The best sun screen for face I've ever used. It's effective and makes my skin very smooth. It feels very light and comfortable. I've used it every day for over a month now. It doesn't break me out, it doesn't make my face greasy. It's perfect under makeup. Not the cheapest but definetly worth the money. If they don't stop the product I'll keep on purchasing. I also don't use it for body so it'll last for quite a long time.
Sunscreen is a big issue especially when it comes to summer and this time, I dropped my long time favourite Anessa (another line made by Shiseido) and bought this one.
Here are my major reasons of switching:
(1) The Anessa sunscreen is so freaking difficult to be removed thoroughly unless using a cleansing oil, which is a big issue if you this on your other body parts as well. The Anessa sunscreen I used was "Perfect UV Sunscreen EX SPF50+ PA+++", which is an older version. Just for your reference, they have reformulated it last year.
(2) According to the sales lady, this is even more water resistant, yet a lot easier to remove. I'm not sure about the water resistant part as I haven't done the pool test - will update sooner. As for the removal part, I still use cleansing oil for face but only soap and water for my body. The sunscreen is removed easily without leaving a powdery film on my skin like the Anessa.
(3) This provides PA++++ protection - yes, one extra +! This provides the strongest protection among all Shiseido sunscreen products. [UPDATE Aug 11 - The latest Anessa one offers the same protection as well.]
(4) This offers basically the same finish and touch, which is dry and matte, without drying out my skin though this takes longer time. With aging, I need to choose less drying / more moisturizing products.
I suppose the only downside is the fragrance. Anessa is unscented.
Back to the product itself, this is a runny milky white liquid that has to be shaken well before use, just like most of the Japanese brand sunscreen. It has a light floral scent just like the sunscreen line in a blue bottle made by Shiseido as well (eg. Extra Smooth Sun Protection Lotion SPF 33 PA++). I actually have a feeling that Shiseido is fading out that line.
This goes on skin evenly and smoothly, leaving a matte finish. It actually dries off decently quickly, so it won't stay greasy or sticky on skin. While this also kept the oilies at bay, it doesn't dry out my skin. Fyi, I have normal to dry skin. This works even better as a makeup base than my Sofina Beaute Whitening Day Protector SPF 50 PA+++ (not water resistant if you're wondering - awesome stuff for daily use btw!).
For the price HK$320 for 50ml, it's actually fair when compared to other brands like Sofina.
For the packaging, I don't really have any comment. Just an ordinary opaque white bottle with a twisting cap and snoozle opening. Travel-friendly design as the cap is unlikely to be opened accidentally and causing spillage in your bag.
To sum up, this is an amazing sunscreen that works better than Anessa on me. I'll definitely recommend this to those with drier skin type.
Love this. It's one of the sunscreen that doesn't broke me out (I am very sensitive to sunscreen products). It has a nice floral fragrance that doesn't bother my sensitive skin, but if you don't like fragranced product, don't worry because it doesn't linger that long.
It's actually formulated for face and body, but I only use it for my face because great body sunscreens are everywhere, it's not often you come across great face sunscreen.
It has a runny liquid texture, I use it by patting it softly on my face. within a few seconds, the white cast dries up and leaves a really smooth (because of the silicone), no white cast matte finish. I wore this for a whole day alone and my face didn't even turn oily. After you clean it off, you will notice that your skin is softer and brighter than before.
Amazing product. The price is rather high, I bought this for 45$ (50 mL) in my home country (because of the tax and stuff) but you can find this at ebay (trusted sellers of course) and sasa.com, but for a great sunscreen that you can wear alone and under make up, and you only need a little each application, the price is reasonable. For oily and sensitive, acne-prone skin, this might be your HG sunscreen!
I don't know if this is available in the US; someone bought for me in Japan. It comes in a pale blue (almost white) asymmetrical oval stand-up bottle. It's a milky liquid that disappears immediately when rubbed on. I see no white cast at all. It has a fairly strong fragrance that is not terribly offensive but I'm not a big fan of because 1. I don't like fragranced products, esp. on my face, and 2. the fragrance smells like a bit like a dated floral. It's not so strong that I can't stand it, and it does fade after about an hour.
I have very oily, acne prone skin and this dried almost instantly to a nice matte, invisible finish. No stickiness, and it seems to stay all day and even provide a nice primer for mu if you let it set for a few minutes before applying mu. It did not irritate or break me out.
Perhaps because I have such oily skin, the fact that it is water resistant, and I tend to wear it only on very hot sunny days when I'm outside all day and sweating a lot, I did find one temporary oil clog (just scraped it off) at the end of the day on 2 different occasions when I wore it, but I sometmes get those even w/o wearing this ss. I've gotten those in my sleep on a hot night, so I don't think I can blame this ss.
There is a fair amount of alcohol in this ss, as does the LRP Anthelios 50+ XL Fluid Extreme. If I've been using a lot of acne txs, it can burn a bit. However, it's never caused redness or rashes. It's hard to get a ss for oily skin that does not contain some alcohol. If I know I'm going to be out in the sun a lot I try to back off on the acne txs. It's not ideal to have to choose between acne tx and sun protection, but that's how it is. So the alcohol is a negative but not enough to make this impossible to use.
As far as sun protection, I think my LRP Anthelios spf 50 Fluide Extreme does a sightly better job, but is far less cosmetically elegant (the LRP is sticky even after it dries and not as matte).
Price: Very pricey. It was purchased for a good $50 for 50 ml but that was in Japan, and I think in Tokyo, where everything is expensive.
Overall, I would buy it, despite the fragrance because in every other way it's really nice and works well on my VERY oily face.