nimue sun-c spf 40 review

Nimue Sun-C SPF 40 claims to moisturise skin while protecting it from the sun.

But it delivers only one promise. Curious to know where it falls short? Read on to find out:

What’s In Nimue Sun-C SPF 40?


Nimue Sun-C SPF 40 contains a mix of new and old synthetic UV filters:

  • Phenylbenzimidazole Sulphonic Acid: A.k.a. Ensulizole, it protects skin from UVB rays. Unlike most UV filters, it’s water-soluble, so perfect to create lightweight textures even oily skin will love. It’s photostable and can be used to stabilise other UV filters (like Avobenzone) that degrade quickly when exposed to sunlight.
  • Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane: A.k.a. avobenzone, an UVA filter that’s very unstable (i.e. stops working quickly when exposed to light) on its own. It’s absorbed by the body (and expelled quickly through urine), so it’s not recommended during pregnancy.
  • Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine: A.k.a. Tinosorb S, it offers excellent protection from both UVA and UVB rays without irritating skin.
  • Octocrylene: An UVB filter that helps avobenzone last longer, coat the skin better and make the sunscreen water-resistant.

Unless you’re pregnant or allergic to one of these ingredients, there’s no reason to avoid this sunscreen. Synthetic UV filters are safe, have better textures, and provide excellent sun protection.

Related: Is Avobenzone Dangerous?

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Lightweight and fast-absorbing.



How To Use It

It’s the last step of your morning skincare routine. Apply it generously at least 20 minutes before sun exposure and touch it up during the day.

Performance & Personal Opinion

Nimue Sun-C SPF 40 has the lightweight, fast-absorbing texture every sunscreen should have. It glides on smoothly and, once absorbed, you don’t even notice you have it on. And nope, it leaves no white cast behind.

This sunscreen has only one job to do and does it well. You don’t have to worry about sunburns or wrinkles (unless you forget to reapply it or don’t apply enough in the first place).

It protects your skin from UV harm even in the hotter summer months. I could do with a touch more hydration, but it’s not a dealbreaker. That just makes it suitable for all skin types, including oily.

nimue sun c spf40

Who Is This For?

It’s suitable for all skin types, bar maybe sensitive.

Who Is This NOT For?

If you’re allergic to one of the UV filters (it’s more likely to happen if you have sensitive skin), this isn’t for you.


A white and yellow tube that screams summer. It’s sleek and practical.

Does Nimue Sun-C SPF 40 Live Up To Its Claims?

A lightweight, moisturising sunscreen that provides high broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and assists to reduce and prevent visible signs of photo ageing. It’s not moisturising, but everything else is true.
Use AM daily. Apply an even layer to the face, neck and décolleté over Nimue moisturiser, half an hour before sun exposure. Repeat application every 2-3 hours or after exercise, perspiration or water activities. It’s the right way to use it, indeed. But you can use it over any moisturizer.

Price & Availability

£36.00 at selected salons.

Do You Need It?

If you’re looking for a lightweight sunscreen that provides excellent sun protection, this is a good option to consider.

Dupes & Alternatives


Aqua, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulphonic Acid, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tricontanyl PVP, Glycerin,Cyclomethicone, Octocrylene, Arachidyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysilicone-15, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Olea Europeae (Olive) Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Polyester-8, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Arachidyl Glucoside, C30-45 Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Allantoin, Titanium Dioxide (Nano), Yeast Polysaccharides, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tetrasodium Glutamate, Diaoetate, Silica, Sodium Hydroxide, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxy Stearate, Dimethicone.