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Which Face Sunscreen Is Right For Me? - Hannah English

Words & images by Hannah English

About the author: Hannah English is a pharmaceutical scientist with a clinical research background. She is also known for being a beauty writer and content creator who has built a niche within the beauty industry around her passion for making science feel cool, relevant and accessible. 


Finding the right sunscreen is much easier than it used to be. Today’s formulas are created with a pleasant skin feel in mind and made to work with your makeup, not against it. That's exactly what Quick Flick founder Iris Smit did with the Quick Screens. Many, many sunscreen reviews were consulted, including my own! It wouldn’t be the first time my own sunscreen reviews were used to inform product development and marketing copy, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

Iris took each category and complaint into account to create sunscreens that ticked all the boxes, including SPF50+ UVA & UVB Broad Spectrum protection with added defence from the effects of High-Energy Visible (blue) light. Contrary to popular belief, the blue light your skin needs to worry about comes from the sun, not your screens. Your screens just don’t put out enough energy for that, so scroll away!

As the last step of your morning skincare routine, and to reapply throughout the day:

You’ll want Quick Screen SPF50+ Prep Moisturiser with Blue Light Defence. It’s a 4-in-1 sunscreen, moisturiser, makeup primer and blue light protector. Your blue light protection comes from hydrating gluconolactone and tomato extract, which is rich in lycopene.

If you’re wearing makeup, it gives you a satiny, hydrated base with some grip to stay flawless all day. If you’re not wearing makeup, it gives your skin a blurred, moisturised look. These effects are thanks to silica – a smoothing, oil-absorbing ingredient.

Because sunscreen is the last step of your skincare routine, apply over moisturiser or instead of moisturiser. You can skip the primer step and have faith that your makeup is locked in place, too!

Remember to apply ½ teaspoon or about 2.5mL to face, neck and ears – that’s the correct amount to make sure you’re getting the full SPF50+ protection.

Above: Hannah wears Quick Screen SPF50+ Prep Lotion under her makeup. Shop here.

For reapplication over makeup or on the go:

If you're reapplying over makeup (every 2-4 hours, please) you'll want the Quick Screen SPF50+ Set Finishing Spray with Blue Light Defence. We know it’s hard to remember and we know it can be quite an involved process, so we created the spray to go on quickly and easily over makeup without clogging pores. Think glowy, not greasy. It even helps to set and smooth your makeup, with (you guessed it) silica! So your look will stay fresh for longer.

Spray sunscreens are challenging because you do still need to apply the ½ teaspoon to face, neck and ears, but the mist can end up in the air, too, or in your hair, etc. That’s why it was designed as more of a top-up. If used this way, focus on oily areas (T-Zone for me!) and areas that you touch your face (for me, that’s the jawline). These spots are where coverage and protection get patchy throughout the day.

½ teaspoon is about 12 spritzes of Quick Screen SPF50+ Set Finishing Spray. If used alone, apply 12 spritzes and add a couple more for good measure. You could get a friend to spritz it for you, too, so that most of it ends up on your face – it’s hard to aim with your eyes closed! And don’t forget your chest if that’s visible. The sun certainly won’t.

Above: Hannah uses Quick Screen SPF50+ Set Spray. Shop here.

Now that you’re stocked up with a sunscreen for all your makeup-compatible needs, I have one last reassuring fact for you. Neither sunscreen will cause a flashback when you’re photographed. In fact, flashback from sunscreen is a myth! The more you know. Happy sunscreening!

Apply 20 minutes before sun exposure. Sunscreen is only one part of sun protection so wear protective clothing and seek shade. Avoid prolonged sun exposure. Reapply every 2 hours and after swimming, towelling and perspiring in accordance with directions.
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Real customer Roxanne wears Quick Screen Prep and Set.
Real customer Roxanne wears Quick Screen Prep and Set.
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Gabi wears Quick Screen Set for zero white cast or flashback.
Gabi wears Quick Screen Set for zero white cast or flashback.
Lexy wears Quick Screen Prep for zero white cast or flashback.
Lexy wears Quick Screen Prep for zero white cast or flashback.
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Real customer Alex wears Quick Screen Prep and Set.

