Glossier Invisible Shield vs Julep No Excuses

Blog, The dupe test


First, let me explain the thought process behind this.

Yes, I would agree that sunscreen is a pretty hard thing to find a dupe for. All sunscreens either work- or they don’t and for most people that’s all that matters.

However in this case, it’s less of a dupe and more of a one-of-these-is-cheaper-and-much-better.

Much better.

The first comparison point here is the packaging. They actually look nothing alike, but one is better than the other.

Glossier has a pump which is nice, and the packaging is cute. But as far as effectiveness goes, there are many flaws. The container is hard, making it difficult to get all the product out of the container. Secondly, the packaging is wider (and shorter) making it far more difficult to travel with.

The Julep packaging is no more or less attractive to me, but I find it much, much, more useful. It’s slimmer, which is far more travel friendly and it’s a squeeze tube which makes it easier to get all the product out.

The winner here is easily Julep.

Now, let’s take a look at the formula. As much as Glossier likes to pretend they invented clear, chemical based sunscreen, the fact is they didn’t. This Julep sunscreen has been around for over a year, and I’m sure there are others like it that I haven’t seen.

As you can see in the above photo, the two formulas look basically the same! The Glossier one is a little whiter, while the Julep one is completely clear. Both sunscreens have the same consistency.

Blended out, they look identical. In addition, the Julep one has a subtler scent than Glossier and it has 5 more SPF (Julep is SPF 40, Glossier is SPF 35).

Ok, now for the sciency stuff.

Julep No Exuses Glossier Invisible Shield
Active ingredients: AVOBENZONE 3%




Avobenzone (3%)

Homosalate (6%)

Ocisalate (5%)

Non-active ingredients: WATER, CAPRYLYL METHICONE, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, BUTYLOCTYL SALICYLATE, DEXTRIN PALMITATE, UNDECANE, HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN/PVP CROSSPOLYMER, TRIDECANE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, ROSA CANINA (ROSEHIP) FRUIT OIL, AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER, CARBOMER, CAMELLIA JAPONICA (TSUBAKI) SEED OIL, DIBUTYL LAUROYL GLUTAMIDE, DIBUTYL ETHYLHEXANOYL GLUTAMIDE, AMINOMETHYL PROPANOL, GLYCERIN, DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E), DISODIUM EDTA, MICA (CI 77019), BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, HYDROXYPHENYL PROPAMIDOBENZOIC ACID, IRON OXIDES ( CI 77491), OXALIS TRIANGULARIS (LOVE PLANT) EXTRACT, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), CUCUMIS MELO (MELON) FRUIT EXTRACT, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, TIN OXIDE, TOCOPHEROL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL Water, butyloctyl salicylate, dipropylene glycol, methyl trimethicone, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Caprylyl Methicone, Propanediol, Bis-Ethylhexyl Hydroxydimethoxy Benzylmalonate, Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Hydroxyacetophenone, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Dibutyl Lauroyl Glutamide, Dibutyl Ethylhexanoyl Glutamide, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Carbone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Butylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Silica, Bioflavonoids, Potassium Sorbate, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Brassica Oleracea Italica (broccoli) Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Camellia Senensis Leaf Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate

Above, are both the ingredients of each sunscreen. The ones that are in same order and on both sunscreens are blue. The ones that are in both sunscreens but the order is different are teal. Finally, the ones that are black are unique to that sunscreen.

Just a note: The Julep ingredients were easily found on the website and I copy pasted them into this post. The Glossier ingredients I had to click a few links to get to and when I did, I couldn’t copy paste it so I had to manually write it out.

As you can see, the two formulas are chemically very similar. The Julep one has more oils (good oils) in it like rosehip oil, camilla extract, love plant extract, melon extract, and sunflower seed oil. I’m most excited about the rosehip oil (also in this product by julep) because of how moisturizing it is.

In the Glossier sunscreen there’s orange peel oil, aloe leaf extract, broccoli extract, and camellia leaf extract. The aloe extract is great for soothing skin, so it’s nice that’s in there.

To conclude here, the chemical formulas are very similar, with Julep having rosehip oil that has incredibly moisturizing and brightening properties. The main difference in active ingredient is that Julep has octocrylene which boosts sunscreen effectiveness, but may cause a reaction in those with super sensitive skin (I recommend doing a patch test). Julep also has 2% more homosalate which is a company that prevents your skin from absorbing UV rays.

You still with me?

Here’s my final point. Julep has better scent, ingredients, and packaging, AND it’s $6 cheaper. Yes, please. The only case in which I would recommend the Glossier sunscreen is if you have super sensitive skin and don’t mind spending more/ having less effective packaging.

If that’s you, I have a link which gives you 10% off your purchase. If that’s not you, go for the Julep sunscreen.

Ciao bella!





*A note

Some of the products in this post were given to me for PR purposes through the company. 

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