I used to skip over the pricey department store sun care products and would try to find a drugstore sunscreen that wasn't goopy, greasy, and in a monster-sized bottle (the sun doesn't shine too often in Vancouver, and because it's cold pretty much throughout the academic year I'm usually covered up). While I found that the Hawaiian Tropic Sensitive Skin Face Sunscreen fit the bill, I've only seen it at one Shoppers location around me (though if you can find it and you're on a budget I highly recommend it!). Then there are the sunscreens that have been imported from Japan, but they require a bit of work to find, and they often come in the tiniest bottles ever (30mL? That's for one entire adult body!). Fed up, I decided to take the splurge and buy a sunscreen from Shiseido. At the time that I had bought it, the sun had been shining for a week straight, but the day after, the weather had gone back to its usual cloudy. Frustrating, yes, but once the sun came out again, I gave the product a try. The bottle is nice to hold, but once I opened it and squeezed out some sunscreen, I noticed the mess all over the bottle's mouth, which was not of the kind that looked like it was modelled after the Krazy Glue spouts. The formula is runny and once applied, it dries to a smooth finish. It has to be rubbed in well to keep the sunscreen from ransferring onto dark clothing too much (that was a letdown). The product leaves a slight white cast, which I don't mind, but it may be a problem for darker-skinned users.
(I have yet to try this on my face, but I'm worried about it turning my makeup orange, plus I usually use BB cream to protect my skin there.)
They really mean it when they say this sunscreen is water-resistant! It literally sticks to your skin and doesn't budge. I don't burn, so I can't say whether this would work for those who are prone to burning, but it certainly kept me from tanning.
Again, since this product has so much staying power, it needs to be removed with something oil-based. I used plain old olive oil for this, which was fine.
Aside from the packaging issues and the oxides rubbing onto my clothes, this product is a keeper. Finally, no more sticky drugstore sunscreen for me!
i really love this ss, it doesn't break me out. at first i thought oh my so liquidy. but then it doesn't make my face oily at the end of the day like it usually is. so I'm very happy and it is the best match to my shiseido serum without breaking out my face :) the only thing I'm cringing at s the price... omg... $59 for 100 ml... ok i hope it last for a while
I bought this last year when the lady recommended this for me. I now use it everyday in the summer. At first I loved it, it sinks in quickly, leaves a white cast but I like it, purely physical sunscreen and not greasy at all! It provides good oil-control for the face but I rather use a bb cream with spf in it. It is REALLY hard to get off the face. Use an oil-based cleanser. NEVER use this for the body. I used it for a month or so everyday and I noticed my skin was getting paler and paler. After I get out of the shower, my legs skin were peeling. I wanted to cry. In the shower, if you look at your skin at a certain angle there is a white cast on it and if you rub it, some white stuff like eraser bits come out... I think the sunscreen is causing it. It is too water-resistant. I am never using this again.If you have to same drying issue, use vaseline clinical therapy intensive rescue. NEVER USE THIS ON THE BODY!
At first I thought this was great - very liquid and lightweight, it seemed to sink right in and not whiten my skin too much, and it was non-irritating. But after a few days I found I was getting whiter and whiter, and I realised that it wasn't washing off at the end of the day. It says it's water-resistant - they're not kidding! You need a cleansing oil or makeup remover to get this off, which is a deal-breaker for me. I wear minimal makeup, and I don't want to have to use an oily remover every single day on my face. It also seemed to dry out my skin by the end of the day, so that the fine lines around my eyes became more obvious.
EDIT: I gave this product another chance as a chest/neck sunscreen this summer, but it's still no good. It didn't protect me from burning, and after a week or so the skin around my collarbones was so dry it started peeling off! I've also been doing some research on physical sunscreens and I'm pretty sure Shiseido use the nano-sized zinc, because it's barely whitening for the amount of zinc they use, which means that it is much less effective as a UVA blocker.
Ok, so i love love love this sunscreen. It's amazing, so smooth, so easy to apply. I use it after my moisturiser and before my makeup, and it helps my foundation sit nicely (bare escentuals)- haven't tried this under any liquid foundations as I only just dug this out of my makeup drawer again recently. It is slightly oily, but after I cleanse/tone/moisturize and then apply sunscreen i just let it absorb while i brush my teeth/have breakfast & it seems to sink in well.
this doesn't break me out at all, which makes it definitely HG status for me!!
The bottle sucks though, the top gets the lotion everyyyyywhere around the outside... seems really wasteful. But i will buy again, one bottle has lasted me a long time though!!
I don't understand why the rating for this sunscreen is lower than the "Extra Smooth Sun Protection Lotion". The sunscreen ingredients in this version is all physical and are not carcinogenic like the other version. There is a slight white cast on the skin when this sunscreen is applied, but it is so slight that it's totally acceptable. I've never gotten a sunburn when I use this sunscreen. It is very water resistant and it stays on for extended amount of time. It is not greasy and it sits well under makeup. However, I have to use a cleansing oil or a really good cleanser to wash this off at night because it is so water resistant. This is definitely HG material.
I found that it actually caused pigmentation - little dark spots - on my face.
It does leave a white cast on your face, which I don't mind, for it just looks as though I have fairer skin. Actually helps to cover up some red blemishes.
It does protect your face from the sun - in the sense that i was was out in the sun for days and did not have sunburn. And I burn quite easily.
However, the pigmentation leaves me a very very unhappy customer and means only a rating of 3/5.
I would recommend this sunscreen to anyone who has sensitive skin. It was highly effective. I applied it once in the morning around 9:00 am and only had to touch up a few spots that had direct sun exposure( over a six hour period) My skin never burned or even colored. A few people commented that I must of been using a real good sunscreen because i stayed pale in the hot Arizona sun. It is true about the spout.. a bit messy as it comes out too quickly.. they should redesign the bottle and this product would be 100% perfect.
My mom got me this sunscreen by accident, I actually wanted the Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion instead. I don't have sensitive skin so I can't say whether it works well for that purpose. As a sunscreen, I think it works fine. Application is easy and quick. I'm very careful with removing sunscreen with make up remover so I haven't had any clogged pores or bad reactions. I have oily skin so I probably wouldn't purchase this sunscreen again as it does leave the skin with a slightly oily film. It never feels like it's "sunk in" all the way. With that said, I'm going to purchase the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion to use for the remainder of the summer and would probably use this gentle version during the winter time when I'm slightly more dry.
My skin is oily, acne-prone and sensitive.
Liquid formula applies very easily.
Did not develop skin rash allergy.
Makes oily skin shiny, sticky and icky after a couple of hours.
Exacerbates the flakiness of dry patches.
Can only be properly removed with an oil cleanser.
Clogs pores and causes little bumps and pimples.
At first I was very happy to find a sunscreen with such a friendly formula (purely physical sunscreen, no alcohol), but eventually realised that a shiny sticky congested face was causing me breakouts and not worth it.