I was pleasantly surprised by this. I have sensitive skin that tends to react to many suncreens and products with alcohol - and this does contain alcohol (3rd ingredient on the INCI list) so I'm not sure how much alcohol is actually in this but it does not smell strongly of it. It also contains chemical filters (and a physical filter), which may be an issue for some.
I chose shade #1 for my skin, which is about NC20-25 (or in other brands I wear: Missha Perfect Cover in #21 or #23, Dior DiorSkin in #21 Linen, Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion in W13 Natural Beige). I usually layer my skincare (lotion/essence/serum moisturiser etc) so I like the lightweight feel of this sunscreen and non-greasy finish. The coverage is sheer to light, basically like tinted moisturiser. As this is a tinted sunscreen, if you are expecting more coverage this may not be the ideal product - unless you are willing to use concealer or foundation where needed. My skin is in good condition so I love the sheer coverage. I top this off with PF's Mineral Wear Talc-Free powder in Translucent which adds more physical UV protection (contains 15% Titanium Dioxide and 10% Zinc Oxide) and also cuts down on any shine, while keeping a beautiful, natural skin look. The Shiseido by itself is semi-matte on my skin, so it just looks like good skin. It also makes a great base for any make-up you want to add - blush or highlighter adheres very well on top, and lasts all day.
Overall - I'm not sure if I would buy this again, the UVA protection is not very high, although fine for limited sun exposure (I believe it was a PA++ when I checked on the BASF Sunscreen simulator, although most US sunscreens do not have great UVA protection anyways - if any at all, so it's not a surprise). I tried Anessa's Tinted sunscreens, as well as Etude's, Missha's, Shigaisen and some other brands which carry a higher UVA rating (at least PA+++) and found the texture to be the same or better so I may stick to those in the future. However, if you are limited to US only tinted sunscreens this one is nice and cosmetically elegant. I also love the simple packaging, a white squeeze tube which makes this convenient to take with you and also hygienic. And lastly, this is scented so sensitive-skinned individuals should take that into consideration. I am very picky about scent and prefer most skincare to be unscented but this has a soft, feminine scent that fades very quickly and doesn't bother me in the least.
I really, really loved this product when I first started using it - love the consistency, creaminess, non-drying yet seemingly non-greasy (though over time it proved otherwise), the convenient squeeze tube it comes that makes it more sanitary and easy to slip into my purse, the higher UV protection than some other BB creams, etc. These are all great and I loved it… But then I started to break out a little bit, first one or two zits, then more and more (and I’ve never suffered from acne other than sometimes having a small zit on my chin at ”my time of the month”). So, I switched moisturizers, cleansers, and other things. No difference - still breaking out and even with daily/nightly treatments of benzoyl-peroxide on the affected areas, nothing changed. The blemishes just would not budge - which is really unusual for me, personally, as any blemishes I do get I can successfully vanish them within a 2-3 days if not sooner. Finally, I sadly put Urban Environment away and switched back to using my Dr. Jart spf25 that I’ve had since last year. Miraculously (*sarcasm*), the blemishes immediately starting disappearing and within a week my skin has completely cleared up and is back to its normal self again. Thank god!
So, IME this Shiseido Urban Environment SPF 45 UV++++ ended up clogging up my pores like I’d never seen before. I don’t recommend this for ”clog-prone” types, or even people who don’t normally clog up…. Looks great at first then disaster strikes. Stay away.
tl;dr: Good at first but then wreaked havoc when it made me break out and start clogging up my pores.
A lot like the BB cream by Shiseido, but higher SPF and a wider choice of shades.
Great SPF protection
Not greasy but not too matte, therefore not flat.
Great for canceling out the white cast when used over a physical block sunscreen.
Can't say that I'm thrilled with this tinted moisturizer. It smells strongly of sunblock and fragrance. The fragrance I don't mind, but the sunblock scent gets old after a while and it lingers. This feels heavy on the skin and covers some imperfections but not all. You will definitely need a concealer but it does even out the skin somewhat. I wore shade 2 which was a pretty good color match for my skin. I like that this has a SPF of 43, although I could see this getting suffocatingly greasy in really hot weather. Also, it seems to make my skin itch. For reference I wear MAC NC25-30 and NARS Punjab.
Thrilled to try after reading the reviews and the high (for tinted moisturizer) spf. Shade 2 was ok for my summer skin, maybe a tad too dark and yellow. Product settled into my pores and was splotchy within an hour. Also gave my skin a shiny appearance, which is not the same as the fresh, dewy look I prefer. Really wanted this product to work, but my skin looks better with sunblock alone as opposed to this tinted moisturizer.
Possibly Shiseido's best product. A wonderful TM that glides on so smoothly and feels and looks great. Just perfect if that's what you're looking for.
I really love this TM. In an age where theres BBs, CCs, DDS - you get the picture, I find this refreshingly simple and perfect. Love the sleep packaging, love that it has the Urban Defense properties (antioxidants, etc), perfect coverage for summer, and a higher than normal SPF. I wore "Light" in Clinque's CC (which I returned - love this much more) and found Medium to be perfect. I'm almost out but will be repurchasing; worth every penny.
