- Value: 18/20
- Functionality: 19/20
- Quality/Ease of Use: 18/20
- Aesthetic: 15/20
- Shimmer: 19/20
- TOTAL: 89/100
Back in the day, 13-year-old me would have sold my soul for a superficial sunburn with the promise of a tan. Now, many years later, my freckles are no longer cute and I know far too much about the dangers of skin cancer to willingly fry myself sans protection. Don't get me wrong, I love being bronze. But sunspots, wrinkles and premature aging are three things I'm vehemently trying to avoid. Nope, my days of tanning oil are long gone—praise my mother and a college education.
That said, I have beef with the sunscreen industry. Nothing pains me more than slathering on sunblock so thick it could pass for mayo. And even after spending 20 precious beach minutes meticulously rubbing it in, I'm still left with a pale, white cast that just won't go away (adorable on grandpa, not so much me). So when I came across Coppertone's new Glow Hydragel sunscreen in SPF 30 and 50, I was immediately intrigued. It promised shimmer, radiance and hydration in a "non-greasy, lightweight formula that rubs in easy and absorbs quickly." Glow? Gel? SPF 50? Can it really be true!? I had to give it a try.
First off, I'm not typically one to reach for anything with the word "shimmer" in it, especially when it comes to body products. But after years of tossing lackluster, half-used sunscreens in the trash, I figured this might be my diamond in the broad spectrum rough. With a socially-distanced Bachelorette beach celebration coming up, I threw one in my suitcase and hoped for the best.