Supergoop VS Paula’s Choice – Which Ones a Keeper & Which One’s Getting Ditched?
SPF moisturizers are everywhere but the 2 that always get a lot of attention are Supergoop Glowscreen SPF 40 which has been my go to all-in-one primer and SPF moisturizer for a few years and Paula’s Choice Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30. People have been comparing the 2 so obviously I had to give Paula’s Choice a go to compare to Supergoop sunscreen and see what the hype’s all about. Supergoop Glowscreen also just came out with a new shade ‘Golden Hour’. So I figured I’d compare the new shade to the original ‘Sunrise’ shade and Paula’s Choice and review them side by side.
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Supergoop Glowscreen & Paula’s Choice Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF Review
I was expecting there to be more similarities between Supergoop Glowscreen SPF 40 and Paula’s Choice SPF moisturizer as people had been comparing them but there’s actually more differences than similarities. Paula’s Choice is more of a moisturizer and Supergoop Glowscreen SPF 40 is more of a hydrating primer. There’s also a big difference in the type of sunscreen protection they give & colors.
Here’s my thoughts on all 3 of these, along with some dodgy pronunciations.
Key Points: What’s the Difference between Supergoop & Paula’s Choice SPF
There’s pros to all of these broad spectrum SPF moisturizers but I only found cons to Paula’s Choice as it’s not reef safe and leaves a white sticky, no glowy finish. Which is not what was promised from the description.
Shop the Moisturizer & Primers with SPF
- Paula’s Choice Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30
- Supergoop Glowscreen SPF40 original shade Sunrise which gives a champagne, pearlescent glow.
- Supergoop Glowscreen SPF40 new shade Golden Hour is darker and gives a deep bronzed, sunkissed glow.
Glowscreen contains hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, a humectant that absorbs 1,000 times its weight in water, but it’s not technically a moisturizerInsider
Which is the better SPF Moisturizer & Primer Supergoop or Paula’s Choice?
Living in Las Vegas which is super dry, I always look for skincare with hyaluronic acid which Supergoop Glowscreen SPF primer has and Paula’s Choice doesn’t. Although Glow Screen is not technically a moisturizer, I’ve never needed to use one with this as I find it hydrating enough.
The Niacinamide is what makes Glowscreen such a great primer as it helps to reduce the appearance of pores while evening out skin tone versus Paula’s Choice Essential Glow which isn’t a primer.
Supergoop glowscreen sunscreen offers clean chemical SPF 40 vs Paula’s Choice all mineral sunscreen SPF 30. Supergoop also leaves a really flawless golden glow (the Golden Hour is just darker than the original shade) vs Paula’s white/greyish finish. No makeup, unfiltered results below:
Both SPF moisturizers have antioxidants to help protect skin against environmental factors & and to filter blue light. I sit in front of my computer and phone a lot for work so this plus my blue light blocking glasses are essential.
Supergoop doesn’t really smell whereas I found Paula’s had a weird scent I really didn’t enjoy having around my nose. I haven’t found Paula’s to irritate my eyes like some sunscreens do though. Although I try to be careful when I’m applying it as I have really sensitive eyes.
I also like that Supergoop sunscreen is reef safe as we tend to do a lot of watersports on beach vacations as I’m not good at sitting still. It’s also Vegan for all of you looking for a Vegan sunscreen.
I’m sticking to Supergoop Glowscreen for all of the reasons in the video above. It’s a little more expensive but in my opinion totally worth it. I wear it on its own on no makeup days but it also works really well as a primer under makeup to give a lit-from-within look.
I won’t be repurchasing Paula’s Choice Essential Glow Moisturizer as it didn’t leave up to it’s name and I didn’t like the sticky pale finish, smell or fact that it’s not reef safe.