Love, love, love this product. After a search for using others, purchasing another brand I originally used and liked, a Sephora SA threw this in my bag to try in #1 (Fair). I am already using Shiseido's Urban Environment as a sunscreen and love it for a variety of reasons, so I guess he figured he'd have me try this one to see how it worked for me. I wound up returning the other and purchasing this one, that's how much I liked the way it felt on my skin.
The color blends beautifully for me. I definitely believe that with BB creams you must try them on and wear them for a day to see if they are a match for your skin color. It seems companies don't have a huge color selection. However, at least Shiseido has three to choose from and the colors are not on the gray side with an ashen look to them. I am fair (Estee Lauder Linen, Clinique 04) and Urban Environment's Fair #1 suits my skin perfectly.
I like that the spf rating is 43, that's extremely important to me. I wear this all day before I take it off and have absolutely no problem with using it as my foundation. I do use Shiseido's sun protection eye cream also because I believe added protection around the eyes is important. If I know I'm going to be out in the sun for any prolonged period of time, I will also put on my regular Urban Environment first to cover my face. Then I use the tinted Urban Environment as a foundation type product to give my skin an all around glow and dewy, matte finish, which this product gives me. If it's overkill with sun protection, that's ok by me. I don't want a tan anyway. I know that's it working because when I go out in the sun (even just walking my dogs), because later that night I'll notice some freckles will appear around my nose area if the spf isn't high enough or the sunscreen hasn't worked on a particular product. That has never happened with Urban Environment for me.
It goes on smoothly. I've used a foundation brush, a cosmetic wedge and my fingers to apply it. All methods work easily enough. I couldn't believe it still blends using my fingers, but it does. That's certainly the lazy way out for me, but it made me even happier with my purchase. I do use a setting powder on top and frankly, it's a nice, natural finish that's not overdone. If I wanted, I could go heavier and have more coverage. That is an option.
It doesn't feel overly thick after I apply it as some other BB creams with a higher spf have felt. It actually feels very light on my skin. Urban Environment doesn't have an odor of some of the sunscreen moisturizer products that I've used in past from well-known companies, either. Removing it is pretty easy. I use one of my oils such as apricot kernel/coconut/hazelnut first and then my regular cleanser to wash my face and it's removed. But that's how I take off my regular make-up. So to me, it's easy to remove. Also, as far as moisturizing, I do use my regular serum/moisturizer/eye cream first before I apply any type of sunscreen product. I believe in full steps whenever you apply and remove products from your skin if you want to retain and protect it. Abuse it when you're young and it will show later. The extra few minutes you spend daily are worth it in the long run.
Below is from Shiseido's site:
"Contains SuperVeil-UV 360â„¢ offering comprehensive protection of the skin's surface and Profense CELâ„¢ protects cells and DNA and helps inhibit enzyme activity, which are the causes of wrinkles and uneven skin tone.
Thiotaurine and Rose Apple Leaf Extract are effective in inhibiting oxidation caused by external environmental factors."
I've been wearing Shiseido Sunscreen for a long time and usually for every day wear I make my own tinted version by mixing some Dr Hauschka bronzing lotion and maybe a drop of foundation if I feel the need for extra coverage. I saw this in Sephora and asked for a sample just to check it out. The texture and finish are great and like most Shiseido sunscreens provides a semi matte finish and excellent oil control. The only place I feel that this really falls short is in the color department. They only had shades 1 and 3 available and the SA chose a 3 for me. I didn't stress it because I figured a tinted sunscreen would be pretty forgiving. Not really. It went on with an orange cast that still managed to have some distinctive yellow undertones. I had to try and color correct with a mineral powder and more concealer than normal under my eyes and the center areas of my face. It's pretty pigmented (which is probably more apparent when the color is way off) but only gives light coverage which is all I was looking for anyway. This is also really difficult to remove. All of the sunscreens in this line are but my usual method of cold cream, a muslin cloth and toner struggled to remove this. I had hoped that this would be a great convenience product for me but after looking at the size of the tube and the color choices I'll stay with what I'm using. I still think this would be a great one and done product for someone that can find a suitable color match and is great for oily or combo prone skin that has difficulty finding great sun protection.
LOVE. I'm 30, and I try to be conscientious about my skin. I wear sunblock every day, but since I'm EXTREMELY acne-prone, it's been difficult finding something that doesn't make my skin go ape-dookie.
I've been using this for 2-3 months now, and no breakouts, which is a miracle for me. The only other sunblock I've been able to wear without many issues is Josie Maran's, but that can leave me a bit greasy. No grease issues with this (although it's not mattifying), no breakouts, no irritation. It's tinted, so it won't cover every discoloration, but it makes a great base. Tinted+moisture+sunblock=WIN. I still wear a light moisturizer under this, as it's more of a sunblock than a lotion, but it does help leave my skin hydrated.
I purchased 2 more tubes during Sephora's last sale, so I won't run out anyime soon. I'm still finishing the same original tube I purchased, which at $30 for 1oz feels pricey for me, BUT seeing as it's lasted about 2.5 months, and it doesn't aggravate my skin, I'll gladly keep shelling out the $$.
Comes in 3 sheer colors, I'm NC15-20, neutral/beige skin, and #1 works for me.