy. I love that I can apply the La Roche Posay with zero concern about eye watering.

So which would I repurchase? It’ll come down to which is the best value for money at the time I need to restock but I’d happily buy both again.

Product marked with *** is a winner for me for each categoryEucerin Oil Control SPF 50La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 50
More of a gel, cream texture, easy to apply with pump bottle to measure out
took some getting used to to avoid sticky fingers and it dripping into my rings when squeezing it out the bottle
Eye stinging
mild and very rare occurrences
zero eye stinging
Zero shininess on application***
I don’t feel shiny at all after applying this
I notice I look a little more glowy or shiny but this dissipates not long after application. It’s not enough to put me off or make me think I look like an oil slick

The Best SPF For Combination Acne Prone Skin I’ve Tried – Review Of Eucerin Oil Control SPF 50 Sun Gel Cream

I’m a little ashamed to admit how late to the skincare game I was when it came to discovering the importance of wearing SPF. Particularly when I use active ingredients to manage acne on an almost daily basis. I went through nearly one whole tube of Adapalene / Differin where the Patient Information Leaflet gave no mention of the importance of sun protection whilst using retinoids or retinol as they make skin more sensitive to the sun. As I’ve previously never used over the counter or generic skincare retinol this wasn’t something I was aware of. It was only the 2nd tube of Adapalene that I picked up from a pharmacist which had this warning and precaution printed on the label prompting me to get on it pronto.

Other SPF’s I’ve Tried

I tried a few samples before buying this SPF which came highly recommended to me by one of my Instagram followers. Before buying this product I tried a couple of samples of La Roche Posay’s Anthelios SPF 50 and one Eucerin Anti Pigment SPF 30. The LRP product, I liked, but it reminded me very much of typical sun cream and had a higher price tag of £18 – 20 per 100ml depending on if I went with their general product or anti imperfections product. The Eucerin Anti Pigment SPF came as a surprise sample with an online order, I really liked the consistency and feel of the product which felt a lot more like a lightweight moisturiser.


At the time of writing I’m on my second bottle of the Eucerin Oil Control SPF 50. I’ve paid no more than £12 per 50ml bottle buy being savvy and shopping discounts online either via Superdrug, where free delivery for loyalty card holders is a £10 threshold, or via Chemist Direct which offered me free samples of products I love with my discounted order. It’s typical RRP is £16.

My Experience Using Eucerin’s Oil Control SPF 50

This product is great and I have zero complaints. It doesn’t feel greasy or remind me of typical body sun creams. It soaks in very quickly, leaves no white cast so doesn’t make me look even paler and doesn’t make my skin look shiny. Wearing this doesn’t remotely look like I have SPF on when I think back to childhood days on holiday of slapping Nivea body sun cream on my face which felt heavy, slimy and left me positively reflective. Being an oil control product and having combination skin I had concerns that it might cause dryness as my skin isn’t super oily all over but it does no such thing. This product has also never stung or irritated my skin on application. I’ve read some reviews where users say applying SPFs near their eyes make them sting or water and this has never happened to me using this product. It doesn’t have a strong smell or remind me of sun creams either.

This SPF has never caused my skin to break out. It feels light on the skin and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling tacky. The pump bottle is brilliant as one full press is enough for me to generously cover my whole face. The only thing about the pump is that it is deceptive. It’s very hard to tell when the bottle is running low and then all of a sudden it’s empty. To get around this I wrote the opening date on my first bottle. I loved it enough to reorder in advance at the 2.5 month mark and then when it ended I was able to get an idea of how long it lasted for the future. I believe this was about 3 to 3.5 months. It doesn’t pill on application but if I were to gently rub my skin through the day then it does pill slightly but this is minor.

My 2 favourite orange products – Eucerin SPF 50+ Oil Control and REN Ready Steady Glow Toner

For me this works well enough that I don’t feel inclined to dabble in trying any other SPFs. I like the price I’ve been able to pay for it and although at first I begrudgingly added SPF to my routine thinking this was yet another product to pay for, applying this every morning makes me feel like I’m future proofing my skin by protecting it from sun damage. I spent a solid half a decade disliking my skin because I had spots, now I feel like I’m taking care of it for the future which feels like a much nicer mind set.

Likes: no break outs, no shiny forehead, no stinging, no white cast, lightweight, good price

Dislikes: it is hard to tell when the product is running low but this is so minor, I’m just being really pick here!

Rebuy? Yes. I have done once already and will continue to do so.

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