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A multi-use sunscreen duo that solves all your problems when it comes to wearing SPF

  • Includes Quick Screen Prep SPF50+ Primer and Moisturiser and Quick Screen Set SPF50+ Makeup Finishing Spray
  • Fast absorbing, non greasy formula leaves a gorgeous satin glow with zero white cast
  • SPF 50+ UVA/UVB and HEV Blue Light defence
  • Hyaluronic Acid and Vegan Squalene for all day hydration and plump skin
  • Raspberry Seed And Tomato Extract for antioxidant protection and a brighter complexion
  • TGA Listed & Made in Western Australia

What is it?

Quick Screen Prep is your 4 in 1 SPF, Moisturiser, Primer and Blue Light Defence. Created for people who typically hate wearing sunscreen because lets face it, traditional sunscreens feel pretty gross. Quick Screen Prep is an ultra-lightweight, moisturising facial lotion with very high SPF 50+ sun protection and blue light defence technology for urban pollution protection (and its pretty damn comfortable to wear)! The fast absorbing formula moisturises and primes skin whilst creating a satin base for makeup.

Quick Screen Set is an ultra-lightweight, invisible-finish mist that hydrates, finishes makeup, with SPF 50+ sun filters and blue light defence technology to protect from urban pollution. Designed to be worn on its own or over makeup without ruining, cake-ing or leaving a white cast.

Tested on all skin tones to ensure no white cast or greasy finish is left on the skin post-application. Both products are chemical filter sunscreens, suitable for all skin types that won't produce flashback.


Shake well before use. Apply Quick Screen Prep generously and evenly to the skin 20 minutes before sun exposure. Apply makeup over. Re-apply your SPF every 2-4 hours using Quick Screen Set. Be sure to tuck in lips, close eyes and hold breath when applying mist.

Ensure you reapply after sweating, swimming or towelling. Avoid intensive midday sun and prolonged exposure to the sun and wear protective clothing, hats and eyewear. To remove, use Flick Off! Cleanser and Makeup Remover or your favourite makeup remover.


Blue Light is one of the several colours in the visible light spectrum and is often referred to as high energy visible or HEV. It is emitted in the sun’s ray as well as in low levels from digital items and lamps.

Blue light poses potential skin harm via free radical generation and has been shown in studies to induce oxidative stress in live skin. This can contribute to skin ageing, like exposure to UVA.

Whilst the skin naturally contains antioxidants, these are used up when the skin is exposed to excess free radicals (think UV light, visible blue light and other environmental aggressors such as pollution]. Thus, applying topical antioxidants can boost our skin’s defence against oxidative environmental damage.

Quick Screen contains antioxidant-rich ingredients to help combat this free radical damage, including Raspberry Seed Extract and Israeli Tomato Extract.


Quick Screen Prep
Active ingredients: Homosalate 10% w/w, Octyl Salicylate 5% w/w, Octocrylene 5% w/w, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane 3.5% w/w.

Excipient ingredients: Water, Glyceryl stearate and PEG-100 Stearate, Emulgibin B3, Cetiol SN, Gluconolactone, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract in Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil and Squalane, Silica Silylate, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Raspberry Extract.

Quick Screen Set
Active ingredients: Homosalate 10% w/w, Octocrylene 5% w/w Octyl salicylate 5% w/w, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane 3% w/w.

Excipient ingredients: Ethanol, D-alpha-tocopherol acetate, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract in Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil and Squalane, Fragrance, Silica Silylate.

For external use. Patch test before use. Do not use on broken, damaged or diseased skin. Keep out of eyes. Keep out of reach of children. Store below 30°C/86°F.

Quick Screen Prep TGA Listing ARGT 369936
Quick Screen Set TGA Listing ARGT 369491

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