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Now you see it... Murad's Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

It's that time of year (finally) where even if you are not usually scrupulous about using sunscreen, you might want to start adding it into your daily regime. It's also the time of year where career sunscreen obsessives like me think about stepping up to SPF30 or something even higher.

It's thrilling, the way that sunscreens have got better and better in recent years - very few are chalky or smeary and, given the new technology available, there's no excuse why any shouldn't be a pleasure to use.
And here's a really nice new one from Murad.
It's a primer-and-SPF in one, an unusual combination but one that makes perfect sense in that you are going to want to apply a primer much more liberally than you might a foundation (particularly if you are getting on a bit and your skin needs help all over rather than just, say, around the eyes). It pumps out smoothly from the top bit of this futuristic-looking dispenser, and its silicone-slippery texture means it is easy to spread around the face evenly. Give it a couple of minutes to settle in and you'll find you may well be able to do without foundation on top - the optical diffusing particles that it contains help refract the light and make your skin look instantly airbrushed. When it launches (in July), it will cost £55. Pricey, but you are at least getting a high-quality two-in-one...

Estee Lauder Little Black Primer