Review: Urban Decay Guardian Angel Spray Moisturizer SPF 8

By Voxy  

OK, so let’s get this out of the way right up front — if my guardian angel can only protect me at the level of SPF 8, then I have a 90-pound weakling for a guardian angel. SPF 8 is the equivalent of “protects against paper cuts, overcooked food, smelly shoes, and schoolyard playground insults.” Is there some sort of celestial Navy SEAL training I can send my angel to?

So just forget that this product has any SPF in it at all. If you actually get any sun protection from it, consider it a bonus — don’t count on it for your primary sunscreen. That said (and in spite of the criticism I am about to unleash), I really like this product. I’ve been looking for a light spray moisturizer to replace the old Wexler product I finally finished, and I think this one is a keeper.

Since my skin is dry, I always use this in conjunction with other products, so I don’t know how well it would stand up on its own. UD’s marketing language sez: “Time-release technology hydrates your skin up to 24 hours as the hygroscopic formula miraculously attracts moisture to your skin, yet always feels weightless.” First, I hope that “miraculously” is a play on the whole “angel” business, but the cynical part of me (which is, let’s face it, pretty much all of me) says it’s probably just a happy coincidence of pomp and circumstance. Something that is hygroscopic by definition attracts moisture, so I’m not really getting the whole “miracle” thing, unless we’re talking about the everyday miracles of the sun rising in the East every morning, gravity pulling objects down towards the Earth, or a parking spot opening up right in front of Einstein Bros. Bagels just as you pull into the lot. Divine intervention, surely. You were meant to have that egg bagel with cream cheese and bacon. Also, the phrase “up to 24 hours” could, in point of fact, mean five minutes. However, it performs at least as well as other moisturizing serums I’ve used in terms of prepping the skin for other products. I don’t notice any huge improvement in end-of-the-day dryness, but it isn’t any worse either, so all in all it seems to be doing an OK job.

Here’s where this falls in my routine: cleanser, toner, this product, AHA, other moisturizer, makeup and sunscreen. The product is slightly milky-white in color, but leaves no white traces on skin. It absorbs quickly and completely. If your skin is not dry and you are looking for a light summer moisturizer, this might be a good stand-alone product for you; if your skin is dry and you are going to use this in combination with other moisturizers anyway, this is a good companion product to go underneath your other products. My skin reacts negatively (read: “throws a hissy-fit”) to most sunscreens, so the fact that it doesn’t react badly to this is a good sign.

Definitely a paws-up on this one!

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Urban Decay Guardian Angel Spray Moisturizer SPF 8: $26.00

Provenance: Purchased

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Good.

Purchase again? Yes, unless interrupted by the Rapture.

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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2 Comments

  1. avatar marigolds
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Sunscreen last? Yours must not be NEARLY as goopy and slimy as mine is. I have to put mine on at the moisturizer stage or else it would slime all my oh-so-carefully-applied makeup right off.

    On another note, I found that the MAC 187 brush is an absolute DREAM for stippling on cream foundations. I like it fine with the MAC F&B (which is very light, thin, sheer liquid) – but I *love* it with my Bobbi Brown cream compact foundation!

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted April 24, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Well, it also depends what I’m using that day. If I use a powder sunscreen, that goes on top of makeup. An SPF moisturizer goes on at the “moisturizer” stage. Or I use a cream foundation with a sunscreen. (None of these are for extended sun wear, exercise, etc; for that I use a plain old sunscreen and no makeup.)

      Yes, the skunk brushes for stippling are nice! I tried to use mine on my MUFE HD blush the other day and that was a bit of a disaster (to put it mildly) but I agree that they are awesome for foundations. (I also tried it with HD setting powder but was disappointed with that; it seemed to use far more product than a denser brush to get the same job done.)

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